Synth Jams for Space Vids

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Using analog, digital, and software synthesizers, Joshua Dumas makes jams for rad space videos about outer space that didn’t used to have any sound or music or anything. They were just silent. Like space is. But now they have synths backing them up.

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Stress / De-stress

A guided meditation and expanded cinema event. Amateur and industrial films from Chicago Film Archives, edited by Christy LeMaster, come alive through a three projector performance by Anne Wells, Chloe McLaren and Doug McLaren, accompanied by the words of Mairead Case and Ed Crouse, and the sounds of Joshua Dumas.

Performances:
Nightingale July 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago March 2014

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Crimes Against Humanity

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Director: Jerzy Rose
Screenwriters: Halle Butler, Jerzy Rose
Cinematography: Robert Cauble
Music: Joshua Dumas

A sweet and trusting young woman is repeatedly injured in bizarre accidents, but her overconfident boyfriend is far from sympathetic - he's busy playing power games at the university where he works.

Cast: Mike Lopez, Lyra Hill, Ted Tremper, Adam Paul, Buki Bodunrin, Tommy Heffron, Joshua Dumas

Screened at Siskel Center, Slamdance, Atlanta Underground Film Fest

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Rough Matinals

image: Joshua Dumas

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A sound and video series.

Some mornings, when I am very lucky, I get to start my day at the piano. I'd been writing these small rough sketches that sort of feel like nocturnes, but since I work early, I'm calling them matinals. From April 26 - June 14, I recorded a new piece each Friday accompanied by a video experiment.

Now available on cassette from Horror/Fiction Tapes!

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Another Song About the Sea

image: Jeremy Bessoff

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Written, directed: Jeremy Bessoff
Music: Keith Kusterer, Joshua Dumas

Stop-motion animated short explores the stalled domestic relationship of a dysfunctional couple. The characters' descent into the watery abyss becomes a metaphor for examining their relationship darkened by deep emotional turmoil.

Screenings:
London Underground Film Festival, Siskel Center, Nightingale

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the Woods’breath

image: Kaitlyn Busbee

A dancefilm by Fannie Hungerford and Joshua Dumas

Starring Amy Barr, Monica Basile, Elizabeth Bergman, Daisy McKinlay, Nicole Morford, Jennifer Weber, Alicia Weidner.

Cinematography by Kaitlyn Busbee, Chelsea Harrison, Alex Richard

Choreography by Fannie Hungerford, music by Joshua Dumas

Watch the trailer!
Coming Spring 2013.

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the Floodplain

image: Kaitlyn Busbee

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A multichannel sound-and-video installation that explores the history of flooding in Iowa City. First exhibited at Public Space One, October 2012.

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Reading White Pines

A multi-artist installation created and curated by Katie Hargrave in the Porch Gallery at the University of Iowa. Joshua Dumas and Carl Sweets collaborated to create this photographic triptych for the show.

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Mirrors Are Just Water Specified

A dancefilm by Fannie Hungerford and Joshua Dumas

Inspired by the photography of Francesca Woodman

Starring Nicole Morford, with Elizabeth Bergman, Sarah Carusona, Emily Hinkler, Mareva Minerbi, Jennifer Pray, Samuel Summer, Alicia Weidner.

Cinematography: Kaitlyn Busbee, Alex Richard, Joshua Dumas
Production assistance: Katie Hargrave

Choreography: Fannie Hungerford, music: Joshua Dumas

Watch the trailer!

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The City in Which

image: Marianna Milhorat

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The City in Which is an expanded cinema project based on Chicago poet Li-Young Lee’s “The City In Which I Love You”.

Joshua Dumas and Christy LeMaster distributed fresh rolls of 16mm film to a dozen experimental filmmakers, asking them to respond to the poem and to their own experience of living and making in Chicago. The resulting footage is spliced into a combined short accompanied by a live reading of the poem by Joshua, a performance built from and informed by the filmmakers’ images.

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About:

Joshua Dumas is a composer, sound artist, filmmaker, and writer, working in multiple media.
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