known | unknown

march 14 noon to midnight
march 15 noon to midnight
march 16 noon to six
Violet Crown Cinema (Lobby and Auditorium 1)

An experiment in open source, collaborative, emergent experience, KNOWN | UNKNOWN is a wildly eclectic three days of art and conversation. This first edition of K | U is also an experiment in simultaneously generating a massive explosion and building a bottle big enough to catch it; the idea was formed on March 4 and the experience begins on March 14. Can a three-day festival be built in 10 days? We want to find out, and we want you to join us.

We are propelled by seeing and feeling known things in unknown ways. Texts and ideologies probably exist as a Platonic ideal somewhere ethereal, but WHO CARES. We’re here to deconstruct, to play, to build new meaning together and right now.

Some things you can expect at K | U:

• Free association hours where films on VHS, live video glitch visuals, and live music meld to form… (this part is up to you)
• Frank, educational panel discussions on pertinent social issues
• Experimental improvisation and performance art
• Poetry readings washed in bizarre light and sound
• Screenings of early works and influences hosted by acclaimed underground filmmakers

We don’t know what’s going to happen, and that’s why we’re in love. Chaos and immediacy are our precepts. Meaning is a joint creation of what is communicated and how it is received, so let’s see where this takes us together.


KNOWN | UNKNOWN is a collaborative production from Studium, hyperreal film club, Violet Crown Cinema, and you.

SCHEDULE

>> TUESDAY MARCH 14 <<

AUDITORIUM 1

12-1: VHS session
A free association of film and music. Let your senses drift through a verdant but rusting landscape of sight and sound, evoking a strange hypnosis and new meaning.

1-2: Bludgeoning Metronome
Poems. Protection. Prizes. Alive documenting of audiovisualoration.

2-3: Austin Monitor Newspaper AMA
Got a bunch of feels with regard to the state of media and politics in 2017? Want to know more about how local policy gets made, or how small media organizations are working to fill gaps in local coverage? Join folks from the Austin Monitor and the Capital of Texas Media Foundation for a live and in-person ask me/us anything. Really. Ask us anything.

3-5: City of Austin Panel "Civic Change and Neighbor-Centered Design"
A conversation with the Office of Design, Technology, and Innovation at The City of Austin on holding space to rethink our engagement with local and global challenges. How might we experience our known social and civic systems in unknown ways?

5-6: Little Mazarn / Visuals

6-7: Instagram, email, and environments
Local artists Sean Ripple and Susan Scafati will discuss bookstores and libraries as sources of inspiration
and about their recent exhibition textscape at CoLab Projects' DEMOGALLERY.

7-8: Unincarcerating Art & Memory
How does art and text regenerate in a hostile prison environment; what agency does it have? How can memory be used to prevent and respond to violence?  aems, of Inside Books, will share and discuss art from Texas prisoners. Gabriel Solis, of Texas After Violence Project, will discuss how TAVP’s oral history archive of those affected by violence.

8-9: Wastedland 2
This film is an existential fantasy about mystical individuals seeking a deeper understanding into their fate and identity + montage film of director's train riding experiences from the last few years with sound scape live score.

9-10: Comedian
Nikita Redkar: Nikita Redkar is a standup comedian and an improviser who has performed in shows all over the US, including the Out Of Bounds festival in Austin and the Funny Women's Festival in LA.
Devon Walker: Devon is the host of Buzzkill comedy showcase at the Buzzmill, and has been featured at clubs and shows all around Texas. Devon has been featured on the Moontower Comedy festival and was named a semi-finalist in the Funniest Person in Austin competition.
Danny Goodwin: Danny Goodwin is a stand-up comedian based in Austin, TX. Co-host of Austin comedy showcase Chortal Portal. When he's not communist-sympathizing, he's destroying crowds and respecting women.
Carlton Wilcoxson: Carlton is a stand-up comedian from Saint Louis, MO.  Currently based in Austin, TX and preparing for a 2-week comedy tour in the San Francisco / Oakland, CA area later this month. 

