GO-RILLA MEANS WAR is a 35mm film Campbell found decaying on the floor of a former black civil rights theater in Brooklyn, New York. The historical Slave Theater was demolished for condominiums in 2017. The film, GO-RILLA MEANS WAR, remains as a relic of gentrification. For the last year and a half, Campbell has been manually scanning 20,000 frames of the film, conducting archival research, writing, recording and editing the soundtrack for GO-RILLA MEANS WAR. Campbell presents both the film and archival artifacts, including 4 double-sided 4x5 foot banners made from a coloring book about restoring the neglected neighborhood where the film was found. With a unique soundtrack that blends oral history, fact and fiction, Campbell is both preserving and repurposing the film to pose public questions about community, development, representation and erasure: Who will preserve the artifacts, spaces, and stories of our cultures? How can art counter the erasure of communities encountering displacement? ArtPrize 9 is the the world preview of GO-RILLA MEANS WAR, which highlights parallel narratives across many communities. Shown at the distinct Rumsey Street venue, the film takes on another layer as all three venues at Rumsey Street will be demolished after ArtPrize9 for further development.
- Art form: Time-Based
- Medium: 35mm Film Transferred to Digital, Stereo Sound
- Year created: 2017