Chicken Crack Bed

A visual definition of the term "exploration".

  • Barkley Dubis
    I Am Perfectly Normal
  • Barkley Dubis
  • Monte Mandel
    Key Cast
  • Jack Mulligan
    Key Cast
  • Julian Sellers
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    5 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Barkley Dubis

Paul Barkley-Zen Dubis, professionally known as Barkley Dubis is an American filmmaker, artist, and composer. He is known for his surrealist video art such as his series I Am Perfectly Normal (2022-2023) and Ivie award winning Regulate Tiktok (2021). He currently resides in San Diego, California.

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Director Statement

The idea here was to create a video artwork that defined the term “exploration” in a more visually abstract way. I also didn’t want it polished in any way. Exploration is about raw discovery, and I wanted to display this said raw discovery truthfully. I used two pieces of footage for the project, one taken from a time when me and a group of friends were playing light tag during the nighttime (upon which I stumbled upon which could’ve been a crack bed), and the other taken from a recent event in which me and a couple of other friends went into a sewer and continued forward until we couldn’t see the entrance from which we entered. These experiences are truthfully documented events and had the underlying similarity of being times when I have “explored”.

But then what about the original goal, that being to create a more abstract representation of exploration? My piece is about the term itself, it’s about audience exploration. I don’t want you to just explore what is happening with me, but I want you to guess what is happening on the screen and discover what is being explored. Exploration is about discovery, and I wanted to define the word in a visual way.

Barkley Dubis