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SATURN RETURNS

A Screening Curated and Introduced by Brett Kashmere

Wednesday, February 23rd @ 8pm
Moffett Auditorium (Mudd 050)
Oberlin College

FILMS AND VIDEOS BY: Michael Bell-Smith, Jacob Ciocci, Oliver Laric,
Xander Marro & Mat Brinkman, Tara Mateik, Takeshi Murata, Marisa
Olson, Seth Price, Tasman Richardson, Michael Robinson, Ben Russell,
and Leslie Supnet.

With Appearances and/or Audio By: Judas Priest, Lightning Bolt, Velvet
Underground, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Prince / Sinead
O’Connor, Bobby McFerrin, New Jack Swing, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly,
Emilio Estevez, Sylvester Stallone, and more

* * *

The Saturn Return is an astrological phenomenon that occurs every
27-30 years in a person’s life; coinciding with the time it takes for
Saturn to orbit the sun. As the planet “returns” to the degree it
occupied at the time of our birth, we cross ove…r a major threshold
and into the next stage of life. My generation recently underwent its
first Saturn Return, the time when we leave youth behind, re-evaluate
the past, and solidify plans for the future.

Growing up in the 80s, we shared virtual experiences via Atari and
networked using payphones and post offices. We changed identities
often, slipping in and out of styles and subcultures, a novel concept
at the time. Music videos turned sounds into images, and TV framed our
social exchange. Mix-tapes and VCRs put recording and juxtaposition
into the hands of individuals, and sampling expanded the field of
re-production further, enabling new music to emerge from the old and
the overlooked.

In the 90s, adolescent affiliations began to fade. Technological
shifts paralleled personal changes. We traded in our tapes and bought
CDs. Some found value in rigor and guidance from the avant-garde,
especially in its pursuit of challenging form and anti-consumerist
stance. To reject popular culture and embrace the art of the 60s and
70s was to retreat from the contemporary world. For a while,
structural film and noise rock were the bomb.

Now, in the new millennium, we’ve lost our patience for durational
aesthetics and jam bands. Even Michael Snow re-made Wavelength for
those who don’t have the time. YouTube has ushered in radical brevity:
nothing over 10 minutes (the new “Don’t trust anyone over 30”). We
want our media to be concise, vertical, and portable. Compression,
condensation and simultaneity are the new moves. At the same time,
subcultures have gone mainstream and become search terms, tags. In
this meeting of margins and center, music is the passageway, offering
a readymade vocabulary of shared experience and shorthand emotional
cues.

Presented by CINE 323: Exhibition Practices in the Media Arts. Free
and open to the public.

THE PLAYLIST

1) The Animated Heavy Metal Parking Lot — Leslie Supnet, 2008, 2 min, video
2) Black and White Trypps Number Three — Ben Russell, 2007, 11 min, 16mm
3) Performed Listening: H — Marisa Olson, 2007, 7 min, video
4) Message The — Oliver Laric, 2007, 2 min, video
5) And We All Shine On — Michael Robinson, 2006, 7 min, 16mm
6) Don’t Worry Be Happy (stressful mix) — Jacob Ciocci, 2005, 3 min, video
7) NJS Map — Seth Price, 2001, 2 min, video
8) PYT (Pretty Young Thing) — Tara Mateik, 2004, 4 min, video
9) Chapters 1–12 of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet Synced and Played
Simultaneously — Michael Bell-Smith, 2005, 4 min, video
10) The Game — Tasman Richardson, 2007, 4 min, video
11) Untitled (Pink Dot) — Takeshi Murata, 2007, 5 min, video
12) 01/06 — Xander Marro & Mat Brinkman, 2006, 13 min, 16mm

Approximate Running Time: 65 minutes

More info:
http://brettkashmere.com/saturnreturns.html
http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=112413868834961

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