Short Films by Dara Greenwald & Friends
Presented in Flickerlounge: A Season-long Cinematic Experience

April 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010
Location: DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway 

DiverseWorks and Aurora Picture Show partner to present a new exhibition in Flickerlounge, a season-long cinematic experience at DiverseWorks Art Space.  As a companion piece to the "Keep it Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men" exhibit in the DiverseWorks main gallery; Flickerlounge, curated by Aurora Picture Show, will showcase short films by Dara Greenwald and friends (including United Victorian Workers, Josh MacPhee, Bettina Escauriza, and Blithe Riley). While Greenwalds' works also offer social and political commentary through practices including collaboration, performance and video, they often do so from a feminist perspective, therefore widening the lens on many of the subjects facing a post-911 America.

Titles include:

Pink Bloque Document, performance, documentation RT 14:00, 2002-2005
Documentation of the actions of the Pink Bloque, a Chicago-based feminist street dance troupe I co-founded in early 2002 as a creative response to the depressing atmosphere of leftist activism in post-911 America. The Pink Bloque used the language of popular dance forms, music, and cuteness in an attempt to engage unexpecting audiences in dialogues about current political situations. An archive about our project is at Video shot by many allies in the streets, edited by Blithe Riley and Dara Greenwald.

Strategic Cyber Defense: For Top Military Officials, RT 4:18, 2003
What is the US Department of Defense’s central research and development organization telling top military officials about the threat of the “international enemy”?  And who is acting in their training videos?

United Victorian Workers, performance, documentation RT 5:40, 2006
Documentation of a collective performative intervention into public memory and Christmas shopping during Troy, NY’s annual Victorian Stroll.

Dara Greenwald
is a media artist and researcher. Dara has participated in collaborative cultural production for many years including the Pink Bloque, Ladyfest Midwest Chicago, Version Fest, Pilot TV, United Victorian Workers, Spectres of Liberty and other groupings that resist being named. She recently co-curated (with Josh MacPhee) a large-scale research project about the history of social movements entitled Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now.  Her experimental videos have screened widely on the festival and media arts circuit (including at Liverpool Biennial, Cinematexas, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Eyebeam, etc). Her recent work has been collaborative, public/outdoor, situated and about histories of social movements. Her writings about engaged media have been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Punk Planet, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Bad Subjects, and more.  From 1998-2005, she worked at the Video Data Bank/VDB, where she managed the distribution of one of the largest collections of experimental video in the United States.