Danièle Wilmouth

  • Feature:
      Sunday June 10th
  • Project:
    A Heretic's Primer on Love & Exertion: 29 incidents of dual consequence
  • Format:
      16mm on SD video (4:3 aspect ratio)
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Danièle Wilmouth with Trevor Martin and Kym Olsen. Danièle is fascinated by the weird science of movies and the possibility of conjuring up a soul from the cinematic machine.

Her award winning short films – CURTAIN OF EYES (1997), CONTAINERS (1999), TRACING A VEIN (2001), ROUND (2002), HULA LOU (2007), A HERETIC’S PRIMER ON LOVE & EXERTION (2007), and FANFARE for MARCHING BAND (2012) are hybrids of performance art, dance, installation and cinema, which exploit the shifting hierarchies between live and screen space.  In 2010, Danièle completed her first feature length documentary, ELEANORE & THE TIMEKEEPER.  She co-founded the independent filmmaking collective HAIRLESS FILMS during a six year residency in Japan from 1990 – 1996.  Her films have screened in festivals, museums, galleries, and on television worldwide.  She is currently on faculty in the film & video departments of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College.

TREVOR MARTIN resides in Chicago, Illinois. He is a multi-media artist who creates works on paper, sculpture, video and live performance. In addition to his solo work, Trevor has collaborated with Kym Olsen since 1995 in the collective “Morganville” producing durational events and evening-length performance projects. He currently serves as the Director of Exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches in the School’s performance department.

KYM OLSEN is a performance artist currently based in San Francisco and working with the Contemporary Jewish Museum. As an artist, Kym creates solo and performative installations but her primary focus is “Morganville” a collaboration with Trevor Martin. Outside of her performance work Kym has served on N.A.M.E. Gallery’s Time Arts Committee, Insight Arts Women’s Performance Committee and volunteered for New Haven’s Independent Film Festival. While in New Haven, Kym worked for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas as the Ideas Program Associate.

Pilfering from the traditions of vaudeville, dance and performance art, Trevor Martin and Kym Olsen slip from monologue to dance, trousers to dresses, female to male, in a collection of 29 related incidents. A Heretic’s Primer on Love & Exertion reveals the duality of identity – probing the construction of gender, the manipulation of desire, and the colonization of the human body for various political, medical and religious agendas.
Film Title:  A Heretic’s Primer on Love & Exertion: 29 incidents of dual consequence
Date:  2007
Duration:  24 minutes
Format:  16mm on SD video (4:3 aspect ratio)
Location:  Chicago, IL, USA

Director / Producer / Editor:   Danièle Wilmouth
Producers / Performers / Writers:   Trevor Martin & Kym Olsen (Morganville)
Circus Music:  Mark Messing / Maestro-matic
Oh! Game Music:  Jeff Eaton & Kirk Rundstrom / Split Lip Rayfield
Cinematographer:  Peter Biagi
Poem ‘Naming’:  Nancy Mairs
A Heretic’s Primer on Love & Exertion was supported in part by a Faculty Enrichment Grant from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Community Arts Assistance Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and an the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.  Additional support from the Artist’s Residency Program of Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

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