1. Document 12

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    Created by Joe Poschung All clips self licensed under transformative clause of Fair Use 17 US code § 107 Artist Statement My piece takes the form of an abstract film. The piece contrasts the critical yet illustrative content of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein with Charlie Chaplin’s overt humanism in The Great Dictator and Modern Times. The piece is unified by the fact that, although different in content, the pieces both function as a critique of blind progress, and invite the viewer to think about our role as humans. Thus, we can see parallels between the artistic ideas of the late Enlightenment and the late Modernist period, where in each case the ideas of humanism are stressed in opposition to a rational, technologically oriented society. The piece begins with a straightforward shot of Chaplin from The Great Dictator, as if he were about to give his famous speech. I then introduce a ticking sound and cut to a repeated shot of a morose Chaplin on an assembly line to illustrate the role of the individual in a mechanized society. Chaplin’s repeating of the word “Hope” contrasts Dr. Frankenstein’s übermenschean confidence in his ability to go beyond human capacities. The introduction of music suggests that the video will go in a more humanist direction, but it is interrupted by the mechanical sound of radio static that leads in to a focus on Frankenstein. At this point the audio and video start to slip out of sync. This adds a surrealist quality to suggest the subconscious state of these ideas. However, this device also reflexively pays homage to the fact that film, being constructed, is inherently reliant on technology, and thus there is a battle between the rational and irrational within the medium itself. The dial-up tone fits with Frankenstein’s reverence of technology, while also reinforcing the cyclical theme. The tone itself is a set of seemingly random sounds that are always repeated in the same sequence, therefore lending itself to a rational quality. The animated sequence complemented by a chaotic mesh of recorded operator messages suggests a complete loss of control over technology, much like with the creation of Frankenstein’s monster. It is the apex of the progression set up in the previous sequence. It also serves as a reference to the abstract expressionist movement, which emphasized process of painting as a manifestation of humanist existentialism. It further critiques the runaway progress of Frankenstein by showing a painting seemingly in real time, yet at the same time it reinforces construction due to the fact that the painting is not live, but was instead animated using Adobe Flash. The video then resets itself with an impassioned interjection by Chaplin. Chaplin encourages rebellion against the mechanization that led to the mess of the previous sequence. However, once again Chaplin is forced onto the clock and the cycle is started once again. This time it is faster. This sequence works in combination with the previous half of the film to illustrate the patterns that history has taken, and how they appear to cycle faster with each decade. At the end of each period, in this case the Enlightenment and the Modern, there is a push to adopt the opposite stance that functions starkly in line with Hegel’s theory of the Thesis and the Antithesis. At the end Chaplin is so impassioned that there is no choice but to silence him, like many revolutionaries throughout history, until all that remains are the echoes of his ideas. As a whole, this video illustrates the constant struggle between rationality and irrationality, progress and iconoclast, and the conflicting definitions of what it means to be human. Shelley and Chaplin both set out to critique the progress that they saw as harmful in their respective time period, and thus contributed to the cycle. This video is a unification of their ideas, and a demonstration of the cycle’s inescapability for all of its forms.

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    • Humanist Community Forum (2015-04-26): Changing the Conversation on Poverty (Arlette Vargas-Ali)

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      Arlette Vargas-Ali (Director of Strategic Partnerships, International Justice Mission) will discuss IJM's global efforts to protect the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. The largest organization of its kind, IJM combats slavery, sex trafficking, rape, police brutality, property grabbing and other forms of violence in nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia. (See www.IJM.org, www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRrWpmIaW6U, and http://www.ted.com/talks/gary_haugen_the_hidden_reason_for_poverty_the_world_needs_to_address_now)

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      • "Spheres 1-20" (2013) by Sara Ludy

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        Sara Ludy Spheres 1-20, 2013 HD 1080p video 20:02 minute loop

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        • Humanist Community Forum (2015-04-19): Systemic Racism and the Black Lives Matter Movement (Mahnani Clay)

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          Mahnani Clay moved to San Francisco four years ago and has solidly planted herself in the communities she strives to serve. She started out volunteering in direct services supporting formerly incarcerated women. She now holds leadership roles with both the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and the San Francisco Black Leadership Forum. She is the Director & Founder of Project CHEER (Community Helping Everyone Encourage Restoration), a community engagement project dedicated to strengthening community connections and amplifying voices that cry out for social justice in support of children, families and communities impacted by incarceration and criminal justice involvement.

