Artist LJ Frezza in person!
Friday, April 17, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
The Nightingale is delighted to host the latest traveling show from Los Angeles Filmforum’s program FESTIVAL OF (IN)APPROPRIATION!
Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of already existing media into new artworks is a practice that generates novel juxtapositions and new meanings and ideas, often in ways entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. Such new works are, in other words, “inappropriate.” This act of (in)appropriation may even produce revelations about the relationship between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion, artist and critic, not to mention the “producer” and “consumer” of visual culture itself. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decade has witnessed the emergence of a wealth of new audiovisual elements available for appropriation into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives, resources like vernacular collections, home movie repositories, and digital archives now also provide fascinating material to repurpose in ways that lend it new meaning and resonance.
Founded in 2009, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary, short (20 minutes or less), audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video, or other media and repurpose it in “inappropriate” and inventive ways. The show is curated by Jaimie Baron, Lauren Berliner, and Greg Cohen.
Generously sponsored by Los Angeles Filmforum.
Astro Black: Race for Space by Soda_Jerk (Australia, digital video, color, sound, 2010, 6:06)
Demolished Every Second by John Davis (US/Tajikistan, 16mm on digital video, color, sound, 2014, 4:25)
Sara Nokomis Weir by Brian L. Frye (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 20:00)
Lexicon by Celeste Fichter (US, digital video, color, silent, 2014, 2:36)
The Bags, Probably 1971 by Joshua Yates (US, hand-processed 16mm film on video, black & white and color, sound, 5:11)
No Signal Detected by Péter Lichter (Hungary, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 2:33)
TOHO by Sellotape Cinema (UK, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 9:30)
Nothing by LJ Frezza (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 6:27)
Array by Ben Balcom (US, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 7:18)
My clothes were dragging me back by Maria Magnusson (Sweden, digital video, color, sound, 2012, 4:53)
Falling in Love…with Chris and Greg: Work of Art! Reality TV Special by Chris E. Vargas and Greg Youmans (US, digital video, color, sound, 2012, 14:00)
Iterations by Gregg Biermann (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 5:37)
Jaimie Baron (Festival Director) is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She received her B.A. in Art-Semiotics from Brown University, her M.A. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa, and her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA.
Lauren S. Berliner is an Assistant Professor of Media and Communication and Cultural Studies at University of Washington Bothell. Her research focuses on amateur media production practices, gender and sexuality, and pedagogy.
Greg Cohen, an artist and scholar of cinema and visual culture, teaches film studies in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and the Program in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA. His research and practice draw on a range of intellectual and aesthetic interests, from landscape theory and aesthetic philosophy to cultural memory and experimental archives, and from the history and theory of architecture to the intersections of moving-image media and radical politics.
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