8 times. That’s the number of shoulder dislocations George has experienced in their lifetime. In 2021, George amusingly decided to commemorate their second and hopefully final shoulder surgery by live-broadcasting the video feed from their surgical team’s arthroscopic camera. Hosted offsite from a makeshift TV studio, the livestream also invited viewers to interact with this very up-close and personal spectacle in real-time.
The Surgery (LIVE) is supported by Philadelphia-based art collectives AUTOMAT and Lino Kino.
Directed by George JM
Hosted by Matthew Ober
Production assistance by Saskia Globig
George JM is a writer and interdisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. They hold a BA from Bennington College with a focus in video and live performance, and they are an active organizer for Philly-based media arts collective Lino Kino. Their time-based work has been featured in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Cherry Street Pier, Da Vinci Art Alliance, HOT•BED and AUTOMAT; as well as the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Seattle, WA; Neighborhood Film Festival, Montreal, QC; No Theme Performance Festival, Poughkeepsie, NY; Built on Stilts, Martha’s Vineyard, MA; and many DIY and outdoor spaces in Philadelphia and New York City. They are also the Editor for This and That magazine, which features a range of interviews and articles in the realm of personal essay and lists.
Social Media: @james_mystic