10-11: The Pressures of Process - Melissa Cha
"The Pressures of Process" is about the anxiety in performing creativity for oneself, falling into idea k-holes, dissatisfaction, and awkward rumination. Melissa Cha of LACHANE will perform the parts of process an audience should never see, through the live creation of audio and visual content.

11-2: Doggie Woggie with live music

LOBBY

2-4: Experimental DJ set by Deejay Gamma
Deejay Gamma (of The Mole People and The Savage Young Deejays) presents a live improvisational electronic sound collage featuring vinyl records, pedals, and musique concrète. Somewhere between jazz, hip hop, pop, and noise.

 

>> WEDNESDAY MARCH 15 <<

AUDITORIUM

12-1: Hyperreal VHS Zine screening
"The Kübler-Ross Annihilation" is the first collaborative VHS zine produced by Hyperreal Film Club. Spanning an hour, we compiled short films based on the theme of reaction to the current political climate.

1-2: Fluidity
4D cinema experience for for your body, mind, and soul. Fluid cinema with modern dance and a live score from Philip Coggins and Mark Barnes of Phlip Coggins ft. the Lothsarios.

2-3: Feel something, Damn it!!!
The early works of Matthew Kliegman and Steamclam. Post Post-Modern experiments in visual storytelling: Anti-commercial commercials and short films. Explicit Content.

3-4: Smoke + Mirrors 2017
An audiovisual alliance between Tara Bhattacharya Reed and Liz Rodda. Tara Bhattacharya Reed is a DJ on KOOP's Sunday night experimental music radio show "Commercial Suicide." Liz Rodda is an interdisciplinary artist living and working with found materials, primarily video, with meanings unintended by the original makers. Together Bhattacharya-Reed and Rodda will bring their own unique sensibilities to collaborate on an audiovisual delight of sensuality, mystery and intrigue.

4-6: ~liquid bough~
An experimental video performance and meditation by video artist t.c. johnson (tronotape).

6-8: Sound Bath
Immersive underwater experience.

8-930: "Diaspora Journal" - with director Nate Araya
The Diaspora Journal is a film and campaign to connect the world to the African Diaspora culture. Immerse into the life of an Ethiopian Diaspora through the journey of Nate Araya as a filmmaker. From giving free taxi rides as a taxi cab’s assistant to shining shoes in the streets of one of the fastest growing economic cities in the world, The Diaspora Journal reveals a young man experiencing a day in the life of locals in Addis Ababa while discovering identity, freedom and hope.

930-10: Short films
"O, My Aching Heart" w/ director Illyana Bocanegra. This short experimental and poetic documentary explores the director's young adult relationship coming to an end.
"The Oven" by director Natalia Rocafuerte. A short surrealist western.

10-11: What Does It Look Like?
A preview of the multi-sensory, music-focused performance “He.” Ben Martin distresses, modulates, and explores at length a short passage from the upcoming performance. With recitations of meditations on toxic masculinity. Visual projections by AstralVisions.

11-12: VHS session
A free association of film and music. Let your senses drift through a verdant but rusting landscape of sight and sound, evoking a strange hypnosis and new meaning.

LOBBY

2-4: Paul Baker
Glitch art visuals.

4-5: Redeye
Chill lo-fi acoustic music vibes

 

>> THURSDAY MARCH 16 <<

AUDITORIUM

12-1: Jumbovision
An audiovisual alliance between Tara Bhattacharya Reed and Liz Rodda. Tara Bhattacharya Reed is a DJ on KOOP's Sunday night experimental music radio show "Commercial Suicide." Liz Rodda is an interdisciplinary artist and an Associate Professor at Texas State University. Together Bhattacharya-Reed and Rodda will bring their own unique sensibilities to collaborate on a live audiovisual portrait of self and audience.

1-3: "The Beast Pageant" with director Q&A to follow
"The Beast Pageant," directed by Albert Birney and Jon Moses, is the story of Abraham, a man whose every desire is fulfilled by a man and woman who live in a machine, until a singing cowboy begins to grow out of Abraham and leads him astray. 

3-5: Making short film: shooting and compiling
5-6: Making short film - editing and screening