The Speculative Archive

THE SPECULATIVE ARCHIVE:
WE WILL LIVE TO SEE THESE THINGS, OR, FIVE PICTURES OF WHAT MAY COME TO PASS

"The hypnotizing video by the team of Julia Meltzer and David Thorne is a knock-out." -Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles premiere
Jack H. Skirball Screening Series

2007, 47 min., DigiBeta

Shot in 2005–06 in Damascus, Syria, the latest piece from The Speculative Archive, the duo of Julia Meltzer and David Thorne, deals with competing visions of the future. Each section—the chronicle of a building in Damascus, a recitation anticipating the arrival of a perfect leader, an interview with a dissident intellectual, a portrait of a Qur’an school for young girls, and an imagining of the world made anew—offers a different perspective on what might happen in a place caught between the competing forces of a repressive regime, a growing conservative Islamic movement, and intense pressure from the United States. This piece won the Best New International Video Award at this year’s Images Festival in Toronto.

Preceded by: not a matter of if but when: brief records of a time in which expectations were repeatedly raised and lowered and people grew exhausted from never knowing if the moment was at hand or still to come (2006, 32 min., DigiBeta). Los Angeles premiere

In person: Julie Meltzer and David Thorne

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Mon 11.12.07 8:00 pm $9 $7 $4

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff