October 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Women Filmmakers Series–Shelly Silver: A Strange New Beauty and What I’m Looking For

IU Cinema

This event screens two films directed by Shelly Silver, who will be present to discuss her work. A Strange New Beauty is an experimental  documentary that offers a disturbing intrusion into luxurious homes in Silicon Valley. What I’m Looking For, rooted in the tradition of a film-essay, documents the adventure of a woman who sets out to photograph moments of intimacy, posting a request to an online dating service: “I’m looking for people who would like to photographed in public revealing something of themselves.” The video is a rumination on the nature of image making, seeing, desire, and control.

Shelly Silver is a New York-based artist working with the still and moving image. Her work explores contested territories between public and private, narrative and documentary, and–increasingly in recent years–the watcher and the watched. She has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Yokohama Museum, the London ICA, and the London, Singapore, New York, Moscow, and Berlin Film Festivals. Silver has received fellowships and grants from organizations such as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, the Japan Foundation and Anonymous was a Woman. Her films have been broadcast by BBC/England, PBS/USA, Arte/Germany, France, Planete/Europe, RTE/Ireland, SWR/Germany, and Atenor/Spain, among others, and she has been a fellow at the DAAD Artists Program in Berlin, the Japan/US Artist Program in Tokyo, Cité des Arts in Paris, and at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Silver is Associate Professor and Director of Moving Image, Visual Arts Program, School of the Arts, Columbia University.

This event is part of the film series, “Women Filmmakers at the Intersection of Documentary, Video Art, and Avant Garde,” curated by Joshua Malitsky and Masha Vlasova. This series is sponsored by the Center for Documentary Research and Practice; the School of Art, Architecture + Design; and IU Cinema. This partnership is supported through IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program and the College Arts and Humanities Institute.

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