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Monday, October 26 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Session 9: Requiem for the Innocent: El Paso and Beyond / The Time that Remains. Exploring mixed media, documentary video and sound to design and experience of proximity and time within an unnoticed place: Barrio El Aguilucho.

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Requiem for the Innocent (Behn, Rubinstein, Willis) - El Paso and Beyond is an interdisciplinary art project, both a traveling museum/gallery exhibition and a book from GFT Publishing, combining documentary photography, text, music, and dance by artists from four separate locations (John Willis, Robin Behn, Matan Rubinstein, and Shannon Hummel, respectively). The photographs are of the spontaneous memorials that sprang up in the wake of the mass shooting targeting Latinx people at the Walmart in El Paso in August 2019. The aim of Requiem is to use the combined art forms to honor and evoke the deep, sustained, and complex sense of grief arising from such tragedy, sustaining the attention to this shooting and all mass shootings. The text contributes lyric meditation on the feeling tone of the whole while also integrating research about mass shootings and possible courses of action. A visual/aural performance of the artwork will be followed by discussion of collaboration across time, space, and disciplines; questions about the right to speak about others’ tragedies; access to gallery/museum space and book funding/distribution; the silencing of public health professionals on the subject of gun violence; possible next steps with other disciplines and venues; and the struggle to reach as wide an audience as possible.

The Time that Remains (Foxley, Osorio) - The Time that Remains is an interactive documentary project which explores digital interactive technology and a mixture of audiovisual formats (photo collage, video, photo and sound) to create and experience of proximity and time within a place: El Aguilucho street, in Santiago de Chile. An interdisciplinary academic project, developed at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, it proposes the User a deep and efficient multidimensional documentary experience, sensory and narrative, which aims to evoke aspects of life and nature The project invites the user to interact with a street, listening to neighbours or entering places over the course of a day (morning, afternoon, night), in which three activities converge: commerce, health-aging and residence.


Robin Behn

Robin Behn is Professor of English at the University of Alabama where she teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, she is the author of six books of poems, two creative writing textbooks, and an opera libretto... Read More →

Susana Foxley

Susana Foxley is a director, researcher and scriptwriter of documentaries, with a Master in Documentary Direction for TV at Goldsmiths College and a Master in Drama and Theater Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.She directs the Audiovisual Direction career at the Catholic... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT