PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE
362 DWIGHT ST. / HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS
VILM SCREENING SERIES#1 FACE TIMEhttp://parsonshallprojectspace.blogspot.com/
FRIDAY, MAY 6TH, 7-10PM / 2011 / FREE
SCREENING: 8PM - 9PM
Parsons Hall Project Space presents the 1st in a series of ongoing experimental Vilm screening events. "Face Time" curated by media artist and educator Darrin Martin is a program of short film and video meditations on facial difference and distortion. The works span from documentary to experimental genres and explores issues of memory, disability, age, and aesthetic manipulation. The works span from documentary to experimental genres and explores issues of memory, disability, age, and aesthetic manipulation. The screening includes British filmmaker David Hevey’s “Behind the Shadow of Merrick” which surfaces the archive of Joseph Merrick, better known as the ‘Elephant Man,’ as a means to allow contemporary people living with disability to contemplate their own lives and imagine a relationship with an extraordinary human being. “Suspension” by video artist Anthony Discenza uses analog technologies to manipulate and mix the faces of celebrities into a vibrant and haunting composite of popular culture. Three shorts from Steve Reinke’s The Hundred Videos; Wish, Barely Human, and Instructions for Recovering Forgotten Childhood Memories gives voice to nostalgic longings and repressed desires through case study photographs, appropriated pornographic head shots, and childlike performativity, respectively. Kerry Laitala’s film “Secure the Shadow” cuts between details of interior architecture and stereoscopic medical images, to create a hauntingly ambiguous and open narrative. Kristin Lucas’s Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive coalesces stress levels, environmental illness, and hypochondria in a humorous meeting between the real and imaginary that surfaces to the skin. In “Lilith,” Steina evokes the mythical first wife of Adam through the performative gestures and facial expressions of painter Doris Cross, whose words and actions are processed towards the inaudible and sublime. Come join us for these works and more and to experience an intimate evening of unforgettable close-ups.