September 12th, 15th and 22nd – Light Industry presents…

Above: Stills from the documentary Taiga by Ulrike Ottinger

Above: Still from Apocalypto Now by Jonathan Horowitz

Light Industry presents a series of films and lectures ranging from an eight-hour documentary by Ulrike Ottinger which follows reindeer nomads as they migrate across Mongolia (Taiga), to a screening of a mock-50s disaster movie that artist Jonathan Horowitz made entirely from found documentary and TV footage (Apocalypto Now), to a lecture by film critic Ed Halter on a small film company whose inspiring low-budget documentaries explore “Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, the Bermuda Triangle, life after death, UFOs” and the possibility that “extraterrestrial travelers came to earth in prehistoric times to teach technology to our ancestors and create civilization.”

220 36th Street, 5th Floor / Brooklyn, New York 11232
$7 at door

See below for show times:

Ulrike Ottinger, 16mm, 1991/2, 501 mins
Presented by Ginger Brooks Takahashi
Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 1:00pm

“Taiga is Ulrike Ottinger’s eight-hour documentary film on life in Northern Mongolia, a journey to the yak and reindeer nomads. For this presentation at Light Industry, we will watch the film in its entirety. Food will be served, but please also bring things to share. Attempts and interpretations of the region’s cuisine are encouraged–yak butter and various ferments? English translations of the transcript will be provided to the audience to read along.

Next year, I will travel to the Mongolian wild steppe with an entourage of women tracing the tracks of Ottinger’s journey in Johanna D’Arc of Monglia. This screening will be an introduction to the trip.” – GBT
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DAILY MAGPIE – March 24th – "Reveries of Sleeping Beauty: Slumber and Death in Anatomical Museums, Fairground Shows, and Art"

“Reveries of Sleeping Beauty: Slumber and Death in Anatomical Museums, Fairground Shows, and Art”
Lecture by Kathryn A. Hoffmann, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 24th at 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00)
Venue: Observatory
Location: 543 Union St. at Nevins / Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Gowanus)
Price: Free!

This illustrated talk will follow the paths of sleeping beauties: lovely young women who lie on silk sheeted beds in glass cases in anatomical museums and fairground shows, who recline on sofas in Belgian train stations, and sometimes in the middle of streets. Often the women were nude. Sometimes they were adorned with a piece of jewelry or a bow, and sometimes they wore white dresses. One breathed gently in a glass case on a fairground verandah for nearly a century. Others lay quietly in caskets under flowers. Some were wax, some were real, some were dead, and some merely pretended to be dead. Sometimes, in the imagination of artists like the surrealist Paul Delvaux, they got up and walked about; pretty somnambulists wandering through natural history museums, arcades and streets, through modern cities and ancient Alexandria, Ephesus, and Rhodes.

Using photographs, posters, advertisements, and paintings, the talk will follow models known as “Anatomical Venuses” through one of the great wax anatomical museums of the world (La Specola in Florence) and an extraordinarily long-lived popular museum that traveled the fairground routes of Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Pierre Spitzner’s Great Anatomical and Ethnological Museum). It will take side trips into some of the visual worlds the Venuses drew from or helped inspire, including fairground sleeping beauty acts, morgue shows, mortuary photography, reliquary displays, and art. In the paths of the sleeping beauties, it is clear that death and slumber, pedagogy and entertainment, science and reverie long shared strange borders.
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