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Past Event November 17, 2015 – September 23, 2020
Opening for Joel Holmberg
Join us for a “soft” opening to celebrate Joel Holmberg’s exhibition, New Videos and CNN Footage, on view through December 31.
New Videos and CNN Footage includes six single-channel videos by Joel Holmberg. Each video contains either tactfully culled CNN Footage or “observational films” made by the artist. Both modes of video similarly adapt an immediacy with filming techniques. The camera is primarily concerned with documenting information than with creating an aesthetic object. In both instances, formal decisions are made on the fly with no time to second guess themselves.
In these “observational films,” Holmberg focuses the camera long enough to reach a level of satisfaction or for the camera to gather enough information for the viewer to bear witness. While some documentary-style filmmakers can be labeled “film-essayists,” Holmberg’s brief quips are more aligned with the storytelling of local news.
November 17, 2015 – February 7, 2016
September 25 – September 26
Dance Canvas Summer Artist Residency: Closing Performances
Atlanta Contemporary and Dance Canvas are partnering on a new initiative that provides time and space to dance artists in metro Atlanta.
October 8 / 12:30pm
A Conversation Between Sister Cities
Les Abattoirs and Atlanta Contemporary
Presented by Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States
Atlanta Contemporary and Les Abattoirs partner together for a dynamic conversation between executive directors, Veronica Kessenich and Annabelle Ténèze, and how they steward their respective organizations through these unprecedented times.
October 17 / 12:00pm
Presented by Idea Capital
Join us for Discrit, a free art education initiative spanning lectures, screenings, workshops, and panels designed to foster lively conversation and speculation about contemporary art and culture. This installment of Discrit features Nathan Lee, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Emory University. Lee will share his lecture “Theory is Cancelled: Donald Trump and the trolling of critique.”
On September 4, 2020, the White House released a memorandum ordering federal agencies to identify and eliminate any spending on “critical race theory.” The professed goal of this directive was to initiate an ideological purge of any suggestion that “the United States is an inherently racist or evil country.” That critical race theory should find itself thus mischaracterized and dragged into the swamp of bareknuckle electioneering is part of the longer story of conservative hostility to academia—and the latest chapter in the peculiar entanglement of the Trump administration with critical theory.
Did postwar philosophy give rise to “fake news” and “alternative facts”? Why has it been suggested that a theoretical questioning of truth, language, reality, and power is equivalent to the rantings of a reality TV president? Is Trump the walking, tweeting embodiment of postmodernism? This talk examines the way recent commentators have posed such questions and speculates on what theory can – and cannot – tell us about the Trumpist derangement of truth.