Electromediascope Winter 2012: Alien Contact and Cultural Imagination

February 10, 2012—February 24, 2012

Specific dates: Feb. 10, 17 and 24.

7 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium

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Alien Contact and Cultural Imagination presents diverse examples of aesthetic, sociocultural and political works that address aspects of imaginable worlds.

These new media works share more with the connotative syntax of oral histories, poetry, performances and ritual traditions than with many established forms of western cinema that are more often grounded in textual literacy and a denotative narrative flow.

They tell strange and beautiful stories that extend media literacy through visual and audible means that reverberate with geopolitical realities, while bringing to life a missing past and emphasizing alternative ways of imagining the future.

February 10: Before Tomorrow is about the survival of a 19th-century Inuit grandmother and her grandson, after a strange illness sweeps through the camp. By Marie-Hélène Cousineau in collaboration with Madeline Ivalu and Susan Avingaq.

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February 17: Baltimore, by Isaac Julien, will be shown along with four works by Cauleen Smith: The Changing Same, Dark Matter 1The Green Dress and The Fullness of Time

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February 24: Visiting artist Cauleen Smith presents and discusses her new work including Remote Viewing and Other Ways of Seeing, a series of films reenacting Land Art and recent but buried collective memories. 

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Image: The Fullness of Time, Cauleen Smith (US), 2008, 50 min., digital video shown on DVD

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