The Cinema of Multispecies Encounters

Thursday, January 26 at 7:00pm to 9:30pm

The Carsey-Wolf Center is pleased to present a program of three short Experimental films that examine the relationships between human and non-human animals: Blua, Carolina Charry Quintero (2015), Laborat, Guillaume Cailleau (2014), and The Masked Monkeys, Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzales Monroy (2015). Thursday, January 26 at 7 PM at the Pollock Theater. Free of charge, reservations required. 

In his essay “Why Look at Animals?,” John Berger argues that with the advent of industrialization in the nineteenth century, images of non-human animals began to proliferate in popular culture, multiplying across media at the very moment that flesh-and-blood animals largely withdrew from our daily lives. Ever since, the animal has often been presented as an object to be observed; it amazes and entertains with its majestic power and exotic otherness. Cinema has long struggled to shake these representational habits, but it nonetheless holds the possibility of constructing alternative understandings of the complex entanglements between human and non-human animals. The films presented here offer a range of perspectives on multispecies co-existence and co-dependency. They raise difficult questions about how bodies come together through very different forms of relationality, including both control and care.

Kim Knowles (Aberystwyth University) and Carrie Noland (UC Irvine) will join Peter Bloom (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a discussion of three short experimental films:

Blua, Carolina Charry Quintero, 2015

Laborat, Guillaume Cailleau, 2014

The Masked Monkeys, Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzales Monroy, 2015.


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