Coming up at FPS - “A Spell To Ward Off the Darkness” - FREE - April 16th 7pm at the Tivoli.
Due to the impending rain “Map Of Rain Hitting Water” has been changed to April 15th - same time & place. Very much hope to see you there!
Images from _place _plateau a site-specific installation I did for the Hown’s Den Domestic Exhibition space at 5624 Lydia in Kansas City, MO. The exhibition consisted of two video/sound installations (on the backdoor and in Elliot’s room), one light/sound installation (in the bathroom) and a sculptural video installation on the mantlepiece. A link to the event page here. And show statement here.
It was really a pleasure working with Crystal, Bobby and Elliot and getting to know the neighborhood. Big thanks all around.
Had another fantastic experience at the True/False Film Festival - this time with students from my Documentary Film History course. As usual the films were outstanding and the company even better. Had a great time teaming up with KU friends Bob Hurst and Tamara Falicov and their students - some of our crew made the paper even… http://www.columbiatribune.com/multimedia/photo/true-false/collection_e7ce89f4-7455-5201-9335-5689c3d3f2ff.html#image_23
Was very honored to be included this line-up of amazing artists - big thanks to Christel Highland and Mark Berndt for their beautiful work.
It was such a pleasure and honor for Resistant History to be a part of the Craft, Care & Justice Hub at Project Space. We had a screening of work by myself, Emiel Cleaver, Asriel Brown and Skylar and discussion about the films which addressed the history of civil rights struggles in Kansas City, gun violence and stereotyping. The Hub was an amazing project - big thanks to the organizers and to Susanne Mitko from the Youth Ambassadors Program. You can view the films at http://www.resistanthistory.org and share your own stories of resistance.
More info about the Hub: Monday, December 1 though Friday, December 19, 2014, Charlotte Street Foundation’s Project Space Gallery (21 E. 12th St., KCMO) will become The Craft, Care & Justice Hub, home to an 8-evening series of free-to-attend events addressing the issue of violence in its myriad forms. Co-organized by 2014-15 Curator-in-Residence Danny Orendorff with local artist NedRa Bonds and independent curator Anna-Maria Kretzer, this series will include film-screenings, pop-up exhibitions, a book-club, artist talks, open forum discussions, and presentations by area social-workers and activists. On view for the duration of the project will be a small selection of artwork curated by Kretzer, an informal library, and a feedback graffiti wall capturing attendee thoughts on each of the presentations.
More info about Resistant History: Resistant History maps sites of change in the history of the Kansas City region through the creation of a group of videos that engage the viewer in the urban environment. Screening this evening will be excerpts from Horsmon’s own documentary, “The Right thing to do: The Walker School Boycott”, as well as projects by Emiel Cleaver (“Freedom is Now: The History of Freedom Incorporated”) and members of the Kansas City Youth Ambassadors program.
I was so privileged to document a new Kate Gilmore work commissioned by the H&R Block Artspace - Beat It. It was a fascinating process with lots of folks working on of strategizing, fabrication and then me lighting and shooting - and it turned out to be an amazing piece. I’m so thankful that Raechell Smith trusted me to do this project, and want to thank Kevin Mullin for his invaluable production help and thank Kate for being so fantastic to work with. Check out more of Kate’s work at the Artspace until December 17th. [photos by E.G. Schempf, stills from Beat It, Kate Gilmore, 2014]
So…. First Rain and the the World Series made it impossible for this performance to happen. But we’ll be back. April of next year… See you then!
Very pleased to be showing some of the collaborations I’ve done with composer Mara Gibson in the last few years in an amazing outdoor venue and with a live percussion performance of Map of Rain Hitting Water with vibraphone, woodblock, log drum, gongs and song bird whistle . We’ll be on the roof of the downtown Constantino's garage (6th floor - take the elevator up) 7pm on Thursday night for images and sounds…
An evening of the compositions of Mara Gibson culminating in the first live outdoor performance of Map of Rain Hitting Water. Map will be performed by renowned percussionist Mark Lowry and is a collaboration with media artist Caitlin Horsmon. Also included in the program are Gibson’s works with moving-image accompaniment, E:Tip (images by Caitlin Horsmon) and E:Vespers (images by Rebecca Dolan).
Here’s a photo of the venue… A boxcar and prairie grass green roof in the middle of the city.
I’m back from the 2014 Flaherty Film Seminar and as usual it was excellent. Great films, discussions and people. It’s always so different and so amazing. It’s a simple formula - watch nonfiction films often for a week & talk about them. Take it seriously.
