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Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
7:00 PM19:00

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

Still from  "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"  by Jesse England

Still from "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" by Jesse England

The Skowhegan Alliance Video Committee presents Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!, a video program of work made by Skowhegan alumni. The screening will take place May 4 at Skowhegan's New York program Space.

The works reflect the various meanings of mayday:

Mayday, from French m’aider, translated as help me: a distress signal. In times of life-threatening emergencies, typically used when at sea or in air, the word, Mayday is repeated three times to distinguish from similar sounding words. As technology advanced, this distress call for help was needed for radio communications replacing the Morse code SOS distress signal.

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
The waters are rising!
We are going down!
We need help!


May Day, a Spring festivity with Pagan origins (such as Beltane, Flora, and Walpurgisnacht): rites of change and renewal. This festival marked a time for rebirth and optimism, where fires were lit marking the return of longer days and rituals were practiced to safeguard against the unknown and the supernatural. May Day also represents a return, a celebration of fecundity and revival, where farmers’ herds returned to their green pastures, and flowers and plants began again to grow.

Deprived of root, and branch, and rind,
Yet flowers I bear of every kind:
And such is my prolific power,
They bloom in less than half an hour;
My head with giddiness goes round,
And yet I firmly stand my ground;

– Jonathan Swift, A Maypole


May Day, or International Worker’s Day: A celebration of workers’ and labor rights. May Day represents a day of protest demanding attention and action as labor movements, communists, socialists, and anarchists join together in support and celebration of the rights of the working class. It is a day for strike, for solidarity, and a call for recognition and support. May Day is recognized in countries all over the world.

Oh, workers can you stand it?
Oh, tell me how you can
Will you be a lousy scab
Or, will you be a man?

– Florence Patton Reece, Whose side are you on? 

The screening features videos from artists:
Itziar Barrio (A '12), David Brody (A '83), Janaye Brown (A '16), Vincent Ceraudo (A '16), Jesse England (A '15), Hope Ginsburg (A '97), Autumn Knight (A '16) and Chelsea Knight (A '08), Neven Lochhead (A '15), Pascual Sisto (A '11), Nicole Tschampel (A '01), Asim Waqif (A '11), and Brian Zegeer (A '10)

The screening will coincide with the opening of Personals, an exhibition of small objects on the conference table upstairs from the screening. 

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Fabiola Menchelli Tejeda, still from  Concrete  (2013), 1:61 minutes,

Fabiola Menchelli Tejeda, still from Concrete (2013), 1:61 minutes,

Alumni Video Screening

Nobutaka Aozaki (A '15)
Rebecca Baldwin (A '04)
Haley Bueschlen (A '15)
Robert Flynt (A '74, '76)
Shana Hoehn (A '13)
Cooper Holoweski (A '09)
Gregory Kalliche (A '15)
McKendree Key (A '05)
Mores McWreath (A '13)
Michael Menchaca (A '11)
Fabiola Menchelli Tejeda (A '13)
Sharon Paz (A '01)
Yoshie Sakai (A '14)
Kate Shepherd (A '90)
Corinne Spencer (A '14)
Jennifer Sullivan (A '11)
Molly Teitelbaum (A '15)
Jody Wood (A '12)

In this polarizing election year, we are faced with many Divisions. Divisions among political beliefs—Democrats versus Republicans, of course—but also Divisions and sub-Divisions within the ideological hearts of the parties: outsiders versus the establishment, grass roots versus business class, idealists versus pragmatists, and so on. Additionally, Divisions between political and gendered identities: class, race, sexuality, citizenship, and access. You can’t use the bathroom here.


We move within spatial, geographic and gerrymandered Divisions: supra-national agreements, alignments, and competitions; red states versus blue states; urban centers versus suburbs; gentrification versus preservation. Even the building of actual physical walls of Division is being debated. I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.


