Introducing Mr. Diana
A video short documenting the arrival of controversial comic book artist and illustrator Michael Diana–the hottest astral flame to scorch New York.
Peter Cramer & Jack WatersDirectorBlack & White Study, Short Memory/No History :AIDS ART ACTIVISM.
Mike DianaKey Cast
Project Type:Documentary, Experimental, Short
Country of Origin:United States
Country of Filming:United States
Shooting Format:Hi-8 transfer to mini DVcassette
MIX NYC (Experimental Film/Video Festival)New York
The Film-Makers' CoopDistributorCountry: United States
Quoted as “new york's most radical queers” by I-D Magazine, Peter Cramer and Jack Waters central activity of the ‘80s was the performance collective POOL (Performance On One Leg), currently featured in the exhibition “Life Between Buildings”) at MoMA/PS 1 thru Jan 2023.
They continue to instigate the hybrid of performance, film, video, installation and social practice in more recent projects including “GENERATOR - Pestilence Part 1” at La Mama Downstairs Theater, prescient in its 2020 premiere on the cusp of the coronavirus pandemic; “Memories That Smell Like Gasoline - Reading David Wojnarowicz” at the Whitney Museum performed with NYOBS, their queer skinned kitchen band (2018); and “Spaghetti Wrestling” at Herman Nitsch Museum, Naples (2016).
They are co-founders and directors of Le Petit Versailles, a community art garden in the East Village. Co-Founders of Allied Productions, Inc., a non profit artist-run organization, they are former co-directors of the renowned radical cultural collective ABC No Rio. Their 40 year collaboration includes dozens of projects including “The Ring Our Way” at Anthology Film Archives, a live cinema/action approach to Wagner's Ring Cycle for the legendary queer media festival MIX NYC, "Pride 2001-We Remember", a video/photo installation at the NY Public Library Donnell Media Center featured on IN THE LIFE - a nationwide broadcast on PBS; and "Lo Vamos a Hablar (Let’s Talk About It)”, a 2005 exhibit that was the first observation of World AIDS Day for the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea De Barcelona (CCCB).
With the art activist organization Visual AIDS they participated in exhibitions including “Ephemera As Evidence” (2014), NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS” (2013), and created the performance of "Sunscreen Test Boulevard In The Sand" (2015) in partnership with the Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) and the New York Performance Artists Collective (NYPAC). More info can be found here- https://www.visualaids.org/search?keywords=Peter+Cramer
Both are Yaddo Residency Fellows and members of the Visual AIDS Artist Registry. Their video/films are distributed by the Filmmakers Cooperative in NYC. http://film-makerscoop.com
Peter has published several photo books (The Peter Files) and zines (C_OVID TIMES, PLOT#1-3) presented at Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair. He is recently featured in photography books by Matthew Leifheit- “To Die Alive“,
and Tom Warren - “The 1980s Art Scene in New York”. Peter is former Technical Director at Danspace Project 1990 -1999.
Jack performed the title role of Jason Holliday in the acclaimed 2015 indie film “Jason and Shirley” for which he is a co-writer. The film is in the collection of MoMa with a recent run on The Criterion Channel. Jack appears in the upcoming release of Todd Verow's film “You Can't Stay Here” starring Guillermo Diaz.
Jack Waters is a BFA graduate of Juilliard in dance. His choreography credits include work staged for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center Repertory Workshop. He created numerous artworks as a founding member of POOL, the resident performance / dance company of the legendary Pyramid Club on New York's Lower East Side.
Jack's 1995 film “The Male Gayze” was included in the exhibition “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity In American Art” at The Whitney Museum.
From 2002 - 2004 Jack was Assistant Professor of Video at Hampshire College. Other teaching credits include originating the A Different Take media workshop for Mix NYC. Jack's essays and reviews have been published in Conde Nast's Brides Magazine, the Village Voice, Springer Magazine in Vienna, and Starship Magazine in Berlin. Jack was a contributing writer for both Gay City News, New York City's LGBT news bi-weekly, and Color Life, the news journal for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and two-spirited people of Color.