Martine Syms: The Unreliable Narrator
2007–15, USA, ca. 60 min.
- Thu, Nov 12th 6:00pm
The interdisciplinary work of Los Angeles–based “conceptual entrepreneur” Martine Syms (BFA 2007) takes shape through websites, essays, bibliographies, and videos to explore the ways individual and social identities are formed. Incisive and sharp, she has addressed Afrofuturism, the life and murder of Trayvon Martin, Johnson Publishing, and the radical potential of black sitcoms. Syms returns to Chicago to present a series of recent videos on memory and self-presentation, including Memory Palace (2014, with Kahlil Joseph), an elegiac homage to LA, A Pilot for a Show About Nowhere (2014), a slippery visual essay-cum-personal-history on the politics of television viewership, and Notes on Gesture (2015), an examination of speech through screen tests of black women. Multiple formats. (Amy Beste)
NOVEMBER 12: Martine Syms will be present for audience discussion.