Screening: Ringing Psychic Cherries

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Screening: Ringing Psychic Cherries

About

Through her video works, American artist Shana Moulton has developed a distinctive psychic and aesthetic realm anchored around her alter ego, Cynthia. By presenting herself and others as slightly wacky, oddball characters, she creates fanciful and peculiar narratives. Ideas central to today’s cultural debate, such as the personal wellness industry, ecological protest and alternative models of livings, are addressed with off-kilter humour and a strange sincerity.

Her filmic style – antiheros, elaborate stories, dreamlike sequences and bizarre domestic interiors – is heavily indebted to some of the more surreal and strange filmmakers who have influenced her. Growing up in a mobile-home park for senior citizens near Yosemite run by her parents, these ground-breaking pioneers ‘rang her psychic cherries’, as David Foster Wallace might say. This screening showcases two of her earlier works alongside shorts from key directors who look at the world from a skewed perspective.

Programme includes:

Meshes of the Afternoon
Maya Deren
1943
15 minutes

Asparagus
Suzan Pitt
1979
20 mins

II. The Supermarket (Famous People)
Robert Ashley
1984
25 minutes

Shana Moulton:
MindPlace ThoughtStream
2014
11 minutes 56 seconds

Swispering
2013
8 minutes 57 seconds

Total running time: 1 hour 21 minutes

Please note this event takes place offsite at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley.

Gallery

Suzan Pitt, Asparagus, 1979, (still) 20 minutes, colour, sound, 4:3
Suzan Pitt, Asparagus, 1979, (still) 20 minutes, colour, sound, 4:3
Robert Ashley, Perfect Lives: The Supermarket (Famous People), 1984, (still) 25 minutes, colour, sound, 4:3
Robert Ashley, Perfect Lives: The Supermarket (Famous People), 1984, (still) 25 minutes, colour, sound, 4:3
Maya Deren, Meshes of the Afternoon, 1943 (still) 15 minutes, B&W, sound 4:3
Maya Deren, Meshes of the Afternoon, 1943 (still) 15 minutes, B&W, sound 4:3