Jump Over Time: Playing Undocumented Utopias

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Wednesday, November 6 | 4:00 p.m.
Playing Un-Documented Utopias
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

Playing Un-Documented Utopias presents an overview of the Jump Over Time series with excerpts of video work by Martha Rosler, Karen Finley and Zoe Beloff as well as the presentation of two recent works: People to be Resembling (Otolith Group, UK/India, 2012, 22 minutes), “a five sided portrait of the methodologies of the post-free jazz, pre-world music trio Codona. People to be Resembling returns to 1978 in order to re-dream the recording process at Tonstudio Bauer as a meditation upon the relations between visual anthropology, anti-colonial choreography, nuclear annihilation and Weltmusik;” and Walk Through (Redmond Entwistle, USA/UK, 2013, 17 minutes), “an exploration of the site, design and philosophy of the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, as a starting point for posing wider questions about contemporary pedagogical models and their relationship to new forms of social, political and economic exchange that have emerged since the 1970s.”

This screening is one of several films and performances in the series organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, Jump Over Time, curated by Joanna Raczynska ’98 of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  Jump Over Time looks at some creative uses of video documentation as an idiom and form used by media artists. When does the video documentation of an event shift from witness to evidence? If a performance is designed for the camera is the urgency, the live-ness, of the performance obliterated?  When the video maker’s intent is to re-present a specific historic period, action, or happening, can reenactments be considered documentation? Selected works as well as visiting artists and archivists will speak to the many ways archives—brimming with mediated experiences—are critical to cultural determination, memory and practice.

Admission to this event is free.

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