Deep Play: Sport & Experimental Media

  Deep Play
(Image: Lillian Schwartz, Olympiad, 1971. Used with permission, courtesy of the Lillian Schwartz estate.) 

The Department of English and Film and Media Studies Program are very pleased to be hosting Brett Kashmere next week, for a screening of his curated film/video program, "Deep Play: Sport + Experimental Media." The program will screen on Tuesday, September 26th at 7pm in the Keefe Campus Center Theater (Rm. 008). The screening is free and open to the public.

Originally commissioned by the VISIONS screening series in Montreal, "Deep Play" features films and videos by Stan Brakhage, Nathaniel Dorsky, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ana Husman, Tara Mateik, Nam June Paik, Keith Piper, and Lillian Schwartz. The program offers a cross-sectional overview of the ways that athletics have been treated in artists’ film and video; from examinations of vernacular and mass-mediated games; to interplays with their geographies, architectures, histories, and audiovisual grammar; to incisive analyses of sports’ gender codes and racialized dynamics. In exploring the convergences of sports and experimental media, Kashmere aims to suggest a cross-disciplinary equivalence of practice, skill, and flow – the state of intensified, rapturous performance known as “deep play.”

 Brett Kashmere is a media artist, historian and curator living in Oakland, California. Combining archival research with materialist aesthetics and hybrid forms, Kashmere’s work explores the intersection of history and (counter-) memory, sports media, and popular culture. His films and videos have screened internationally at the BFI London Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, the British Film Institute, and other venues. Kashmere has curated projects for La Cinematheque Quebecoise in Montreal, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, New York's Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Light Cone in Paris, the Seoul Film Festival, and other venues. His writing has appeared in journals, magazines, and anthologies such as The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Millennium Film Journal, Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), Carolee Schneemann: Unforgivable, Senses of Cinema, and other publications. He was a founding director of The Antechamber Art Gallery & Cinematheque, and Syracuse Experimental, a grassroots film and media collective. He is also the Founding Editor and Publisher of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media. Kashmere holds an BA in Film & Video Studies from the University of Regina, as well as an MA in Film Studies and an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. He is currently a PhD student in Film + Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. Kashmere has taught film and video production at Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and in the Cinema Studies Program at Oberlin College.

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