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Canon: Taking To The Streets BR>(Dara Birnbaum, 1990) Dur: 14:00 min.
Breaking with traditional documentary format and using tools from the low and high end of video technology, Birnbaum here replays events of student activism in the United States. Starting with student-recorded VHS footage of two successive Take Back the Night marches at Princeton University, Birnbaum develops a saga of political awareness through personalized experiences. This localized student activity then progresses to and is contrasted with the 1988 National Student Convention at Rutgers University. Through this dynamic portrait, Birnbaum posits a series of compelling questions: how can the voice of the individual make itself seen and heard in our technocratic society? What forms of demonstration support this expression? How is a voice of dissent made possible?
A simple case of torture
(Marta Rosler, video, 1983). Dur: 60min.
Rosler identifies the totalitarian implications of an argument for torture under certain circumstances, as it appears in the editorial pages of Newsweek magazine. Her critique is formulated through voiceover narration and an on-camera collection of print media articles on subjects ranging from human rights to un-employment and global economics. Implicating the United States government and American businesses for supporting regimes that systematically use torture, she indicts the American press for its role as an agent of disinformation through selective coverage, its use of language, and for implicitely legitimizing a point of view that justifies torture.
Televised Texts
(Jenny Holzer, 1990) 13:00 min.
Holzer adopts the form and language of commercial messages to disrupt communication, presenting kamikaze texts that are designed to stimulate thought, provide humor and urge a critical attitude among an all-too-passive audience. Like all of Holzers work, these television spots present deceptively simple sequences of text that mix provocative social commentary with resonant poetic reflection.
A film project by Virginia Villaplana in collaboration with act-female sound technologic dub.Documentary of creation upon the process of inmaterial action of the sound works of production maded by Magucage(2002. France). Dur. 50:00min.
At Land (Maya Deren, 1944 , Silent) 14 min.
'At Land' has been called a trance film, but its near-hallucinatory images also trace a sharply defined conflict between a woman and her environment. At the start of the film we see the woman (played by Deren herself) washed up on a beach; we then follow her on an anxious odyssey through a series of landscapes both social and symbolic. An incredibly beautiful film, with a devastating sense of composition, this is a film in which the panic of the moment is overwhelmed by the rhythm of the whole. A mythological voyage of the 20th century.
No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee (Janice Tanaka, 1998) 31:51 min.
The popular images of Asian-American males historically propagated in this cultures mass media range from 'silent, sex-less, obedient houseboy' through to 'mystic martial arts master.' Invisibility has been a core element in the publics perceptions, and is reflected in the single dimensional representation of Asian men. This is a program by and about Asian-American men. It is through their experiences and voices that we become privy to the peculiar and insidious ways in which racism affects their evolving self-identities.
Sink or Swim
(Su Friedrich, 1990) 48 min
This resonant autobiographical film is a compelling account of the immutable, highly charged relationship between father and daughter. Traveling backwards from the letter Z, a young girl narrates 26 short stories which recount memories of a father she both fears and admires. Images from family vacations, the circus and Death Valley, interlaced with her voice-over, suggest an unbreachable distance, culminating in her father's betrayal. Fraught with tension, ambivalence and finally love, the film's vignettes combine the precision of structural filmmaking with the emotional power of storytelling.
The artwork in the age of its mechanical
(Keith SANBORN, 1996). 4 :00 min.
An attempt to problematize ownership and authorship in the age of digital reproduction. Inspired by the Walter Benjamin essay of the same name and the activities of the Situationists. If it could be authenticated that it were produced in 1936, this would make it the oldest known digital video work

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