Mantel (part 1)

Thursday April 27th at 7:30 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale (1084 N. Milwaukee)

Her environment is an expanded New Media art series highlighting feminine spectrum artists focusing on broadening the understanding of how New Media practices can be used in multiple forms of art making. Artists have shown work in performance, writing, light, textile, and sound as well as more traditional embodiments of the term “new media” including computer games, video installation and rendered worlds. Our aim is to show pieces that challenge how new media can be used, and the male dominated culture that surrounds it.

As artists we carry the mantle of responsibility for reflecting the times and holding space for the untenable. We believe that it is an artist’s duty is to reflect the times.

An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I’m concerned, it’s their choice, but I choose to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That, to me, is my duty. And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved. ‘
Nina Simone

Mantle (part I), is a video screening of artists reflecting on how the current changes effect us- impending limitations on our personhood based on race, class immigration status, how this manifests in our daily lives, and how our lives inevitably become our art.

‘ When everything is so desperate

When everyday is a matter of survival ____



Paula Nacif
♥ take care of you 2 ♥ 2017
Digital Video .mp4 (06:40 mins)

Anja Morell
Selfie Theory #2 2017
Digital Video (1:00 mins)
A parody of many social media users’ practice of sharing personal experiences in relation to big social and political happenings. Not all small opinions and perspectives are important in this way. The silence in the video brings time for contemplation.

Traci Fowler
Digital Video (04:21 mins) 2017
I have been thinking about what its like existing in this world as a sick, fat and disabled femme. The invalidation and mistreatment from doctors, the value placed on productivity and the de-sexualizing of bodies are just a few of the ways this society shows us we’re not important. Sometimes I’m sad about that, but also finding ways to laugh about it.

Julia Mellen
babababe 2017
Digital Video & Performance (15:21 mins)
A fifteen minute video documenting a performance of a girl dissolving a humanoid sculpture made out of cotton candy with her drool. Work was influenced by Lydia Clark’s Baba Antropofágica and the reclaiming of cannibalism during the Brazilian Modernist movement in regards to sex work/ using femininity and Latin fetishization as mutual exploitation.

Crystal Beiersdorfer
Broken Conversation with Superficial Action 2017
Digital Video (05:31 mins)
Digital culture is constantly altering the definition of what it means to be a “beautiful” woman, with the worshipping and glorification of the proper thigh gap, hipbone protrusion, exaggerated collarbone, etc. The female body is relentlessly being mutilated through digital software and, as a result, the female psyche is being attacked. Broken Conversation with Superficial Action remarks on the constant mask that women must put on while out in public.

Leyla Rodriguez
Homeless 2017
Digital Video (05:13 mins)

Kera Mackenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney
Acre TV Live at the MCA – ACT 2: Inside Voices/Hollow Objects III
Digital Video (27:37 mins)
Acre TV Live at the MCA – ACT 2: Inside Voices/Hollow Objects III
A live performance, with playwrights, actors, artists, and a studio audience collaboratively producing and broadcasting LIVE television on ACRETV.org.An hour of living cinema—like a play in which actors meet in the edit.

Programmed by Raul Benitez.

Filed under: experimental, feminism, new media, Uncategorized, video