The Memory Album (2014) and A New England Document (2020) - FREE ADMISSION

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Tue, Nov 1, 2022

7 PM – 10 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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2125 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106, United States

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The Memory Album
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Director: Cinematic Migrations Workshop

In 2012, Renée Green initiated in MIT a research project, Cinematic Migrations, which is still ongoing; to launch it, she invited John Akomfrah and Lina Gopaul from Smoking Dogs Film for a series of concentrated week-long visits during 2012-2014.

In Akomfrah and Gopaul’s last visit, a short film was collaboratively produced, The Memory Album. Workshop participants provided moving image materials, texts, photographs, as well as sound recordings, not knowing what would become of all that was “thrown into the pot.” The process of making the film unfolded while the film was being woven together in the editing suite.

Made of disparate materials, including an interview with an MIT professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, The Memory Album enacts a collective and active process of thinking, feeling, and sharing, while simultaneously attesting to the power of cinema to render memories into dream-like sequences, in relation to an ever-continuous material present.

Cinematic Migrations Workshop

Files and Sources: Lawrence Barriner II, Luke Chellis, Free Agent Media, Adi Hollander, Mary Jirmanus, Maggie Jordan, Ryan Kuo, Soyoung Kwon, Anne Macmilan, Ian Soroka, Ziyin Zhou
Montage: Madeleine Gallagher, Mary Jirmanus, Ryan Kuo, Soyoung Kwon, Ian Soroka
Interviews: Professor Matthew A. Wilson, Jesal Kapadia
Readings: Lawrence Barriner II, Renée Green, Joan Jonas, Jesal Kapadia
Text: Henry Dumas, ZZ Parker
Animateurs: Renée Green, John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul, Javier Anguera
Free Agent Media, Smoking Dogs Films
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Program in Art, Culture, and Technology
Additional support: MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, School of Architecture and Planning
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A New England Document
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Director: Che Applewhaite

​Using found footage with selected images and text from The Marshall Collection at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, A New England Document reconstructs the genocidal impulses of two ethnographers’ photographic encounters in the Kalahari Desert, Namibia, from the perspective of its suppressed stories.

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