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Thesis Highlight in All The Best, Alice

i forgot where we were...

Excerpt from a thesis by Johnnie Chatman

Grand Canyon , 2017

Grand Canyon, 2017

I Forgot Where We Were... uses constructs and idioms of the West and western landscape photography as allegorical elements to facilitate a conversation on black identity as it reconfigures itself against media, historical, and trans-global narratives. Vantage points around the West act as intersectional beacons for explorations of culture, history and consumerism, as rich histories are compressed into marketable cultural capital.

In pursuing this route my project explores the ambiguity and multiplicity of blackness oscillating between a space of romance and critique, objective research and personal narrative. The dialogue produced between what is said and what is not - creates meaning that is as complicated as it subtle, ironic or conflicting. Through this, it is never assured that the act of signifying will yield for the audience the desired payoff. Representation of the black body in the context of the American West - that has too often been, as Neil Campbell describes, defined by binary and reductionist grids of thought and image when, in fact, it’s more than geography, it is a complex, unstable signifier that has been given meaning by those who have lived within it, passed through it, conquered it, settled, farmed, militarized, urbanized, and dreamed it.

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Terms and Conditions Film Screening

Please join us on March 22nd, 2018 for the next iteration of Terms and Conditions (formerly known as In Time Film Festival). A showcase of experimentation in moving image and audio based mediums. Placing a spotlight on avant-garde, art-house, independent and no/low budget student filmmaking that goes beyond expectations and genres; Moving image pieces that strive to push the boundaries of accepted form and content and show a strong innovative authorship.

Created and curated by thesis student Johnnie Chatman, Terms and Conditions aims to bring together the work and talent of the students from a consortium of MFA programs, providing a platform to have their films screened by the public while encouraging interdisciplinary conversations between the programs and artists.

There will be light refreshments and an open bar. All are welcome.

SCREENING ORDER 0.1 - Filmes de Femmes:

Part I.
1. Mengmei Pan - Sound Notes 4.0
2. Jina Park - Vigilance
3. Sara Arno - You Are What You Eat
4. Jing Lin - Machinetopia
5. Em Cohen - The Right Direction
6. Carla Maldonado - Temporary Days
Duration: 40 minutes

Intermission works by Dalia Amara, Tiffany Smith, Kelsey Winfrey and Liz Zito

Part II.
1. Kelsey Winfrey - Aurasphere
2. Naixin Xu - Excerpt from The Westbound Journey
3. Yi Qian - The Artist is the Sun
4. Alex Hovet - Counter-Charge
Duration: 40 minutes

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