Angelo Madsen Minax: Screening and Discussion

Angelo Madsen Minax: Screening and Discussion

Angelo Madsen Minax, Shave and a Haircut (still), 2006.

Angelo Madsen Minax: Screening and Discussion

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February 29, 2024, 7pm
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172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Thursday, February 29 at 7pm for a screening of works by Angelo Madsen Minax, followed by a discussion with the artist. Minax’s works are fueled by reflections in/of queer subculture and characterized by themes of desire, embodiment, and kinship. The works presented are largely unreleased and previously unseen, observing the Video Data Bank’s recent acquisition of the artist’s archive of early video work.

The screening will start with a selection of the artist’s early works from the newly restored collection Chicago Sex Change: 2002-2008. Coming from a music and visual art background, these are Minax’s first video projects in what is now a defined film career. Many of the videos in this collection weren’t initially intended for release and are collaborations with Minax’s friends, partners, and lovers. They are playful, erotic, heavy, crass, and together they create a punk-documentary tapestry of young queer life in Chicago in the early 2000s. The screening will also include Minax’s Bigger on the Inside (2022), a recent work that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and a clip from A BODY TO LIVE IN, a feature film in production.

Building Healthy Relationships (2003, 4 minutes)
A self-help speaker encourages self-reflection. Friends in Chicago hang out.

Complementary parts (2007, 3 minutes)
A minister recounts the perceived catastrophe that is butt sex. Pegging ensues.

Jackhammer (2007, 6 minutes)
Dykes and trans guys take over the Jackhammer for a punk show.

Shave and a Haircut (2006, 15 minutes)
A pro-domme gives her friend a freshly shaved head. In return she gets a buzz cut. A client gets to be a (bound) fly on the wall.

their body is filled with a liquid that tends to spread (2005, 8 minutes)
The disparate chronicles of a high-school wrestling team, a flooded town of aliens, and the love affair between two young men. Performers responded to individual drawings and prompts to collectively generate improvisational dialog during the Pilot Conference: Experimental Media for Feminist Trespass in Chicago in 2004. With Becca Taylor.

Nich Tries to not remember Indiana (2003, 15 minutes)
A two-part treatise on needs, met and unmet. A painter putters around his apartment. Spoils his cereal with rotten milk, gets a do-over with a fresh gallon. Over the course of the filming the relationship between the performer and the filmmaker unravels into disclosures of childhood sexual abuse. Rotten milk is the metaphor for all human suffering.

bigger on the inside (2022, 12 minutes)
From an isolated wooded cabin a trans man stargazes, scruff chats with guys, watches YouTube tutorials, takes drugs, and lies about taking drugs—feeling his way through a cosmology of embodiment. Relative to the immensity of longing, the bodily insides become both portal and lens through which to probe the porousness between interior and exterior, the micro and macro. Nudes and landscapes are equally erotic, as Eros is an issue of boundaries: When I desire you, a part of me is gone.

A BODY TO LIVE IN (work-in-progress, 7-minute clip)

The screening is organized in collaboration with Video Data Bank.

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– e-flux has an ADA-compliant bathroom. There are no steps between the Screening Room and this bathroom.

Film, Sexuality & Eroticism
Punk, Documentary, Subcultures & Countercultures, Queer Art & Theory, Love, Transgender

Angelo Madsen Minax is a multi-disciplinary artist, filmmaker, and educator. His projects consider how human relationships are woven through personal and collective histories, cultures, and kinships, with specific attention to subcultural experience, phenomenology, and the politics of desire. Madsen’s works have shown at Berlinale, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, BAM CinemaFest, Art of the Real at Lincoln Center, Anthology Film Archives, British Film Institute, and dozens of LGBT and experimental film festivals around the world. He has participated in residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Yaddo, MacDowell, Pioneer Works, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and others. His film, “North By Current” (2021), aired on season 34 of POV (PBS), was nominated for an Independent Spirit award, and won the Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight award, Best Writing award from the IDA and numerous festival jury prizes. A New York Times Critics Pick, “North By Current” has been called “A beautiful, complex wonder of a film,” by Rolling Stone and “A titanic work” by Criterion. Madsen is currently an Associate Professor of Time-Based Media at the University of Vermont, a current USA Artists Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow.

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