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Film Series : CATE Fall 2020

Blue Life Seminar

2019, American Artist, United States, 19:31 min
Streaming October 4 – October 10

Originally installed as the centerpiece of the exhibition I’m Blue (If I Was █████ I Would Die), Blue Life Seminar is a chilling lecture on policing and state violence. Delivered by a blue figure whose features are drawn from the Watchmen’s Doctor Manhattan and the Black, former-Los Angeles-Police Officer Christopher Dorner, the piece turns on the nature of “Blue Life,” an identity constructed by members of law enforcement in response to Black Lives Matter. Artist draws parallels between Doctor Manhattan, who self-exiled after becoming weaponized by the United States government, and Dorner, who shot and killed four people, including two cops, after publishing a manifesto on the LAPD’s racist culture and excessive use of force. “I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system,” the disillusioned figure declares, cautioning, “many of you who identify as blue are Black.”

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American Artist
October 8, 7:00 p.m. CT
Join us for an in-depth conversation with the artist, followed by audience Q&A.

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