The TORSO Corporation: Broadcasting From the Alternative Present

torsoA screening and discussion with artists Jesse Corinella and Jan Dickey
Date: Saturday, February 26th
Time: 8 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by the Hollow Earth Society

On the 26th of February, TORSO Corporation executives Jesse Corinella and Jan Dickey will lead a discussion on their “Broadcast Capacitor” installation piece. The broadcast capacitor is a television set transmitting a series of video broadcasts from an alternate present in which a global disaster has eliminated all human life aside from generations born 1985 and on, successfully restarting civilization: fresh and right smack in the middle of the 1980s.

The broadcasts, collectively titled Broadcast 6, use a collection of stock footage from the 1930s–1970s along with digital and super-8 film shot by the TORSO corp from 2006–2010. Broadcast 6 tells a story, through the veil of science fiction, that questions the American values established in the twentieth century and, through point–counterpoint competing broadcasters, opens a discussion on how those values are relevant today.

Jesse Corinella is a storyteller with a penchant for (in alphabetical order) astronauts, bookshelves, camping, Canidae, incense, masks, organization, Rapidiographs, science fiction, and taxidermy. He spends his days as a retoucher and his evenings as an illustrator. He currently resides in Carroll Gardens.

Jan Dickey was born a small German boy about an hour’s automobile ride from Frankfurt, only to immediately after birth renounce his German citizenship and study the American way of life for eight years on an United States Army base in Bad Kreuznach. In 1996 his dream came true, and he and his family moved to the great American state of Delaware. It was at the University of Delaware that he was to share a printmaking drawer with one Jesse Corinella, who in the coming years would go on to found the TORSO Corporation. In the rambling months following his university education, Jan Dickey would be tricked by the conniving Jesse Corinella to leave the sunny hills and valleys of California for Brooklyn, in order to work on a “little” film project with the footage they had been collecting together and apart all across the United States. Jan Dickey now lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends most his time happily making paintings.

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