Wednesday, November 30
Screening and Discussion | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Workshop | 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Workshop cost: $20
On Wednesday, November 30, Scribe Video Center will host a two-part presentation on experimental media featuring works by Portia Cobb and Anula Shetty. At 5:30 PM, there will be a screening and conversation with the filmmakers. They will discuss their work in relation to place-bound identities and the genealogy of place. Then, at 7:15 PM, Cobb will lead a master class on how to reconstruct memory and history through personal documentary. Both the screening and master class will take place at the Scribe Video Center at 4212 Chestnut Street.
Portia Cobb uses a mix of documentary, personal essay and folklore in her work. For the screening, she will present a collage of films with subjects drawn from personal and collective histories: Species Endanger ED (1989) No Justice, No Peace: Young, Black, ImMEDIAte! (1992), Drive-by Shoot! (1992) Bus to Freedom, Documentary (2014), and Performing Grace: Tri-parti (2016). Anula Shetty works in the field of immersive, geo-locative media and creates socially engaged, participatory art projects with communities. She will screen excerpts from two experimental documentaries, Kamaka ‘Eha, Aching Eye(1996) and Cosmic Egg (work-in-progress).
For the master class, directly after the screening, Cobb will explore how a single document, photograph, recording or family keepsake can add to a collective cultural experience of history and place. These objects, which Cobb calls “archival elements,” can become a poetic device to reconstruct memory and history. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a copy of an archival element to share and develop into an impromptu short story.
Image courtesy Portia Cobb. Video still from Performing Grace: Tri-parti (2016).