59th AAFF Salons and Performances Round Up

Catch up on some of the In the Screen! performances, workshops, and salons you may have missed during the 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival.



Live collage cinema and live collage sound! Legendary sound collage group Negativland teams up with legendary live cinema artist SUE-C to bring you a streaming audiovisual performance about our nervous systems, our realities, and the evolving forms of media and technology that inevitably insert themselves between them. Original music, found sounds, uniquely organic visuals, manipulated media, Boopers, and a few surprises are normal to come to your attention.

Thank you to our grantor who supported this performance: Arts Midwest

Pluriverse Conjunction

How can we reinforce the circular, pluralistic, feedback-driven nature of environmental symbiotic relationships and oppose the linear, anthropocentric modes espoused by neoliberal capitalism? What does joy look like in a time of environmental, economic, and social collapse? What light do academic theories like enactivism, posthumanism, actor-network theory, and decolonial theory shed on what it feels like to live in the world? Given our collective history, how might expressions of national grief manifest?

The Room Presumed

The Room Presumed by Scott Kiernan, a recorded performance from the 59th AAFF. The Room Presumed utilizes machine learning and real-time video processing to reveal the paradoxes inherent in the ways we speak about “immersive” media. The work is inspired, and the software partially trained on, an early 1980s thought-experiment at Atari in which a group of computer scientists envision “virtual reality” without any of the needed tools to do so. Through this exercise, the subjects become improvisational actors, speaking the roles of “user” and “interface.” Trained on these accounts, The Room Presumed distends and completes their unfinished acts—revealing the strings that support an illusory veneer of a so-called “technological immersion.”

Hecate’s Palladio

Hecate, the three-headed Greek goddess of sorcery, magic, and the keeper of the threshold that separates the living from the dead, emerges from her watery passageways to dance. Slowly, the stage comes to life and joins Hecate in this humorous and ritualistic performance. Set to an original score, Hecate’s Palladio experiments with live video, green-screen compositing, video projection mapping, and dance in this new work.

Operation Jane Walk

In Operation Jane Walk, the digital war zone of a video game is appropriated with the help of an artistic intervention. The urban flaneurs avoid combat and become peaceful tourists of a digital world, which is a detailed replica of New York City. Accompanied by two guests, the audience watches the performers promenading in the digital battleground, exploring the possibilities (and impossibilities) of new media technologies. While walking through the post-apocalyptic city, issues such as architecture, history, and urbanism are being discussed. This program is possible thanks to support from the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

Electromagnetic Environments: Sound Image Performance

Electromagnetic Environments is a solo performance by artist Paloma Kop, who works with expanded media processes to produce generative time-based work, combining electronic and digital systems with analog and material processes. This experimental performance will combine live video and audio synthesis, transmissions and interference, and echoing synesthetic landscapes, adapted to the medium of online streaming. Patterns and behaviors produced through video feedback systems can resemble natural phenomena such as fractals and fluid dynamics, while radio signals which pervade the space we inhabit are collected, made audible, and manipulated in space and time. All these elements combine to form an ambient, evolving audiovisual environment.


Loops Workshop

Make your own 16mm film loops with Sean Kenny of the Pickle Fort Film Collective. You will need: Clear 16mm film leader, and markers. What you might want: ink, glue, anything you can add to the film strip.

In The Screen! Virtual Installation Round Table

Watch and learn more about each artwork and the artists who shared pieces for the Virtual Gallery which is still available to view.

Alice Inside by Claudia Hart

Bamboocene: Memories of Synchronicity - Part 3 WebGL by Monika Czyzyk

Bot, by Aaajiao

Darling, Work 1 and Darling, Work 2 by Michele Monseau

Flipped Books by Marie Paccou

On a clear day you can see forever by Ian Haig

In The Screen! Live Cinema Performances Round Table

Chris McNamara sits down with Sean Kenny of the Pickle Fort Film Collective, Mary Hourani (GUTTER), Rena Anwake, and Akeema Zane to discuss their practices as performance artists.

59th AAFF Film Art Forum