Second That Emotion: An artist talk with Michael Robinson and Jesse McLean
Sunday July 15th, 12pm – 2pm
Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street


Community partner: Carleton University Art Gallery


This special artist talk with visiting filmmakers Michael Robinson and Jesse McLean focuses on the use of appropriated imagery or ‘found footage’ in the construction of social and political commentary. Both artists’ exceptional bodies of work explore the ways in which recycled images and sounds from popular culture can be imbued with new meanings that form a commentary on the mediated world we live in. Robinson and McLean will also discuss how they not only make use of the content of the images and sounds they reappropriate but also take advantage of the format or medium, talking about the different psychological impacts of 16mm film, VHS, broadcast TV and high-definition digital pictures. The artist talk will open with a special screening of two videos not featured in either of Robinson or McLean’s main spotlight presentations on July 13th and 14th, All Through the Night and The Eternal Quarter Inch.


All Through the Night (Michael Robinson, 2008, 4 min.)

A charred visitation with an icy language of control: “there is no room for love.” Splinters of Nordic fairy tales and ecological disaster films are ground down into a prism of contradictions in this hopeful container for hopelessness.


The Eternal Quarter Inch (Jesse McLean, 2008, 9 min.)
Rising fundamentalism and a government that cites faith to defend war actions have helped grow a desperate society. Dipping between ecstasy and despair, transcendence and absurdity, this movie journeys to a hidden space where you can lose your way, lose yourself in the moment, lose your faith in a belief system. An exhausted and expectant crowd waits on this narrow span. It is not a wide stretch, but it can last forever.


Since the year 2000, Michael Robinson has created a body of film, video and photography work exploring the joys and dangers of mediated experience. His work has screened in both solo and group shows at a variety of festivals, museums, and cinematheques including the 2012 Whitney Biennial, International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, London Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Tate Modern, MoMA P.S.1, Impakt, Courtisane, Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Walker Center, Cinematexas, PDX, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Media City, and the San Francisco, Melbourne, Leeds, Vienna, Singapore and Hong Kong International Film Festivals. He was the recipient of a 2009 residency from the Headlands Center for the Arts, a 2011-2012 Film/Video Residency Award from the Wexner Center for the Arts, a 2012 Creative Capital grant, and his films have received prizes from numerous festivals. Michael's work has been discussed in publications such as Cinema Scope, Artforum, Art Papers, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and he was listed as one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000's by Film Comment magazine. He is a co-founder of Philadelphia’s Small Change Film Series, and has curated programs for San Francisco Cinematheque, Whitechapel Gallery, Cornell Cinema, and The State Contemporary Art Center in Moscow. Originally from upstate NY, Michael holds a BFA from Ithaca College, a MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema at Binghamton University.


Jesse McLean's work is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, especially as presented and observed through mediated images. Interested both in the power and the failure of the mediated experience to bring us together, her work asks the viewer to walk the line between voyeur and participant. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Venice Film Festival, Transmediale, 25 FPS Festival, European Media Arts Festival, , St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum, Interstate Projects and PPOW Gallery. Her work has been featured in Art Forum, Cinemascope and other publications. She was the recipient of the Ghostly Award for Best Sound Design at the 2012 Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Overkill Award at the 2011 Images Festival and the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist at the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival. She is currently Assistant Professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature at University of Iowa.

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