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    Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, 91103, US

A selection of experimental films and video art projects on the topic of memory

On January 25th the MIA screening series will present a selection of ten experimental films and video art projects on the topic of memory, WINGED HOST. From schoolboys on a class trip to the experience of Alzheimer's, a family caught in the cultural revolution beside the evidence of a family history minus the people these works from the US, China, Hungary and France/Tunisia each offer a view on a different world.
Brooke White uses x-rays of skulls, combined with photographs and 8mm films bringing the viewer into an Alzheimer’s view of the world in Slices of Clarity (2010). Sasha Waters Freyer‘s, Our Summer Made Her Light Escape (2012) is a wordless 16mm portrait of interiority, maternal ambivalence and the passage of time, exploring the beauty and quotidian cruelties of the natural world right outside one’s door. The Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness (2012) explores Alice Wang‘s family history painfully entwined with the machinations of the Chinese government’s covert operations during WWII and the backlash which caught them in the 1960s. Through the stories of three generations of women and the revisiting of sites of image production from the Cultural Revolution set in Zhenbeibao Western Film Studio, to the Imperial German Qingdao where the artist’s grandfather grew up, the project is an intimate look at how we see, and how we remember. Jeremy Moss contemplates ideology and place in Those Inescapable Slivers of Celluloid (2011) attempting to apply memory to moving image. Stephanie Meredith‘s, White Balloon (2012) recomposes another’s memory: claiming it as her own. Nathan Meier‘s, Transit (2012) is a spontaneous experimentation of juxtaposed colors and images shot on a solitary spool of film in a single day during the transit of Venus. Peter Lichter‘s, Kazetta/Cassette (2011) reunites childhood friends through an audio recording from their last class trip in 6th grade. Zach Kleyn‘s, The Rapture, Remembered: Episode 3: Removing All Trace (Of the Family) (2009) shows every frame of a family’s home video archive which does not contain the presence of people, in chronological order. Devon Johnson‘s, Noms De Pays (2012) is an exploration of involuntary memory and the photographic image after the writings of Marcel Proust. Hazem Berrabah’s, Maj’noun (2012), freely inspired by “Layla Maj’noun” by Qays Ibn El Moulawah and “Fou d’Elsa” by Louis Aragon, follows a young dancer searching for his absent lover.
The MIA(Moving Image Art) series began in June of 2012, founded by video artist Alanna Simone to promote the work of artists who use the moving image. Every 4th Friday at 8PM, the MIA series screens video art, experimental films, performance art, essay films and animation from local and international artists at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103. Each program is organized around a theme and regular screenings usually last a little over an hour. A donation of $5 is suggested. If you'd like more information about MIA screenings, please visit the series' website http://MIAscreen.com or send an email to: newsletter@MIAscreen.com

This month's MIA event, WINGED HOST starts at 8PM on January 25th, 2012 at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103. Please visit the series' website http://MIAscreen.com or send questions to: newsletter@MIAscreen.com