Gratuitous Art Productions/Films is a collaborative video art project between Jeff Burns and Cat Gilbert. We at Gratuitous seek out the connections and inflections between today’s audience and yesterday’s bully pulpit. Gratuitous techniques have been keystones in both propaganda and filmmaking in the 20th century and over time, connotations-symbolic, political or otherwise allow us to manipulate sound and images to gratuitously inflict our own narratives.

We at Gratuitous dig deep into the trenches of ephemera obscura, sourcing from over 65 years of public domain material ranging from the propaganda of the Prelinger archives, to the wax cylinders in Thomas Edison’s Attic. The very sources of the material form a foundational context that allows these short films to work with so many layers. The corporate lens and the time of its conception make each film source a treasure trove of metaphor and social relevance.

contact us at: gratuitousartproductions@gmail.com

THE MANIFESTO

What People Are Saying About GAF:


APPROVED BY GRANDPA WOODSTOCK AND THE RAINBOW FAMILY OF LIGHT!!


“Like Andy Warhol’s secret evil twin, Andy Warhol.”

-CS Thompson

“Stop it.”

-God

“Someday a giant rat is going to eat you. On that day, I will stand watching and laughing.”
-Representative of the International Association of Dis-Cruelty to Animals

“There are a-lot of boobs.”

-L. Grandmaison

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