Typologies of Whiteness is a series of videos and study of whiteness. The series, currently made up of six videos (below), orients whiteness as a structural position that requires violence with a particular interest in how this violence is evidenced in a visual culture of a “post-racial” society.
A Capacity for Violence, TRT 00:07:12, silent, 2020, uses body cam footage and critical theory, this video attempts to think abstractly about the unending repetition of racializing (police) violence that perpetually (re)constitutes whiteness. The video might be thought of as an artist statement as much as an artwork, setting course for how to think structurally and abstractly about white supremacy and whiteness.
Typologies of Whiteness: Call me Daddy, video, TRT 00:11:30, 2020, interrogates a call for Law and Order as a white supremacist paternal instinct. The film intermingles commentary on the missing black father from Moynihan to O’Reilly, liberal propaganda of police tying ties, and excerpts of Barry Goldwater’s reactionary 1964 campaign film Choice, among others. The dialog between related but distinct discursive tropes notices a pattern of criminalizing and pathologizing racialized and resistant culture in moments of political and social crisis—Post-Watts, Post-Obama, Post-Ferguson, etc. The resulting discourses, liberal paternalism on the one hand and conservative Law and Order on the other, are born of the same impulse to reproduce white supremacist violence.
Typologies of Whiteness: Sympathetic Cops, TRT 00:04:47, 2019, collages appropriated sounds and images from popular police television dramas, police press conferences and news interviews. The film searches for linkages between white reactionary politics, liberal apologetics for police, and structural violence of whiteness.
Typologies of Whiteness: The Great White Hope, TRT: 00:01:50s, 2018, juxtaposes the beloved underdog sports film Rudy with an image of a rally for then Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Typologies of Whiteness: White People Love Police, TRT 00:05:22, 2017, uses appropriated images varying from popular music to protest footage. The film searches for linkages between white reactionary politics, liberal apologetics for police, and structural violence of whiteness.
Typologies of Whiteness: White Men Cover Robert Johnson’s ‘Hellhound on my Trail’, 00:07:57, 2016, is made up of taken from YouTube of white men singing the Robert Johnson’s classic Delta Blues song originally recorded in 1937 are juxtaposed with excerpts from various black critical theorists calling into question the structural positioning of whiteness.