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Thursday, March 26 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Language in Video Art Now

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A screening of several short works of video art in which language – be it political speech, literary work, or invented narrative -- features prominently. The event is designed to spark a discussion about adaptation, histories/ possibilities of language use on the screen, the relationship between supplied, moving image and conjured, mental image, as well as between the spoken and written word. The program will present diverse, recent work by several contemporary video artists, most of whom are local and available for a Q & A afterwards, including:

Danielle Dean, No Lye, TRT 10 minutes, 2013. Confined to a bathroom, five women communicate with the limit of words taken from political speech and advertising from Ebony magazine and Vogue. The women are engaging in making a bomb.

Harry Dodge, Unkillable, TRT 19 minutes, 2011, and Ipse Dixit, TRT 2 minute, 2011. Ipse Dixit is a two-minute loop that uses the simplest tools of Final Cut Pro to deliver a short transcription on the end of the world. The black comedy Unkillable investigates the potency of images made from language by means of monologic performance: wearing a mask, Dodge performs a “text-story” of a would-be film made up of progressively appalling events.

Mariah Garnett, Garbage, The City, and Death. TRT 8 minutes, 2012. The video consists of three scenes from a Fassbinder play of the same title, which was banned from the stage in Germany in 1985. The adaptation consists of the scenes between Roma, the prostitute and Franz, her boyfriend/pimp, with the filmmaker playing Franz and her half-sister, Joanna Coleman, playing Roma. 

Dylan Mira, Untitled (Agua Viva), TRT 13 minutes, 2013. Features the filmmaker’s ailing father reading aloud from Clarice Lispector’s Agua Viva from his home hospital bed; his recitation is punctuated by his announcements of distaste for the book as well as by acerbic, tender commentary from his wife about her husband’s character and life.

Tyler Oyer, Calling All Divas: TASASKASP, TRT 4 minutes, 2014. A performative piece utilizing language by Shakespeare, as filtered through Karen Black and an original drag persona.

Maggie Nelson will moderate.

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Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the author of five books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book is The Argonauts, a work of "autotheory" about gender, sexuality, sodomitical maternity, queer family, and the limitations and possibilities of language (Graywolf Press, May 2015... Read More →

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Danielle Dean

Danielle Dean was born in Alabama to a Nigerian-American father and a British mother, and raised in government housing in Northwest London. Her multimedia often examines, appropriates and recreates various interior spaces that resemble details from environments of her youth. Dean... Read More →
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Harry Dodge

Harry Dodge (also known as Harriet "Harry" Dodge) is an American sculptor, performer, video artist, and writer, whose interdisciplinary practice is characterized by its explorations of materiality, the unnamable, legibility and orientation, with a special focus on continuum and the... Read More →

Mariah Garnett

Mariah Garnett mixes documentary, narrative and experimental filmmaking practices to make work that accesses existing people and communities beyond her immediate experience. Using source material that ranges from found text to iconic gay porn stars, Garnett often inserts herself into... Read More →
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Dylan Mira

Dylan Mira is women liminally Los Angeles and on the Internet. It is the Art Institute of Chicago School Video BFA and UCLA she holds a MBA in new genres. His work has been exhibited in nature- this site, the Los Angeles Nomadic Division, Chicago Underground Film Festival, depressed... Read More →
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Tyler Oyer

Tyler Oyer holds an MFA from CalArts. He works in performance and video, and has recently performed or presented work in New York City, Oslo, London, Miami(Basel), and Bergen Kunstall. In 2013, his multimedia performance piece “100 Years of Noise: Beyoncé is ready to receive you... Read More →

Thursday March 26, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm PDT
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