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Christopher Harris in Conversation with Terri Francis

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Experimental filmmaker Christopher Harris joins film scholar Terri Francis for an improvisatory, audience interactive, and expansive dialogue set to film clips, music, stills, literature, and the Afrosurrealist unknown in this Diversities in Practice event.

Harris will share and discuss examples of his work in relation to the poetics of the cultural practitioners who have most informed his possibilities. Artists and writers to be discussed may include Miles Davis, Roscoe Mitchell, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Parliament-Funkadelic, Toni Morrison, Kerry James Marshall, Bill Gunn, Eugene Atget, Robert Bresson, Ernie Gehr, James Benning, Ishmael Reed, Carrie Mae Weems, Matt Saunders, Angela Davis, Eric Lott, Paul Robeson, Richard Dyer, Aldo Tambellini, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Harris is familiar to Wex audiences from his contributions to the Cinetracts ’20 project, viewable here. Francis recently joined us for conversations with Hanif Abdurraqib, Ja’Tovia Gary, and about her book Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism.

More about the series

Diversities in Practice is a collaboration between Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art, and Living Culture Initiative. This series includes talks and moderated discussions featuring a range of artists, thinkers, and practitioners engaged in compelling and critical work, centering projects that examine, shape, and push both material and ideological boundaries. This season we are happy to present Liz Deschenes, Christopher Harris, Amy Sillman, Futura, and other artists. These presentations will be available online throughout 2021–22. Also available online are past talks from Stephanie Syjuco, Tomashi Jackson, Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor, Jonathan Berger, Torkwase Dyson, and Cauleen Smith. Watch this website for updates and details.

About the speakers

Christopher Harris chevron-down chevron-up

Christopher Harris's award-winning 16mm experimental films and moving-image installations have screened at the Locarno Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Arsenal Berlin, and many other festivals and exhibition venues. He is a 2020–21 Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow/David and Roberta Logie Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a 2015 Creative Capital grant awardee. Writing about his work has appeared in numerous publications including Film Comment, BOMB Magazine, and Film Quarterly. Harris is the F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor of Film and Video Production in the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa.

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Dr. Terri Francis is a professor, writer, and film thinker based in Miami, Florida. Dr. Francis is the author of Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism, and she is Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts and Associate Dean of Inclusion and Outreach at the University of Miami. Her essays appear in Another Gaze, SEEN, and on In 2013, she published a landmark collection of essays and images in Black Camera exploring the question of Afrosurrealism.

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art, and Living Culture Initiative.

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Ohio Arts Council
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Ohio Arts Council
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Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
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Joyce and Chuck Shenk
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