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Initiation Module - Roy LaGrone

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Published on Jul 30, 2010

4' 52, single-channel color video by Roy LaGrone.

Premiered at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum's exhibition "New Visions: Emerging Trends in African American Art," September 29, 2003 through April 25, 2004. Based on a "rite of passage" scenario, the video Initiation Module depicts the artist as protagonist in a virtual initiation proceeding. LaGrone deployed the piece as a "metaphoric time capsule," documenting a pivotal period in his art practice: his transition to digital imaging techniques from traditional hand-oriented modes of production. Initiation Module is "an animated fetish -- harvested from found objects, mixed media experiments, ritualized vignettes, and analog surveillance footage" of past living/working environments in the southeast United States.

Once described as "an initiate into the realm of cyber-shamanism and electric hermetics," Roy LaGrone creates digital art that materializes in the form of video installation, photomontage and animation. Investigating issues of displacement and renewal, his work has been exhibited at numerous venues throughout the United States and abroad. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, LaGrone has a BFA in communication design and a MFA in computer arts.

www.anacostia.si.edu

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