The Big Crossover @URL: A Conversation with Arthur Jafa and Trey Ellis



The Big Crossover @URL: A Conversation with Arthur Jafa and Trey Ellis

Friday, September 13, 2019

7:30 PM  10:30 PM

Maylses Documentary Center

343 Lenox Ave New York (map)

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Experimental film has carved out modes of presentation and distribution as multifaceted as the work and the artists that constitute the movement - which is to say, there is no shortage of creative ways utilized by filmmakers and artists to get their work seen. However, non-studio based distribution of the contemporary American film and art scene has borne a dualistic exchange between the ‘Art World’ and the digital sphere that calls for artists to navigate their own identity and work within a mediated ecosystem of predetermined social capital, expectation and currency. 

Artist and filmmaker Arthur Jafa (Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, andThe White Album) has maneuvered and, in part by way of hitting the eject button from the driver’s seat of his own art career, flown high above and  transcended the boundaries between the commercial-film-scene and the Art World. Having produced videos for the Knowles sisters, Jay Z and other A list stars, his diverse filmography offers vital perspectives on the systems through which, and eventually outside of which, he made his career. He will be in conversation with author, filmmaker and professor Trey Ellis (The New Black Aesthetic, King In The Wilderness) around the experience of being an artist, and specifically a Black artist while navigating these complex systems of cultural production. He will utilize clips from his own video work to discuss. 

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  • Fri, Sep 13, 2019 to Fri, Sep 13, 2019
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