Art and Social Criticism in the Americas

Art and Social Criticism
in the Americas

Leading intellectuals, artists and social scientists from across the Americas come together for CalArts’ third annual symposium on artistic production, social criticism and political discourse in the Western Hemisphere. How is globalization shaping the art and politics of the region? How can art intervene in the discourse of power, social exclusion and civil rights? A series of panel discussions are accompanied by film screenings--including Lisandro Alonso’s uncompromising Los Muertos (The Dead, 2004, 78 min.); Fernando Meirelles’ first feature, Domésticas (Maids, 2001, 85 min.); and Lucrecia Martel’s powerful short, Rey muerto (Dead King, 1995, 12 min.). The conference also features an afternoon program of staged readings and performances.

Friday Screenings: 2.16.07
Rey Muerto (Dead King)
Los Muertos (The Dead)
These two edgy, experimental films deal with the Northwest and Northeast of Argentina, respectively. They will be followed by a Q&A with Claudia Soria, who teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at USC, Thom Anderson, filmmaker and faculty member in the School of Film/Video at CalArts, and Martín Plot, from the faculty of the School of Critical Studies, also at CalArts.

Saturday Afternoon Performance/Reading: 2.17.07
4:00 pm
An afternoon of performances and conversations, culminating in a panel discussion, all focusing on Latina/o points of view in crossing borders, creativity, and the formation of communities. Among the featured performers will be Marisa Chibas, whose recent Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary played to wide acclaim at REDCAT, Marlene Beltran and Vicki Grise. The final event will be a panel, chaired by Caridad Svich, addressing topics of immigration reform, the politics of memory, and cultural genocide.

Saturday Evening Screening: 2.17.07
Domésticas (Maids)
This film presents an incisive look at the lives of domestic workers in São Paulo. It will be followed by a Q&A with Teshome Gabriel, of the Department of Film, Television, and Video at UCLA, and James Wiltgen, from the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts.

Please Note: There will be a reception at 7:30 pm before the Friday and Saturday night screeenings.

Sponsored by the CalArts Schools of Critical Studies, Film/Video and Theater. Programmed by Martín Plot and James Wiltgen

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SAT 2/17
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G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff