SSMF 2022: “Pause”
Time & Temporality
How does pause bend perceptions of space? How does pause reshape relationships between communities and the spaces they inhabit? The projects in this panel shed light on how spaces seem to expand or contract with prolonged pauses, and how those rhythms transform collective rituals and ways of being.
Moderated by Kinjal Dave, University of Pennsylvania
Saturday, March 26, 1:30 PM — 2:45 PM Eastern
Shadow of Love
Khari Eyen Zamé Johnson
Shadows of Love examines the legacy of black life in Washington DC and reckons with the passage of time. Much of my work deals with the concept of time-displacement and physical displacement. The COVID-19 Pandemic has furthered the displacement of time, there a several blocks filled with boarded up businesses that may never return. The entropic nature of time effects all residents of a city, as space expands and contracts people are displaced and replaced. Using the imagery captured on 35mm film, I seek to create videos that will act as time capsules. The images include residents from all walks of life artist and pedestrians all weaving into the fabric of time. This short film depicts what is quickly being lost. Over the last two years images that I shot are all that remain of parts of locations that are now being remolded into new spaces.
Read Letters and Asynchronous Perspectives
University of Pennsylvania
Read Letters and Asynchronous Perspectives is a film in progress that features a sounding image correspondence between Juan Castrillón and Fukuda Pero’s research among Cubeo Emi-Hehenewa and Batwa worlds in the Northwestern Amazon and Central Africa. The film explores how the encounter between indigenous and non-indigenous audiovisualities happens asynchronously, indexing different tenses, and opening gaps for other evaluations to emerge; in which heard voices, fluid pronouns, blurred and moved images can redefine the textures where they make sense.
Little Pakistan – Future Histories
The New School
Little Pakistan – Future Histories is a dérive—a drifting in an online environment illustrating an immigrant neighborhood of Pakistani-Americans across three eras. Each era has its own rhythm—with three sets of youth engaged in transformative acts of inhabitation, organizing, and resilience, taking Little Pakistan from an ethnic enclave to a concept spreading across Brooklyn, New York City and beyond.
The interactive-documentary encourages the audience to overlap oral histories and walk-along interviews conducted with six community protagonists and collaborate with them for a rediscovery of Little Pakistan, where listening to, watching, acknowledging, understanding, and celebrating local histories unravels an Ensemble of Meanings across Space, Time, and Generations.