“Dark Matter: The Films of Sarah Christman, Matt Town and Carolyn Lazard”
Peephole Cinema, Brooklyn, NY, 2015

The cosmological concept of dark matter has served as a useful metaphor to describe the hidden structures underlying a variety of social worlds. As Gregory Sholette writes about the art world, its “dark matter” functions as an invisible twin to the visible world — a largely unseen body of people, places and practices that exists in parallel to, and even conditions, the visible world, but can only be sensed or known through its effects. Here, we apply the concept of dark matter to our experience of the city, its built environment, its social structures. In these films, we glimpse this invisible city.

Sarah Christman, Outside Over There
Matt Town, Protest
Carolyn Lazard, The Blues

See more: www.peepholecinema.com/brooklyn-current/

  “In the Valley of the Uncanny: Humans and Humanoids”
Panel presentation with Graham Burnett, John Bell, Allison de Fren, Asif Ghazanfar, Laurie O’Brien, UnionDocs: Center for Documentary Art, Brooklyn, 2013

Puppets, robots, cyborgs, sex dolls, automata. These not-quite-human beings alternately – sometimes simultaneously – attract, move and repulse us, populating the social landscape as our toys, our tools, our companions and our fantasies.

In the 1970s, Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori first used the term “The Uncanny Valley” to describe the profoundly unsettling sense of the non-human in these human-like beings. Building on Freud’s definition of the uncanny as the feeling of strangeness in something familiar, Mori’s theories have since become influential in fields as diverse as puppetry, psychology, animation and video games.

Our guests take us on a tour of the Uncanny Valley, exploring the horrors as well as the pleasures of the not-quite-human. John Bell traces a history of the uncanny in puppetry; Allison de Fren shares her short documentary on robot fetishists; Asif Ghazanfar discusses his research on the Uncanny Valley effect among monkeys; and Laurie O’Brien introduces us to Toby the Puppet. Together, they examine and indulge in the enduring human fascination with the humanoid.

See more: www.uniondocs.org/2013-01-12-the-uncanny-valley-humans-and-humanoids/

  Rob Todd and Rebecca Meyers screening
Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard, 2008

  darla’s choice cuts, screening
Cambridge, 2006

Darla’s Choice Cuts is a series of monthly screenings that take place in alternating and unlikely locations in the Boston area. Darla’s provides an intimate and informal setting to view underground, experimental and otherwise undershown films.

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