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Across Queer Time is an exciting evening of experimental short films, videos, installation and performance works that explore the ever evolving queer body.  Included in this evening will be historically important films like Dyketactics by Barbara Hammer as well as works having their regional debut by Marc Adelman, Julian Vargas, and Killer Banshee among others. Along with an incredible set of films and videos will be an exciting performance by the ever surprising Margaret Tedesco.

Curated by Jason Hanasik 

Marc Adelman (b. 1979, Massachusetts) is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, 2007).  He co-founded Flux Theater Company in San Francisco (2001-2003) after completing his BA in Theater at San Francisco State University (2001).  His interdisciplinary practice moves between video, installation, and photography.  His work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe in both film festivals and galleries.  As a 2003-2004 German Chancellor Fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he studied theater and performance in Berlin, Germany.   

Recent screenings and exhibitions:  Queercraft at the Advocate and Gochis Galleries Los Angeles, MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, New York NewFest, Toronto InsideOut Festival, Gallery XIV Boston, SomArts San Francisco, ADD TV New York, TLV Fest Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival, Queer City Cinema Canada, Intersection for the Arts San Francisco. 

www.marcadelman.com 

Tammy Rae Carland is an Oakland, California-based artist who works in photography, experimental video, and small-run publications. Her work has been screened and exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.

In the ’90s, Carland produced a series of influential fanzines, including I (heart) Amy Carter. She has collaborated on record art for releases from seminal underground bands Bikini Kill, the Fakes, and the Butchies. From 1997-2005, she co-ran Mr. Lady Records and Videos, an independent record label and video art distribution company dedicated to the production and dissemination of queer and feminist culture.

Cheryl Dunye, a native of Liberia, holds an MFA from Rutgers University. Her third feature film, Miramax’s MY BABY’S DADDY, was a box office success. Her second feature, HBO Films STRANGER INSIDE, garnered her an Independent Spirit award nomination for best director. Dunye’s debut film, THE WATERMELON WOMAN, was awarded the Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her other works have premiered at film festivals and museums worldwide. Dunye served on the boards of Outfest, the DGA, and the IFP. She has been honored with a Community Vision Award from National Center for Lesbian Rights, a Creative Excellence Award from Women in Film and Television, and a Fusion Award from Outfest and was selected as one of the 2008 PowerUp Top Ten Women In Showbiz.

Barbara Hammer was born on May 15, 1939 in Hollywood, California.She is a visual artist working primarily in film and video and has made over 80 works in a career that spans 30 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema. She recently had a Tribute Retrospective at the Chinese Cultural University in Taiwan where she also led a workshop “Strategic Planning for Film/Video Artists.”Her experimental films of the 1970’s often dealt with taboo subjects such as menstruation, female orgasm and lesbian sexuality. In the 80’s she used optical printing to explore perception and the fragility of 16mm film life itself. Optic Nerve (1985) and Endangered (1988) were selected for the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennials (’85,’89). Her documentaries tell the stories of marginalized peoples who have been hidden from history and are often essay films that are multi-leveled and engage audiences viscerally and intellectually with the goal of activating them to make social change. 

Killer Banshee (Kriss De Jong & Eliot K Daughtry) 

Collaborative partners Eliot K Daughtry and Kriss De Jong are interdisciplinary artists based in Oakland, California. They have worked in the Bay Area for more than a decade with a focus on improvisational audio/visual performance, presenting as killer banshee. From their involvement in the seminal online project ResRocket Surfer/Rocket Network (the collaboration community for musicians), from 1996 – 2000 to the continuing Illuminated Corridor events, they are dedicated to improving public understanding of media literacy, technology and arts. Eliot K Daughtry has created media based work since 1989, working as staff at the Center for New Television in Chicago, a producer for Gay Cable Network, and as the technical director and co-owner of Killer Banshee Studios in West Oakland. His installational work has been funded by the NEA, and he has shown in galleries nationally. Kriss De Jong is a musician, visual artist & activist who has performed with the King’s Orchestra Belgium, been active in Queer Nation & other community organizations working for change, and founded Mobility with Attitude, real access for people with disabilities. Kriss’ visual work received a grant from the Alameda County Arts Commission in 2006. She is the creative director and co-owner of Killer Banshee Studios. In addition to development of their multimedia work, their collaborative efforts have supported many others, including Fly, Lynn Breedlove, and Deep Dickollective, and companies including Steakhaus. They have worked with the PeaceOut Festival in Oakland since 2002, and curated for the National Queer Arts Festival (2003), and the T-10 Video Festival at 21 Grand (2008). 

