eight minutes, stereo/color, 1997
Stackable Thumb were:
“One long (visual) run-on sentence rhythmically punctuated with sporadic, spasmatic (visual) puns. Stackable Thumb’s repertory of acid reduction gimmicks (including the Mo-tovational Chrome Amulet, the Baskets of Joy, the Inner-Outer Withinyou/Withoutyou, and the Whirling Dervishes of Kitchen Appliances) are woven into the Yuppie Pupae Refrain. Stackable Thumb’s least coherent work yet.”
Starting in the mid 1990s, instant cinema duo Stackable Thumb were active for about ten years during the burgeoning live video performance scene of New York City. They were known for their over-the-top shows featuring a dizzying assortment of trash as the subject for their miniature cameras. They preferred cheap electronics and spy cameras over expensive mixing consoles and other broadcast apparatus, 8 bits over 16+ sound, and vaudeville over serious “art work.” Anything could be a subject in front of Stackable Thumb’s camera. To them, absurdity was everywhere they looked. They gleefully displayed it for all to see.