Screening 10: Home Theater Systems

Screening 10: Thursday, April 14, 7:30pm

Home Theater Systems

Curated by: Latham Zearfoss

Showing the work of: Claire Arctander, Mary Helena Clark, Rami George, Dylan Mira, Latham Zearfoss

Home Theater Systems is a decade-spanning, forward-thinking collection of experimental movies made independently and collaboratively by Claire Arctander, Mary Helena Clark, Rami George, Dylan Mira and Latham Zearfoss. Each piece playfully, critically explores the contours of kinship as both a social contract and a narrative device. Family, whether chosen or inherited, could be said to be a fairly programmatic series of relations unfurling over time – a process of knowing, growing. True to form, the works featured here are from a small network of collaborators. Like archetypes of family, the works in the program are largely exercises in genre with formal investments in documentary, music video, melodrama, magical realism and mystery.

 Across diverse aesthetic strategies, the works in Home Theater Systemstake critical cues from feminist and queer struggles, framing family and domesticity as volatile sites of transgression and trauma, policing and perversion. These deeply held ambivalences find an optimistic register through the inclusion of work that offers blueprints for coalescing, and building new kinships structures outside of normative strictures.

TRT: 90 minutes with intermission

Latham Zearfoss in attendance!

Poster Art: Amy Scarpello

Latham Zearfoss is an artist and cultural producer living and working in Chicago. His artwork often centers on reclaiming historical and mythological texts, and revising them to incorporate radical notions of love and sex, possibility and probability. His commitment to art and activism has also manifested in the creation of sporadic, temporary utopias like Pilot TV and Chances Dances. Latham graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in 2008 and the University of Illinois at Chicago with an MFA in 2011. He has exhibited his work internationally and all over the U.S.