oh my it’s been way too long! well, here are a few things that have happened in the meantime:
Irma was acquired by POV for their online gallery of short films.
I showed my Chiapas photos in a few exhibitions, including ImageOhio organized by roygbiv gallery in Columbus.
I’ve been teaching at Antioch College, including one class dedicated to found-footage filmmaking, and another to experimental ethnography.
And I’m still working on films in Chiapas, will be back in November for the next (and perhaps the last?) period of filming. I’ve shown works in progress to friends in Brussels and Mexico, and have gotten encouraging feedback from the likes of Ross McElwee, Basma Alsharif, Laurent van Lancker and others.
Yesterday I had a wonderful time in Matthias Müller’s seminar at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, in Cologne, Germany, where I was invited to show my films and teach a class as part of a film series on “first-person cinema.”
I started making photographs again! Here’s one from Chiapas; I’m counting the days (7!) till I go back!
since my last update i’ve started being the professor of media arts at Antioch College (hence the 6-month interval)!
also, i showed my five movies at ATA in San Francisco, and gave a talk for a Lucha Libre panel at the American Anthropological Association: my essay was called Globalizing Masculinity: post-NAFTA wrestling and the televisual traffic of gender across the US / Mexico border.
I also taught another video workshop for the brilliant young women at Casa de la Mujer in Oaxaca, then returned to present our work at the encuentro de cine etnográfico!
Flexing Muscles has shown at the Film Streams Local Filmmakers’ Showcase (curated by The Faint!), Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens de São Paulo, Traces de Vies, Indie Memphis, Strange Beauty, and Stuttgart Filmwinter. It will soon show at Big Sky and at Videonale!
KLEX Screening II: Public Display of Affections
This program consists of video works from Malaysia, USA, Colombia and Thailand, presenting or re-considering the relationships between the performers and the audience.
Watch and be heard. This applies to both the artist and those who observe the artist’s work, the audience. The audience is the spectacle. The reaction of how we see a performance becomes more interesting then the event itself. But as the spectacle enters, the performance is plopped upon its ivory tower. Even if we don’t want to … we watch. An extreme close-up becomes a claustrophobic moment of intimacy that the audience may want to push away from. How intimate do you want to be with a character of a film? When the camera is flipped and an audience is being watched, who is the performer and who is the observer now?
(Programme notes written by Chris Chong Chan Fui & Kok Siew Wai)
Featuring works by Huvi Chan Seauhuvi, Kok Kai Foong, Niralji Ravishanker, Taiki Sakpisit, Charles Fairbanks, Angelica Piedrahita, Tales Frey and Stephanie Barber.
my Tender Muscles will show in Brussels this Monday, June 25, at Cinéma Galeries !
the screening is programmed by Filmer á Tout Prix, and will be followed by a skype Q&A with yours truly.
Irma will soon be screening in London at the Open City Docs Fest, and in Singapore as part of the FLEX traveling program, curated by Roger Beebe. meanwhile, Wrestling with my Father continues to travel around Malasia with KLEX !