Unmasked: A Marathon of Artists' Videos and Films Contesting Systems of Rule

Unmasked: A Marathon of Artists' Videos and Films Contesting Systems of Rule

Classroom, 5th Floor Education Center, New Museum
February 23, 2008 - February 24, 2008

Organized by Elise Youn and Carlos Motta

Unmasked: A Marathon of Artists’ Videos and Films Contesting Systems of Rule is a two-day screening of recent film and video works that employ conceptual documentary filmmaking strategies to question and critique policies of oppression, discrimination, and violence. Programmed by artist Carlos Motta, the screening includes work by Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler, Petra Bauer, François Bucher, Jim Finn, Ashley Hunt, Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Lin + Lam, John Menick, Jenny Perlin, and Dmitry Vilensky. The marathon also includes “Charged in the Name of Terror,” a short program by Paul Chan featuring works by Mary Billyou and Annelisse Fifi, Paul Chan, Jim Fetterley and Angie Waller, and Susan Youssef.

The film and video works of Unmasked bring attention to the role of the artist as a political agent—contesting hegemonic state structures; interrogating strategies of class, gender, and racial segregation; and exposing discrimination against minorities in globalized urban centers. The works also engage documentary filmmaking as a form, challenging the distinction between reality and fiction to unearth hidden and repressed histories, examine the use and manipulation of ideologies, and propose alternative tactics for collective action.

Both Saturday and Sunday programs will be followed by discussions with screening organizers Elise Youn and Carlos Motta.

Carlos Motta (b. Bogotá, Colombia, 1978) is an artist based in New York. His experimental documentary project, The Good Life, investigates the regional history, perception, and effects of U.S. interventionist policies in Latin America, and is currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia.

Elise Youn is the Hub Fellow at the New Museum. Unmasked: A Marathon of Artists’ Videos and Films Contesting Systems of Rule is part of a series of informal events organized by Youn for the Museum as Hub inaugural presentation.

PROGRAM

Saturday, February 23, 2008

12:15 – 1:36 PM
Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler, 5 Factories-Worker Control in Venezuela (81 min, 2006)
http://www.ressler.at/content/view/93/lang,en_GB/

1:50 – 2:22 PM
François Bucher, White Balance (32 min, 2002)
http://www.mediarights.org/film/white_balance_to_think_is_to_forget_diff...

2:35 – 3:02 PM
Dmitry Vilensky, Protest Match (27 min, 2006)
http://www.chtodelat.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=404&I...

3:10 – 4:08 PM
Ashley Hunt, Corrections (58 min, 2001)
http://www.correctionsproject.com/index.html

4:20 – 5:18 PM
Paul Chan, Charged in the name of terror (59 min, 2006-2007)
Includes:
Paul Chan, Untitled Video on Lynne Stewart and Her Conviction, The Law and Poetry (18 min, 2006)
Jim Fetterley and Angie Waller, Steve Kurtz Waiting (16 min, 2006)
Susan Youssef, For the Least (7 min, 2007)
Mary Billyou and Annelisse Fifi, Mohamed Yousry: A Life Stands Still (20 min, 2006)
http://www.nationalphilistine.com/charged/

5:20
Informal discussion with Elise Youn and Carlos Motta

Sunday, February 24, 2008

12:15 – 1:15 PM
Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, The Making of Utopia (60 min, 2006)
http://www.ykon.org/tellervo/indexprojects.html

1:25- 2:20 PM
Petra Bauer, Rana (55 min, 2007)
http://www.arsbalticatriennial.org/4th/artists/petra-bauer

2:30 – 3:00 PM
Lin + Lam, Unidentified Vietnam (30 min, 2003)
http://linpluslam.com/projects.htm

3:05 – 3:27 PM
Jenny Perlin, View from Elsewhere (22 min, 2002)
http://www.nilrep.net/view-from-elsewhere/

3:35 – 3:56 PM
John Menick, Occupation (21 min, 2006)
http://www.johnmenick.com/project/occupation

4:05 – 5:05 PM
Jim Finn, La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo (60 min, 2007)
http://www.jimfinn.org/trinchera/trinchera_main.html

5:10 PM
Informal discussion with Carlos Motta, Elise Youn, and select artists

Banner image:
Jim Finn, La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo, 2007
Video still, 60 min.

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