[Frameworks] Screening NYC, Sept. 15 at ISSUE Project Room

From: Meredith Drum (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Aug 24 2010 - 16:56:14 PDT

Hello Frameworks,

For those in NYC in September, below is a press release for a
screening Rachel Stevens and I put together titled "Hurricane Season."
The program includes work by Pawel Wojtasik, Liza Johnson, Ghen
Dennis, Robert Flaherty and Tony Oursler (and more). The show takes
place Sept. 15th at 8 PM at ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn. And it is
free. Thanks!


On September 15, 2010 at 8 p.m. at ISSUE Project Room guest curators
Meredith Drum and Rachel Stevens will present “Hurricane Season,” a
one-night screening of experimental documentary shorts reflecting the
recent history of the Gulf Coast of the U.S. — catastrophic storms, an
oil spill, a pattern of government un-response and other evidence of a
complex system out of balance. ISSUE Project Room is located on the
3rd floor of (OA) Can Factory, 232 3rd Street at 3rd Avenue in the
Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Subway F and G Line to Carroll St-
Smith St. stop. Telephone: 718-330-0313. Website:
issueprojectroom.org. Admission is FREE.

Produced primarily in the Gulf region, the work included in “Hurricane
Season” responds to complex issues with experimental strategies in an
attempt to represent the landscape, people, the system, industry and
their interrelationships. Representing a range of styles that are more
lyrical and differently mediated than images seen in popular culture
immediately following each disaster, the line-up features work
produced since 2005, including some very recent work that is still in
progress. Liza Johnson’s South of Ten considers how Mississippian
survivors of Katrina are framed, with gesture and performance as
alternatives to conventional interview-based forms of bearing witness.
Pawel Wojtasik’s immersive video Below Sea Level (courtesy Priska C.
Juschka Fine Art), partly shot with a 360° panoramic camera in and
around New Orleans, articulates a sense of impermanence inherent in
the location, underscored by Steven Vitiello’s soundscape. A
collaborative film/video by Courtney Egan and Helen Hill takes a more
personal and fleeting look at one block, blending flood-damaged film
found after Katrina with video shot of the same site. Work currently
in progress examining the BP oil spill will include pieces by Ghen
Dennis and Christina McPhee.

Framing the contemporary work will be excerpts from Robert Flaherty’s
Louisiana Story from 1948 (courtesy Flaherty Film Seminar) and Tony
Oursler’s Son of Oil from 1982. Louisiana Story, a lushly shot
docudrama in black and white commissioned by Standard Oil, features an
idyllic Bayou setting and an innocent boy’s adventures there as
changes come to the region through the construction of an oil rig. The
landscape and lifestyle of the Cajun people appear undisturbed by the
drilling process, and even improved by the arrival of the oil
industry. Tony Oursler’s colorful diatribe against the oil industry
and our culture’s oil addiction is playfully enacted by performers and
paper sets.

Although the program is regionally focused, the intricately
intertwined economic, environmental, social, public and private issues
suggested by the films and videos speak to a larger context as we
collectively grapple with a gross consumption of fossil fuels, global
warming, environmental erosion, newly diminished ways of life and
unstable economies—and how to represent these things.

For a complete list of works, please visit:

Media Contact:
Meredith Drum email suppressed or
Rachel Stevens email suppressed

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