Coming Soon: Videos from The WaKE THE F*CK UP SHOW:
“A direct and ample warning aimed to help America face the dire times they are in and wake the f*ck up (not excluding myself). I offer a jolt to reality by reflecting reality. My work screams out from my semi-isolated world, attempting to penetrate a predominately-posed-awake, but actually (as we know) mostly-dormant America. The Wake the F*ck Up Show urges the viewer to act now during these times of utter corruption which, if neglected, could soon leave us bankrupt of our peace of mind, altogether. My work pleas for direct cultural shift and awareness amid masses of Americans who watch on with passivity as we lose further control.”
– Jennifer Elster
Watch a short clip from The Wake the F*ck Up Show at Signs and Symbols gallery in NYC :
FROM A CONCERned citizen #weneedmore gun reform in america now – May 24, 2018
From A Concerned Citizen song available on Bandcamp:
DEMOCRACY ON THE LINE – November 29th 2017
Throwback from the December 14th 2016 holiday gathering.
OUR DEMOCRACY IS SLIDING BY AND PEOPLE DON'T SEEM TO NOTICE. PAY ATTENTION.
– Jennifer Elster
November 29th 2017
VOTe wisely – November 16th, 2017
Throwback to October 12th, 2016
After reading in the news this week that Democrats had declared Trump unstable for access to nuclear codes, I decided to play my #video Vote Wisely which I wrote, directed and performed in October of 2016 --back when my message in the video was considered extreme, or the video was regarded as "cool". As I worked yesterday I watched the video (where at times I even used the same exact wording as the news this week) as a reminder to myself at how slow this country is moving. It was a poetically unsatisfying moment filled with frustration of how much we could still get done even though the damage thus far so steep. Let us never give up striving for a better world. We can all do more. So let's!
Although I am disheartened over the state of the world, I absolutely LOVE life and never take its beauty for granted.
Have a wonderful day!
– Jennifer Elster November 16, 2017
Jennifer Elster performs FUN FUTURE? with Sugar Vendil on piano playing Cadenza, from Potential Energies by Trevor Gurekis at the opening exhibition of Elster's The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse, NYC, May 2016 in an effort to raise awareness of the looming nuclear danger.
From the opening night of The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse by Jennifer Elster in May 2016.
Like most of us, I am worried about the future of this country and the world. In these divided times, we need to come together even more so. Each one of us has the power to create a better world. Person by person. Individually and collectively. We can make a change. We shouldn't allow anger and hate to dominate this beautiful planet. It can get so much worse if we convince ourselves that our own footprint will not make a difference.
– Jennifer Elster
GLENN O'BRIEN: IN MEMORY OF BY JENNIFER ELSTER
Glenn O'Brien: "I used to be scared of insects. The theosophist said insects are a manifestation of negative thought. Maybe I was really afraid of negative thought." Here is Glenn in an early iteration/glimpse into my ten year project, the ...In the Woods film series. I didn't finish the series before he passed.
ON THE LINE - MARCH 15, 2017
GENDER EXECUTION: JUDGE ME NOT BY GENDER
The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse by Jennifer Elster, May 2016
My 7 Second Film w/ Jonas Mekas
CEMETERY: is death?
A clip from Jennifer Elster's performance piece, Cemetery: Is Death?
The full performance piece is on view February 9-12 at Central Booking 21 Ludlow Street, between Hester and Canal.
"Here is a performance I did of a song I wrote 'Amid the Beauty'. Chris Colton played on my grandfathers piano. This has been an incredibly challenging year for us all and so much worse for so many.It has also been an incredible year with so many fantastic people and memories. 'Amid the beauty I see broken pieces everywhere. Amid the darkness I see beauty everywhere.'
Stay warm, Jennifer Elster December 21, 2016
Amid the Beauty Copyright 2016 All Rights Reserved
Jennifer Elster performance at the J. Elster NYC x The 50 holiday affair in The Development underground.
A moment from the holiday affair with NCP in my studio last night. It was such a pleasure to listen, to have friends inside of the living exhibition at The Development, to share my poem about our need in the current times, talk and #dance, dance, dance. Cheers to the holiday season!
#JElsternyc x #NCP Performance here by NCP Music.
Featuring Terrence Howard, Moby, Jorgen Leth, Glenn O'Brien, Julian Schlossberg, and Debra Winger
...IN THE WOODS pathway to The First Act: ITW Pathways available to explore at TheBeingExperience.com on Flash only.
Otherwise visit ChannelELSTER.com every Wednesday for new content.
