No Way Forward No Way Back – Exhibition + Talk

ACT at MIT

Exhibition: December 5 – 8, 2017
Talk with Josephine Turalba and filmmaker Anandana Kapur:
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 6pm

No Way Forward No Way Back is a multi-channel video installation by the interdisciplinary artist and MIT Art, Culture and Technology Research Affiliate Josephine Turalba

This piece explores the human experience of physical and imagined crossings through spaces, using psychological and emotional complications and Martin Heidegger’s condition of “existential homelessness” as points of departure. 

Employing footages of real and imagined migratory animals, and sounds from diverse source material ranging from recordings of Gregorian chant, Muslim calls to prayer, and various acoustic instruments that are starkly juxtaposed with appropriated online news, No Way Forward No Way Back investigates a multiplicity of mythological, phantasmagorical, and actual worlds – yours, mine, and someone else’s in places and times that collide, converge and confound.

Their textural layers and meanings give way to critical visual and audio utterances in precise overtures on the current state of things – our world plagued with unprecedented environmental damage, globalised terror, crumbling economies, civil wars, acts of terrorism. The list goes on. We can choose whether to look, or not, at their profound effects on ecosystems and human beings—causing waves of migration that we have never witnessed before in this befuddling manner.

Josephine Turalba is an interdisciplinary artist based between Manila and Boston, who incorporates intersecting layers of different media: performance, sculpture, video, sound, and photography. Exploring issues of divide and convergence within a volatile geo-political world order, her works focus on visceral approaches to the politics of violence and dynamics of infliction and trauma. 

Turalba exhibited at the 2016 London Biennale, European Cultural Center in Venice (concurrent with 56th Venice Biennale); Hofburg Innsbruck, Austria; Arter Space, Istanbul; 12th Cairo Biennale, Egypt; Malta Contemporary Art Center; Cultural Center of the Philippines, VII Tashkent Biennale of Contemporary Art Uzbekistan, 2nd Kathmandu Intl Arts Festival Nepal; La Cinematheque Francaise, École des Beaux-Arts Paris France; M1 Singapore Fringe Festival; Malta Contemporary Art Center; Simultan Festival #10 Romania, Kunst-im-Tunnel Düsseldorf Germany.

Anandana Kapur is founder director CINEMAD India. An award winning filmmaker and communications designer she combines film with social change initiatives and has worked in consultative capacity for UNDP, UNICEF and IGNCA. Anandana has written on gender, media practices and culture, and also taught courses on cinema in academic institutions and community outreach forums. She has received the national awards Bharat Nirman and Karamveer Puraskar for contribution to social change through her cinema and scholarship. As a Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Fellow she researched interactive media in Canada. Anandana is currently a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow at the MIT Open Doc Lab where she is developing a interactive narrative of Delhi through women’s eyes.

This program is made possible with support from the MIT Open Documentary Lab of MIT.