The yearlong series continues with films by Carissa Rodriguez, Calum Walter, Marcos Serafim, Zé Kielwagen, and Steevens Simeon
SHORT SHADOWS: THOUGHT FIGURES
Carissa Rodriguez, Calum Walter, Marcos Serafim, Zé Kielwagen, and Steevens Simeon
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7PM
General Admission: $10
RPI Students: FREE
Troy, NY – This fall at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Short Shadows Film Series will conclude with a screening that shine light on cultural and historical events that may otherwise remain in the shadow: Thought Figures on Wednesday, September 25.
Shadows are intrinsically linked to the history of cinema, both technically (images are produced quite literally by light and shadow) and also in terms of its basic metaphors: from Plato’s Cave to the shadow plays and phantasmagoria of early proto-cinematic experiments. Short Shadows, not only refers to the magic of cinema but also suggests the disruption of cinematic illusion, a strategy fundamental to artists’ moving image and experimental film practices.
The artists presented in the series are concerned with unexpected historical interconnections and they advocate for a practice capable of attending to the political importance of such convergences. Mostly produced within the last decade, their films, videos, poems, and performances shine a light on cultural and historical events that may otherwise remain in shadow, and, whether anchored in real or fictional scenarios, each work stretches beyond a singular moment or place.
Short Shadows: Thought Figures (September 25) takes its title from German thinker Walter Benjamin’s “thought-figures,” as he described the format of his 1929 essay collections ShortShadows. Like Benjamin’s thought-figures, each film entangles political narrative, aesthetic form, and technical subjectivity in an attempt to capture the essence of a place and time. In Gede Vizyon, by Marcos Serafim, Zé Kielwagen, and Steevens Simeon, a Haitian goat circles a labyrinthine Port-au-Prince graveyard, and a wayward drone strays from its intended path in Calum Walter’s Meridian, while a series of sculptures are lovingly captured by a ghostly lens in Carissa Rodriguez’s The Maid.
Screenings begin at 7PM in the EMPAC Theater.
For more information, please visit empac.rpi.edu.
EMPAC | Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s most technologically advanced university performing arts center. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work at the confluence of human and digital space. Four exceptional venues enable audiences and presenters to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for transdisciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.
EMPAC Fall 2019 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Additional project support by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program; and Creative Scotland.