On the Contrary: A Screening of Artists’ Videos Concerning War in the Middle East

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Date/Time: 05/03/2009 12:00 am



New York, N.Y. — On Thursday, March 5, 2009, from noon to 8 p.m., the SCOPE Art Fair Pavilion at Lincoln Center presents “On the Contrary,” a six-hour screening of recent works by artists responding to war in the Middle East. Co-organized by Mary Billyou and Meredith Drum, the event presents a diverse range of cinema projects, each offering distinctive critiques of military occupation by the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East. Immediately after the screening, there will be a panel discussion deliberating the issues raised by the collected works. Moderated by Mary Billyou and Meredith Drum, panelists include several of the program’s filmmakers and associated independent curators.
The SCOPE Pavilion is located at Damrosch Park, on 62ndStreet, between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues. Admission to the Scope Pavilion is $15 for regular admission or $10 for students; this price includes the screening in addition to other SCOPE events. Look for the screening room n the rear service marquee of the Pavilion by the restaurant.
Program 1
12-2 p.m.
“Baghdad in No Particular Order”, 2003, Paul Chan, 51:00
“Cheney & Powell, January 1991”, Mary Patten, 2003, 1:00
“Scenes from an Endless War”, Norman Cowie, 2002, 32:00
“Headlines: Baghdad”, Sabine Gruffat, 2007, 3:00
“Because There Are So Many: Iraq”, Benj Gerdes & Jennifer Hayashida, 2007, 8:00
“Eye/Machine II”, Harun Farocki, 2002, 15:00
“All the House (Haditha Massacre)”, Caroline Koebel, 2008, 5:50
“Box Office”, 2007, Jenny Perlin, 2:30
“New York Time Special Edition: VNR”, The Yes Men and hundreds of volunteers, 2008, 2:00
Program 2
2-4 p.m.
“Operation Atropos”, Coco Fusco, 2006, 59:00
“LOST”, Jeanne Finley and John Muse, 2006, 4:00
“Forbidden to Wander”, Susan Youssef, 2004, 35:00
“Headlines: Bomb Parts”, Sabine Gruffat, 2007, 3:00
“Mohamed Yousry: A Life Stands Still”, Mary Billyou and Annelisse Fifi, 2008, 20:00
“Summer Rain”, Francisca Caporali and Brandon Jourdan, 2007, 4:00
Program 3
4-6 p.m.
Upside Down Worlds
“Beyond Guilt trilogy”, Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir, 2003, 41:00
“Frozen War”, John Smith, 2002, 11:00
“Prototype (God Bless America!)”, Martha Rosler, 2006, 1:00
“Strategic Cyber Defense”, Dara Greenwald, 2006, 4:18
“State of the Union”, Bryan Boyce, 2001, 1:43
“Hostage: The Bachar Tapes”, Walid Ra’ad, 2001, 16:00
“G.I. Joe PSAs”, Eric Fensler, 2003, 6:00
“Meet Me in Wichita”, Martha Colburn, 2007, 5:00
“Hit on the Head with a 1000 Anvils”, Gabriel Fowler, 2001, :45
“An Army of Dreamers, Not An Alternative”, NYC Ya Basta, 2007, 4:22
Panel Discussion
6:30-8 p.m.
Shifting Alliances
A round table discussion moderated by Mary Billyou and Meredith Drum with Benj Gerdes, Chen Tamir, Judy Ditner, Caroline Koebel, Maayan Amir and Ruti Sela.
For a complete list of videos, with descriptions, and biographies of panelists, please visit: http://concerningwarinthemiddleeast.wordpress.com/

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