Peeper Palace is five B&W 16mm film loops projected onto vellum banners that blow gently in the wind of a fan. This wind makes the projections spill off the paper onto the walls and floors. These films show the desire to comfort and be comforted, to objectify and to be objectified, to see what cannot be seen, and the desire to destroy. The audio is Brett Price and I walking thorough a swamp recording the mating call of peeper frogs. here i am ready and willing is a six minute video shot underwater. I held the camera low and walked upstream past seaweed and rocks, following behind someone’s sneaker clad feet. Two heavy black wires come up from the back of the monitor to power a red neon sign that is “floating” in the air. It reads; here i am ready and willing, a Hebrew chant used on Rosh Hashanah. The red light from the neon floods the room, the video loops, no destination is reached.
Dani Leventhal’s videos are distributed through the Video Data Bank, Chicago and V-Tape, Toronto. She has screened her work at Oberhausen, Rotterdam,The Gene Siskel Film Center, CineCycle and Anthology Film Archives. In 2007 she was granted an Astraea Visual Arts Award. In 2003 she received an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Illinois at Chicago and in 2009 an MFA in film/video from Bard College.