Small Film Festival Accompanies Joint Art Exhibition

Posted: November 16, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

The Department of Art and Visual Technology (AVT) is screening a number of short films in the Johnson Center Cinema this week as part of Writing Space. Writing Space is an exhibition of text and book works from AVT and Dartington College of Arts’ Performance Writing Department in England.

The film festival continues today from 10:30 a.m. to noon and this evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Today’s early showing will feature short works by Edith Pasquier, Barbara Bridger, and Anya Lewin. Pasquier’s Lonely Twin uses images to form an imaginary journey of scratched film, long walks, and urban side streets. Bodywork by Bridger is based on the novella The Body Artist by Don DeLillo. Lewin’s Different Systems of Chaos, set in Belarus, is in Lithuanian with English subtitles. The film examines the role of bureaucracy in art and education.

The 7:30 p.m. show leads off with a film by AVT professor Claire MacDonald. For Testigos-Witnesses, MacDonald collaborated with Pete Brooks on a text for Insomniac Theatre, creating a spoken performance that lies between fictional testimony, photodocumentary, and tall story. Things Not Worth Keeping, by cris cheek with Kirsten Lavers, is a video of performance and book projects that creates a mosaic terrain of text.

Writing Space runs through Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Fine Arts Gallery. MacDonald, Phillip Warnell, and Sean Watkins, all of AVT, curated the show.

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