Lecture: Alessandra Raengo

October 23, 6pm

Paul Pfeiffer’s Red Green Blue establishes a previously unseen figure/ground relation within the spectacle of college sports and traditional understandings of how “game time” is constituted, maintained, and supported by a host of other labor formations and technologies of spectacle.

To further investigate these interventions, Alessandra Raengo will locate Red Green Blue alongside two recent works: Josh Begley’s Concussion Protocol (2018), a montage—mostly in reverse, and in slow and accelerated motion—of all the concussions reported during the 2017-2018 NFL season, and Kevin Jerome Everson’s Tonsler Park (2017), a self-described “flicker film,” shot in an all-Black voting precinct during the 2016 general election.

Dr. Alessandra Raengo is Georgia State University Distinguished Professor of Moving Image Studies, the Founding Editor-in-Chief of liquid blackness: journal of aesthetics and black studies (at Duke University Press) and founder of the liquid blackness research group that initiated the journal in 2013. She is the author of On the Sleeve of the Visual: Race as Face Value (Dartmouth College Press, 2013) and of Critical Race Theory and Bamboozled (Bloomsbury Press, 2016). She has published widely on the visual arts and filmmaking of the Black diaspora, racial capitalism, and modes of black “liquidity” in the contemporary arts. Her work has appeared in Camera ObscuraDiscourse, AdaptationThe World Picture JournalBlack Camera, The Black Scholar, Flash Art, Refract, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, and several anthologies, including the award-wining collections LA Rebellion: Creating a New Black American Cinema (2015)and Deep Mediations: Thinking Space in Cinema and Digital Cultures (2021). She is the recipient of a Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship at CASVA (Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Art, National Gallery of Art) and a Terra Foundation of American Art Grant for the upcoming liquid blackness Symposium: “Music Video as Black Art: Claiming the B-Side,” Sept. 21-23, 2023 at Georgia State University.

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