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The School of Film is proud to host a lecture and screening by video artist ariella tai.
ariella tai is a video artist, film scholar, and independent programmer based in Portland, OR. They are interested in black performance and cultural vernaculars in film, television and media studies. tai is one half of “the first and the last,” a fellowship, workshop and screening series supporting and celebrating the work of black women and femmes in film, video and new media art. They have shown work at Anthology Film Archives, Portland Institute For Contemporary Art, Northwest Film Center, Wa Na Wari, the Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, MOCA and Smack Mellon, amongst others. tai’s most recent video work "safehouse" premiered at Trinity Square Video in Toronto, ON.
cavity is a video that considers revenge. Sourcing and manipulating images and audio from popular and cult media, cavity seeks to treat black women’s narrative and performance as malleable- containing possibilities for agency, alternate readings and resolutions. What would it look like to fight back against those who dispose of us? What would it look like to enjoy it?
about she’s not gonna get more dead:
she’s not gonna get more dead opens with footage from the BET show Being Mary Jane and selects excerpts of Black women vampires–Sanaa Lathan in Blade, Angela Bassett in A Vampire in Brooklyn, Michele Kelly as Alonna Gunn in the TV series Angel and finally, Aaliyah in Queen of the Damned–to meditate on what makes someone–and what it might look like to be–more than dead. treating death and dying as axes on timelines of traumatic experience, this short film seeks to create new narratives where Black women are able to achieve release and relief.