"I've been hungry and I've been well fed.
The person makes the person. Period.
Kindness is king."
--Jennifer Elster November 30, 2016
Including excerpts from Socio Economic Execution: Judge Me Not By Socio-Ecomics, from The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse
"Let us feast.
Let us be weary.
In the ripest of times,
Extend. I tell you extend to your brothers and sisters which is all of us together right now. We all need each other more than we know." -- Jennifer Elster November 2016
Jennifer Elster poetry at the J Elster NYC x The50 Holiday Party
"Observing Veterans Day. Maybe some day we will take care of the #veterans in America with the respect, dignity and care that they deserve. My deepest gratitude for affording us our freedom."
November 11, 2016 ChannelELSTER.com
"WHAT ARE YOU FRIGHTENED OF?
If you think we're safe from a major catastrophe happening in America you are deluding yourself.
One doesn't need to be paranoid... rather mindful of unstable hands having access to nuclear codes.
--Jennifer Elster October 12, 2016
Photographs, words, and music by Jennifer Elster.
Film Footage from The National Archives Washington DC aka Operation Crossroads Bruce Conner.
Where Are We Going?
Song and Vocals: Jennifer Elster. Guitar: David Bronson. Drums: Orlando Edmonds
"Momma said the moon don't lie.
Eat your fire
disappear in the sky.
Leave you on earth to think about you and I.
I'm a love volcano.
But if you touch this, you know know what will happen... I'll..." --Jennifer Elster
...IN MY MIRROR original mini series Part One premiere coming soon on ChannelELSTER.com
Featuring Gale Harold (Queer As Folk), Jorgen Leth (The Five Obstructions) and Jennifer Elster. Directed by Jennifer Elster
Part One coming soon exclusively at ChannelELSTER.com
"What's ON THE LINE this week? Human Understanding is on the line. Trump's thinking will take this country backwards to a narrow place when the masses didn't tolerate differences. This is very serious and dangerous.
America Vote. I will #VoteBlue." --Jennifer Elster November 16, 2016 ChannelELSTER.com
Bowie's "I'M AFRAID OF AMERICANS" plays in the background of a photograph of Bowie from an early conceptual character Jennifer Elster created with him.
Music by David Bowie, Brian Eno, and Nine Inch Nails
Photograph by John Scarisbrick from Outside album 1996.
"WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS THAT PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND
Post Its from the entrance of The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse and a picture of me playing frisbee in Central Park when I was twenty taken by a street photographer. Hello. Today is Wednesday which is ChannelELSTER.com day (every Wednesday at 2 pm --and sometimes a little later).
--Jennifer Elster September 28, 2016
ON THE LINE? September 21, 2016
Jennifer Elster setting up an installation in The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse.
See what's on the line.
SECURITY: Even the Fighters Won't Want to Fight Anymore
Jennifer Elster, Julia Wilkins and Colby Brittain perform SECURITY at The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse by Jennifer Elster
Gallery Opening 2016
Jennifer Elster and Trevor Gureckis perform WHY NOW at The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse by Jennifer Elster Gallery Opening 2016.
GENDER EXECUTION: JUDGE ME NOT BY GENDER
The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse by Jennifer Elster
THIS IS REAL exclaims Alan Cumming. Certain themes of Jennifer Elster's returned at the entrance of the The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse show. Gender Execution: Judge Me Not By Gender I Pigmentation Execution: Judge Me Not By Pigmentation I Socio Economic Execution: Judge Me Not By Socio Economics. It is certainly time for us to take these ridiculous #prejudices out of the equation, but too many backwards people clogging up the motion. Some snippets of the show here melded together finishing with Trevor Gureckis on piano.
THE RETROSPECTIVE OF AN EXTROVERTED RECLUSE at the J. Elster Gallery May 2016
*GENDER EXECUTION was a performance piece Jennifer Elster created in 1997
"ALL MEN ARE CREATED =" Thomas Jefferson. "This is taking inexcusably long to catch on.
As a nation we must fess up to our past to properly move into our future together.
Equal rights will lead to unity through #community.
We can do this.
We need to go deep into the psychology of our existence."
--Jennifer Elster 2015
First performance at The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse May 2016
PIGMENTATION EXECUTION: JUDGE ME NOT BY PIGMENTATION from THE RETROSPECTIVE OF AN EXTROVERTED RECLUSE by Jennifer Elster featuring Justin Blanc and Trevor Gureckis performing Mad Rush by Philip Glass at J.Elster Gallery