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Otherness Archive: Biting the Image
Institute of Contemporary Arts
ID Copy, dir. C Cienfugos, Spain 2020, 2 min.

Twisting, caressing, studying, tearing, collecting – there are infinite things you can do with images, and as many ways to create them. These films by trans masculine filmmakers are firm in their refusal to be contained, intimately and urgently expanding the possibilities of the four corners of the video frame. Again and again, the image’s polished exterior is bitten through to portray trans masculine desires, dreams, and daily rhythms, whether it be via Grindr screenshots, passport scans, or Google Streetview.

Featuring films from the Otherness Archive, a visual archive documenting queer films and its pioneers, these works exemplify a breadth of filmic play, experimentation, and inventiveness. As Biting The Image evidences: the marriage between refusing to live by a cisheteronormative standard and moving image is a fertile and relevant one. The screening is activated by a live performance by Yuki Marin and Matisse Ciel. Programmed by April Lin 林森, Guest Curator for Otherness Archive.

Inner Dawn, dir. Riven Ratanavanh, USA 2022, 3 min.
I Might Go and Throw My Phone into the Lake, Yeah, dir. Lucia Vives, Sam Fuentes, Netherlands 2022, 4 min.
Sight, dir. TJ Cuthand, Canada 2012, 4 min.
Dear Lou Sullivan, dir. Rhys Ernst, US 2016, 6 min.
ID Copy, dir. C Cienfugos, Spain 2020, 2 min.
Untitled, dir. Sweatmother, UK 2022, 10 min.
Pyramid Revealed by a Sandstorm, dir. Raju Rage, UK 2017, 7 min.
The Gender Song, dir. Evan Ifekoya, UK 2014, 2 min.
comme tous les garçons, dir. Morisha Moodley, UK 2022, 10 min.
Femme Cowboy, dir. Sweatmother, UK 2021, 10 min.
Very Important Trans Artwork, dir. Maz Murray, UK 2021, 8 min.
medica_ed, dir. j. Frank, UK 2022, 2 min.

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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