Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 8pm
The Way We Were (or: What Happened to Us?)

Curated by Jake Perlin

Bush being handed a cute dog from a child and promptly dropping it on its back, or banging his head as he enters a helicopter. Oh, our bumbling President...was it ever funny? We laughed, but certainly nothing about anything relating to Bush II seems amusing anymore.

And a decades old cartoon, Trouble in Baghdad, in which a friendly genie is imprisoned? Well. Images of war fill David White's Blue Christmas, set to songs by Nat King Cole ("It wouldn't be make believe if you believed in me") and images from a sun-filled Yuletide in Sacramento. Was that what my town looked like? ("I went back to Ohio...")

And love? My Love by Michel Auder, with text by Niki de Saint Phalle. Remembering an affair. Remembering how we used to get along together. As a couple. Or as many people: ethnicities, nationalities. Litany of Happy People, Karpo Godina's portrait of a bloc.

And a film itself, as an object identified with a moment. This May will be the 5th anniversary of a 35th anniversary. Jacques Monory's Ex, projected at Ocularis 60 months ago for the occasion, who was there then and who will see it again? We remember not the reason for the screening, but where we were at when we screened it.

Bush strides across the White House lawn, looks back, and spits on the grass. You wrote your own epitaph.

Litany of Happy People, Karpo Godina, video, 1972, 15 mins
Blue Christmas, David White, 16mm, 1986, 15 mins
Trouble in Baghdad, 16mm, 1963, 7 mins
Ex, Jacques Monory, 16mm, 1968, 4 mins
My Love, Michel Auder, video, 1978, 6 mins
+ assorted television clips.

Special thanks to Delphine Selles/French Cultural Services and Michel Auder.

Tickets - $6, available at door.