Electromediascope Winter 2008 Life and Art: Stories from the Borderland

February 15, 2008—February 29, 2008

Specific dates: Feb. 15, 22 and 29

Location: Atkins Auditorium

The documentaries and fictional film in this session of Electromediascope explore the creative lives and delicate balance that is maintained between the art and life of three very different artists. Through the films of Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Don Bernier and Miranda July, we enter into the everyday reality of these individuals and learn how the unique circumstances of their worlds and day-to-day activities provide sources of inspiration and self-discovery for their art-in-life and life-in-art experiences. We witness their successes, failures, struggles and survival strategies to realize projects and communicate with others within situations in which their private worlds and the worlds of art and culture overlap.

Feb. 15: Absolute Wilson by Katharina Otto-Bernstein is an intimate portrayal of one man's journey from a learning-disabled outsider to an internationally acclaimed artist. Renowned for challenging theatrical and operatic conventions, Robert Wilson translates his (and that of other outsiders) experience of mental breakdown and institutional care into pieces of highly instinctive theatre.

Feb. 22: In a Nutshell: A Portrait of Elizabeth Tashjian by Don Bernier was filmed over the course of three years. In A Nutshell chronicles Elizabeth Tashjian's unique life as a curator, concert violinist, entertainer, philosopher, painter, performance artist and Christian Science healer. 

In 1972, Tashjian opened the Nut Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and was its sole proprietor for thirty years.  Her mission: to educate people on the beauty of nuts—the kind that grow on trees, as well as the misunderstood 'two-legged variety' among us.

Feb. 29: Miranda July's Me and You and Everyone We Know is the story of Christine Jesperson, a lonely artist and "Eldercab" driver who uses her fantastical artistic visions to draw her aspirations and objects of desire closer to her, and Richard Swersey, a newly single shoe salesman and father of two boys, is prepared for amazing things to happen. But when he meets Christine, he panics.

In July's modern world, the mundane is transcendent and everyday people become radiant characters who speak their innermost thoughts, act on secret impulses, and experience truthful human moments that at times approach the surreal.

Image: Miranda July, Still from You and Me and Everyone We Know. Copyright IFC Films
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