Reading Fluxus Film

FluxusFilm

A hands-on workshop on artists’ books precedes a screening of word-based films, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Concrete Poetry, Concrete Book at the Special Collections Research Center, curated by Caroline Schopp, UChicago Ph.D. candidate in Art History.

A panel discussion will follow the screening, introduced by media art historian Bruce Jenkins (SAIC) and including Jenkins, Schopp, Lisa Zaher (UChicago Arts Conservation Research Fellow and Ph.D., Art History), and Fluxus film scholar Jacob Proctor (Curator, Neubauer Collegium).

Like the Fluxus books and kits on view in the exhibition and workshop—books that seek to enhance our awareness of human consciousness through hands-on, multi-sensory encounters—these word-based films explore the correspondences between material properties of film, perceptual acts of film viewing, and cognitive acts of reading. Organized by Caroline Schopp and Lisa Zaher. Our discussion will consider the potential effectiveness of Fluxus practices towards acts of political resistance.
Presented by UChicago Arts and the Department of Art History, with additional support provided by the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the Film Studies Center.