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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Archived film & video
Jan 24 Wednesday, January 24
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

(from Untitled (Broniouw Song) (2011) Alicja Rogalska)

Program includes:

After The Empire (2008) // Elodie Pong 
13 min 50 sec // HD Video

Synopsis:
Zurich-based video artist Elodie Pong is known for her subtle, analytic works focusing on how human relationships and cultural conventions impact contemporary society. In 'After the Empire', Pong orchestrates face-to-face conversations between various late icons of popular culture and political history, including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Batman, and Karl Marx. Surrounded by a post-apocalyptic set, the actors embody their character’s individual and symbolic extremes, longings, and ideals in simultaneously humorous and elegiac ways.

Untitled (Broniouw Song) (2011) // Alicja Rogalska
4 min 47 sec // HD Video

Synopsis:
A contemporary folk-song on the socio-economic situation of the rural area of Masovia, Poland, known for rich folk music traditions and the highest unemployment in the country. The song, written in collaboration with villagers and the folk singing group Broniowianki, was presented locally in a series of performances and documented on video, contrasting ethnographic representation (the image) with the peopleʼs own view of their situation (the lyrics). The tune was appropriated from a local love song. Commissioned by Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw for Cut project.

The Idea of North (1995) // Rebecca Baron
14 min 30 sec // 16mm to video

Synopsis:
In the guise of chronicling the final moments of three polar explorers marooned on an ice floe a century ago, Baron’s film investigates the limitations of images and other forms of record as a means of knowing the past and the paradoxical interplay of film time, historical time, real time and the fixed moment of the photograph. Marrying matter-of-fact voiceover and allusive sound fragments, evidence and illustration, in Baron’s words, “meaning is set adrift”.
— New York Film Festival, 1997, “Views from the Avant-Garde” program notes

Masanao Abe - Cloudgraphy (2015) // Helmut Völter
5 min // video

Synopsis:
In 1927, the Japanese physicist Masanao Abe built an observatory with a view of Mount Fuji. From it, over the course of fifteen years, he recorded the clouds that sourrounded the mountain. He was interested in the scientific question of how the air currents around Fuji could be visualized by means of film and photography. 

Apollo Six (2015) // Laura Heit
8 min 14 sec // Hand drawn and stop motion animation, live action footage

Synopsis:
A glimpse of earth at a turbulent time from the window of an unmanned spacecraft.

Apollo Six launched in 1968 and immediately experienced bad vibrations causing it to burn its engines and fall into a strange orbit. Its command service module survived and landed 10 hours after its launch, 43 miles off target in the waters off Hawaii.
Hand drawn and cut out animation, live action footage.

Music: Dots and Lines. Composition by Jordan Dykstra, performed by the Jordan Dykstra Large Ensemble

(for all this info and more www.acinema.space/current-program)