There Are Certain Facts that Cannot Be Disputed
by Juliana Huxtable
Presented by the Images Festival in partnership with FADO Performance Art Centre, The Power Plant, and Available Light
Realized in collaboration with an ensemble of music, sound, video, and lighting artists, the performance is composed of three vignettes which address the vexed relationship between the ephemeral nature of digital information and the drive for historical documentation in cyberspace, particularly as it relates to closed servers, bounced URLs, and Google cache. Juliana Huxtable, who approaches the Web as a vital resource for narratives that are usually discarded or placed in the margins of history, considers how the Internet has evolved from a largely text-based medium to one propelled by the power of visual symbols. She imagines these virtual spaces as twilight zones of desire, where music, dramatic oration, video, and the presence of human and digital characters coalesce into an immersive, schizophrenic experience that traverses topics as diverse as black samurai, trans-healers in South Africa, pre-colonial globalism, and human evolution.
There Are Certain Facts that Cannot Be Disputed was originally co-commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art and Performa.
Juliana Huxtable is an American poet, artist, model and DJ living in New York City. She studied at Bard College and was included as an artist in the 2015 New Museum Triennial.
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Established in 1987, the Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. Images has presented thousands of vanguard media-based projects in its 28-year history and is committed to an expanded concept of film and video practice: Alongside film and video screenings (ON SCREEN), the festival presents groundbreaking live performances (LIVE IMAGES), media art installations (OFF SCREEN) in local galleries and new media projects by Canadian and international artists.