Discovered: Playing in the Dark: Watery Experiments
October 16 only
Presented by Canyon Cinema, as part of its Canyon Cinema Discovered curatorial fellowship program.
PLAYING IN THE DARK: WATERY EXPERIMENTS
Curated by Chrystel Oloukoï
Playing in the Dark engages the various ways in which blackness haunts the sea and is haunted by the sea. Borrowing from Toni Morrison, “playing in the dark” references the subdued Africanist presence which mediates imaginations of water in the wake of variegated yet entangled transoceanic slave trades but also takes seriously darkness as a subversive ecological milieu, against lures of transparency. In the works gathered here, nothing is left untouched by the confounding qualities of water and its corrosive opacities, from bodies to the environment, to the materiality of film itself. As such, “playing in the dark” also references attempts in Black experimental filmmaking to chart paths in which cameras do not write with light but probe shadows in search of “an aesthetics of turbulence whose corresponding ethics is not provided in advance” (Glissant, Poetics of Relation).
By the Sea
Toney W. Merritt, 1982, 3 minutes, color, silent, 16mm
What the Water Said Nos 1-3
David Gatten, 1998, 16 minutes, color, sound, 16mm
Samba Félix N’diaye, 1989, 12 minutes, color, sound, 16mm transferred to digital video
The Dislocation of Amber
Hussein Shariffe, 1975, 32 minutes, color, sound, 16mm transferred to digital video
Giverny I (Négresse Impériale)
Ja’Tovia Gary, 2017, 6 minutes, color, sound, digital video
Everlane Moraes, 2019, 21 minutes, color, sound, digital video
What the Water Said Nos 4-6
David Gatten 2006-2007, 17 minutes, color, sound, 16mm
Towards the Colonies
Miryam Charles, 2016, 5 minutes, color, sound, digital video
Song for the New World
Miryam Charles, 2021, 9 minutes, color, sound, digital video
Approximate running time: 121 min
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