Children of Men

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Plot Outline In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child’s birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.

Children of Men is a 2006 Academy Award-nominated apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed and co-produced by Universal Pictures. Loosely adapted from P.D. James’ 1992 novel The Children of Men, the cast includes Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Caine. The film was a co-production between companies based in the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. Released on September 22, 2006 in the UK and on December 25 in the US, Children of Men was nominated for three Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony in 2007.

The film is set in a dystopian 2027, in which two decades of global infertility have left the entire human race with less than a century before extinction. The resulting widespread societal collapse has led to terrorism, environmental destruction, and the creation of millions of refugees. In Britain, where the film is set, the government is creating a new social order based on the persecution of illegal immigrants. Humanity’s best apparent hope lies with the secretive Human Project, a group working to save the human species. When a pregnant West African refugee named Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) surfaces, civil servant Theo Faron (Clive Owen) is persuaded to transport her to a rendezvous with the Human Project, while at the same time keeping her safe from Britain’s oppressive crackdown on immigrants. (wikipedia)

Yesterday we watched Children of Men – any comments for this film? Any comments of the film in relation to the readings?

Lab Closings

The photo labs will be closed on Friday 4/20 at 4pm. All of the BFAs [your lab monitors] are involved in the receptions at east hall that go from 5-8pm. There is an Alternative Process Show, a BFA Photo Show and a video loop on projection in East Hall on Friday night.

Also, the labs will close for the semester on 4/22 – Clean up begins on 4/23.

Wendy Babcox

Artist Talk
Thursday April 19th, 11 am in 2303 Sangren

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Wendy Babcox is a British born multi-media artist whose work examines language and spectacle through a variety of ploys. Babcox resides in Tampa, Florida where she is an Assistant professor of photography at the University of South Florida. She also taught at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Babcox received her MFA from the University of Florida in 2000 and her BFA from the University of Colorado in 1999. She has been awarded numerous teaching and research grants from both the University of South Florida and Western Michigan University.

Babcox has exhibited and performed extensively both nationally and internationally, including the Quay School of Art Gallery (Wanganue, New Zealand), The Kitchen (NY, NY), the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI), and the International Center of Bethlehem.

http://www.wendybabcox.com/

Family Pictures @ the Guggenheim

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Image Credit:
Loretta Lux, Isabella, 2001. Silver dye bleach print (Ilfochrome), mounted on aluminum, A.P. 2/3, edition of 7, 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Purchased with funds contributed by the Photography Committee and the Harriett Ames Charitable Trust. 2004.79. © Loretta Lux
http://www.lorettalux.de/

Featuring works drawn from the Guggenheim museum’s permanent collection, Family Pictures explores the representation of families and children in contemporary photography and video. Since its inception in the mid-19th century, photography has always been used to represent the bonds of family, whether through portraiture or documents of important milestones like weddings. In these images, fleeting moments of childhood are captured and preserved, and the family unit is fixed for posterity.

Many contemporary artists create portraits of children—often their own—in works that expand on photography’s vernacular tradition as well as the representation of youth in the history of art. Other artists look to harness the power of childhood memory in adult life through fictionalized renditions of past traumatic events; in order to plumb psychological truths, these artists portray a more revealing image of family dynamics and the emotional tone of childhood.

Family Pictures includes both documentary-style and more clearly staged or manipulated work by 16 artists: Janine Antoni, Patty Chang, Gregory Crewdson, Rineke Dijkstra, Nathalie Djurberg, Anna Gaskell, Nan Goldin, Loretta Lux, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tracey Moffatt, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr, Thomas Struth, Hellen van Meene, and Gillian Wearing. A version of this exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue, was presented at the Galleria Gottardo in Lugano, Switzerland in 2005; in New York, Family Pictures includes additional artists and recent acquisitions.

http://www.guggenheim.org/exhibitions/familypictures/index.html