Culture of the Cloaked
February 24th, 2017
at the Dikeou Pop-Up [312 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80203]
7:30pm Doors - 8:00pm (not punk time) screening.
$10 or pay what you can. No one turned away.
Culture of the Cloaked addresses what it means to desire to remove or cover what makes one uncomfortable or gives the appearance of a delinquent society and the ramifications that emerge from those desires.
Artist: Jesse Irish
Title: The Phantasmagoria of Offense: the male version
Statement: The Phantasmagoria of Offense is an animated film lyric on the cost of image suppression. In the “male version" these images are limited to the male body and the cultural anxiety around expressions of vulnerability, homosexual desire or questioning the dominant paradigm. The political ramifications of image suppression during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s is questioned alongside the well-intended requests for “trigger warnings.” If there is a take away message, it is that censorship is not an abstraction. It has a body count.
Artist: Jesse Stiles
Title: What were you thinking?
Statement: "A letter to the artist"
Artist: Adebukola Bodunrin
Title: Hear My Voice
Statement: Women’s voices and speech patterns are often criticized. Women’s voices are either too loud, too shrill, too babyish, too manly, too feminine, or have too much vocal fry. In this piece I explore comments left on the internet about women’s voices and the way women’s speech patterns are criticized in an effort to silence them.
Artist: Paul Turano
Title: Not Clear Cut
Statement: A small instance of collateral damage from the recent financial crisis, Not Clear Cut portrays the challenging decision my parents made to harvest 40 acres of 70+ year-old hardwood trees as an attempt to make up for money lost. An afternoon was spent surveying the aftermath in their backwoods in rural southeastern Connecticut, and talking to my father about the repercussions of destroying a wilderness area we had hoped to preserve from such a calamity. The poetic visual and auditory approach is one of empathy (for the trees and my parents), resentment, remorse, and a sense of irrevocable loss.
Artist: Trevor Anderson
Title: The Island
Statement: Trevor considers, with the help of animation, a piece of fan mail he received.
Artist: Matt McCormick
Title: The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal
Statement: Emerging from the human psyche and showing characteristics of abstract expressionism, minimalism and Russian constructivism, graffiti removal has secured its place in the history of modern art while being created by artists who are unconscious of their artistic achievements.
It is no coincidence that funding for “anti-graffiti” campaigns often outweighs funding for the arts. Graffiti removal has subverted the common obstacles blocking creative expression and become one of the more intriguing and important art movements of our time. Emerging from the human psyche and showing characteristics of abstract expressionism, minimalism and Russian constructivism, graffiti removal has secured its place in the history of modern art while being created by artists who are unconscious of their artistic achievements.
Narrator: Miranda July
Cinematography, editing, and sound design: Matt McCormick
Computer animation: Topher Sinkinson
Original ideas: Avalon Kalin
Written and directed: Matt McCormick