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Sunday, May 30 • 1:35pm - 2:50pm
Lebenverse: Living Video Memory

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Lebenverse is a multi-medium 'living verse' that engages the issues of historical construction and its entangled relations with individual memory, social identity, political agency, and personal media. The documentary moves from the intersection of the first Persian Gulf War and the Rodney King incident to current digital landscape issues surrounding Iraq War videos, the Oscar Grant Oakland BART murder case, and the Iranian 'twitter revolution'. In exploring these events, the project maps out the development of video technologies from an evidentiary tool against state violence towards a more robust social space for political solidarity and participation. Beginning in Los Angeles, I drove across the country to film and explore sites of personal and historical memory, from the small Georgia military town of my childhood to the Carolinas, Washington DC, New York, Ohio, and Chicago. Conducting interviews with veterans, scholars, and activists along the way, the film creates a dialogical space for intervening in our assumptions of media and power. In weaving these multiple perspectives together, my partner's memories and photos of living near the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and my visual and vocational infatuation with the US military during the first Persian Gulf War creates a self reflexive thread of personal experiences. So in exploring these geographical spaces, the film grounds the issues of identity, politics, and history within material conditions of socio-economic life while questioning our developing relationships with new media technologies and online social spaces.

Sunday May 30, 2010 1:35pm - 2:50pm