Irreparable Futures

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An ongoing investigation, in my studio and in my classrooms, has been the psychogeographical mapping of the apparatus of "place" and of the efforts to construct "locations" of history. I have paired this research with the urgent demands of story telling via new technologies. There appears to be a tension between the experience and expectation of "screening" versus "telling" for both artist and audience. In the midst of this crisis of material and memorial value I perceive a performative and pedagogical Interzone for the tracking of emergent aesthetics in new media and the performance of history by students and artists. Within the studio and the classroom we might develop strategies for self-reversing journeys, negotiating the past while utilizing new technologies for speculating futures. I propose projecting, with comments, a five-minute segment from each of my two digital projects described below and an introduction of a work-in-progress, BRUNO ABROAD. In addition, and in conclusion, I will refer briefly to the new video by Eve Sussman + The Rufus Corporation, The Rape of the Sabine Women, an interpretation of Jacques-Louis David's neo-classic 1799 painting.


Keywords: Media, Video, Interzone
Stream: Art and Education, Constructing Art Worlds, Audiences, Meaning and Representation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Leon Bernard Johnson

Associate Professor of Intermedia Studio + Theory, Graduate Program, Maine College of Art
Portland, Maine, USA

Leon Johnson produces work in film and video, performance, and site-specific events. He has an active studio practice, is the proprietor of The Long Bell Press and a founding member of Creative Material Group. He is the recipient of a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant for Painting and a Yaddo Residency Fellowship. His film “FAUST/FAUSTUS IN DEPTFORD” was selected for the KunstFilmBienale in Cologne, Germany and the Raindance Film Festival in London, UK. “AFTER”, a new film will be published this summer as part of The End of Reality, a DVD and fiction anthology published by Chiasmus Press. Leon is a recipient of the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching. He is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio + Theory, Maine College of Art Graduate Program.

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