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SSMF 2023! WORKS IN PROGRESS
As we return our embodied selves to institutions, as we encounter the “new normal” that feels frighteningly and tirelessly old, the Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts (CAMRA) invites you to the 2023 Screening Scholarship Media Festival, works in progress. We hope to realize a vibrant in-person festival (with a companion virtual program) that reflects and extends on the provocations, lessons and interventions of SSMF 2020/21, Rupture and Repair, and SSMF 2022, PAUSE that asked what it meant/means to be and to make in crisis, to survive and live into collapse.
Our programmatic vision is guided by Denise Ferreira Da Silva who in the essay “Invisible\Obliterating” asks, “[so] what is left after critique, after naming, explaining, demanding, protesting, and burning? What is left for us to do? Can art open a way into, through, across, and then beyond the naturalising gestures that feed the forces of representation?” We offer works in progress as a way to think together about how creative practice can contribute to a liberatory future after critique, after naming and explaining, and where we as scholars, educators, students, artists, activists, and the communities and institutions we inhabit land in that imagination. We are led to ask:
How do different modes and forms contend with unfinishability, with mistakes, with imperfection, in creative work and daily life? What is afforded by sharing imperfectly? / Where does our critical emphasis lie when we know we are engaging with something that is unfinished? What practices of gathering and engagement as spectators and makers do we forge "after critique"? / What are the necessary conditions for an emphasis on process and unfinished work? / What can creative practice that is necessarily in a state of flux give to the making of a more liberatory future? / What are the sensory attunements that makers, and spectators, develop in the encounter with creative work that are useful in interpersonal relationships and social, cultural and political engagements that stretch beyond the moment and space of such encounter? / What is creativity in work, what is creativity at work? Where is our work taking us? What work do we need to do to get to the place of our becoming?
We imagine works in progress expansively and the program includes AUDIO / EXHIBITS & INSTALLATIONS / PERFORMANCES / RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS / VIDEO & FILMS / WORKSHOPS that engage the theme and/or the questions we lay out above.
SSMF 2023 will take place in person at the University of Pennsylvania. The Screening Scholarship Media Festival 2023 is produced in collaboration and with the support of the Annenberg School for Communications, the Graduate School of Education, the Center for Experimental Ethnography, and the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.
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