58TH AAFF PERFORMANCES

Our six-day festival presents more than 180 films however, there are also performance-based works woven throughout the festival for you to experience. From an all-female drumline to interactive video, dance, and live drawing. All this and more will be happening throughout the week in addition to the films being presented.

 

Here are the exciting performances to check out at this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 24

 

Bitch, Thunder!

Michigan Theater | 7:30pm 

All-female drumline committed to inspiring female musicians and proving the power of percussion in public spaces. 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Pat Oleszko

Pat Oleszko Presents/Presence 

Michigan Theater Main | 7pm Wednesday, March 25, and daily throughout the festival week

 

Bits and pieces from Pat's passed filmed performantzes are shown with a-lithe sartorially splendid component to glorify or horrify the whole she-bang. A few that jest may turn up are Darwin's Nightmare: The Plight of the Nesting Bottle-back Turtles, a global warning performed near Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Half-astro-nuts Dilemma & To Air is Human (2 pix), the banned manned moon module crashes in foreign territory and the Astro-nuts disparately try to adapt. Goldmen Sex, a relationship ends boldly and badly. Kneeple at the Movies with Kneel & Dimples (2 pix), a short suite. Odds at Sea Bahian Odyssey, some local myth-tics are led by a buoy to sea to see!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sílvia das Fadas and Masha Godovannaya

«her* hands and his shape» | Included in Films in Competition 4

Michigan Theater Main Auditorium | 9pm

«her* hands and his shape», will conjure past and future ghosts of women who made films politically, or gave their presence to films politically. The performance is conducted with the help of two 16 mm projectors. Each of them has b/w and color films. The b/w parts of the films are colored by filters during the performance. 

 

Masha Godovannaya is a visual artist, experimental filmmaker, and queer-feminist researcher. Approaching art production as artistic research and collective action, Masha’s artistic practice draws on combinations of approaches and spheres such as moving image theory, experimental cinema, and DIY video tradition, social science, queer theory, decolonial methodologies, and contemporary art.

 

Sílvia das Fadas is a filmmaker, a researcher, a teacher, a wanderer. She is interested in the politics intrinsic to cinematic practices and in cinema as a way of being together in restlessness and brokenness.


Brent Coughenour

The Sick Sense, part 2 | Included in Films in Competition 4

Michigan Theater Main Auditorium | 9pm 

Building on research by Diana Deutsch, Alfred Bregman, Maryanne Amacher, and others, The Sick Sense is an ongoing project exploring the limits of the perceptual system. These projects stimulate otoacoustic and flicker phenomena and auditory and visual hallucinations while searching for stimulus patterns that deactivate the brain’s default mode network, switching the brain into the role of the ecstatic perceiver.

 

Brent Coughenour is a media artist originally from the Motor City, currently based in the Golden State, whose most recent work incorporates computer programming for live manipulation of sound and image. He has presented his work at a variety of festivals and venues throughout the U.S. and internationally.

 

Thursday, March 26

 

Sean Clute and Otto Muller

Mud Season | Included in the Off the Screen! Reception (Free to the public)

Ann Arbor Art Center | 3:30pm

Each Spring, the snow melts. Its crystalline formation of hexagons dissolves and the earth emerges mud. Mud is an in-between stage, a mix of organic and inorganic material, an edge space between geologic processes and biological decay, a site of potentiality.

 

Mud Season is an audiovisual performance that incorporates hand-drawn animations, interactive video, and sound. Visually, the work travels under the Spring moon as the snow melts revealing what is hidden underneath. A celebration of growth, the performance includes a creature emerging from the mud, an explosion of rainbows and an expanding orb of sunlight. The work uses custom-built software, a MIDI controller, various drawing apparatus and video projection.

 

Sean Clute is an artist who experiments with video, sound, and performance. His work has been presented The Kitchen, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art and the Autonomous Mutant Festival. Clute lives in Vermont where he is an Associate Professor of Media Art at Northern Vermont University.

 

Otto Muller is a composer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. His chamber works have been performed internationally at festivals. Muller leads the Socially Engaged Art BFA program at Goddard College in Vermont, where his research interests include cross-cultural aesthetics and critical.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angelo Madsen Minax

Two Steps on The Water​ | Included in Films in Competition 6

Michigan Theater Main | 7pm

 

An omniscient musical narrator offers a glimpse into the lives of two adolescent boys who wrestle, throw rocks into swimming holes, and use social media to pass the time in their small river town

 

Angelo Madsen Minax is a filmmaker, performer, and visual artist. Madsen's projects explore complex queer intimacies, chosen and biological kinships, and the relationships that emerge between landscape and embodiment. His works have screened and/or exhibited at spaces including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, European Media Art Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, The British Film Institute, and others. He is a current Sundance Nonfiction grantee, Tribeca Film Institute All-Access Fellow, and a BAVC Mediamaker Fellow.

 

Pat Oleszko

Pat Oleszko Presents/Presence 

Michigan Theater Main | 9pm 

Bits and pieces from Pat's passed filmed performantzes are shown with a-lithe sartorially splendid component to glorify or horrify the whole she-bang. A few that jest may turn up are Darwin's Nightmare: The Plight of the Nesting Bottle-back Turtles, a global warning performed near Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Half-astro-nuts Dilemma & To Air is Human (2 pix), the banned manned moon module crashes in foreign territory and the Astro-nuts disparately try to adapt. Goldmen Sex, a relationship ends boldly and badly. Kneale at the Movies with Kneel & Dimples (2 pix), a short suite. Odds at Sea Bahian Odyssey, some local myth-tics are led by a buoy to sea to see!