H&R Block Artspace Digital File! Opening June 6th 6-8 pm @ 16 E 43rd St, Kansas City, MO. 64111
I’m very excited to have Practice Process:Classical included in this year’s H&R Block Digital File. It’s going to be screening on 16mm (on a looper)!
Spectra Presents, Action:Aesthetics:Action
I was really thrilled to be invited by the amazing new screening series in KC, Spectra, to curate Action:Aesthetics:Politics, a program that explores the subtle and complex ways that experimental films use aesthetics to produce political meanings.
Works inlcuded Broken Tongue by Mónica Savrión, Reckless Eyeballing by Christopher Harris, Kino-Eye by Dziga Vertov, ELSA merdelamerdelamer by Abigail Child, Encounters with your Inner Trotsky Child by Jim Finn, Ils Nous Tueront Tous…, by Sylvain George, and #RUSHES by Jason Livingston.
It was a great evening of even better cinema!
Two great free & open to the public screenings coming up in KC. First on Saturday May 10th at 11am at the Tivoli we have, as a part of the ITVS Community Cinema Program, The New Black and as with all Community Cinema screenings we will have community partners in the room to talk about the impact of the issues in the film on the Kansas City Community - hope to see you there…
Then Wednesday, May 15th, 6:30pm at the Tivoli we have UMKC’s Student Showcase - Come see what the kids are up to!
Plug projects has partnered with KCAI and UMKC to bring Jesse McLean to town to screen some of her amazing video work. Not to be missed!
Plug Projects, in collaboration with The Kansas City Art Institute Painting Department and University of Missouri Kansas City Department of Communication Studies, is pleased to present Jesse McLean’s moving image work. McLean’s videos use the cultural detritus of the media landscape to explore the experience of mediated psychic spaces. “My work is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, and is concerned with both the power and failure of the mediated experience to bring people together.” Five of McLean’s films will be screened, The Eternal Quarter Inch (2008); Magic For Beginners (2010); Remote (2011); The Invisible World (2012); and Just Like Us (2013). The screening will take place Wednesday, April 23rd, 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport (4050 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111).
So pleased that my strange little film Practice Process: Classical will be included in this year’ Athens International Film & Video Festival in a program titled “Technology/Process” the program puts me in outrageously good company including Harun Farocki! April 13th at 1:15pm if you happen to find yourself in Athens Ohio.
At this year’s Ann Arbor Film Festival I was honored to participate in the first year of their educational program, Expanding Frames. Expanding Frames was great - full of smart folks and big ideas. The rest of the festival was truly outstanding - the work was impressive and thoughtfully and artfully programmed.
On Thursday we had a great crowd for a screening of two of Nathaniel Dorsky’s incredibly expressive films at Plug Projects. Seeing the films on 16mm brought some much needed light to my February. Here are some stills from the films we screened, Arbor Vitae and Song.
MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curated by Caitlin Horsmon
For our final look at ‘Our Animal Brethren’ we have a film from multidisciplinary artists Duke & Battersby. Here Is Everything begins with a missive from animals of the future offering advice about our time. Seamless integrating the micro and macro lessons we can take from our encounters with animals (real and make believe) the film explores the fundamentals of the life cycle, evolution, devolution and the ever present push of time.
“Here Is Everything presents itself as a message from The Future, as narrated by a cat and a rabbit, spirit guides who explain that they’ve decided to speak to us via a contemporary art video because they understand this to be our highest form of communication. Their cheeky introduction, however, belies the complex set of ideas that fill the remainder of the film. Death, God, and attaining and maintaining a state of Grace are among the thematic strokes winding their way through the piece, rapturously illustrated with animation, still and video imagery.” – Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby
Very much looking forward to Sum of Us a show of Kansas City Artists that Plug has put together at the Bemis Center. Opening Reception is Thursday January 30th and the show is up until June 28th.
The third installment looking at our relationship(s) to ‘Our Animal Brethren’ is comprised of two pieces from Kathy High’s year-long investigation into her own fears about dying at 45 in the year 2000, “Everyday Problems of the Living”. For the series High made a video every month for a year exploring her own fears about death by projecting her anxieties onto her cats and dog. In “Death Poses” and “Dried Up” High ‘performs her death’ for her pets, who turn out to be a comically unsympathetic audience and stymie her attempts to ‘die’. Playful consideration of the conventions of the Hollywood death is intermingled with an examination of artifice in human behavior through the ‘natural’ behavior of the non-human animals.
(This video was concealed for superstitious reasons for a waiting period of five years. It was finally released in 2005.)