Jennifer West and Michael Ned Holte

In Conversation: Film Memory

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Artist-in-residence Jennifer West presents an evening on the "remembered movie" with Los Angeles-based writer and curator Michael Ned Holte. In a conversation of personal cinematic histories, each will perform memory (and movies) by capturing and reconnecting the places, spaces, and languages born from the movie-going experience.

A night of unabashed film love that delves into the darkened make-out corners of cult and midnight movie theaters, celebrates the circulation of VHS bootlegs, and tracks through the video rental houses, multi-screen drive-ins, discount multiplexes, art house theaters, lecture halls, and museums of film culture, ending up in today's tangled web of digital file sharing and online-streaming platforms. An elegy to our ever-changing cinematic contexts and their continued transition to the virtual world, the event reaches beyond the frame to reveal how our experience of celluloid and its circuits of distribution function both as a catalyst for personal memory and as a tool to trace unconsidered histories.

Jennifer West is in residence to develop Film Memory—a feature-length film and multichannel installation exploring the moving image as material memory. Constructed as a "personal historical survey" of cinema, it captures and reconnects the places, spaces, languages, and memories that are born from the cinematic experience. West and Holte met in graduate school in 2002 at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, where they shared film memories and post-movie parking-lot discussions.

Curator:: 
Victoria Brooks
Dates: 
Multidisciplinary
Jennifer West and Michael Ned Holte
Studio 2
October 1, 2015, 7PM

EMPAC 2015–16 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.