the way things are. the way they are going to be. part four
January 24th, 2020
8:00pm (not punk time) screening.
$10 or pay what you can. No one turned away.
The Alamo Draft House Sloans Lake
4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80204
A screening addressing how our current culture will define and limit the futures available to us.
Artist: Kirsten Lepore
Title: Natural History Museum
Statement: A short film around the theme of “a beautiful future” in collaboration with Belvedere Vodka + Janelle Monae
Artist: by Rick Silva, with sound design by Kuedo + Holy Other, and assistance with drone cinematography by Zack Dougherty
Title: Western Fronts: Bears Ears
Statement: Western Fronts: Cascade Siskiyou, Gold Butte, Grand
Staircase-Escalante, and Bears Ears is an experimental video that reflects the political and ecological threats that face four U.S. National Monuments. The work combines aerial drone footage and photogrammetry with 3D animation to create a nature documentary that collapses into itself. The wilderness is scanned by large shapes that momentarily reduce the landscape into grayscale polygons —in these redactions we glimpse a near-future dystopia of computer-vision aided resource extraction. view all videos in the series at westernfronts.com
Artist: Francois Verster, Simon Wood
Title: Scenes from a Dry City
Statement: What happens when a major metropolitan area runs out of water? In Cape Town, South Africa, residents fear the arrival of “Day Zero,” when the city’s taps will be shut off.
Origin: USA, South Africa
Artists: New Red Order (Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, Jackson Polys, and Bayley Sweitzer)
Title: Culture Capture: Terminal Adddition
Statement: Half tongue-in-cheek absurdism and half deadly earnest, CULTURE CAPTURE: TERMINAL ADDITION continues the New Red Order’s ongoing project of “culture capture,” recruiting viewers to participate in a program of practical strategies to counter the “salvage mindset,” which sets aside Indigenous culture and sovereignty by consigning it to the past.
These strategies include using new, accessible technologies, such as smartphone apps that produce 3D scans of objects, both of Indigenous material that museums and other institutions may hold and public monuments that celebrate and re-affirm the norms of European settler culture.
As the title of the work, TERMINAL ADDITION highlights the difference between addition and removal. The concept of “removal” is central to current debates about whether to remove problematic historical monuments— for example, Confederate war monuments in the South. It was also in the name of the Indian Removal Act, signed into law by President Jackson, which resulted in the displacement and death of thousands of Native peoples in what we now call the “Trail of Tears.” Both present removal as a quick fix. With TERMINAL ADDITION, the NRO recognizes that acts of removal inevitably contain contradictions, and proposes an additive approach instead.
Origin: so-called USA
Artist: Co-directors + Editors - Tuff Guts, Daniel Goodman, & Hazel Katz
Assistant Directors - Maya Yu Zhang & Christopher Paul Harris
Producers - Christopher Paul Harris, Nikita Price, Tuff Guts, Daniel Goodman, & Davey Field
Creative Collaborators - Black Youth Project 100 (NYC Chapter) & Picture the Homeless
Title: Acting Erratically
Statement: “Not even or regular in pattern or movement; unpredictable, turbulent, unsettled.”
Using found footage and archival material as metaphorical architecture, Acting Erratically explores the relationship between state violence and mental health with neurodivergent women of color in NYC.
Artists: Written & animated by Charlie Stewart
Music & sound design - Caspar Leopard
Al - Matt Cundill
Sandy - Kathy Curtis
Title: While You Were Sleeping
Statement: A short film exploring the longevity and limitations of artificial intelligence, and the loneliness of deep space.
Origin: United Kingdom