Media Arts Program

Friday, April 6, 2001 at 8 pm


Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
The Central New York Programmers Group



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Filmmaker Sharon Lockhart presents GOSHOGAOKA (1997, 63min, 16mm) and other works.

Lockhart, a photographer and filmmaker, was born in Norwood, Massachusetts, in 1964 and gained attention in the mid 1990s for her large-scale photographs that intimate narrative in their subtle depictions of figures and landscapes. Her projects examine the cultural gaze as it is framed by anthropology and ethnography. Filmed in its entirety during a single day at a suburban middle school gymnasium in Japan, Sharon Lockhart's significant film Goshogaoka is cast solely with the school's female basketball team going through six 10 minute segments, enacting a series of practice "drills" and exercise routines. These activities have been interpreted through a filter of studied movement, specifically associated with the haute couture runway shows of Japanese fashion designers Comme des Garçons and Issaye Miyake. Throughout the duration of the film the camera position itself never changes, rather, it steadily tracks the graceful and beautifully natural choreography of the 20 or so Japanese girls in a Zen-like manner--with their collective movement coming and going in and out of the immovable frame. While many of the exercises have the girls engaged in synchronized formations, there is an underlying asymmetry, frailty, and fallibility which displays a poignant, humble sense of humanity and individuality.

he artist is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship, and one-person exhibitions, including the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Kansas City, MO, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; and Kunstlerhaus Stüttgart. Forthcoming is the Museum of Contemporary Art. Sharon Lockhart lives and works in Los Angeles.

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