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Saturday, May 21 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Utopian Projections FULL

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Artists Basma Alsharif and Ben Russell lead this collaborative exploration of the no-space of projection, the only place where Utopia can be fully realized; a temporary site where time becomes space and subject matter can be engaged in an idealized form. Seen through the converging lenses of Basma's practice of Doppelganging (in which the experience of watching mimics the experience of recording) and Ben's work in Psychedelic Ethnography (a methodology that marries the subjective charge with an objective understanding of the/a self), we look at works that collapse a politics of representation and point towards the embodiment of subject through the practice of filmmaking and media performance.

Participants actively engage in a collective discussion on the histories, herstories, limits, possibilities and challenges of Utopia, opening up into the material exploration of their own ideas for Utopia as a place. Subtopics include: bilocation, psychedelia, non-fiction filmmaking, auto-hypnosis, self-identification, trance and transformation.

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Basma Alsharif

Basma ALSHARIF is an artist and filmmaker of Palestinian origin, born in Kuwait, raised between France and the United States. Since receiving a Master of Fine Arts in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she developed her practice nomadically between Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, and the Gaza Strip. Basma's work centers on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes, natural environments and history. She works... Read More →
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Ben Russell

Ben Russell (b.1976, USA) is a media artist and curator whose films, installations, and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image. A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI award recipient, Ben has had solo screenings and exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Viennale, and the Museum of... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 5 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

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