Mariann VanDevere: A Visualization of Paul Mooney’s “White Teeth”
I set out to create a visualization of comedian Paul Mooney’s joke “White Teeth.” Initially, I found myself punctuating Mooney’s points with images of slavery and minstrelsy that acted in contradiction to the humorous tone of his work, which was not my intention. I remedied this issue by following Gustavo Vazquez’s advice and inverted the gaze. Thus, the creators of the word “nigger” remained the rightful butt of the joke. I used moving images of white persons to fix the gaze juxtaposed by still images of laughing persons of color to further highlight the inversion. The clips and images I selected were partly inspired by cultural events and as such offers an entry point into a deeper conversation about white supremacy and blackness.
Tools: Adobe Premiere, Online Audio/Video Converter, Google, YouTube, Instagram Video Downloader, Dropbox