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          • 15-4-16 THE WORLD WON'T BE SAVED BY BEAUTY

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            (2014) A short reflection comic on the irreducible ambiguity of being. Written, produced and directed by Ugo Mangini.

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            • Humanist Community Forum (2015-04-12): What Molecular Biology Teaches Us About Being Human (Dr. Peter Schattner)

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              Dr. Peter Schattner (an award-winning scientist, educator and writer with over 30 years of research experience in molecular biology, genetics, medical instrumentation and physics) will discuss and answer questions about his recent book "Sex, Love and DNA". The idea of his book is to show how 21st-century molecular biology is beginning to answer age-old questions about the human experience, such as how we make our choices in sex and love, how we communicate, where our emotions come from, and why we age and die. (See www.peterschattner.com)

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              • Humanist Community Forum (2015-04-05): Thoughts on Genius (Marc Perkel)

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                Humanist Community member and Board member Marc Perkel is a self-educated exceptional person who comes from a below average family and was raised in a below average community with poor schools. Yet he has accomplished many things in his life and is generally considered by people who know him as special. Now Marc uses his extraordinary mental power to figure what makes him different. Was he born that way or was it learned? And if it was learned - can anyone learn it? Marc thinks the answer is that learning is the biggest factor and he now shares what he thinks are the most important aspects of what it takes to be smarter. In this program Marc will make the argument that if you like the changes Elon Musk has accomplished then imagine the world with 100 Elons. Can we create 100 Elons? Let's all become smarter and fix the world. And being smarter benefits your personal life. Do you want love, power, money, status, and success? Being smarter will help you get there. Marc will share his thoughts about mental changes and mental techniques to put anyone on the path to learning how to become a genius.

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                • Audio Sermon: Ten Shekels and a Shirt by Paris Reidhead

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                  Download the mp3 here: http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/singlefile.php?lid=282&commentView=itemComments Paris Reidhead preaches what could be called one of the most influential sermons of the 20th century. The real point of this sermon is an indictment of individuals and organizations practising humanism behind a mask of Christianity! "This sermon should be preached on a regular basis in every church in America!"

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                  • Humanist Community Forum (2015-03-29): ALEC–Buying Our State Legislative System on Behalf of Corporate Interests (Elsa Schafer

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                    ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) was initially founded in the 1970’s as a secret entity based in Washington, D.C. with legislators and corporate members who wrote legislative bills on behalf of corporate interests in exchange for election campaign funding. Over 2,000 companies have joined, writing legislation to:­ privatize public schools and prisons, ­ weaken voting rights, ­ eviscerate clean air, clean water and other environmental laws, ­ cripple public worker unions and endanger public safety.­In 2011, Common Cause helped shine a spotlight on ALEC and its activities, and Common Cause and a coalition of organizations have pressured companies to drop their memberships in ALEC. Elsa Schafer is a progressive activist (Democracy for America and Common Cause) who has long fought for publicly funded elections, while maintaining her day job working on healthcare reform.

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                    • Humanist Community Forum (2015-03-22): Evolution, Adaptation and Bird Behavior – a Video Presentation (Barry Boulton)

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                      The basic evolutionary principle is elegant and even simple, but its application in human evolution is controversial to say the least. However, viewing bird behavior in video sequences allows us to more objectively analyze evolution and adaptation in a fellow creature, and then to hypothesize its applicability to human evolutionary drivers. Barry Boulton combines a passion for bird behavior and practical evolution using high definition video as the primary medium.

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