IU CINEMA: Deeper Understanding: Curating Queer the Past Five Years (Shorts Program)

  • April 23, 2018
  • IU Cinema
  • 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • (812) 856-CINE
  • 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Free, but ticketed

Curator Bradford Nordeen is scheduled to be present.

The Queer Disorientations Presents: Dirty Looks series events draw from, are informed by, and engage with disciplines such as gender and sexuality studies, trans* studies, queer theory, media history, and art. The films and videos assembled for these programs explore questions of gender identity, trans* representation, queer world-making, transphobia, homophobia, and heterocentrism. As part of what is now over a 100-year legacy of LGBTQ media activism, a central strand of this work looks to provoke critical thought through directly and inventively engaging with the paradigm of “explicit content.” These programs bring together a rich body of contemporary and historical work by an international constellation of multimedia artists, videomakers, and filmmakers committed to the intersection of queer history, theory, and embodiment.

The Deeper Understanding: Curating Queer the Past Five Years program of contemporary queer short-form videos has been assembled by Bradford Nordeen, creator and head curator for Dirty Looks, Inc., a bi-coastal platform for queer experimental film, video, and performance. Drawing on Nordeen’s curatorial work over the last five years with institutions such as Outfest Los Angeles and the Broad Museum, this program presents work produced by artists with varied time-based and fine-art practices. Grappling with 21st-century conceptions of queerness, camp, celebrity culture, and online world-making, each title is a swirling thesis on queer appropriation and the subversively personal potential of the public sector. These recent productions mine “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Kristen Stewart, Whitney Houston, “Dynasty,” and Milli Vanilli to speak to society’s contemporary understanding of the trans body, gender roles (and their trappings), performative modes within late-stage capitalism, and hardcore sexuality. Shorts appearing in this program include YOU ARE BORING! (13 min., 2015, Vika Kirchenbauer), 100 Boyfriends Mixtape (13 min., 2016, Brontez Purnell), and Sashay Away (9 min., 2015–17, Chris E. Vargas.) (HD Presentation)

Contains explicit content. The first film in this program, YOU ARE BORING!, references “staging one’s own death.”

IU CINEMA: Deeper Understanding: Curating Queer the Past Five Years (Shorts Program)