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Alternative Visions

November 4, 2008 - December 9, 2008

Destiny Manifesto, December 2

PFA’s Tuesday evening avant-garde showcase is curated by Kathy Geritz. The fall season of Alternative Visions is presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course Avant-Garde Film, taught by Erica Levin.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008
7:30 p.m. In the Real of the Senses: New Lebanese Videos
Introduced by Peter Limbrick. Four video works look at the very real scars of war in Lebanon, contemplating the way our senses experience them, and how art can represent them. Works by Lamia Joreige, Ghassan Salhab, and Maher Abi Samra.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
7:30 p.m. Collisions in Forms: Experimental Videos from Shanghai and Beijing
Introduced by Steve Anker. Works by Shanghai artists who have become active in the international art world and by M.F.A. students at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008
7:30 p.m. Canyon Cinema: The Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor
Introduction and Booksigning by Scott MacDonald. Experience the range, revolutionary spirit, and pleasure of works by Canyon filmmakers of the 1960s and ’70s: Bruce Baillie, Ernest Callenbach, Bruce Conner, Robert Nelson, Anne Severson, and Chick Strand.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
7:30 p.m. Martha Colburn’s Collage Animations
Martha Colburn in Person. An evening with MATRIX artist Colburn, who extends her work in the gallery in a program of films that combine politics and play, paint and puppets with inventiveness and perversity.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
7:30 p.m. A Tribute to Bruce Conner (1933–2008)
This memorial tribute draws presents Conner’s seminal film works, ranging from his autobiographical Valse Triste to his last film, Easter Morning, and including the monumental Crossroads in a restored print.