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Arts + Lit Lab | Love and Other Violences
April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Love and Other Violences: Videos by Cecelia Condit and Kym McDaniel
Mills Folly Microcinema presents Love and Other Violences, an evening of videos by Cecelia Condit and Kym McDaniel on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. Admission $5.00, free for ALL members. Seating is limited, and doors open at 7:00 p.m. Kym McDaniel will present the videos in person, and Cecelia Condit will participate in the Q&A via video conferencing.
Love and Other Violences is a powerful cinematic and personal exploration with an interplay of work from video artists Cecelia Condit and Kym McDaniel. Through a selection of their short works, we will open up some of the common themes that thread through them, from relief, to empowerment, to reclamation, or voicing one’s own interior. This program intends to ask how love and violence can be conflated and misconstrued.
From McDaniel’s reclamation of history through personal video diaries and non-linear experimental vignettes, to Condit’s work within the psychological landscape of contemporary fairy tales, dreams and poetry that uncovers innate violence, we’ll reflect on the embedded feminism and their parsing of these questions and concerns in a dialogue following the program.
Exit Strategies 1-5 | Kym McDaniel | 2017–20 | 40 minutes
After developing debilitating chronic pain from a dance injury, Exit Strategies were created as a healing experiment. Over the course of the series, the filmmaker questions the intersection between her stored body memories and physical illnesses. The works screen as both a linear sequence and nonlinear experimental vignettes, representative of the process spiral of trauma and recovery. By using images and voice as a reclamation of history and personal video diary, the filmmaker queers and rebuilds herself and her world in the aftermath of trauma.
Not a Jealous Bone | Cecelia Condit | 1987 | 11 minutes
Invoking a biblical story of life coming from dry bones, Condit constructs an experimental narrative about an older woman’s confrontation with her own mortality after the death of her mother. The bone represents the promise of youth and hope—a promise jealously coveted by the young, but needed more by those grown old. Inverting cultural values, Condit represents feminine youth as a mannequin, and seeks humanity in the form of the older woman, who is reborn by overcoming her fear of death.
Annie Lloyd | Cecelia Condit | 2007 | 18 minutes
A daughter’s complex and poetic documentation of the last four years of her mother’s life, and a portrayal of the creativity and wisdom of old age.
I’ve Been Afraid | Cecelia Condit | 2020 | 7 minutes
I’ve Been Afraid is about the fear of aggression and those paralyzing forces that allow the body to accept violence.
Kym McDaniel is an Assistant Professor in Cinema at Binghamton University, and an experimental filmmaker, media collaborator, choreographer, and performer whose work has screened at Slamdance, Antimatter, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival.
Cecelia Condit is a professor emerita in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was the director of the graduate program in film for 30 years.