Teenage Dream Remix #1, 2015

“Teenage Dream Remix #1” is an audio/visual art installation, utilizing synchronized color and video footage set to my 27-minute remix of Katy Perry’s 2010 hit single “Teenage Dream.” The song is one of my favorite songs (perhaps of all-time), so I wanted to create something that both celebrated and expanded upon it. My favorite aspect of all great pop songs is duality, and/or listeners’ alternate/multiple takes on the same subject. When I hear this song, I hear melancholy alongside joy (served with a wink), so I tried to expand upon that. I took a minimalist, cut-up, and slow-tempo approach with my remix, but still tried to honor the wonderful cartoon-ish pop joy of Katy Perry’s version by pairing it with brightly colored visuals and attempted to tell a bit of a story with color.

The audio was remixed using Ableton Live 8, and the video was edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. It was then transferred to VHS tape. There were 4 copies made. The installation plays the VHS cassette on a loop on a white 13″ TV installed on a clear plexiglass pedestal set amongst fake hanging clouds.

This piece was exhibited January 8 – February 20, 2015 @ the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA as part of the 30 Under 30 exhibition.