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Queer Genius

Chet PANCAKE

  • United States
  • 2019
  • Asian Premiere
  • 115min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color
  • Documentary

lesbian artist / Eileen Myles / Barbara Hammer / Black Quantum Futurism / Jibz Cameron

Synopsis​

Queer Genius is a creative documentary featuring fine artist portraits of QPOC & GLBTQ Female experimental artists: Barbara HAMMER, Eileen MYLES, Black Quantum Futurism, Moor Mother, and Jibz CAMERON/Dynasty Handbag. The film examines each artist's creative life, personal challenges, and asks the question "what is genius?" Each subject provides a unique and personal perspective on new ways to think about and view the concept of 'genius' from a female, fine arts perspective discussing and preserving queer female avant-garde legacies.

 

 

Program Note

Conventionally, 'genius' was defined as something of a bisexual entity that absorbed the masculine characteristics mainly represented by strength, steadfastness, and reasoning, as well as the emotional sensibilities that were regarded as female characteristics. In other words, the concept of genius was based on the reinforcement or transformation of masculinity through the appropriation of femininity. Similarly in arts, 'genius' was a concept far removed from women, especially queer women who deviated from heterogeneous norms. Queer Genius asks five queer female artists what and who 'genius' really is. They all give different answers, but as they easily overcome the classifications of genre or the dichotomy between theory and practice, the film seems to be implying that they are geniuses according to KANT's belief that genius is, "a talent for producing that for which no definite rule can be given," and, "is not a mere aptitude for what can be learned by a rule of the tradition, arts, and society." The film archives the work of these artists and maintains intimate conversations with them, revealing that their creativity lies in self-reflection and their real-life struggles. These artists utilize their queer bodies as tools and materials, subjects and methodologies, and texts and contexts. Furthermore, all of their work isn't art as an object created by inspiration and madness that mysteriously fell from somewhere—rather, it lives in the history and the current field of the generation as a queer body in which their self-consciousness, identity, past, present and future continue to work. [SIM Hakyung_underscore]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
201 2020-09-12 | 10:30 - 12:25 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 3  
408 2020-09-14 | 14:00 - 15:55 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 3  

Director

  • Chet PANCAKE

    Chet PANCAKE is an award-winning filmmaker, video, new media, and sound artist. They have exhibited at national and international venues such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Royal Ontario Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Murray Art Museum Albury, Australia, Shanghai Conservatory – Shanghai PRC, and Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. PANCAKE’s narrative and experimental documentary work has been screened at over 150 venues nationally, as well as broadcast internationally.

Credit

  • ProducerMiriam STEWART, Jackie SCRIPPS
  • Cast Barbara HAMMER, Rasheedah PHILLIPS, Camae AYEWA, Eileen MYLES, Jibz CAMERON
  • Screenwriter Chet PANCAKE
  • Cinematographer Michele LAWLERR
  • Editor Chet PANCAKE, Fiona OTWAY
  • Music Emily BATE
  • Sound Eric CARBONARA

WORLD SALES

Chet PANCAKE / chet.pancake@gmail.com