Surface Experiments: Poetry and Direct Animation in Translation
Facilitated by Chloe Zimmerman and Lucía Hinojosa

Sunday, February 2, 2020, 12:00pm

About the workshop

Organized in collaboration with Mono No Aware (33 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn)
Capacity: 12 participants

Fee: $40-90 (sliding scale)
Register here.

Drawing inspiration from various filmmaker-poet correspondences published in diSONARE (Teo Hernández, Carolee Schneemann, Caroline Bergvall, Ricardo Nicolayevsky, Jonas Mekas, among others) we will consider translations between poetic bodies and cinematic skin. Participants are invited to bring to the workshop 1-2 texts (whether their own or others’ writing) to use as inspiration. After a brief introduction to direct animation on 16mm film (including techniques of frame-by-frame hand drawing, masking, and scratching onto found footage), we will experiment with camera-less film responses to one another’s poetic provocations.

Participants will receive a digitized scan of their direct animations, and will explore a possible publication resulting from the hybrid-works produced in this workshop.

This workshop marks the culmination of diSONARE’s residency at Wendy’s Subway from December 2019 through January 2020, and the launch of the journal's eighth edition, "film + text + alchemy."

About the artists

Lucia Hinojosa is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and editor from Mexico City. Her practice develops through a series of conceptual, ephemeral gestures and performative trajectories as a method of investigation that results in a corpus of visual, sonic, and text-based works. She studied Visual & Critical Studies at The School of Visual Arts and the MFA program at SOMA in Mexico City. In 2013 she co-founded diSONARE, a bilingual editorial project that focuses on hybrid art & writing practices. She runs the project Mochila, a selection of independent Latin American publications traveling abroad in a backpack. Her work has been exhibited at spaces like Centro de la Imagen, Ladrón, Espectro Electromagnético, Sector 2337, Grice Bench, and Chalton Gallery. Her writing has appeared in journals and publications like Hyperallergic, GasTV, Dolce Stil Criollo, Antifaz, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Chloe Zimmerman is an artist, writer, and educator engaging with ecologies and documentary poetics across analogue film, video, installation, social practice and text. She teaches filmmaking and other creative practices at venues including the Museum of the Moving Image, MoMA, Mono No Aware, GenSpace, Swale House, and the Queens Museum’s New New Yorkers Program. Chloe founded and facilitated the Mycological Research Playgroup and was a 2013-2014 Collaborative Fellow at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art.

About the organization

MONO NO AWARE is a Brooklyn-based non-profit cinema arts organization working to promote the cinematic experience through art, film and literature. Taking its name from the Japanese expression meaning “the pathos of things,” MONO NO AWARE presents screenings, operates filmmaking workshops, operates an artist-run film lab, and hosts an annual international exhibition for contemporary artists and filmmakers whose work incorporates Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm or altered light projections as part of a live performance or installation.

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