Author Archive

Janine Antoni In BU

November 13, 2013

When: Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 6:30pm
Where: 855 Commonwealth Avenue (CFA Concert Hall)

Part of the Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series. Free and open to the public.


Janine Antoni is a contemporary artist working in performance art, sculpture and photography. Antoni’s work is process-driven, and relates deeply to the artist’s body as both subject and mode of production. She has made drawings with her eyelashes, used her hair as a paintbrush, cast full body self-portraits in soap, and slept in a gallery for 28 days. Her seductive, culturally loaded materials—chocolate, cosmetics, the artist’s own body—reveal an interest in identity, power, and representations of the feminine in contemporary society. Her work is constantly evolving, pushing the boundaries that separate art from everyday life and objects, while simultaneously challenging her viewers’ assumptions about the world around them.


Collision20-Art submission

October 21, 2013

COLLISIONcollective is looking for your experimental technology-based artwork.

The 20th COLLISIONcollective exhibition will open at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery (Boston, MA) on Friday, January 17, 2014. Formed by artists and technologists, the COLLISIONcollective is premised on the sometimes abrupt intersection between art and technology. Its practitioners are drawn to this synthesis as the epicenter of forward-looking cultural adaptation. Boston Cyberarts Gallery is a non-profit space focusing on new and experimental media. Read more.

Samira’s Presentation: Peter Forgacs

October 15, 2013

Here are some parts of Peter Forgacs’s article on home movies, “Witgenstein Tractatus”.

-The Private film is an imptint of culture rewritten by a motion picture that has a certain self-reflective impact on the overall face of culture. One of the sources of understanding for family films lies within the context of screening-specifically the role of narration or commentaries offered up by the family while viewing the films: “This is me, that is him,” “This happened then, and that happened then,” “Now we see this and this,” “How happy we were at that time”. Spontaneous comments that, in effect, constitute the metanarration.

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-The context of both filming and screening define the relationship of the operator and the spectator. The maker of a home movie acts as the narrator, in the manner that recalls that of the silent film. The private filmmaker comments on the phenomena taking place on the film, identifying the people, subjects, and topics presented. In addition, the filmmaker him/herself often will have structures the material beforehand by editing or subtitling that does not necessarily follow the linear process of time. The “dramaturgy of private film,” then, often includes unplanned forms and random sequences, event shifts of time. Awareness of this attributive meaning in the sphere of home movies is important for our understanding of them. The spectator is “guided into” the private context.


Samira’s Presentation: Statement

October 12, 2013

Multiply in the glass.
I don’t distinguish those
that went away From those
that stay. I only perceive
the strange idea of family.

Travelling through the flesh.

Elizabeth Bishop, Family Portrait.

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We all have home movies or at least family albums of photographs. We all experience watching home movies with our family and talking about them. These movies are too personal to us as their performers and spectators. At the same time they are universal. If you look at home movies from different parts of the world you notice that they all have some mutual features.


Samira’s Presentation: Influences, Writers

October 11, 2013

Home Movies and Family Albums

Michelle Citron, Home Movies and Other Necessary Fictions

“Herein lies a paradox: spontaneous and directed, authentic and constructed, documentary and fiction. This paradox is revealed every time we look at an image with which we have a personal relationship.”

From  her film Daughter Rite (1978).

From her film Daughter Rite (1978).

Michelle Citron has made numerous media pieces including the interactive narratives; As American As Apple Pie, Cocktails & Appetizers, and Mixed Greens, and the films What You Take for Granted…, Leftovers, and Daughter Rite, a ground breaking experimental narrative about mothers and daughters.


Samira’s Presentation: Influences, Films and Filmmakers

October 11, 2013

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Chinese Roulette and The Marriage of Maria Braun

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (May 31, 1945 – June 10, 1982) was born into a cultured bourgeois family in the small Bavarian spa town Bad Wörishofen. Raised by his mother as an only child, the boy had only sporadic contact with his father, a doctor, after the divorce of his parents when he was five.


Educated at a Rudolf Steiner elementary school and subsequently in Munich and Augsburg, the city of Bert Brecht, he left school before passing any final examinations.


Samira’s Presentation: Influences, Artists

October 11, 2013

Lorie Novak

Lorie Novak is an artist and Professor of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Associate Faculty at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She uses various technologies of representation to explore issues of memory and transmission, identity and loss, presence and absence, shifting cultural meanings of photographs, and the relationship between the intimate and the public.


Her Web project, 1996-present, exploring how family photographs shape our memory was one of the earliest interactive storytelling sites.


Video in Art Installation

October 9, 2013

ATNE Solon Series

When: Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 7:30pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA
Panel: George Fifield, Denise Marika, Erik Sanner
Free event. Space is limited. REGISTER NOW

Video is on the rise again: both at auction and in gallery and museum exhibits. New flat screen and projection technologies have given video-based art a second lease on life. Artists use many techniques including live feeds, recorded playback, and real-time generated graphics. This panel of artists and curators will explore the issues particular to the use of video in fine art, including:

  • conveying meaning through video
  • video aesthetics
  • technical considerations

Chris Marker: Guillaume-en-Égypte

October 2, 2013

Bakalar Gallery, Sept 24, 2013-Jan 5, 2014
Hayden and Reference Galleries, Oct 18, 2013-Jan 5, 2014
October 17, 5:30 – 7:30pm


The MIT List Visual Arts Center, in collaboration with the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, and the Harvard Film Archive presents Chris Marker: Guillaume-en-Égypte, a survey exhibition of the work of renowned filmmaker and artist Chris Marker (1921-2012). The exhibition is the first comprehensive presentation of Marker’s pioneering work in writing, photography, film, video, and digital media, revealing his role as a chronicler of the second half of the 20th century through its images. Read More.

at Tufts University Art Gallery

October 2, 2013

María Magdalena Campos Pons (born 22 August 1959 in Matanzas, Cuba) is a Cuban artist. Born in Matanzas province in Cuba in 1959, Campos-Pons bears a familial history that is intermingled with the sugar industry’s presence in her hometown of La Vega. Her roots can be traced from America, to a Cuban homeland, to the enslaved who were traded by Spanish colonists and finally back to what is today Nigeria.


Her works have been exhibited in the United States, Canada, Japan, Norway, France, Italy, and Cuba. She was represented in the Johannesburg Biennial and has had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Campos-Pons’ powerful attachment to her cultural African heritage is one that she has never experienced directly but its presence in the rites and myths of her childhood make her a Cuban transplanted in the United States, an exile twice over.

Here is a link to her exhibition in Tufts University.