James Hansen, visiting assistant professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Oberlin College, will give a talk from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Miller Hall 152 showcasing the work of several contemporary moving-image artists. Subjects will include Sadie Benning, Luther Price, Michael Robinson, and their exploration of autobiography as a critical practice.
The talk is free and open to the public.
Following queer philosopher Sarah Kofman’s theoretical framework, these artists initiate in the spectator an impossible quest for historical truth and self-reflection by utilizing objects and materials from popular culture in their practice. In so doing, their work highlights the centrality of decentered autobiographies in contemporary artists' cinema and confront the underlying socio-political stakes of fractured identities in globalized media culture.
For information about the lecture, contact Javier Berzal de Dios, associate professor of Art, at (360) 650-3733.