Monday, March 26, 2007

Monday, March 26

MUS 175, 11am – 12:50pm
Stereoscopic artist Vladimir presenting in Film 201

Portland, Oregon-based artist Vladimir will be making two appearances this week on campus: in Film 201 at 11am, Monday, March 26 in MUS 175 and at Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Theatre on Tuesday, March 27, 7pm.

In each appearance, she will be offering communal sharings of her Vladmasters, handmade View-Master™ reels that she designs, photographs, and hand-assembles.

While Vladimir sells these home-use nickelodeons at craft fairs and at boutiques worldwide (such as Milwaukee's own Paper Boat Gallery), she also unfurls her work in live performances, frequently set in movie theaters. Therein, each attendee is given a viewer and a set of discs and then is led through a story by a soundtrack featuring music, narration, sound effects, and ding noises to cue the change from image to image.

In her use of images of toys, neglected household objects, and odd ephemera to tell her versions of children's book stories, Vladimir can suggest Joseph Cornell (or maybe an untroubled David Levinthal) but her desires may be more for a kind of delight than any kind of haunting, the cinematic experience here inflected towards a communal type of play, a pursuit of interactivity deliberately, clunkily, and perhaps marvelously (in a surrealist sense) in-between.

Tuesday, March 27

UWM Union Theater
7pm ** FREE **
Experimental Tuesdays

Cover Your Eyes in Delight! An Evening of Vladmaster-y!

Stereoscopic artist Vladimir will be on hand to lead the audience through four of her wondrous Vladmaster tales. Promises Vladimir: “The CLACK of hundreds of viewers turning simultaneously fills the air. Mass euphoria ensues.” View-Master™ and accompanying soundtrack to be provided! (read more detailed description above)

Please note: arrive early! Limited seating!
Co-presented with Milwaukee’s own Paper Boat Boutique

Wednesday, March 28

UWM Union Theatre
7pm ** FREE ** Susan Stryker presents Screaming Queens

Filmmaker Historian Susan Stryker on UWM campus to present her film
SCREAMING QUEENS: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria
a documentary by Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman

Three years before the famous rioting at New York's Stonewall Inn, there was a riot at Gene Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. In that summer of 1966, for the first time in history, a group of transgender women and gay street-hustlers fought back against everyday police harassment. This act of resistance was a dramatic turning point for the transgender community, and the beginning of a new human rights struggle that continues to this very day.

Mixing archival footage, printed documents, and recent interviews with participants from all corners of the action, Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman's engaging and vital documentary SCREAMING QUEENS depicts a marginalized community's dramatic and resonant act of resistance and introduces the viewer to an overlooked chapter in the history of civil rights.

Presented by the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival

For more information on SCREAMING QUEENS:

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Second Interdepartmental Happy Hour


722 East Burleigh Street

March 28th, 2007 from 6-10p.m.
2 for one drink specials
Live music by the Milwaukee Songwriting alliance 8:00 p.m.


Because you've always wondered how the other half of the academic community lives. Is their grass greener, come see for yourself.

Thursday, March 29

No postings.

Friday, March 30

Colloquia in Conceptual Studies
Interactivities: Conversations with Media Artists and Theorists

2 pm - CURTIN 175 ** FREE **
GEORGE LEWIS, Composer and Edwin H. Case Professor of Music, Columbia University Living with Creative Machines

George Lewis is a composer, improvisor, performer and computer/installation artist who makes electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, text-sound works, and other notated forms. His artistic work is documented in over 120 recordings. He was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002, the Cal Arts/Alpert Award in 1999 and has received numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served as music curator for the Kitchen in New York, and has collaborated in the "Interarts Inquiry" and "Integrative Studies Roundtable" at the Center for Black Music Research (Chicago). A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. His oral history is archived in Yale University's collection of Major Figures in American Music and his published articles on music, experimental video, visual art, and cultural studies have appeared in numerous scholarly journals.

The computer has become an irreversible part of cultural and social histories of the arts, in which improvisation has long served as a site for interdisciplinary exploration, exchanges of personal and cultural narratives, and the blurring of boundaries between art forms. For me, living, working, and performing with creative machines of my own design has led inevitably to the study of how improvisation produces knowledge and meaning. -- George Lewis

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Woodland Pattern Experimental Film/Video Series Beautiful, Wary: The Films of Michael Robinson Filmmaker Michael Robinson in person!

Woodland Pattern Book Center 720 E Locust 7pm, $2

In a series of films both deftly beautiful and exquisitely suspicious, Robinson has unfurled captivating imagery as a means of surveying the landscape of a possible romanticism. Responding to a particular history of 16mm experimental work, Robinson weighs a certain tendency towards landscape and contemplation, but does so in a manner that is never distanced or merely ironic. His work, in fact, wonders about, and perhaps longs for, the possibility of sincerity as it considers the valence of beauty.

Included in the screening will be his award winning "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (2005; winner of top prizes at the Images Film Festival in Toronto, and the 2006 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival), which unfolds the pages of old National Geographics to consider the landscapes therein; and his more recent "The General Returns from One Place to Another" (2006), which takes its title from, and weighs the positioning to be found in, a Frank O'Hara play of the same name. (For instance, from the O'Hara play: "I detest poems. Yet I can't deny they exist; indeed it's often relaxing to just leaf through a book of them without paying attention, like walking through a field of flowers.")

