Jibade-Khalil Huffman, who will present three short films GIF, First Person Shooter, and Figuration (A), is an author, poet, and visual artist who works in a variety of media. His films bring together spoken and written language, found footage, vintage television, computer animation, pop music, and synthesizer sound effects, in a wide-ranging investigation of American media motifs that is also an homage to African-American popular culture. Using collage techniques including cutting, layering, and superimposition, Huffman’s approach is at once playful and serious. The result is an irreverent and captivating journey through familiar imagery ‘made strange’ through juxtaposition and interruption.
Jen DeNike’s work blends video, photography, sculpture and performance. In her video trilogy The Pimp, The Cat, and The Boxer, she stages vignettes of urban and suburban life as lyrical, slow-motion masquerades of joy, pain, and transcendence. DeNike’s precise, dramatic choreographies, shot in either creamy black-and-white or garish blue, red, and pink hues, recall scenes from classic Hollywood dramas, their emotional intensity enhanced by compelling musical scores. Her characters become larger-than-life archetypes performing rituals of masculinity and femininity, and thereby achieving heightened moments of being.
Access: Free public access, seating is limited - bring a blanket or lawn chair