Still from Leviathan.
CalArts, Bijou Auditorium
FILM/VIDEO: THE SCHOOL OF FILM/VIDEO presents a visit by filmmaker and 2013 Herb Alpert Award Recipient LUCIEN CASTAING-TAYLOR (MARCH 17th-21st)
Lucien Castaing-Taylor makes visceral, emotionally engaging, aesthetically rigorous, innovative, and spiritually moving films and installations, documenting our world with a spirit of openness, experimentation and adventure.
Tues., March 18, 7pm at Bijou Auditorium for Structuring Strategies
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and llisa Barbash
Sweetgrass presents a riveting and poetic portrait of the American West just as one of its traditional ways of life dies out. Shot amidst the grandeur of Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, the film follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into the breathtaking and often dangerous mountains for summer pasture. Magnificently photographed and unsparingly candid, Sweetgrass discovers a world of harsh beauty and arduous labor, where humans still work in rugged intimacy with nature.
Wed., March 19, 1:30pm at Bijou Auditorium
SHEEP RUSHES (2001-2009)
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and llisa Barbash
Sheep Rushes consists of a series of films, video installations, and photographs. In viewing and assembling their film Sweetgrass, Castaing-Taylor and Barbash had become dissatisfied with a number of decisions they were making as editors of a more conventional linear piece. This series of films is particularly interested in finding ways to foreground the spatial and temporal qualities of extended sequence and long, unbroken takes that comprised much of the footage. Sheep Rushes offers a sensorial evocation of a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, climate and landscape, and vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed.
Fri., March 21, 4pm at Bijou Auditorium for Film Today
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
In the very waters where Melville’s Pequod gave chase to Moby Dick, Leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. Shot on a dozen cameras — tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker — it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.
Castaing-Taylor's work seeks to conjugate aesthetic negative capability with an ethnographic attachment to the flux of life. His work is in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art and the British Museum, has been exhibited at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Centre Pompidou, the Tate, MoMA, the Berlin Kunsthalle, the Whitechapel Gallery, PS1, Marian Goodman Gallery, the X-Initiative, and elsewhere, and has formed the subject of symposia at the Smithsonian Institution, the Musée du quai Branly, and the British Museum. His films and videos have screened at Berlin, Locarno, New York, Toronto and other film festivals. Recent awards include the Alpert Award in the Arts (2013), and, with Véréna Paravel, the True Vision Award (2013), Guggenheim Fellowship (2012), Los Angeles Film Critics' Circle Douglas Edwards Independent and Experimental Film Award (2012), and FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) Award (2012).
D300 Gallery: Min Kyung Choi MFA 2 ART
D301 Gallery: Rebecca Lieb MFA 2 ART
L-Shape Gallery: Sadie Drucker BFA 4 ART
Main Gallery: Tyler Jamison BFA 4 ART
A402 Gallery: Adriana Baltazar MFA 2 ART
Lime Gallery: Jessica Li MFA 2 ART & TECH
Mint Gallery: Danielle Bustillo MFA 2 ART & TECH
CalArts, Butler Building #4
CRITICAL STUDIES: Known as a compelling and brilliant speaker and performer, Fred Moten works at the intersection of performance, poetry, and critical theory. Moten’s experimental style of poetry has led one editor to say, "There’s song and voice at the heart of his work, but it’s a new and complex song." His books of poetry include Hughson’s Tavern, B.Jenkins, and The Feel Trio. He is also the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition and The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney). Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, Moten is Theorist in Residence for the Spring 2014 semester in CalArts’ MA Aesthetics and Politics program.
CalArts, S. Mark Taper Courtyard
ART: An art gallery on the grass with an inflatable and three wooden interactive sculptures.
CalArts, Bijou Theater
FILM/VIDEO: 2013 Alpert Award Recipient Lucien Castaing-Taylor is the director of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography lab. His body of work is a major contribution not only to ethnographic documentary, but also to the modern tradition of cinematically representing American place in the spirit of experimentation and adventure. Lucien will be conducting a workshop while at CalArts.