Jake’s work is like a filmic essay, and we might think of it as the cacophonous and reverberating afterlife of post-memory. Here the sonic universe overwhelms, it disorients, and gets at interior infrastructures. The instabilities of sensory integration. Yet Jake shows us there is third generational memory that enlivens the fragments, that fall apart and cohere again, making no pretense of conclusive evidence such as is the charge of human rights law or forensic science. "Essential Tremors," then, like the work of Patricio Guzmán is about the obstinance of memory. Jake’s textures, and allusions to copper, and vibrational proximities to a landscape of pain reminds me of Guzmán’s latest work, Cordillera of my Dreams. Jake’s work I believe is the next generation of this cultural memory.
Essential Tremors is a work of live cinema, presented here as a live stream. It shirks disciplinary boundaries, as vibrations do, cutting across visual, sonic, material, and intellectual fields to trace the knotted vectors of influence that flow into and out of a single vibrational nexus. Specifically, a phone call between my father and his father on September 11th 1973, the day of the CIA orchestrated Chilean coup d'etat. While we enter the nexus with the vehicle of a personal narrative, ultimately the work is a loop - a loop imbricated in copper. By mapping the intermodal force of copper as it affects the narrative, the scope of the work expands to gesture towards the embedded extractive realities of digital life, the material legacy of colonial neoliberalism, and the potential of vibration as an interpretive instrument of history. This work is dedicated to the detained and disappeared.
Conceived, written, and produced by Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez in the lands of the Narragansett, Mapuche, Aymara, Taino, and Lenape peoples with tons of help from the whole extended family: Manuel Gonzalez, Lupe Echevarria, David Gonzalez, Annie Harold, Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, Lisa Sokolov, Bonnie Jones, Juan Mobili, Charles Gonzalez, Jim Moses, Patricia Ybarra, Wang Lu, Amanda Anderson, Ed Osborn, Cathryn Jijon, Emily Dolan, Jonathan Sterne, Tamara Chin, Damien Mahiet, Peter Szendy, Cathryn Jijon, Andy Braddock, Evan Doorbell, Richard Ouelette, Mappy Torres, Tania Bruguera, Kareem Estefan, Regia Piek, Nomaan Hasaan, Pablo a Marca, Katyani Seth, Andressa Macena Maia, Katie Contess, Alessandro Mohgrabi, Baoli Yang, Rafe Scobey-Thal, Eamon O’Rourke, Courtney Lau, Inga Chinilina, Yaniv Kot, Erica Newton, Goro Ikeda-Iyeki, Michael Foster, Elsa Raker, Hannah Mitchell, Grace from Dugan Custom Jewelers, Seth Papac, Raz Mesinai, Harpo Harold, Willa Jones, Cecilia Vicuña, Victor Jarra, Patrizio Guzman, Violetta Parra, Nelly Richard, Macarena Gomez-Barris, Naomi Klein, Katie Vinclette and the Brown Arts Initiative