Where the Air is Clear: Autonomous Forms of Remembrance


March 26, 7:30pm. Union Docs Center for Documentary

When an image is seen it begins to decompose. When a story is told it starts to be a conversation. For Colectivo los Ingrávidos, this gradual disappearance in the process of transmission is a shared space of listening, where poetry becomes an autonomous form of history.

Their poor images and sounds are shifting configurations arranged by intuition and friction: they disintegrate, get downloaded, re edited, separated from the sound, and multiplied, connecting with each other and cracking up visual grammar like an egg. Against the supposed neutrality of documentary images, archival sound recordings reactivate dominant political discourses, reconnecting the old injustices with the present. The interaction between the images dissociates their communal narrative practices, generating a complex and paradoxical relationship that disrupts the sense of discourse, and stimulates the perceptive domain of the viewer.

This program includes found sound and found footage videos, intertwined with digital pieces, improvised music, 16mm footage digitally reproduced, projected images, newspaper clippings, and footage from public protests. Almudena will be in conversation with a member of the collective to talk visual improvisation, and poetry as tools of historical resistance.

Colectivo Los Ingrávidos in Conversation with Almudena Escobar López


March 25, 6pm. Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY.

Colectivo Los Ingrávidos emerged as a radical audiovisual form of resistance in Mexico in 2012. Their work draws transhistorical connections across time combining found footage with digital glitches and documentary poetry. Almudena Escobar López is Time-Based Media Curatorial Assistant at the Memorial Art Gallery. She has been collaborating with Colectivo Los Ingrávidos since she co-programmed their work as part of the Flaherty NYC series in 2018. After a short screening including a few pieces from the collective, Escobar López will be in conversation with Colectivo Los Ingrávidos to discuss the relationships between collectivism, radical politics, and image-making.

Ja’Tovia Gary & Dessane Lopez Cassell in Conversation


March 15, 2pm. Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY.

Artist Ja’Tovia Gary and Hyperallergic’s Editor of Reviews, Dessane Lopez Cassell, discuss Gary’s work and her installation Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE) on view at the Memorial Art Gallery  December 20, 2019-April 5, 2020. Ja’Tovia Gary is an American artist and filmmaker whose work interrogates the ways in which visual and media cultures shape our perceptions around race, gender, and specifically Blackness. Her poignant and distinctive visual language combines documentary elements, direct animation, and archival footage.

2020 Research Forum – Call for Participants

Established in 2015, the Images Research Forum is a place for discussion and collaborative learning within the context of the 33rd Images Festival (April 16–22, 2020). With a cohort of six participants, this makes for an intimate space of reflection and dialogue through daily discussions and activities specifically designed around the interests of the group.

Posted on Feb 5, 2020

Media City Film Festival launches 2019-2020 Chrysalis Fellowship

The Chrysalis Fellowship is a platform designed by Media City Film Festival to support artists in the production of new films and related experimental forms, supporting adventurous moving image artists from across Canada and around the world. This new program will focus on commission and creation projects, exhibitions, publishing ventures and the dissemination of new work.