The sun coming through trees behind poet Hortense Spillers creates a lens flare
Dreams Are Colder than Death by Arthur JafaHortense Spillers in Dreams Are Colder than Death

Dreams are Colder than Death

Arthur Jafa
16:45–18:00 Sun 28 Sep
 / Glasgow

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Dir: Arthur Jafa, USA, 2014, 52 mins 

A landmark film on black life - a poetic filmic constellation of meditations, fragments and interviews on what it means to be black in America in the 21st century, from one of its great cinematographers. A UK premiere.

Using a range of tactics that resist the white cinematic gaze, Arthur Jafa's most recent film asks what it means to be black in America in the 21st century. Grounded not in sequence but in the interrelation of a constellation of voices, bodies and images, the film maps out black relationships with early and frequent death, with violence, with fantasy, with love and with memory, assembled from interviews and footage of (amongst others) artists Kara Walker, Wangechi Mutu, filmmaker Charles Burnett, scholars Hortense Spillers, Saidiya Hartman, dancers Portia Jordan and Storyboard P, poet Fred Moten, and of everyday black life. 

AJ was co-Producer and DOP on Daughters of the Dust, a landmark in Black cinema. Presentations on his APEX project - a possibly un-filmable black Sci-Fi epic – are maybe best understood as a new a-cinematic artform in themselves.  He is an incessant coiner of concepts – ask him what he means by stereoscopic cognition, abnormativity, sub-vocal speech or Black visual intonation…

AJ will be introducing Charles Burnett's film Killer of Sheep on Fri 26 and working with Kara Keeling on their presentation in the Touching the Imperceptible event on Sat 27.