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

 

Tommy Becker

Emotions in Metal​ | Included in Films in Competition 8

Michigan Theater Main | 7pm

 

“Emotions in Metal” is a twenty-minute visual album by Tommy Becker. It is divided into eight vignettes that blend the artist’s: video, music, poetry, performance, and computer-generated design. The short works link thematically in their investigations into human-vehicle relationships. Whether, performing instructional poetry in the garage, documenting the interiors of strangers’ cars or celebrating art world connections to the road, the work balances playful humor with a critical eye on where society is currently parked. 

 

A poet trapped in a camcorder, Becker continues to feed his video, music, and poems into his never-ending saga, “TAPE NUMBER ONE”. Often, Becker’s single-channel works are translated to live cinema performance. His work has screened nationally and internationally. Since 2004, he’s worked as an arts educator in SF, CA.

 

Pat Oleszko

Pat Oleszko Presents/Presence

Michigan Theater Main | 9pm 

Bits and pieces from Pat's passed filmed performantzes are shown with a-lithe sartorially splendid component to glorify or horrify the whole she-bang. A few that jest may turn up are Darwin's Nightmare: The Plight of the Nesting Bottle-back Turtles, a global warning performed near Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Half-astro-nuts Dilemma & To Air is Human (2 pix), the banned manned moon module crashes in foreign territory and the Astro-nuts disparately try to adapt. Goldmen Sex, a relationship ends boldly and badly. Kneale at the Movies with Kneel & Dimples (2 pix), a short suite. Odds at Sea Bahian Odyssey, some local myth-tics are led by a buoy to sea to see!

Kit Young

A Concise History of American Progress | Included in the After-Party

Club Above | 11pm 

 

A Concise History of American Progress is a work of expanded cinema that will be created by live improvisation within my video synthesis and feedback systems. The core of these systems is video diorama. It is a portable apparatus that uses several cameras and screens to establish feedback loops. Its robotic control systems allow me to place sculptural objects in motion, within the feedback signal streams, thus establishing a dynamic symbiosis between the inherent symbology surrounding the objects and the generative but recursive nature of video feedback imagery.

 

Kit Young produces video and performance art. He builds video systems that can be played in an improvisational way. He performs collaboratively with other artists to create expanded cinema events. Experimental studio sessions become video essays. Though his work utilizes new media technique, his practice is grounded in themes of perception, awareness, social justice, and humor.

 

 
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 28

Pat Oleszko 

Pat Oleszko Presents/Presence 

Michigan Theater Main | 7pm 

Bits and pieces from Pat's passed filmed performantzes are shown with a-lithe sartorially splendid component to glorify or horrify the whole she-bang. A few that jest may turn up are Darwin's Nightmare: The Plight of the Nesting Bottle-back Turtles, a global warning performed near Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Half-astro-nuts Dilemma & To Air is Human (2 pix), the banned manned moon module crashes in foreign territory and the Astro-nuts disparately try to adapt. Goldmen Sex, a relationship ends boldly and badly. Kneale at the Movies with Kneel & Dimples (2 pix), a short suite. Odds at Sea Bahian Odyssey, some local myth-tics are led by a buoy to sea to see!

Luis Macias

The Sixth Sun | Included in Films in Competition 14

Michigan Theater Main | 9pm

Expanded Cinema performance // A Landscape. Without color and movement. Only a Landscape. “At that beautiful moment between reality and dreaming, an incorporeal animal emerges from the darkness and light. Dark, violent and self-assured, it shares its fears of nature’s despair. But don’t be afraid—it’s an animal just like you. Did you see it? Wake up and open your eyes”

 

Luis Macias is an artist, filmmaker, and image composer. Focused on experimental and procedural practices of analog image, his works in Super 8,16mm, 35mm and/or video format are composed for projection, performance or installation. His films and pieces of expanded cinema have been seen around the world. 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

 

Unseen Migrations | Special Program

Michigan Theater Main Auditorium | 2pm

A program of dance, film, & spoken word realized by Jacob D. Barreras and Deborah Greer. Exploring new definitions of experimental film, writing, movement, and performance, Counterpath Press and the Unseen Festival present a program titled Unseen Migrations, invoking notions of the resistant, the excluded, and the unacknowledged. Interweaving five films, three movement performances, song, and spoken word; physical and metaphysical elements collide and form an explosion of art, light, sound. Colorado-created and inspired artworks conjure and co-mingle onstage and onscreen to create a cohesive and experiential theatrical display.

David Olsen with Musicians | Included in the After-Party

Blue LLama | 11pm 

Marit Shalem and Tony Kennedy | Included in the After-Party

Works on White

Bab's Underground | 9pm 

Works on White is an audio-visual collage of collected sources, recordings as well as literary references. At the same time improvising on interpretations of white seen either as a sublime or a malign force. The performance reflects on the way in which history repeats itself as a back to the future phenomena. In times when social cohesiveness is crumbling around the globe, we see a reactionary tendency in governments and on the streets. While at the same time, a movement is advancing, seizing an opportunity to establish new connectivity and social structures.

Pat Oleszko performing

Mud Season performance

Still from A Concise History of American Progress

Still from Works on White

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