Now He's Out In Public And Everyone Can See

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30. No admittance after 7:30.

“Natalie Bookchin’s acclaimed videos probe the stylistic conventions of documentary and social media to present moving portrayals of individual and collective experience as shaped by the digital age."

    —Holly Arden, Institute of Network Cultures

A riveting polyphonic documentary, Now He's Out In Public And Everyone Can See (Natalie Bookchin / 2017 / 24 min / NY Premiere) presents a fractured narrative about an unnamed man whose racial identity is continually redrawn and contested by clusters of impassioned narrators. This intricately-edited and deeply political essay film by artist Natalie Bookchin is composed of fragments of found online video diaries made in the early days of the Obama era, a period many believed would be "post-racial" but instead ushered in a new era of racial discord.

Now He's Out In Public And Everyone Can See explores this new landscape, one where mass media is transformed into social media and where cascades of disinformation, rumors, and insinuations spread across global electronic networks. Newly adapted for the cinema by the artist based on her own multi-screen gallery installation that was exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and other museums, Now He's Out illustrates the way that, as truths and falsehoods become nearly impossible to distinguish, reality is splintered and recast through a myriad of interpretations and retellings.

This will screen with Long Story Short (Natalie Bookchin / 2016 / 45 min). Filmed in homeless shelters, food banks, adult literacy programs and job training centers, Bookchin layers and synchronizes dozens of interviews with an intricate and original multi-image editing technique. Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2016 Cinema du Réel Film Festival in Paris, France.

Films courtesy of Icarus Films.

Post-Screening Q&A

Following the screening, we will be joined by Director Natalie Bookchin for a discussion moderated by Kyle Croft.

Natalie Bookchin explores the effects of digital technologies—everything from online videos to interactive webpages—and examines the ways in which people broadcast self-expression on the internet in a sharing economy. Her extensive body of work has shown at museums including MoMA, LACMA, PS1, Mass MOCA, the Walker Art Center, the Pompidou Centre, MOCA Los Angeles, Creative Time the Whitney Museum and the Tate Museum. Bookchin has been awarded a number of grants and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, a NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts Grant and a MacArthur Foundation Film Grant. From 1998 to 2015, she taught in the Photography & Media Program in the Art School at CalArts, where she also served as program chair. Born in the Bronx and now based in Brooklyn, NY, Bookchin is an Associate Chair in the Visual Department at Rutgers University.

Kyle Croft is a curatorial fellow at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the project manager for Visual AIDS' annual Day With(out) Art project. He is completing an MA in Art History at Brooklyn College, where he is researching activist creative practices.


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