Electromediascope Spring 2009: Ear to the Ground: Art, Politics and Life

March 27, 2009—April 10, 2009

Specific dates: March 27, April 3 and 10

Location: Atkins Auditorium

The artists featured in this season of Electromediascope document the actions, stories and local resistance from culturally displaced people in response to changing living conditions brought about by industrialization, large-scale urban redevelopment and post-colonial chaos.

Through different cultural perspectives, we experience the resourcefulness, complexity and political responses of people as their rhythms of life and labor collide from farms to factories. We also encounter resourceful and capable people who in the face of loss, privation and displacement creatively construct alternative strategies of resistance and adaptation.

The works included extend documentary conventions through experimental forms of restaging, using non-actors to play their own professional roles and presenting stories within stories.

Programs begin at 7 p.m. in Atkins Auditorium. FREE; tickets required.

March 27: Whose Utopia by Cao Fei involves factory workers exploring the theme of "Your utopia is our utopia." Also shown is Meishi Street by Ou Ning.

April 3: Adberrahmane Sissako's film Bamako follows a family's domestic troubles while African civil society representatives take proceedings against international financial institutions who are blamed for Africa's woes.

April 10: The Gleaners and I, by Agnès Varda, takes as its subject the act of recovering what has been left behind or thrown away.

Image: Meishi Street, Ou Ning (China), 2006, 85 min. Digital still courtesy of the artist.

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