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.

Facebook event page is here.

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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.

Year: 2016

Duration: 6:33

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Artist: Jesse Stiles

Origin: USA

Title: What were you thinking?

Statement: "A letter to the artist"

Year: 2012

Duration: 3:37

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Artist: Adebukola Bodunrin

Origin: USA

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.

Year: 2016

Duration: 1:54

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Artist: Paul Turano

Origin: USA

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.

Year: 2012

Duration: 7:30

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Artist: Trevor Anderson

Origin: Canada

Title: The Island

Statement: Trevor considers, with the help of animation, a piece of fan mail he received.

Year: 2009

Duration: 5:26

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Artist: Matt McCormick

Origin: USA

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

Year: 2001

Duration: 16:00