The construction of TAPE NUMBER ONE (TNO) began in the year 2001.
TNO is interested in the deconstruction of song structure to create an expanded, conceptual story telling that blends the artist’s poetics, songwriting, performance and costuming with found footage and in computer design. The tape’s short works balance meaning with emotion and documentation with design. Educational preludes provide a documentary component to the work grounding the lyrical content in a larger conceptual framework.
At times, absurd visual elements pertaining to a characters’ situation, gesture or costume, contrasts with the blunt sentimental honesty of the voice. The tension between fiction and heartfelt truth, often leads viewers into the surreal as the work struggles to convey experiences of beauty or insight into our being. The tape is an incomplete visual monument, a documentary continuously being built upon through bits of poetry honoring the past.
Tommy Becker attended the San Francisco Art Institute as an undergraduate before receiving his MFA in Film/Video/Performance from California College of Arts where he was awarded, "The All College Honor Award”. A poet trapped in a camcorder, Becker continues to feed his video, music and poems into his never-ending saga, “TAPE NUMBER ONE”. Often Becker’s single channel works are translated to live cinema performance. He has been an artist in residency at Headlands Center for The Arts and the Wexner Center for the Arts. His work has been shared at Bay Area Now 4 at the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, Freewaves’ 10th Biennial Film, Video & New Media Art Festival, Los Angeles; White Columns, New York; Black Maria Film Festival, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY. His video work has screened nationally and internationally. Since 2004, he’s worked as an arts educator in the Bay Area.
2001 MFA - Film, Video & Performance | California College of the Arts, SF CA
1998/99 - Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies | San Francisco Art Institute, SF CA
1994 BA - International/Japanese Regional Studies | University of the Pacific, Stockton CA
1992 - Undergraduate Studies Japanese/Regional Studies | Kwansei Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan
2011 - Single Subject Teaching Credential - Visual Arts | San Francisco State University
2004 - Current | Gateway High School, San Francisco, CA | Video Arts, Visual Arts 2, Visual Arts 3 Honors
2012 - 2013 San Francisco State University, Adjunct Professor, Course - Engaging Time: Personal, Appropriated & Abstracted, Undergraduate Studio Arts
2006 - 2009 JFK University, Berkeley, CA, Adjunct professor, MFA Studio Arts - Course - Engaging Time: Personal, Appropriated & Abstracted
GUEST ARTIST / LECTURER
International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Course, International High School, SF CA | Eva Strohmeier (2013) (2017)
Writing For the Moving Image, California College of the Arts, SF CA - Jeanne Finely | visiting artist (2012) (2013)
4D: Image, Motion & Process, California College of the Arts, SF CA - Aaron Gach | visiting artist (2012) (2013)(2014)(2017)
Beginning Video Production Class, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA - Lydia Greer | visiting artist (2009)
Senior Seminar, California College of the Arts, SF CA | visiting artist (2007)
Intro to Video, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA - Desiree Holman | visiting artist
Headlands Center For the Arts | “Inquisitive Machines & Melodramatic Scenes” | lecture (2005)
Reading and Writing About Visual Experience, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA - Marisa Olson | visiting artist (2005)
Writing For the Moving Image, California College of the Arts, SF CA | visiting artist (2005)
Media Arts, California College of the Arts, SF CA | visiting artist (2005)
New Genres, San Francisco Art Institute, SF CA - Jon Rubin | visiting artist (2005)
Momentary Academy, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts curated by Ted Purves | visiting artist (2005)
Intro to Film/Video/Performance, California College of the Arts, SF CA - Jeanne Finely | visiting artist (2004)
San Francisco Media Arts Council, SF CA | visiting artist (2003)
Graduate Seminar, California College of the Arts, SF CA | visiting artist (2003)
Intro to Film/Video/Performance, California College of the Arts, SF CA - Jeanne Finely | visiting artist (2003)
Color Theory, California College of the Arts, SF CA - Lynn Kirby | visiting artist (2003)