Internal conflict. Divisions are also feeling torn between opposite decisions, to feel in disagreement or at odds with oneself. Morals and ethical beliefs are upheld, challenged, or trespassed. What happens at Skowhegan stays at Skowhegan.


Divisions need not be purely political or so conflicted. It can also be neutral, calculable: The exactitude of finding how many times one number can be divided by another. Or how Divisions and multiplications can move from a familiar picnic scene to a survey of the entire universe before contracting inwardly to reveal an inner cellular and molecular world. Charles and Ray Eames film, “Powers of Ten”.


Further on this molecular level, Divisions can relate to the splitting of a cell, or mitosis. One made into multiple as a parent cell divides into two or more daughter cells. The human body experiences 10 quadrillion cellular divisions within a lifetime.


Divisions are also the taxonomic categorizations for levels of classifications: departments, branches, wings, sectors, or subsections. They can be either narrow or broad in scope. The Skowhegan Alliance is pleased to present DIVISIONS. Comprised of 17 Skowhegan alumni, which can be divided into the following years of participation: 1974, 1976, 1990, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

This particular screening will be further divided physically and experientially with videos screened on both levels of the Skowhegan office. 

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The Impossible
7:30 PM19:30

The Impossible

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Alumni Video Screening

Seline Baumgartner (A '14)
Lynda Benglis (F '78, '79, '99) & Robert Burtis
Claudia Bitran (A '14)
Nathan Boyer (A '01)
Annette Cyr (A '76)
Sara Eliassen (A '10) & Luca Antonucci
Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson (A '14) 
Chaja Hertog (A '12) & Nir Nadler (A '12)
Lindsay Lawson (A '13)
Nicolas Mastracchio (A '12)
Ivan Monforte (A '04)
Birgit Rathsmann (A '04)
Gretchen Skogerson (A '09)
Willie Stewart (A '14)
George Terry (A '08)

Nathan Boyer, still from  Robot's Alpine Quest  (2010)

Nathan Boyer, still from Robot's Alpine Quest (2010)

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This Might Not Be For Now
7:30 PM19:30

This Might Not Be For Now

A one-night screening of video works by Skowhegan alumni curated by the Skowhegan Alliance, taking place in New York.

Featuring works by:
Elliot Bassman '71
Bonnie Begusch '11
Sanford Biggers & Jennifer Zackin '98
Julia Brown '06
Matthew Day Jackson '02
Art Johnson '09
Nicholas Johnston '13
Lilly McElroy '06
Tricia McLaughlin '92
Mores McWreath '13
Christopher Meerdo '13
Rosmarie Padovano '10
David Politzer '04
Amy Ruhl '12
Christopher Samuels '10
Pascual Sisto '11
Rodrigo Valenzuela '13
Abbey Williams '04 

This might not be for now. This might have been for the past or could be for later. This might occur again and again. Or this might not occur at all.

This might not be for now: the noncommittal relationship or fleeting romance, the shifting cultural media, the liaison with the passing story or style. One song seems to waft out of every bodega, drug store, and car stereo in the city for two short months encapsulating the idea of one brief summer. Politicians and the news machine fluctuate, jumping from one topic to another making promises, plying us with what is currently most important. Our collective consciousness feels, for an instant, gratification, or is driven to act, to investigate, to demand and then there is an oversaturation, an overstimulation until the next big thing.

This might not be for now is the contemporary myriad of replication and dissemination platforms through which we gain and share information. Our individual memories and cultural ideas of the past, of history, are in flux, unstable and soon to be misremembered, rewritten, edited, amended. There is the often-times rose-tinted nostalgia for the past, dissatisfaction with the present, and the promise or hope of the future.

This might not be for now can exist in an in-between purgatory-like state of being neither here nor there, existing in two places at once, or having the proverbial one-foot out the door. This screening of nineteen videos by Skowhegan alumni will occur in New York City and then will occur again in Los Angeles. 

