“What day is it again?” Video Art Festival

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I am receiving emails from the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) now, a lovely consequence of participation in the communal haiku project JNaz wrote about here a while back. They are holding online limited-time events which I have enjoyed watching. I’ve been sorry that I didn’t alert you to the new documentary film they gave 24-hour access to which was about the very beginnings of video art. So just in case this video art festival is the same level of cool (the 70’s, man), I’m giving you the link to sign up for access which begins at 6 AM Pacific Time on May 21.

Give the description a read to see if you’re interested and, if so, RSVP!

OCMA 24-Hour Video Festival

10 comments on ““What day is it again?” Video Art Festival”

  1. I made it to the website and saw the titles but didn’t get a chance to watch a thing in the last 24h. First week of class blues. Any updates on your end?

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    1. I watched them over the course of the day, in reverse order (going left to right), because I wanted to see William Wegman’s dog, Man Ray, the most. I fast-forwarded through bits of all except my favorite, which was the filmmaker filming herself dressing herself while eating corn nuts and describing why each piece of clothing was some kind of bargain. Really funny, but really saying something about our consumerist culture (here, in the 70’s). I recognized Filene’s Basement and Loehmann’s. Sorry you missed that one. Oh, and Man Ray, who wasn’t about to get talked into taking a puff off a cigarette!

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  2. Teri introduced me to OCMA, and I now get their newsletter. I just listened to a panel discussion on zoom: “Drawing on themes in the exhibition An Earth Song, A Body Song: Figures with Landscape from the OCMA Permanent Collection, writer Carolyn Finney, featured artists Edgar Arceneaux and Kori Newkirk, and curator Daniel Duford discuss how institutional racism has shaped our understanding and experience of public space and the American landscape.” It was extremely interesting. The art and artists were thought provoking. I Ioved listening to Carolyn Finney. The program pushed my thinking on how to think about landscapes–what constitutes a landscape, how are landscapes represented, who is allowed to be in the landscapes, what stories do they tell? The conversation brought to mind Borkali’s work combining photos of landscapes with her poetry. Thanks, Teri!

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    1. love the collaboration and solidarity that i see here all the fekkin’ time– ladies, we certainly know how to live thru a pandemic with a little bit of peace ❤ thank you all

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    2. I was there for this panel discussion, too, Barbara! And I thought of Borkali’s work, as well. (Were your ears burning, Borkali?) I really enjoyed seeing the some of the work in the exhibition, and hearing from the curator & two of the artists. Carolyn Finney is wonderful. So glad I know about her now. I’ve reserved her book, Black Faces, White Spaces (mentioned during the discussion), at the library. I also want to find the article she wrote for The Guardian about Christian Cooper’s bird watching experience in Central Park. And, my last follow-up Note to Self is to check out Langston Hughes’ poem, Earth Song, for which this exhibition was named.

      Carolyn Finney said that before anything else is said about the land, we must remember that all of the land in America was stolen, and that then people were enslaved to work it for free.

      Oops, there’s one more follow-up. Finney recommends “Rap on Race” which is on YouTube. A conversation between James Baldwin and Margaret Mead. Good thing I have a lot of time.

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      1. Here’s another bit of interesting information about Carolyn Finney that I meant to write about earlier: “Carolyn returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. (both of these degrees focused on gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal, respectively) and Ph.D. (which focused on African Americans and environmental issues in the U.S)”–from her website. While Finney says that she felt uncomfortable back-packing in the U.S., she did feel safe in Nepal and other countries around the world. Because of Leslie and Suman, it was especially fun to find out about Finney’s connection to Nepal.

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