desire is already a memory
featuring AMBER BEMAK & ANGELO MINAX MADSEN, MAILE COSTA COLBERT, YONI GOLDSTEIN & MEREDITH ZIELKE, KENNETH LARTEY, MITCH MCGLOCKLIN, MICHÈLE SAINT-MICHELE, BILL MORRISON, LYDIA MOYER, DEVON NARINE-SINGH, ALISON NGUYEN, RAED RAFEI, RAJEE SAMARASINGHE, M.M. SERRA.
FOUR BY BILL MORRISON
Filmmaker Bill Morrison has forged an unmistakeable style working with found celluloid to emphasize the effects of time and neglect on its delicate layers. Linking the physical materiality of film to its affective capacity for visceral, emotional command, his prolific body of work is manna for those who dream of nitrate sheep.
These four new shorts illustrate the broad possibilities of Morrison's concerns. A story of lost films found at sea, a serene and endearing cat-cam video scored by Bill Frisell, and two richly divergent re-narrativized examples of decay, they are as follows, clockwise from top to bottom left:
Sunken Films (2021, 11 minutes)
Curly Takes A Bath By The Sea (2020, 5 minutes)
Wild Girl (2021, 5 minutes)
The Ring (2021, 8 minutes)
A Machine To Live In
Yoni Goldstein & Meredith Zielke, 2020, 88 minutes
A hive-like consciousness scans a space-age metropolis: an unstable landscape of mystical architecture and oneiric technology emerges. From this cosmic dream, the specter of totalitarianism takes form. A MACHINE TO LIVE IN is a sci-fi documentary about the utopian imaginary, set in the Brazilian hinterlands.
Alison Nguyen, 2020, 20 minutes
Video centering on a computer-generated woman raised by the Internet in isolation in a virtual void. From the apartment where she has been placed Andra8 works as a digital laborer, surviving off the data from her various freemium jobs as a virtual assistant, a data janitor, a life coach, and a content creator.
The domestic space from which she is constantly surveilled looks like the inoffensive love child of the results of a ‘Mid-century modern’ Pinterest search, a mental health hospital, and a perpetually sunny L.A. Airbnb. In other words: A kind of antiseptic neoliberal purgatory.
As she multitasks throughout the day, Andra8 is monitored, finding herself overwhelmed by a web of global client demands. Something begins to trouble Andra8: her life depends on her compulsory consumption and output of human data – or so she’s been told. Andra8 explores the implications of such an existence, and what arises when one attempts to subvert them.
Maile Costa Colbert, 2020, 9 minutes
A mother's lunar reverie channels anxieties of life on Earth into a grainy, cosmic awareness of organic perseverance amongst the stars.
The Well-Prepared Citizen's Solution
Lydia Moyer, 2020, 5 minutes
Anarchic, ecstatic, intoxicating— this hyper-saturated statement on a lifestyle liberated from the panic of pandemic pools its joyful bleeding edges into a warm bath of sound and color.
Queer Utopia: From Stonewall to Tell Garden
Raed Rafei, 2021, 8 minutes
A dialectical visual journey from Manhattan to Tripoli highlights the social conditions that define queerness.
Two Sons And A River of Blood
Amber Bemak & Angelo Madsen Minax, 2021, 11 minutes
**This film is only available through April 11**
A queer woman is pregnant. The self-made family unit of two dykes and a trans man imagine a kind of erotic magic that will allow for procreation based solely on desire. Together they enact a public sex ritual to symbolize their hopefulness for multiplicity, acknowledging their cyborg bodies as technological interventions. When the queer woman miscarries her child, the three begin to build their own mythic understanding of where bodies live when they are not inside us. They create a story to trace movement of the non-body, from a hole, to a river, to a room. Images of an imaginary white room, an ikea-esque torture chamber of stillness, haunt them. As a parallel emerges between the pregnant body and the trans body, the techno-sex act becomes the key and a pyramid becomes the portal to access this other world of non-bodied existence.
Instagram Live Q&A w/ Amber Bemak & Angelo Madsen Minax Sunday April 11 @ 7PM EDT
TWO BY RAJEE SAMARASINGHE
These transgressive ethnographies by filmmaker Rajee Samarasinghe extend a tradition established by filmmakers like Trinh T. Minh-ha and run parallel to other reconstituted academic approaches- eg. Sensory Ethnography- with a patient style as much oriented toward self-examination as novel framings of the "other".
Gimhanaye Netra / The Eyes of Summer
(2020, 15 minutes, above)
In a small and remote hamlet, a young girl develops a curious friendship with a spirit who lives in an abandoned house.
Jeevithaye Mayawa / Imitation of Life
(2020, 1 minute, right)
Tracing the colonial gaze in both the ethnographic image and forms of dominant media, this short piece describes an impressionistic encounter with a woman seen from a great distance, who confronts a curious telescopic lens.
Kenneth Lartey, 2020, 5 minutes
A descent into the partyscape of young southern madness, as narrated by Atlanta rapper Future via Chopped and Screwed remix.
Instagram Live Q&A w/ Kenneth Lartey on Friday April 9 @ 5PM EDT
Notes of a Wind Chime
Devon Narine-Singh, 2021, 24 minutes
A film that began about what it means to be intimate during a pandemic became a film about both the toxic habits and fears we carry in building connection. Weaving together media from ACT UP with present day interviews with activists Jim Hubbard and Alexandra Juhasz alongside elements of narrative and performance featuring the actress Lisa Naso and the poetry of Akilah Oliver. As we close, we end towards healing and healthier ways of expression.
Michèle Saint-Michele, 2020, 5 minutes
A poetic exploration of an exaggerated startle response, emotional arousal and reactivity; one symptom group of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Instagram Live Q&A w/ Michèle Saint-Michele on Monday April 12 @ 2PM EDT
Jack Waters and Peter Cramer
M. M. Serra, 2021, 16 minutes
A portrait of two artists, dancers, musicians, community gardeners, collaborators and lovers, who have lived together on the Lower East Side of New York City for more than 40 years. This film focuses on their latest production “Generator: Pestilence Part 1” as it went into its inaugural production at the avant-garde venue, La MaMa in February, 2020.
Mitch McGlocklin, 2020, 7 minutes
A life insurance company uses an AI algorithm to determine the risk of a new applicant. The subsequent denial sparks a period of introspection for the individual in question.
Instagram Live Q&A w/ Mitch McGlocklin on Saturday, April 10 @ 3PM EDT