Feeling in 'Real Time': Fictions and Re-enactments

With filmmakers Beatriz Santiago Muñoz and Carel Rowe
Friday, October 19, 2007 - 7:00pm

This cross-generational program includes video experiments from the 1970s to today: the video camera as recorder of play, re-interpreter of history, framer of feeling, through performance actions and invention.

Carel Rowe, Ferdish (DVD, 30 min.) A glom of "Ferd" and "Kaddish," and an excerpt from So Much for the Sixties, an ongoing work-in-progress. Ferdish includes homage/tribute, video verité, moth-eaten porno, and performance. A compilation of early (1970-5) work by Ferd Eggan and Carel Rowe with Video Free America, and recent video shot by Rowe, it includes selections from The Continuing Story of Carel and Ferd, a 12-monitor, 4-track, 30+ hour video installation that has been described as the "first reality TV series" - inspiration for the better-known "An American Family" - and an "ongoing video soap opera" about "living too close to an electronic medium." In 2004, Carel taped Ferd on her farm in Vermont. Topics included drugs, sex, AIDS, psychotherapy, the vanishing of American politics, and death.

Bea Santiago Muñoz, Works, 2002-2007 (DVD, 30 min.) Muñoz's work privileges personal and individual histories over collective or official narratives and, in the process, undermines the notion of history and its modes of representation. She screens excerpts from Archivo (2001), an anthology of re-enacted events of the history and collective memory of Puerto Rico, performed and improvised by various groups of people that crossed her path; Fábrica Inútil / Useless factory (2002); A. Listens (2004); Inventario (Chiapas, 2006); and Pyotr (2007), from a series of shorts named after a peripheral character in Elsa Morante's novel, L'Historia. She also screens a new piece about Esteban Valdés Arzate, concrete poetry maven, union organizer, and anarchist, combined with a selection of politically hopeful (mostly anarchist) texts - "about endings that want to be beginnings."

Curated by Mary Patten for Feeltank Chicago