What begins as a biography of the magician, Werner "Dorny" Dornfield, broadens into a mosaic of many riddles and revelations that resonate across the contexts of art, magic, and everyday life. Misdirections is a 68 page chapbook, printed with embedded clues that correspond with an affiliated web-based audiovisual trove. Following clues from the book, attentive readers can unlock further anecdotes, images, and vignettes, including original animations by Portland illustrator, Bill Boyer
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MISDIRECTIONS! A SERIO-COMIC CATALOGUE (2022 -2023)
Drawing together archival images, original animations, video vignettes, interviews, and live narration adapted from the book, Misdirections is a live cinema performance-lecture par excellance! Paired with a variety program of cine-magical feats, recent showcases have included videos, films, and performances by: Bill Boyer, Stephanie Hough, Andrew Kim, Kerry Laitala, Aaron O'Neal, Kathleen Quillian, Jeremy Rourke, Cindy Webster, Weird Faction, and others
NOV 2022: PNCA, Portland, OR
OCT 2022: Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
MAY 2022: Shapeshifters Cinema, Oakland, CA
MAY 2022: Turn! Turn! Turn!, Portland, OR
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MORNINGS OF THE MAGICIAN (2017)
A companion video to Misdirections: Unlike other magicians in the family, my father was a private magician, the pancake was his philosopher’s stone. Idiosyncratic culinary rituals are explored through family history and a metaphorical framework of alchemy.
MORNINGS OF THE MAGICIAN (2023)
Twine-based reboot as interactive story: (coming soon!)
2017 Electronic Elsewhere: Video by Carl Diehl, NW Tracking, Whitsell Auditorium, Portland, OR
Mornings of the Magician (detail from video), 2017