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October 23–24, 2015
General $50 / Students $25

Misfits 2015: Time-Based Media and the Museum is a two-day symposium
(October 23–24, 2015) that focuses on the ways that “misfit” artworks—film,
video, sound, and digital works—entered into collecting institutions, and the
ongoing challenges these works present for exhibition and preservation. Drawing
on CMOA’s own history as a significant catalyst during the 1970s—as a nexus of
avant-garde film practice and presentation, and as pioneering publisher of The
Film and Video Makers Travel Sheet—"Misfits 2015" will focus on the contexts in
which time-based collections were formed and explore the potential of a
coordinated preservation model for time-based works that ensures ongoing
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While attending Misfits 2015, guests will also have an opportunity to view
CMOA’s exhibition The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, a visual and
musical journey through the spectacular funerary traditions of South Vietnam.
Created by artist collective The Propeller Group, the video follows brass band
musicians, spiritual mediums, professional criers, and street performers through
the mournful and euphoric public ceremonies of a multi-day wake: a set of
colorful rituals that resonate with funeral traditions in New Orleans and other
parts of the “global south.”

Shot in ultra-high-definition video, and produced with the technical sophistication
of a Hollywood film, it immerses viewers in a lush and captivating dreamlike

Misfits Presenters include:

Philip Auslander: Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication,
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
Benjamin Balcom: Curator, Microlights, and Associate Lecturer in Film, Video,
Animation, and New Genres, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Erika Balsom: Lecturer in Film Studies and Liberal Arts, King’s College, London
Maeve Connolly: Lecturer in Film and Animation, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art,
Design & Technology, Dublin
Matthew Cowan: Archivist, Moving Images and Photography, Oregon Historical
Society, Portland
Brad Epley: Chief Conservator, The Menil Collection, Houston
Kathy Geritz: Film Curator, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Martina Haidvogl and Peter Oleksik: Fellow, Contemporary Art Conservation,
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Assistant Media Conservator,
Museum of Modern Art, New York, respectively
Mona Jimenez: Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts,
and Associate Director, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, New
York University
John Klacsmann: Archivist, Anthology Film Archives, New York
Ross Lipman: independent archivist/Conner Family Trust/Milestone Films
Lindsay Mattock: Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information
Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City
Megan McShea: Audiovisual Archivist, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington, D.C.
Sheryl Mousley: Senior Curator, Moving Image, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Stephanie Sapienza: Project Manager, Maryland Institute for Technology in the
Humanities, College Park
Michelle Silva: Conner Family Trust and Estate of George Kuchar
Rani Singh: Principal Project Specialist & Consulting Curator, Modern and
Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute, and Director of Harry Smith
Archives, Los Angeles
Amy Sloper: Film Archivist, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research,
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Linda Tadic: Founder and CEO, Digital Bedrock
Andrew Uroskie: Associate Professor of Modern & Contemporary Art and
Director, MA/PhD Program in Art History, Criticism & Theory, Stony Brook
Haidee Wasson: Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, Concordia University,
Michael Zryd: Associate Professor in Cinema & Media Studies, York University,

Contact Us

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
640 Parrington Oval
Wallace Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-8075


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