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Utopia in Four Movements

Film/Video

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Utopia in Four Movements
Wexner Center Residency Award Artist Sam Green, 2010
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 7 PM
Oscar-nominated documentarian Sam Green returns to the Wexner Center to perform Utopia in Four Movements, an epic multimedia "live documentary" that was one of the hits of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Green offers his own narration and cues a live soundtrack and score by Brooklyn-based band The Quavers. Utopia, codirected by sound artist Dave Cerf, is the culmination of Green's longstanding interest in the optimism of the early 20th century and our failure to realize so many of our collective hopes and ambitions. The piece is divided into four movements that each looks at a manifestation of the utopian impulse: the world's largest shopping mall in China (now abandoned), the invented language Esperanto, the tireless optimism of an American exile in Cuba, and the desire to identify remains in mass graves via forensic anthropology.

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