Electromediascope Fall 2012: Possible Worlds: Community, Identity and Culture

October 12, 2012—October 26, 2012

7 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26

Atkins Auditorium | FREE

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The history of the world has been shaped by climate, war, famine, disease, Diasporas, revolutions, invention, energy and commerce. These influences all continue to contribute to the socio-political and cultural dynamics of change.

Several new technological and intellectual developments are affecting the ways that people think about the communities that they are born into as well as those that they choose.

The very notion of communities itself is complex with different scales and qualities, including the community of those who do not belong to a community, open permeable communities and closed or static societies where power is achieved through violence, ethnic cleansing and dictatorial or fascist control that maintains the status quo in the face of global change.

At a time when the dysfunctional and often horrific dissolution and destruction of communities is becoming more prevalent artists and filmmakers are producing works that document and raise critical questions regarding what, how and if the limits of community that are emerging are relevant in the context of today’s global political, economic and social crises.

Oct 12
Visiting artist, Joan Grossman, will present and discuss her work Drop City. This film tells a story of whimsical innovation and the drive to create a new community on the scrapheap of a wasteful society.

Oct 19
Natalia Almada's, El Velador/The Night Watchman, explores the violence that is pointlessly destroying Mexico and rescues a sense of humanity from the heart of that violence. Almada was named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow for capturing complex and nuanced views of Mexican history, politics and culture through her insightful and poetic works.

Oct 26
The Nine Muses, by John Akomfrah, is comprised of nine overlapping musical chapters that mix archival material with original scenes. Homer's The Odyssey is the primary narrative reference point for this work.

Image: Drop City, photo courtesy of Richard Kallweit.

Electromediascope is supported by the Rheta A. Sosland Fund

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