Films of Hope Tucker: Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3 pm
Artist and Hampshire College professor Hope Tucker transforms what we know as a daily form of narrative through The Obituary Project, a compendium of moving image that gives new life to the documentary practice of salvage ethnography. She has animated cyanotypes of downwinders and instructions for making fishing nets by hand; photographed shuttered bread factories, fallen witness trees, and decaying civil rights era landmarks; recorded mobile phone footage of the last public phone booths of Finland; written the text of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of solidarity and nonviolent resistance; and retraced the path of protest that closed the only nuclear power plant in Austria.
Hope Tucker will be present at the screening to discuss her work and answer questions.
Bessie Cohen, Survivor of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
(USA, 2000, 3 minutes, sound)
The last ninety years of a complex life become eclipsed by an escape from a burning building.
(USA, 2001, 2 minutes, corrupted sound file)
An obituary whittles one's social contribution down to its barest form.
Vi holder sammen / We hold together
(Norway, 2011, 4 minutes, Norwegian with English titles)
A typeface formed by hand from paper clips spells out an imperfect construction of a national history as it visualizes a period of nonviolent resistance.
(Finlan, 2010, 8 minutes, mobile video, color, Finnish with English titles)
Marking a shift in the functioning of private and public space, after existing as a sidewalk staple for over a century, the phone booth in Finland is now extinct. The artist uses her camera phone to document the passing.
The Sea [is still] Around Us
(USA, 2012, 4 minutes, color, sound)
Rachel Carson is dead, but the sea is still around us . . . this small lake is a sad reminder of what is taking place all over the land, from carelessness, shortsightedness, and arrogance. It is our pool of shame in this, our particular instant of time. (E.B. White, 1964)
Handful of Dust
(USA, 2013, 9 minutes, color, mono recording from 1953)
Prussian blue can be used to render images and counteract radiation poisoning.
FAST FORWARD FILM SERIES
Each spring and fall since 2013, Historic Northampton has hosted a series of four monthly film screenings featuring the work of contemporary film-makers.