cheapcream is a guest-edited series of video clips captured and collated by artist assume vivid astro focus. It is made up of short pieces of footage shot at a variety of performances in many venues worldwide over the last year or so. Each captured by assume vivid astro focus, the footage covers drag acts, artists' performances in galleries, bands playing events and documentation of some of his own work. assume vivid astro focus -avaf for short- is an artist moniker that is used in the spirit of an inclusive, often collaborative, artistic practice. avaf operates as part of the legacy of artists such as Canadian collective General Idea who have consistently worked accross a variety of media to communicate political ideas about queer identity and politics. avaf also acknowledges the precedence of an artist such as the late Felix Gonzalez Torres, an influential artist who invited participation from his audience through simple gestures such as sculptures made out of sweets that were there to be taken away. cheapcream comprises a selection of avaf's ever-growing personal film archive, presented as a resource that is there to be shared. As part of his larger practice and part of a research process -a distinction avaf doesn't make- it is an enthusiatic sharing of what he considers public material. The clips are an ongoing record of others' performances, and the series offers insight into the world of an avid observer and collector of such. cheapcream also represents access into the ideas that inform or might become assumed by such a practice as avafs, and an invitation to be engaged in this ongoing work in progress.
All film by and courtesy of the artist: assume vivid astro focus
Editorial Direction and Text: Christabel Stewart
Editorial assistance: Jenny Campbell-Colquhoun
avaf thanks: Carla Machado, Christophe Hamaide Pierson, John Connelly Presents, Peres Projects, Bec Stupak
SHOWstudio thanks: avaf, The Britannia