Currently based in Chicago, Robinson has presented his prize-winning films all over: at, for instance, the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant Garde, the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, Images (Toronto), the Media City Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Onion City Film Festival in Chicago, and the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival.

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UWM Union Theatre
Milwaukee Asian Film Festival

Friday, March 30 – Thursday, April 5

Experience a diverse collection of cinema at this year’s Asian Film Festival, a week-long showcase of Asian film and video maker’s talents from a wide range of Asian cultures, including South Korea, Japan, China/Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Mongolia. The festival will highlight a number of popular feature films of various genres, including comedy, romance, thriller and gangster drama as well as a visit by a guest filmmaker. To find out more about Milwaukee’s Asian Film Festival please call 229-2492. Sponsored by the Center for International Education, and the Department of Foreign Languages & Linguistics.

7pm ** FREE **
Exiled (Fong Juk)
(Johnnie To, Hong Kong , in Cantonese w/ Eng. St. , 100 min., 35mm, 2006)

Johnnie To's 2006 semi-sequel to his film The Mission is a gritty look into Hong Kong 's underworld. A gangster decides to turn his back on the syndicate and make a new life for his wife and children, so his boss decides to have him killed. In a clash between duty and friendship, two friends arrive to protect him and two arrive to execute him. To, as always, has a brilliant eye for style and a truly unique take on the action genre. To's Milkyway Image Company produced some of the most acclaimed and lauded Hong Kong action films from the mid-90s to early 2000s. This latest is sure to join those ranks.

9pm ** FREE **
Mongolian Ping Pong (Lü cao di)
(Ning Hao , China/Mongolia, in Mongolian w/ Eng. St., 102 min., 35mm, 2004)

A ping pong ball, found floating in a stream, becomes the source of wonderment for three young boys who live in the remote grasslands of Mongolia , a magnificent landscape where little has changed since the time of Genghis Khan. Bilike , the ball's discoverer, assumes it's a bird's egg. His wizened grandmother proclaims it a magic pearl. Unconvinced, the boys take the ball to the monastery, but even the grasslands' most knowledgeable inhabitants are stumped. When a television show (seen on the region's only set) reveals that the object is the "national ball of China ," the determined young scouts decide to embark upon a journey to return the precious talisman to the Chinese capital.

Saturday, March 31

UWM Union Theatre
2007 Milwaukee Asian Film Festival
Friday, March 30 – Thursday, April 5

4pm ** FREE **

Memories of Murder (Salinui Chueok)
(Bong Joon -ho , South Korea , Korean w/ Eng. St. , 132 min., 35mm, 2003)

Based on the true story of South Korea 's first serial killer. In 1986 South Korea is under military dictatorship. When women start turning up dead in a small town, two reluctantly-partnered cops resolve to bring the killer to justice. But in a world without DNA testing or modern forensics, the investigators are forced to rely mainly on intuition and brute force. Their crude measures become more desperate with each new corpse found. At times both touching and hilarious, Memories of Murder is a riveting tale of a mysterious killer and the ceaseless pressure on those charged with stopping his rampage.

7pm ** FREE **
Electric Shadows (Meng ying tong nia)
(Xiao Jiang , China , Mandarin w/ Eng. St. , 99 min., 35mm, 2004)

From one of China 's newest cinematic voices comes a charming tale set into motion by a disastrous encounter: delivery man Dabing crashes his bike into the mysterious Ling Ling . From her hospital bed, Ling Ling asks Dabing to go to her home and feed her fish; while there, Dabing discovers an astonishing diary. In its pages he reads stories of a little girl's passion for the movies, which re-ignites his own longing for the days when the cinema enchanted China 's masses, and audiences breathed and dreamed as one.

9pm ** FREE **
Exiled (Fong Juk)
(Johnnie To, Hong Kong , in Cantonese w/ Eng. St. , 100 min., 35mm, 2006)

Sunday, April 1

UWM Union Theatre
2007 Milwaukee Asian Film Festival
Friday, March 30 – Thursday, April 5

3pm ** FREE **

Jump Boys (Fan gun ba! Nan hai)

(Lin Yu- Hsien , China , Mandarin & Taiwanese w/ Eng. St . , 85 min., Video)

Best Documentary - 2005 Golden Horse Award – Taipei
This untraditional documentary humorously follows a group of boys from different backgrounds and families who share an unusual passion. They don't play computer games or hang out at McDonald's. Instead, they go straight to the gymnasium after school, which is about the only thing they have in common. The training is painstaking and their coach must be both a tough teacher and a loving mother? to his students. This playful documentary offers a window into the lives of these future gymnastic champions, and into China 's fascination with the sport.

5pm ** FREE **
Mongolian Ping Pong (Lü cao di)
(Ning Hao , China/Mongolia, in Mongolian w/ Eng. St., 102 min., 35mm, 2004)

7pm ** FREE **

Japan 's Peace Constitution
(John Junkerman, English, 70 min., Video, 2005)

In 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II, a conservative Japanese government is pressing ahead with plans to revise the nation's constitution and jettison its famous no-war clause, Article 9. This timely, hard-hitting documentary places the ongoing debate over the constitution in an international context: What will revision mean to Japan 's neighbors, Korea and China ? How has the US-Japan military alliance warped the constitution and Japan 's role in the world? How is the unprecedented involvement of Japan 's Self-Defense Force in the occupation of Iraq perceived in the Middle East?