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Tuesday, Sep 8 at 8:00 pm

This Unwieldy Object

This program is a part of a fundraising series to help pay for a new structure we built to keep our programs going and our community connected!

We’re delighted to launch a limited series of backyard screenings to fundraise for the new UNDO LEAN-TO. A new structure we built to keep our programs running and our community connected.

To kick things off, we are revisiting some of our most powerful programs and conversations we’ve had here over the years. Next up, Anna Zett’s This Unwieldy Object,  First screened at our program Colonial Crime Scenes UnionDocs, on January 28th 2017. For this updated program only,  we have the chance to revisit a few highlights from a memorable and impactful conversation that took place here that night exploring postcolonial filmmaking, American mythologies and how we define modernity.

Seats are extremely limited, socially-distanced and slotted for pairs or groups of three in shared quarantine pods. The max audience outside will be 16, with groups all spaced at least six feet apart.

We’re so excited to be partnering with the amazing 1:1 Foods!. A social enterprise serving food insecure families and supporting local food businesses in Brooklyn. This group of creative and talented folks will be teaming up with us to serve some amazing snacks at our upcoming outdoor fundraiser series to keep things festive, and folks comfortably sated. 


This Unwieldy Object

47 min., 2014

In the trans-genre film This Unwieldy Object dig sites become crime scenes, and fossils turn into characters, determined to play a main part in the violent history of the American Frontier. You follow the protagonist on a road trip into the dusty heart of the USA, where fossil traders, sculptors and scientists are trying to reconstruct the plot of natural history, the plot of progress. The story ends in the middle.

52 min

Anna Zett is a Berlin-based artist, writer, maker of films and radio plays.

Their multidisciplinary practice combines analytical perspective and poetic form with a playful, interaction-oriented approach. Formally and often also explicitly, their work considers processes of sense-making through association and contact, directing attention to physical situations that don’t align with logocentric power and technology.

In 2014, they published their first larger videos This Unwieldy Object and Dinosaur.Gif, both the outcome of a larger research dealing with the dinosaur as an emblem of the industrial ideology of progress and the Euro-Amercican imperial project in Northamerica. Their films have been screened at Serpentine Cinema London, Whitney Museum New York, CAC Vilnius, Sonic Acts Festival, Rhizome.org, Human Resources Los Angeles, SALT Istanbul and many other contexts.

Anna Zett’s book „Artificial Gut Feeling“, a collection of personal science/ fiction, was published in 2019 with Divided Publishing (London/Brussels).

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Tuesday, Sep 8
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm


BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States
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Support this socially distanced, open-air structure and help keep our community connected and our programs going! Join a fundraising screening with a film, food and discussion this week!