Upcoming Event: Les Blank Lecture: Susana de Sousa Dias



Les Blank Lecture: Susana de Sousa Dias
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:00pm Luz obscura (film screening)
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive 

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Susana de Sousa Dias continues her exploration of Portugal’s tragic past in Luz obscura, a moving experimental essay film on political imprisonment, government oppression, and the families left behind in their wake. The film screening is preceded by the fourth annual Les Blank Lecture, presented by Sousa Dias. For ticket information, click here.

Susana de Sousa Dias is an award-winning Portuguese independent filmmaker. One of the most prominent aspects of her work is the artistic integration of archival footage dating from the Portuguese dictatorship (1926-1974). In 2014 she received a Ph.D. in Fine-Arts Video from the University of Lisbon, with a thesis on Archive footage and Decelerated Movement, a theoretical work that accompanied the making of her second long feature essay documentary. She is co-founder of the production company Kintop where she works as director and editing consultant. She teaches New Media at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and is an author of diverse essays on cinema, mainly dealing with subjects related to her own work.

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Upcoming Event: Curating Dirty Looks



“Curating Dirty Looks and Presenting the Queer Cinematic Avant-Garde” – curator talk and screening by Bradford Nordeen
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 5:00pm
Dwinelle Hall, Room 142/Nestrick Room

Ranging from digital drag revisionism to post-bohemian celluloid, this screening and talk showcase works from eight years of “Dirty Looks,” a queer avant-garde film series that, since 2011, has brought queer artists’ cinema to audiences in NYC, LA, the Bay Area, and in a touring series, across the country. Curator Bradford Nordeen will show highlights from the past eight years and discuss the contemporary state (and status) of queer cinema production, distribution, and preservation. On varied formats including 16mm, super8, Hi8, HD video and Getty stock footage, the diverse films in this screening demonstrate the role experimental aesthetics has played in the formation of contemporary queer subjectivities, combining a punk taste for the unconventional with a utopian desire for more.

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ARC awarded UCHRI Funds for 2018-2019 Programming for “Arts of Critique”


ARC’s 2018-19 program will have a special focus on the critical potential of arts from the Global South, and is a collaboration between ARC Interim Director Natalia Brizuela (Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese), Tarek Elhaik (Anthropology, UC Davis), Anneka Lenssen (History of Art), Leigh Raiford (African American Studies) and Poulomi Saha (English), supported by a generous grant from The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI).

The year’s investigations on art and critique from/in the Global South will take off with a Workshop in Mexico City (September 6-8), co-convened by Natalia Brizuela and Elena Tzelepis (University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece), organized through the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP) with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mexico City workshop will take place at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) at the UNAM. More details on the Mexico City workshop can be found here.


Now Online: In Terms of Performance, a keywords anthology for contemporary cultural practice


In Terms of Performance is a keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery and generate shared literacies across disciplines. It features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in contemporary cultural practice. The publication is produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center and is co-edited by Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center, and Paula Marincola, executive director of the Pew Center. To read the free publication online, please see here.