BINGHAMTON, NY – The Harpur Cinema Department at Binghamton University has announced the line-up for its spring video artists series. Free and open to the public, each film showing will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in Lecture Hall 6, on campus. An informal discussion by the video artist about the film will follow each screening.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, April 17: Visiting artist, Jennifer Montgomery (In Person)
The program will include:

- The Agonal Phase  (2010) – TRT 42 minutes, HD, with Christopher Montgomery, Laszlo McKenzie, and Vivian Montgomery.

In the aftermath of a death, things may seem very quiet, but there are struggles going on so - deep, not even those who struggle can recognize them. This film looks and listens for signs of those struggles. Psychoanalytic interjections consider the nature of time and rumination, and are used to step outside of the terribly interiorized state of mourning.

- Transitional Objects (2000), TRT 19 minutes, 16 mm & video. Distributed by Video Data Bank (vd.org).

The video takes its title from D.W. Winnicott’s theory of children’s use of transitional objects to negotiate the gaps between internal reality and the shared reality of people and things. Remarkably layered, Transitional Objects weaves together considerations of splicing, Winnicott, sewing, motherhood, new technology and loss of mastery. Bogner

Montgomery’s work has been shown at international festivals, as well as the 2008 Whitney Biennial in New York City, the Museum Of Modern Art in New York City, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, the ICA in London) and the Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis. She has been the recipient of many grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. She currently lives in Arlington, MA. 

Tuesday, April 24; Visiting artist, Ken Jacobs – (In Person)
The program will include:

- Optic Antics, (2011).

- Seeking the Monkey King, 2011, 40 min., color, Music by J.G. Thirlwell.

Celebrating the publication of Optic Antics, a collection of essays on Ken Jacobs film, video and performance works, as well as the recent release of Seeking the Monkey King. In 2011, Jacobs received a National Film Critics award for Seeking the Monkey King. It is his second. He received his first National Film Critic Award for Razzle Dazzle, in 2008. Ken Jacobs is a Binghamton University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, from the Cinema Department, which he co-founded with Larry Gottheim. 

Jacobs has been a major figure in the New York Avant Garde since the 60’s as well as the object of many retrospectives including at the American Museum Of The Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, the Museum Of Modern Art in New York City, the American House in Paris, and the Arsenal Theater in Berlin. He has also performed in Japan, at the Louvre in Paris, and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Honors include the Maya Deren Award of the American Film Institute, the Berlin’s DAAD award, the Guggenheim Award and a special Rockefeller Foundation grant.

For more information, contact the Binghamton University Cinema Department at 607-777-4998.