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Astria Suparak’s Quantum Leaps

By Mike Everleth ⋅ March 18, 2006

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Colorful portrait of curator Astria Suparak

Astria Suparak is back out on the road (is she ever off?) with “Quantum Leaps.” If there’s anyone who helps promote underground films more than Astria, I don’t know who that is.

Filmmakers in this collection are: Daniel Barrow, Philippe Blanchard, Dearraindrop, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Jim Finn, Caroline Koebel, J. Macdonell, Jim Munroe, Liz Rosenfeld, Seth Price, Andy Puls.

Astria’s description of the collection is thus:

We are in a hyperdated time populated by minor celebrity comebacks and movie remakes, soundtracked by mash-ups and remixes, and backdropped by vintage/old school/retro simulacra. Artists now are as inspired by history they weren’t quite conscious for as by their lived experiences. Here it is possible to amalgamate eras, to break out of social and gender constraints, and to cobble together a fantasy lineage. Many of the artists bypass ineffectual adoration for social edification, by documenting communities, reincarnating overlooked experimental films, sharing Communist souvenir collections, assembling biographies of personal heroes, and dispatching personal visions of history through the storytelling tradition.

If you live in the great state of New York or Washington, DC, I’d go to this if I were you. Here are the dates:

Mar 20 (5pm): ANNANDALE, NY @ Bard College, Avery Film Center.
Mar 21 (7pm): NEW YORK, NY @ The Kitchen.
Mar 22 (7pm): TROY, NY @ iEAR Presents! at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.
Mar 24 (8pm): SYRACUSE, NY @ Spark Art and Performance Space.
Mar 27, (6:30pm): BUFFALO, NY @ Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY North Campus, Center for the Arts.
Mar 31 (7pm): WASHINGTON, DC @ National Museum of Women in the Arts.
April 3 (3pm): BALTIMORE, MD @ Johns Hopkins University.

More info at Astria’s official site.