1. Cauleen Smith on "Crow Requiem" at UVP


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    SPECULATIONS: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406489519659747/ Crows are well known for their mythological reputation as tricksters and harbingers of death, but less for the reality that they are creatures of remarkable intelligence who lead complex social lives. Smith became fascinated by these misunderstood animals when she noticed the massive flock of crows roosting outside her bedroom window during her artist residency at Light Work. She learned that the native population of crows circulates between Syracuse and nearby Auburn, NY; and that this migration is partly in response to harassment and, at times, state-sanctioned violence at the hands of a human population who view them as a nuisance. Smith interweaves the figure of the crow through the histories of these two cities, both of which were key stations on the Underground Railroad and innovators in early cinematic and 3D optical technologies. “Crow Requiem” connects this history to recent and ongoing violence against people of color at the hands of the state. Shot on location in Central New York, and featuring selections from Onondaga Historical Association’s extensive archive of 19th century stereoscopic images. From the artist: “A Speculation: Humans are estranged from our origins. We left the commonwealth of Animals and declared ourselves the custodians of that dominion. And now We are Man; and all else is Other. Our knowledge of ourselves is a fog that consumes us. We cannot see past it, because we do not want to look into it. There are more than two points of view, but the fog makes it difficult to see. This is a sad song, a blues song, an elegy for the past sphere of consciousness we abandoned in favor of eating our own young.” About the Artist Cauleen Smith’s interdisciplinary practice merges improvisational music, speculative fiction, African-American history, and processional forms to create temporal and spatial ruptures that make room for new affinities, empathies, and consciousnesses. Smith’s films, objects, and installations have been featured in group exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem, NY; Houston Contemporary Art Museum, TX; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; D21 Leipzig, Germany; Yerba Buena Center for Arts, CA; and the New Museum, NY. She has had solo shows at The Kitchen in New York City, MCA Chicago and Threewalls in Chicago; and Women & Their Work in Austin, TX. Her work has also been featured in such high profile festivals as Sundance and screened twice by demand at the prestigious Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Exhibition. In 1999, she was selected as one of Ten Directors to Watch by “Variety” magazine. Smith is the recipient of several grants and awards including a Creative Capital grant, the Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Chicago 3Arts Grant, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Smith earned an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently lives in Chicago while teaching at the Vermont College of Fine Art low-residency MFA program. More information: www.cauleensmith.com

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    • DRYLONGSO 1998


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      • PROPHETIKA: AN ORATORIO (live) March 20–April 5, 2015


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        La MaMa presents Prophetika: an oratorio Award-winning stage director Charlotte Brathwaite joins forces with eclectic composer/pianist Courtney Bryan and celebrated installation artist Abigail DeVille in a sonically stimulating, visually spectacular experience inspired by the legacies and lives of Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane and Harriet Tubman. La MaMa The Club March 20 – April 5, 2015 Fri/Sat at 10pm; Sun at 6pm www.lamama.org featuring: Courtney Bryan, Brandee Younger Jadele McPherson, Justin Hicks concept/direction Charlotte Brathwaite composer/pianist Courtney Bryan installation/costume Abigail DeVille actor/singer Jadele McPherson harpist Brandee Younger sound design Justin Hicks lighting design Kent Barrett video art Cauleen Smith production assistant Hao Bai graphic design Nontsikelelo Mutiti photography Sofia Berinstein press contact Fatima Kafele/Torya Beard *Video excerpts from the Afro-futurist Tapes of Cauleen Smith and The Chicago Film Archive.

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        • 3Arts Compilation Video


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          3Arts 2013 Awardees Lisa Kaplan, Ronnie Kuller, Irena Knezevic, Cauleen Smith, Marta Garcia, Robert Schleifer, Michel Rodriguez, Vershawn Sanders Ward, Mierka Girten, Kelli Simpkins

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          • CalArts Visiting Artist Lecture Series Cauleen Smith, February 9, 2012


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            CalARts Spring 2012 Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents Cauleen Smith on February 9, 2012 in F200

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            • NIGHT SKY TRAILER


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              With Evelina Gaina, Jay Mandell, Deafinitely, Cauleen Smith, Joann Karl, Lucky Dragons, and the voice of Vaughan Rachel Cinematography by Tom Clancey Score by Ethan Frederick Greene Animation by Lisa Ramsey and Justin Acree Effects by William Downes and Matt Chea Directed by Alison O'Daniel Night Sky has parallel, overlapping stories: two girls—Cleo and Jay—travel through the desert while a group of contestants compete in a current-day dance marathon. A small hula-hoop serves as a window between worlds, hovering unnoticed in the midst of the marathon contestants and simultaneously hanging in the desert air. Sound bleeds between the locations, drawing attention to parallel series of events, while locations collapse into one another and places formerly encountered continue to announce their presence.

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