Donna Haraway Reads The National Geographic on Primates (1987)

8 December 2017, dusan

“How does the ‘cultured’ gorilla, i.e. Koko, come to represent universal man? Author and cultural critic Donna Haraway untangles the web of meanings, tracing what gets to count as nature, for whom and when, and how much it costs to produce nature at a particular moment in history for a particular group of people. A feminist journey through the anthropological junglescape.”

Originally broadcasted on Paper Tiger Television in 1987.

The video was posted on the website of Paper Tiger TV in May 2017 under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License.

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Constance DeJong: Modern Love (1975–)

6 December 2017, dusan


Constance DeJong performs recitations from her novel Modern Love at Western Front, Vancouver, 20 Jan 1978. The segment up to 1m23s has no audio.

Constance DeJong‘s long-neglected, late-1970s novel, Modern Love, is one thing made up of many: It’s science-fiction. It’s a detective story. It is a historical episode in the time of the Armada and the dislocation of Sephardic Jews from Spain to an eventual location in New York’s lower east side. It is a first person narrator’s story; Charlotte’s story; and Roderigo’s; and Fifi Corday’s. It is a 150 year old story about Oregon and the story of a house in Oregon. Modern Love’s continuity is made of flow and motion, like an experience, it accumulates, as you read, at that moment, through successive moments, right to the end.”

DeJong initially published Modern Love in 1975–76. Serialized as five chapbooks, she designed, printed, and distributed it herself, then released a new edition with help from Dorothea Tanning on the short-lived Standard Editions imprint the following year.

DeJong also performed the book—not as a reading or play, but as a kind of mark of narrative in time. In 1976, she performed selections at The Kitchen’s first-ever literary event (a bill shared with Kathy Acker). Two years later, shortly after the book’s publication by Standard Editions, she produced a complete performance of the novel at The Kitchen, accompanied by prerecorded voices (including a cameo by David Warrilow of Mabou Mines) and music by Philip Glass.

The above video was posted on the website of Western Front in 2014.

A History of Modern Love as told by author, 2017
Interview by Emma Clayton, 2017
Resource assembled by Nick James Scavo, 2017

Reviews: Publishers Weekly (2017), Joe Milazzo (Full Stop, 2017), Gloria Beth Amodeo (Literary Rev, 2017).

Publisher (UDP, 2017 edition)
Publisher (PI, 2017 edition)

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PDF (book excerpt, 9 MB)

Jonas Reinhardt: Ganymede (2014)

23 November 2017, dusan

Ganymede is an experimental science fiction film set on the solar system’s largest moon. On Ganymede, it is thought that volcanic vents supply the necessary power to fuel life. This film imagines unknown extra-terrestrial life forms engaged in ritualistic aquatic dance beneath a sky of ice. The resulting way of life is depicted as fluctuating pulses of energy abstracted beyond conventional consciousness.”

Produced by Jesse Reiner and Antonia Kuo
Edited by Antonia Kuo and Lily Jue Sheng
Featuring films by Antonia Kuo, Josh Lewis, Ben Mosca, Kenneth Curwood, Shona Maslin, and Lily Sue Sheng
Music by Jonas Reinhardt
35 min

Posted in 2014 by Jesse Reiner on Vimeo.

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Listen to music album.