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FILM SCREENING

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MIRROR ME - EXPERIMENTAL SELFIES

WEDNESDAY, JUL 23 2014, 07:30 PM

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents

MIRROR ME - EXPERIMENTAL SELFIES

Curated by Pascal Richard and Christopher Zimmerman


Everyday millions of hand-held self-portraits, or ‘selfies’, are uploaded on to the internet. With today’s personal technologies, private self-representations-made-public seem symptomatic of Guy Debord's ‘Society of the Spectacle’ or Jean Baudrillard’s ‘Simulacra and Simulation’. Yet for decades, experimental filmmakers and video artists have interrogated questions of self-identity and -referentiality. With the performing body as the site of action produced in relation to the film apparatus and video system, they offer a powerful critique of the male gaze and, in turn, the seeming narcissism at the center of today’s ‘selfie’ culture. A diverse range of artists and traditions have thereby subversively taken up subjective, first-person cinema and issues of self-performance in order to explore questions of identity, power, memory, and the construction of the self. ‘Mirror Me’ presents a selection of musings on the mirroring of the ‘self’ in self-reflexive film and video auto-portraits and personal diary films in order to weave together something of a ‘pre-history’ of the ‘selfie’.

 

PROGRAM

Subjective Cinema—The Personal Film Diary (total duration—179:58)

Stan Brakhage | Window, Water, Baby, Moving (1959; 12:00)
Jonas Mekas | Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972; 82:00)
Barbara Hammer | Jane Brakhage ( 1975; 10:00)
Sophie Calle and Gregory Shephard | Double-Blind (1992; 75:58)

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