SAT, APRIL 15, 7p:
Obsolete Media Miami and MBC present
Craig Baldwin’s tour de force lecture-demo
Among the many cinema povero practices of Craig Baldwin’s Other Cinema is the re-purposing of older found film artifacts. Discarded by institutions switching to digital, and generally available for free or very cheaply, these motion pictures are called “Orphans” because they have no sponsors or archival shepherds. They have been abandoned by their original producers and have fallen into the public domain as obsolete cultural waste. But, for the sub-culture that valorizes these sad reels, that finds poetry in their abject perforated materiality, they are treasures of infinite possibility, ready to be “redeemed” by new montages and soundtracks. Craig Baldwin’s 80 minute lecture-demo is a whirlwind tracing the meaning of this reclamation, of this “surfing the wave of obsolescence,” towards a perverse revenge against the Society of the Spectacle, that crucial Situationist concept that grounds Baldwin’s argument. Through spoken word, graphics, and a very many cinema clips, Mr. Baldwin will introduce a series of his crucial neologisms, including Electronic Folk Culture, Media Archeology, Availabilism, Artifactuality, Detournement, Intertextuality, Collage-Essay, Ventriloquism, Derriere Garde, and the Culture-Jam. Through these new perspectives, he advocates for a radical re-working of marginalized film material, towards emerging forms of collage, compilation-doc, and even a makeshift speculative fiction.
“There is no “center” to the art of filmmaking, and - for better or worse—no “avant-garde” either. The engaged cineaste of our post-industrial times not only LOOKS at, but also - often at the same time - PRODUCES all sorts of para-cinematic work on the margins…” -Craig Baldwin
ABOUT Craig Baldwin:
Craig Baldwin is a filmmaker and curator whose interests lie in archival retrieval and recombinatory forms of cinema, performance, and installation. He is the recipient of several grants, including those from the Rockefeller Foundation, Alpert Award, Creative Capital, Phelan, AFI, FAF, and California Arts Council. Over the last two decades, his productions have been shown and awarded at numerous national and international festivals (Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival), museums (Whitney Biennial, British Film Institute), and institutes of contemporary art, often in conjunction with panels, juries, and workshops on collage and cultural activism. His own weekly screening project, Other Cinema, has continued to premiere experimental, essay, and documentary works for over a quarter century, recently expanding into DVD publishing.