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Liars, Actors, Believers
7:30 PM19:30

Liars, Actors, Believers

Liar: noun (from Old English lêogere, from lêogan to lie)
One that usually knowingly and habitually utters falsehood:

one that lies

Actor: noun (Middle English actour, doer, pleader, from Latin actor, from actus (past part. of agere to drive, do)

1. Roman law: one that conducts a legal action: PLEADER

  1. 2  a. One that acts in a stage play, motion picture, radio, or

    television play, or dramatic sketch
    b. A theatrical performer (a professional) c. One that behaves as if acting a part

  2. 3  a. One that takes part in any affair: PARTICIPANT b. WRONGDOER, TORT-FEASOR

Believer: noun (Middle English bilven, beleven, from Old English belêfan, belyfan, from be + lêfan, lyfan to allow, to believe; akin to Old English gelyfan, believe, Proto-Germanic galaubjan, to believe, hold dear, love)

1. One that holds a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion

2. One that takes (a statement or person making a statement or existence) as true, valid, or honest

3. One that gives credence: TRUST 


Amanda Alferi, ‘08
Crystal Z. Campbell, ‘03 Brindalyn Webster Chen, ‘09 Monica Cook, ‘12
Esteban delValle, ‘11
Ben Dowell, ‘06
Jennifer Levonian, ‘07 Jennifer Macdonald, ‘05 Dafna Maimon, ‘08
Nir Nadler, ‘12
John Peña, ‘09
Slinko, ‘10
Mary Vettise, ‘12
Michael Zheng, ‘03 

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The Double
8:00 PM20:00

The Double

The Skowhegan Alliance, Cabinet, and LAXART are pleased to present:

A one-night bi-coastal screening of video works by Skowhegan Alumni spanning nearly 15 years of Skowhegan alumni:

The Double is primarily a visual phenomenon making video a natural medium for its exploration. The earliest silent films recognized the inherent doubling that occurs through picture, investigating notions of an uncanny second self in films such as the The Golem and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.  Through doubling or mirroring, one is confronted with the illusion of wholeness, a dispersion of the self, and perhaps revelations or repressions of fears and desires kept hidden within the body. The Double can also represent an alter ego, a copy or forgery, or a false twin or Doppelganger. However, doubles are not exclusively physical in a bodily sense. Doubling may also be traced to the mode of production of the work, reminding us that the replication and dissemination of image is physical in its duplication as well. This lack of the original and multiplication of the double across the screen is exemplified in the bicoastal screening of The Double at LAXART in Los Angeles and Cabinet in New York.

Featuring works by:

Mike Calway-Fagen '11
Jonathan Ehrenberg '11
Amy Finkbeiner '01
Victoria Fu '06
Meredith James '11
Andrew Ellis Johnson '99
Siobhan Landry '11
Sarah Lasley '04
Dan Levenson '09
Ann Oren '09
Chris Sollars '98
Cheryl Yun '03 
Bryan Zanisnik '08

*The screening will run for approximately 1 hour


LAXART is an independent nonprofit art space presenting experimental exhibitions and public art initiatives offering the public access to a new generation of artists and curators supporting both risk and dialogue producing new work for new audiences inciting the conversation on contemporary art in LA animating dynamic relationships between art, artists, and audiences enhancing the cultural landscape of LA by supporting challenging work reflecting the diversity of the city.

Los Angeles Screening
8pm PST
2640 S. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90034


About Cabinet:

Immaterial Incorporated (aka Cabinet) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) art and culture organization founded in 1999. By operating with the most expansive and inclusive definition of “culture” possible, one that includes both the quotidian and the extraordinary, Cabinet aims to foster curiosity about the world we have made and inhabit. Although Cabinet’s core activity is the production of Cabinet magazine, the organization also publish books and CDs, and organizes exhibitions, readings, panels, workshops, screenings, and conferences. In late 2008, Cabinet opened its own event and exhibition space in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn to promote further public dialogue that both draws on and informs ideas presented in the magazine.


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