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"The 'I' of the essay film always clearly and strongly implicates a 'you.' This is a key aspect of the deep structures of the form. 'You' is called upon to participate [and] this 'you' is not a generic audience, but an embodied spectator." - Laura Rascaroli

IMAGE SPEAK, a night of screenings of essay films at Spectacle, returns with IMPROVISED TRUTH, celebrating the form with a publication launch and a screening of works by Ismaïl Bahri, Andrew Norman Wilson, and a selection of shorts by ten emerging and mid career filmmakers.

Copies of a new compilation of writings on the essay film will be available, published by Wendys Subway and organized by Georgia Wall and Rachel James.

Featuring works by:
Alexandra Tatarsky
Andrew Norman Wilson
Guy Pettit
Heather Anderson
Ismaïl Bahri
Joseph Rosen
Logan Chappe
Meghan Surges.
Michelle Huynh Chu
Nicole Wallace
Rachel Haberstroh
Sara O'Brien

Selected bios:
Ismaïl Bahri lives and works in Paris. His work incorporates many cultural and aesthetic references, developing visual experiments that are both sensitive and precise. The results of these experiments take varying forms  drawings, videos, photographs, installations, and hybrids of these forms. The basic materials used in these works are manipulated and ultimately transformed, often through mechanically inspired gestures and procedures that are related, in one way or another, to cinema or photography.

Andrew Norman Wilson is an artist and curator based in Los Angeles whose videos and installations address a heady rush of images, technology, and bodies caught in the streams of circulation and representation that our era demands.

Alexandra Tatarsky is from New York City. Called a hilarious, finely tuned absurdist (Theatre Jones) and an East Village relic (Vogue), she experienced fleeting fame as Andy Kaufmans daughter and often performs as a mound of dirt. Her solo shows Beast of Festive Skin, SIGN FELT! and Americana Psychobabble were commissioned by Poetry Electric at La Mama ETC and have toured nationwide. She performs at theaters (The Brick, Dixon Place, JACK, EXIT), galleries (Maccarone, Metro Pictures, Coustof Waxman, Vox Populi, Bronx Art Space), museums (New Museum, Queens Museum, City Reliquary), bars (KGB, Zinc, Half Moon, Bizarre) and brave peoples living rooms. She teaches on holy fools at the School of Making and Thinking (Abrons Art Center) and on performance as community organizing at the School of Authentic Journalism (Mexico City). Research interests include Russian futurist zaum poetry and Lecoq movement pedagogy as twin practices of embodied resistance to totalitarianism.

Nicole Wallace is the Program Assistant at The Poetry Project and author of White Flowers, a loose-leaf multi-media chapbook in an envelope. She co-edits Brawling Pigeon, which appears occasionally, and her work has recently appeared in Lungfull! and Solicitations (American Books: Steck Editions).


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