At the Limits of Cinema: A Leslie Thornton Retrospective May 22-24

From: cinema project (email suppressed)
Date: Sun May 21 2006 - 12:55:47 PDT

Hey all,
 We forgot to get this in this listings in time for the weekly announcement. For any of you in or near Portland, these shows are not to be missed!
 May 22—24 at 7:30pm
 922 SE Ankeny at The New American Art Union
 Portland, Ore.
 Leslie in attendance for all shows!
 “Thornton’s place in cinema history has already been assured for the sole reason that she is the author of Peggy and Fred in Hell."—Bill Krohn, Cahiers du Cinéma
 Over the span of thirty years, Leslie Thornton has created one of the most stunningly original bodies of media arts work. Constantly evolving, her films and videos explore issues of feminism, representation, semiotics, history, and colonialism. Her work is steeped in a thoughtful and conceptual analysis of images, how they are made, and why we look at them. Technically she is an astute editor, culling much of her material from a vast library of found footage; she uses this material to turn the narrative on end, to make new meanings and contexts. This three-part retrospective will present a cross-section of Leslie’s work across a period spanning more than twenty years.
 Night one features two works about the life Isabelle Eberhardt, a 19th century writer who converted to Islam and traveled throughout North Africa passing as a man. Thornton uses this figure to examine the notion of biography and the contradictions inherent in history and documentation. The second night focuses on work that employ the found image as their main material. These films address Orientalism, the ethnographic gaze, terror, and war. The last night of the retrospective features the current incarnation of her life-long project Peggy and Fred in Hell. This piece is an ongoing and ever changing sequence of work that maps the journey of two children through artifacts from history, culture and media amidst a backdrop of a post-apocalyptic landscape.
 May 22
 There was an Unseen Cloud Moving [1988, video, color, sound 60 min]
 The Haunted Swing [1998, video, color, sound, 16 min]
 May 23
 Adynata [1983, 16mm, color, sound, 30 min]
 Oh China Oh [1983, 16mm, color, sound, 12 min]
 Another Worldy [2000, video, b&w, sound, 22 min]
 Chimp For Normal Short [1999, video, b&w, sound, 7 min]
 Let Me Count the Ways Minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 [2004-5, video, color, sound, 22 min]
 May 24
 Peggy and Fred in Hell [1985-2005, 16mm/video, color, sound, 95 min]
 Supported in part by a grant from Regional Arts and Culture Council
 cinema project
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 portland, or 97228
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