Wednesday, April 29, 5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium: Screening of the David Weisman film Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Thursday, April 30, 3-5 p.m., Kahn Institute: Colloquium discussion with David Weisman and project Fellows.
We invite faculty across disciplines to participate in this short-term Kahn project on the making and significance of the David Weisman production, Kiss of the Spider Woman, three decades after its original release. Kiss of the Spider Woman was a politically minded postmodern film that produced a critique of Latin American dictatorships in a generic Latin American prison, in which characters spoke English but the cell walls were covered in Portuguese text. It was nowhere in particular, but struck many as close to home. None of this would have been possible without cross-cultural and cross-linguistic collaboration, among Weisman, his director, Argentine-Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco, and Argentine-born novelist Manual Puig, upon whose book, El beso de la mujer araña, the film is based.
Project Fellows will view the film, then spend time at the Kahn Institute in the company of David Weisman, exploring the following questions: What capacities, compromises, and negotiations does such collaboration require, and what does it produce? How does this collaboration both rely on and produce certain aspects of globalism, and also critique it? What are the stakes, the gains and losses of translation and adaptation for and across languages, cultures, ideologies, and audiences? How are these things brought to bear on social, political and formal/aesthetic questions?
Application deadline: Friday, April 3
If you have questions about the project, please feel free to contact the Organizing Fellows or me for more information. To apply, please complete the simple application form athttp://smith.edu/kahninstitute/shortterm_projects_kissofthespiderwomanAPP.php no later than Friday, April 3. Applicants will be notified about their acceptance by April 10. Feel free to forward to your colleagues.