Blind Movies

  • When: February 11, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Where: NYU Anthropology, Kriser Screening Room, 25 Waverly Place, Ground Floor
  • Summary: BLIND MOVIES is a series of carbon drawings of movies by artist Anna Lucas. Each of them, drawn continuously for the duration of the film, is a tangle of marks, a representation of its temporal, formal and emotional density.
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    “I feel myself incapable of following with my hand the prescription of a model: it is as if, just as I was about to draw, I no longer saw the thing. For it immediately flees, drops out of sight, and almost nothing of it remains; it disappears before my eyes, which, in truth, no longer perceived anything but the mocking arrogance of this disappearing apparition. As long as it remains in front of me, the thing defies me, producing, as if by emanation, an invisibility that it reserves for me, a night of which I could be, in some way, the chosen one. It blinds me while making me attend the pitiful spectacle.”
    (Jacques Derrida, Memoirs of the Blind)
    BLIND MOVIES is a series of carbon drawings of movies by artist Anna Lucas. Each of them, drawn continuously for the duration of the film, is a tangle of marks, a representation of its temporal, formal and emotional density.
    “Drawing the film liberates the viewer from the more passive and linear mode of viewing.” (Silke Panse) In this artist talk ANNA LUCAS will discuss the relationship between drawing and cinema, and expand on her research into visual perception at the University of Oxford’s Department of Anatomy where she focused on three scenes from Werner Herzog’s Land of Silence and Darkness, a remarkable portrait of deaf-and-blind individuals who communicate primarily through touch.

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    ANNA LUCAS is a London-based artist. Her work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, Whitstable Biennale, and Chisenhale Gallery. Her most recent films have focused on amateur experts and technicians, among them film conservators, mortician and retired botanists.

    FAYE GINSBURG, Director of the Center for Media Culture and History at NYU, is also Co-Director of the NYU Council for the Study of Disability.

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
    Event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Persons with a disability are requested to call the Center in advance: (212) 998-3759