2017, 21 min. 32 sec
In Medias Res is a short film in five acts. Through performative actions artists Josh Gondrez and Lin-Wen Ben explore what it means to be an artist and what it means to be American today. Throughout its 21 minute runtime “In Medias Res” blends recognizable modes of performance art, YouTube music videos, and experimental film. The work’s title comes from a latin literary term meaning “in the midst of things.” The film’s structure does not follow this convention but furthers the idea of dividing the chain of events of narrative into actions without beginnings or endings. The film’s original music is by Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens.