Video
Tom Lopez
design by nadya primak // brushes by linda rae // code by tom lopez © 2013-2017 fwmp
Triptych 7' fixed media

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Triptych was created in Oberlin, Ohio (2015) for a video by Anita Pantin (I: Triptico, II: Ventana) and Tom Lopez (III: Ojo).


Metropolitana 7' fixed media

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Metropolitana was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2011) for a video by Nate Pagel. This is the third project in a series of works based on subway systems from around the world. The first was from the Métropolitain in Paris and the second from the Underground in London. This work features the visual and aural environment of the Milan metro.


Dirge for Déjà Vu 4'40" fixed media

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Dirge Déjà Vu was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2007). "Déjà vu" is the uncanny feeling that the current moment has happened before. But what is the feeling when the past is not as present as it should be? Imagine hearing people speak a foreign language at a train station and thinking, 'Don't I know that language? Didn't I study it for many years? Wasn't I fluent? I know these consonants and vowels but they don't form words that I recognize.' This piece is a dirge for missing the sense of déjà vu. This is what happens when we smell fresh summer rain on hot pavement and we don't remember why children love bare feet. This is what happens when the body bags come home and we don't protest.

A revised version of this work, Victims of Inopportune Ardor was composed for choreographer Holly Handman.

Dirge Déjà Vu was released by SEAMUS in 2008.


Underground 8'40" fixed media

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Underground was composed in New York City, New York (2004) for a video by Nate Pagel. This is the second project in a series of works based on subway systems from around the world. The first project was based on the system in Paris and was titled Métropolitain. This second project features the visual and aural environment of the London underground.


The Death of the Moth   14' chamber orchestra, fixed media and optional film

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The Death of the Moth was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2003, revised in Oberlin, 2006). It was written for chamber orchestra and electronics to accompany film by Rian Brown and Hege Røyert. "Men rush to their doom like moths flying to their death in the candle-flame"—Bhagavad Gita. The moth is drawn towards light, and like Icarus, will inevitably burn its wings and fall. "The Death of the Moth" is a meditation on mankind's "falling from grace" and his out-of-balance relationship with nature. The title is from a short story by Virginia Woolf.


Métropolitain 10' fixed media

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Métropolitain was composed in Woodside, California (2004) for a video by Nate Pagel. This is the first project in a series of works based on subway systems from around the world. It features the visual and aural environment of the Paris metro.

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Métropolitain installation at the New Fangle Festival, Gen Art Gallery, San Francisco, July 2, 2005

Métropolitain was also choreographed for 12 dancers by Nusha Martynuk.


The Settler 16' film

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The Settler was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2002). This work was created for a short film by director Rian Brown. It is a science-fiction, astro-environmental tale about the first person to settle and develop Mars. Filmed entirely in Los Angeles, it becomes evident that the work is actually a meditation on contemporary Southern California. The "settler," played by Jean-Pierre Gorin, reflects on his departure from Earth, the early exploration and development of Mars, and how the planet was "terra-formed" to support human life. The story is divided between the dystopic reality shot on digital video and the utopic dream shot on film.


Auxilio & Au Secours 7' fixed media

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Auxilio & Au Secours was composed in Austin, Texas (1998, revised in Oberlin, Ohio 2000). This music was created for a video by Anita Pantin. Both elements, audio and video, were inspired by text. Anita developed the visual elements from "De Donde Son Los Cantantes" by Severo Sarduy, Tom developed the musical elements and incorporated words from "The Waves" by Virginia Woolf.