Screen Slate is thrilled to launch its online streaming series with a career-spanning screening and live Q&A with artist Cecelia Condit tonight at 8:00 pm EST, co-presented by Electronic Arts Intermix. Watch live at twitch.tv/screenslate, no account required.
Cecelia Condit (born 1947, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American artist working in video and photography. Since 1981, Condit produces films that swing between beauty and the grotesque, innocence and cruelty. In the psychological landscape of contemporary fairy tales, Condit’s videos put a subversive spin on the traditional mythology of women in film and the psychology of sexuality and violence. Exploring the dark side of female subjectivity, her “feminist fairy tales” focus on friendships, violence, age, and childhood.
In recent years, Condit has achieved unlikely recognition as an irrepressible viral internet sensation. In 2015, her video "Possibly in Michigan" (which starts tonight's program) reached the homepage of Reddit as an anonymously posted, untitled YouTube video under the headline “Possibly the creepiest thing I've ever watched.” And again in 2019, it became a smash hit on social media app TikTok, where teenage users have racked up hundreds of thousands of views by lip syncing to audio snippets, receiving attention from The New York Times, Frieze, and elsewhere. In the intervening years, Condit's work had been championed by a new wave of celebrated feminist film publications including cléo and Another Gaze, leading to widespread appreciation of her larger body of work within contemporary film communities.
In addition to "Beneath the Skin" and "Not a Jealous Bone," two works completed around the same time as "Possibly in Michigan," the program will include a trio of videos made within the past five years: "We Were Hardly More Than Children," "Pulling Up Roots," and the newly completed "I've Been Afraid." Afterwards, Condit will participate in a live discussion and Q&A with Screen Slate founder Jon Dieringer, who is also responsible for the archiving and conservation of Condit's work in his capacity as the Technical Director at Electronic Arts Intermix.
Watch here at 8P EST, and read more about our upcoming Stream Slate programs here, including the premiere of new work by Ken Jacobs next Thursday, co-presented by Anthology Film Archives.
If you miss tonight's stream, it will be archived online exclusively for Screen Slate members.