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The Backside of God is an experimental documentary utilizing archival footage, digital glitch, chemical abstraction, and direct animation to explore the intricacies of the artist’s relationship with their familial, religious, and queer identity.

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In 2019, Hogan Seidel and Gabby Sumney decided to tackle a yearly collaboration called Sorrow Halved–from the German idiom “Geteilte Freude ist doppelte Freude, geteilter Schmerz ist halber Schmerz.” or “A joy shared, is a joy doubled. A sorrow shared, is a sorrow halved.” The two queer artists took a shine to the idiom as they considered ways to subvert traditional notions of authorship and the experimental canon in their practice and their teaching.

The “sorrow” of singular creative genius that is often hailed in the experimental world felt counter to the lessons they were bringing to their students and to their approach to making queer art.

For one year, Gabby and Hogan took the same strip of 35mm clear leader and passed it back and forth every month. There were no restrictions on how to interact with the strip or limitations on materials. The artists were simply responding to each other through gestures. 

Hogan & Gabby are both based in Boston, where they teach 16mm and experimental film. They both were interested in building pedagogical practices that incorporate collaborative modes of experimentation.

Pride™ (2019) Private Screener from Hogan Seidel on Vimeo.

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16mm, Color, 5 min

An observational film about the changing environment surrounding pride festivals. This piece specifically looks at my current city of residence, Boston's Pride Parade.

Pride was a revolution that started June 28, 1970. Now that queers (mostly white, cis, gay) have become widely accepted into the mainstream, they have become a marketable demographic. The marching for liberation has now become a march of brands and banks. These institutions make money off of queer people while still exploiting other marginalized groups. (e.g. TD bank and the funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline) As a queer person or ally, what does it mean now to be waving a rainbow flag with Wells Fargo or TD bank on it?


Let's Look at Florida (2018) from Hogan Seidel on Vimeo.

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16mm, Black & White, 5 min

SINKHOLE is a collective made up of artists Justice, Hogan Seidel, and Amber Vistein. The artists all hail from Florida (Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, and Wakulla County).

The story of the attempted draining and development of Florida can be told through a series of failures dating back to Andrew Hamilton. The land in the Everglades, specifically, has been unsuccessfully drained, flooded, and irrigated dozens of times throughout the years. "Let's Look at Florida" shows the state's history and present simultaneously. Floridians are trying to claim land that isn't theirs: by draining and developing it, hunting it and settling it.

Despite all of the inhabitants' best efforts-- the land continues to swallow its own history.
This film is comprised of 16mm found footage and archival material from all across Florida. The footage was then layered, rephotographed, and hand-processed on 16mm.

Hogan Seidel©