Jason Hanasik is an artist, writer, independent curator and art educator.  A 2009 graduate of the MFA Fine Arts program at California College of the Arts, his work has been exhibited in venues across the country.  In 2010 Hanasik’s thesis work, He Opened Up Somewhere Along the Eastern Shore will be published in the Society for Photographic Education’s Journal Exposure. For more information please visit www.jasonhanasik.com. 

Rudy Lemcke is an artist who lives and works in San Francisco, California. His paintings and sculpture have been exhibited in such venues as: The Whitney Museum of Art, The DeYoung Museum, The University Art Museum at Berkeley, The San Francisco Art Institute, The Grey Gallery in New York, and Modernism Gallery in San Francisco.

His video works have been shown internationally in venues such as, the Dallas Video Festival, the Mix Festival, San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival, Hallwalls, ATA Gallery, Stoney Brook University, SUNY (Framingdale), and the Festival Nemo in Paris.

Jesse Finley Reed is a Brooklyn, NY based artist. A 2004 graduate of the Yale University School of Art photography program, Reed was selected as a recipient of a Larry Kramer Initiative Grant for his work involving gay and lesbian families. Following graduate study, in 2005 Reed was awarded a prestigious DAAD stipendium to produce a body of work in Berlin Germany, exploring the evolution and transformation of space and communities in Berlin.

Reed works in a variety of media including installation, photography and video. There is an implication of queerness that plays an important role throughout the reading of his work, not only as a suggestion of strangeness or difference, but also in the work’s relationship to sexual orientation.  Using temporal materials, including lighting, makeup, and decoration, he transform bodies, hallways and nightclub into something strange and uncanny.  The goal of his work is to create a visual image or object in disjunction with everyday representations of a subject:  nightclubs are brightly lit, rather than dark and sexy; soap is wet and dirty, rather than fresh and clean; unremarkable male bodies are superficially transformed into hyper-masculine models.   

Reed presented his first solo exhibition in Berlin at the Arratiabeer Gallery in June 2006, and has participated in international group exhibitions at The Hamish McKay Gallery in Wellington, NZ, Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, and The Breeder in Athens, Greece.  His work has been exhibited in the US at Murray and Guy, PS122, Sloan Fine Art, Bellwether and Freight and Volume in New York; Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.  In 2005, The Yale University Art Gallery commissioned him to complete a work for their on-going Collaborations Project. 

Tina Takemoto is an interdisciplinary writer, theorist, and performance artist whose work explores issues of illness, gender, race, and queer identity. Since 1992, she has collaborated with Angela Ellsworth under the name Her/She Senses. They have presented their installation-based performances nationally and have received numerous grants and awards. 

Takemoto’s articles appear in Art Journal, Performance Research, Afterimage, Women and Performance, and the anthology Thinking Through the Skin. Her recent book manuscript addresses illness, collaboration, and grief in performance art. Takemoto is currently associate professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. She has also taught at Loyola Marymount University, Alfred University, and the University of Rochester. 

Margaret Tedesco‘s work includes performance, installation, photography, sculpture, and video. Selected exhibitions and performance work includes: Bay Area Now 4, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; New Langton Arts; Walter and McBean Galleries at SFAI; SFMoMA; Artists’ Television Access (ATA); The Luggage Store; SF Arts Commission Gallery and the Market Street Art in Transit Program (24 kiosks, two projects); SF Camerawork; SF Cinematheque; The LAB; Southern Exposure; 667Shotwell; Eleanor Harwood Gallery; Blackbird Space; TART; CCA’s Playspace; Little Tree; and Small Press Traffic at CCA, in San Francisco; Blank Space and Oakland Art Gallery in Oakland; Spiral Gallery; CrazySpace; and Oaks Lodge/Cal Arts, in Los Angeles; Disjecta, Portland, OR; White Columns, NY; Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Germany; 11th Nippon Performance Festival, Japan; PIPAF Performance Festival, Philippines; Performance Festival Odense, Denmark; and in Leipzig, Paris/Marseille, Italy, and Czech Republic. Tedesco received the Bay Area Award for Performance from New Langton Arts, San Francisco in 1999 and a Goldie from SF Bay Guardian in 2008.

Julián Vargas was born in Reno Nevada May 4 th 1984 and was raised in Bogotá Colombia. Julián Vargas will graduate with an undergrad degree in Media Arts from California College Of The Arts in May 2009. Julián Vargas has exhibited work at the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley CA and the San Francisco Underground Film Festival. 

Kristina Willemse is an Oakland-based filmmaker and CCA alumni whose work has been shown both locally and internationally in venues ranging from Frameline (producers of the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival) to Goldsmiths University of London. Kristina creates work that explores family dynamic and the tension between the past and future identity of the adolescent female. This manifests into cinematic short films that use color and compositing to blend reality and internal space. BFA Media Arts, CCA