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TWO CABINS:SCREENING/TALK/Q&A at UCSB

TWO CABINS
SCREENING/TALK/Q&A
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH
6.00 pm. POLLOCK THEATRE
Admission Free

Between July, 2007 and June, 2008, veteran independent film-maker,James Benning built replicas of two iconic American Cabins in a remote part of the High Sierras- Henry David Thoreau’s hut from Walden Pond and the one-room plywood shack in rural Montana from which Theodore John Kaczynski (the ‘Unabomber’) conducted his 16-year bombing campaign via the U.S. mail. The juxtaposition of these two simple structures invokes and implicates deeply conflicted and enduring foundational American myths concerning the scope and meaning of personal liberty, civic responsibility and the rule of law; individual conscience, democracy and civil disobedience; the transcendental value of nature, wilderness and the god-given right to exploit natural resources; American exceptionalism, environmental conservationism and faith in technological progress; the imperative to make oneself (anew), to ’succeed’ and, if necessary, to secede.

James Benning will introduce and screen a 30 minute film related to the project. Afterwards New York- and Oregon-based artist, Julie Ault and UCSB faculty member, Dick Hebdige (Art Studio and Film & Media Studies) will talk about their contributions to the resulting book, “Two Cabins by James Benning” (A.R.T Press, New York, 2011).

JAMES BENNING has made more than 40 films including “81/2×11″ (1974), “One Way Boogie Woogie” (1977), “American Dreams” (1984), “Landscape Suicide” (1986), “North on Evers” (1992), “The California Trilogy” (2000-1), “13 Lakes” (2004), “Ruhr” (2009) and Twenty Cigarettes (2011). His work has been shown at major Film Festivals and Biennials including Austin TX, Berlin, Brisbane, Duisberg, Jeonju, London, Ljubljana, New York,Rotterdam and the Whitney.

JULIE AULT is an artist, curator and editor. One of the co-founders of New York-based artists’ collaborative, Group Material, she has produced over 50 exhibitions and public projects exploring relationships between politics and aesthetics. Her publications include “Alternative Art New York, 1965?1985″, (Uni of Minnesota Press, 2002),”Come Alive: The Spirited Art of Sister Corita”, (Four Corners Books, 2006), “Felix Gonzalez-Torres”, (steidldangin, 2006) and”Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material” (Four Corners Books, 2010).

Copies of “Two Cabins by James Benning” (A.R.T. Press, 2011) will be on sale at the event.

THIS EVENT IS CO-SPONSORED BY THE ARI (ARTS RESEARCH INITIATIVE) AND UCIRA

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