What Manner of Person Art Thou?
"What Manner of Person Art Thou?" is a 65 minute animated video that relates the twisted tale of Elijah Yoder and Enoch Troyer; two anachronistic believers who dispense violent justice on those they deem to be evildoers. Within this black comedy structure, Yoder and Troyer are allegorical figures that represent the corruptibility of faith.
Happy Am I
Happy Am I, condenses human evolution – physical, historical, and cultural— into a 2 minute 35 second animated video. The historical characters sing and dance through a timeline of human existence. Their dance is choreographed to a 1930’s liturgical song that merrily anticipates the end of the world. The video is accompanied by a series of drawings of the animated dancers, and includes the mythical Waq-Waq tree, or tree that bears human fruit.
7 Romance Novels
Seven Romance Novels are seven actual romance novels from the point of view of seven different authors, all of whom are named Erin Cosgrove. The theme of each novel subverts the romance genre's formula, carrying its logic to unromantic extremes. The satiric novel, "The Baader-Meinhof Affair", 2003, Printed Matter Inc., takes on the romance genre's trope of romanticizing the outlaw. It depicts the unlikely amour between a student studying serial killers and a Baader-Meinhof aficionado. "The Baader-Meinhof Affair" has a hard cover German language translation, "Die Baader-Meinhof-Affäre", Blumenbar Publishing Munich, Germany 2005. Her live action and video, "A Heart Lies Beneath," (based on "The Baader-Meinhof Affair" and her artwork), was chosen to be produced for the Sundance Channel's TVlab in 2003.
A Heart Lies Beneath
"A Heart Lies Beneath" is satire based on The Baader-Meinhof Affair. In The Baader-Meinhof Affair society's romance with the outlaw is revealed in a story about love between modern-day American aficionados of the Baader-Meinhof Gang (a 1970s German terrorist group comprising mainly of middleclass students). Romanticizing the outlaw is a long-standing trope of romance and Hollywood, but here is taken to unromantic extremes.
The 7-minute live footage (with Fabio) and animated pilot was written, directed, and drawn by Erin Cosgrove initially produced for the Sundance Channel's TVLab. The visual style for the animation is partly based on 1950's romance comic books.
2004, live action and animated video, (7 minutes)
One Must Know the Animals!
A fictional account of the apocalypse's Christ/Anti-Christ dualism as projected onto two house cats.
2003 (7 minutes 52 seconds)
For this video I took voice lessons to sound as much like a six-sound car alarm as humanly possible. By the end of my lessons, I was louder than actual car alarms.
1999 (1 minute 10 seconds)
Depiction of a "centerfold" with music by Alessandro Moreschi, the last castrato (and only castrato to be recorded), as accompaniment.
1996 (2 minutes 40 seconds)