Still from Leviathan.
CalArts, Bijou Auditorium
FILM/VIDEO: THE SCHOOL OF FILM/VIDEO presents a visit by filmmaker and 2013 Herb Alpert Award Recipient LUCIEN CASTAING-TAYLOR (MARCH 17th-21st)
Lucien Castaing-Taylor makes visceral, emotionally engaging, aesthetically rigorous, innovative, and spiritually moving films and installations, documenting our world with a spirit of openness, experimentation and adventure.
Tues., March 18, 7pm at Bijou Auditorium for Structuring Strategies
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and llisa Barbash
Sweetgrass presents a riveting and poetic portrait of the American West just as one of its traditional ways of life dies out. Shot amidst the grandeur of Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, the film follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into the breathtaking and often dangerous mountains for summer pasture. Magnificently photographed and unsparingly candid, Sweetgrass discovers a world of harsh beauty and arduous labor, where humans still work in rugged intimacy with nature.
Wed., March 19, 1:30pm at Bijou Auditorium
SHEEP RUSHES (2001-2009)
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and llisa Barbash
Sheep Rushes consists of a series of films, video installations, and photographs. In viewing and assembling their film Sweetgrass, Castaing-Taylor and Barbash had become dissatisfied with a number of decisions they were making as editors of a more conventional linear piece. This series of films is particularly interested in finding ways to foreground the spatial and temporal qualities of extended sequence and long, unbroken takes that comprised much of the footage. Sheep Rushes offers a sensorial evocation of a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, climate and landscape, and vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed.
Fri., March 21, 4pm at Bijou Auditorium for Film Today
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
In the very waters where Melville’s Pequod gave chase to Moby Dick, Leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. Shot on a dozen cameras — tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker — it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.
Castaing-Taylor's work seeks to conjugate aesthetic negative capability with an ethnographic attachment to the flux of life. His work is in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art and the British Museum, has been exhibited at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Centre Pompidou, the Tate, MoMA, the Berlin Kunsthalle, the Whitechapel Gallery, PS1, Marian Goodman Gallery, the X-Initiative, and elsewhere, and has formed the subject of symposia at the Smithsonian Institution, the Musée du quai Branly, and the British Museum. His films and videos have screened at Berlin, Locarno, New York, Toronto and other film festivals. Recent awards include the Alpert Award in the Arts (2013), and, with Véréna Paravel, the True Vision Award (2013), Guggenheim Fellowship (2012), Los Angeles Film Critics' Circle Douglas Edwards Independent and Experimental Film Award (2012), and FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) Award (2012).
D300 Gallery: Min Kyung Choi MFA 2 ART
D301 Gallery: Rebecca Lieb MFA 2 ART
L-Shape Gallery: Sadie Drucker BFA 4 ART
Main Gallery: Tyler Jamison BFA 4 ART
A402 Gallery: Adriana Baltazar MFA 2 ART
Lime Gallery: Jessica Li MFA 2 ART & TECH
Mint Gallery: Danielle Bustillo MFA 2 ART & TECH
CalArts, S. Mark Taper Courtyard
ART: An art gallery on the grass with an inflatable and three wooden interactive sculptures.
ART: Andrew Freeman is a photographer, writer, filmmaker and curator based in Los Angeles, California. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Long Exposures: Photography Essays from the Permanent Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California (2006); Art, Media and Contested Space, Belfast Biennale, Belfast, Ireland (2008); The Ground Falls Away: expansion, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, California (2009); Locating Landscape: New Strategies, New Technologies, at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson Arizona (2010). Publications include [Manzanar] Architecture Double (2006) through RAM Publications, and The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Freeman has received grants from The LEF Foundation Publication Grant (2002), LEF Foundation Special Project Grant (2003), Graham Foundation Art and Architecture (2003), City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs individual Artist Fellowship (2007), and The Center for Cultural Innovation (2009). His work has been written about in Frieze, The Los Angeles Times, Afterimage, and American Quarterly. Freeman has taught in the Photography & Media program at the California Institute of the Arts since 1990, also working as the Program Director from 2003 – 2010. From 1995 through the present he has helped direct the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) photography program.
Most recently, Freeman’s work was on view in the exhibition Construction/Deconstruction: Defining Architectural Photography at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) through August 18, 2013. Freeman is also working on a new book entitled This Year’s Irony.
CalArts, Sharon Disney Lund Theater
INSTITUTE: The Hip Hop Club will be performing Hip Hop dances, along with live performances including multiple schools. All funds raised at this event is for the charity Kingdom Made.
REDCAT: “Radically lyric.” —Poetry Society of America
Known as a compelling and brilliant speaker and performer, Fred Moten works at the intersection of performance, poetry and critical theory. In his lecture “The Sustain: Blackness and Poetry,” Moten discusses instances of black poetic inscription in visual, plastic and performance art. These inscriptions are by black artists, implying that there is such a thing as black poetic inscription and that many non-black artists engage in it. Through this talk, he seeks to shed light on some recent debates in the poetry world regarding race, politics, conceptualism and the form/purpose of the anthology. Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, Moten is Theorist in Residence this spring in the CalArts Program in Aesthetics and Politics.
Poet Douglas Kearney is on hand to lead a post-lecture Q&A.
FILM/VIDEO/MUSIC: Performance of live electronic/voice by JAEGER accompanied by projected visuals by Tempe Hale and Maija Burnett, followed by a line-up of guest DJs for a night of dancing.