Black Radical Imagination

Fri, Apr 11, 3pm - Sat, Apr 12, 2014 6:30pm

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Black Radical Imagination is a touring program of visual shorts that delve into the worlds of new media, video art, and experimental narrative curated by Erin Christovale and Amir George. See the trailerAfter a successful tour last year, including screenings in over 12 cities such as Los Angeles, Oakland, Boston, Basel Switzerland, and Chicago, as well garnering a feature in ARTFORUM’s Best of 2013, the series, along with a forum with filmmakers, comes to New York City at The Cooper Union for two days, starting this Friday April 11th through Saturday April 12th.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Note: School of Art students interested in having a studio visit or one on one critique with an artist from Black Radical Imagination should email to schedule an appointment.

Friday Program

Black Radical Imagination (short film program)
Films by Jeannette Elhers, Jabari Zuberi, Terence Nance & Sanford Biggers, Lauren Kelley, Lewis Vaughn and a special screening of Memory Room 452 by John Akomfrah and the Black Audio Film Collective. Followed by a panel.

Saturday Program

Readings: Martine Syms
Martine Syms is a cultural entrepreneur based in Los Angeles and will be presenting her Mundane Futurist Manifesto and MOST DAYS - a new audio work that takes the form of table read for a science-fiction screenplay, with score by Neal Reinalda. The story considers what an average day looks like for a young, black woman in 2050 Los Angeles.

Performance: Jeannette Elhers
Jeannette Elhers is a video and performance artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark whose works revolves around the Danish slave trade in the colonial era. Jeannette Ehlers will be performing “Whip It Good” - reenacting one of the most brutal punishment methods used during slavery. In using the same method on a white canvas, she creates a personal and simple, though contradictory, artistic act of striking back. Sponsored by Alanna Lockward/Artlabour Archives and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.