About Deeper Understanding: Curating Queer the Past Five Years (Shorts Program)

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Curator Bradford Nordeen is scheduled to be present.  

This program of contemporary queer short-form videos has been assembled by Bradford Nordeen, creator and head curator for Dirty Looks, Inc., a bi-coastal platform for queer experimental film, video, and performance. Drawing on Nordeen’s curatorial work over the last five years with institutions such as Outfest Los Angeles and the Broad Museum, this program presents work produced by artists with varied time-based and fine-art practices. Grappling with 21st-century conceptions of queerness, camp, celebrity culture, and online world-making, each title is a swirling thesis on queer appropriation and the subversively personal potential of the public sector. These recent productions mine “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Kristen Stewart, Whitney Houston, “Dynasty,” and Milli Vanilli to speak to society’s contemporary understanding of the trans body, gender roles (and their trappings), performative modes within late-stage capitalism, and hardcore sexuality. Shorts appearing in this program include YOU ARE BORING! (13 min., 2015, Vika Kirchenbauer), 100 Boyfriends Mixtape (13 min., 2016, Brontez Purnell), and Sashay Away (9 min., 2015–17, Chris E. Vargas.) Contains explicit content. The first film in this program, YOU ARE BORING!, references “staging one’s own death.” (HD Presentation)

  Deeper Understanding: Curating Queer the Past Five Years Shorts Program: YOU ARE BORING!* Directed by Vika Kirchenbauer, 13 min., 2015
*This film briefly references “staging one’s own death.”

Adventures of Peppré Ann and Froends Episode 1: An Average Day
Directed by Josef Kraska, 8 min., 2015

Untitled (Am I Pretty Mommy)
Directed by Young Joon Kwak and Veli-Matti Hoika, 4 min., 2014

The Dark, Krystle
Directed by Michael Robinson, 9 min., 2013

Former Models
Directed by Benjamin Pearson, 20 min., 2012

Fall of Communism
Directed by Hannah Black, 5 min., 2014

Vanessa Roveto, 5 min., 2013

Directed by Aimee Goguen, 3 min., 2013

100 Boyfriends Mixtape
Directed by Brontez Purnell, 13 min., 2016

Sashay Away
Directed by Chris E. Vargas, 9 min., 2015–17

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