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Ulysses Jenkins in conversation with Lucas Matheson

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Ulysses Jenkins in conversation with Lucas Matheson
Series: Other Uses
EMPAC / March 26, 2018

A conversation between artist Ulysses Jenkins, whose videos examine television’s power to shape current events and historical episodes, and curator Lucas Matheson. This event was part of EMPAC’s 2018 moving image series Other Uses.

Ulysses Jenkins is an artist who has given particular consideration to the portrayal of Black men in America. The evening featured documentary and performance videos Jenkins made from the 1970s to the present, beginning with the artist’s filming of the Watts Festival. Alternating between clarity and obscurity, the forms and content of television were redeployed to challenge the perceived neutrality of the televisual record.

Ulysses Jenkins is a video/performance artist whose work has been shown in a number or national and international venues, including the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Hammer Museum, and the Getty Museum. He was the recipient of the California Arts Council’s Multicultural Entry Grant as artistic director of Othervisions Studio, an interdisciplinary media arts production group. He is a three-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts’ individual artist fellowship and was awarded the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame first place award in the experimental video category in 1990 and 1992. He is currently Professor of Art at University of California, Irvine.

This event featured the following videos by Ulysses Jenkins, they are excerpted in this documentation, but you can watch the full length videos on vimeo:
SECRECY: HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND (1994) Video, color, sound. 5:20 minutes.
PART II OF REMNANTS OF THE WATTS FESTIVAL (1972-73, compiled 1980) Video, b&w, sound. 25:50 minutes.
MASS OF IMAGES (1979) Video, b&w, sound. 4:16 minutes.
INCONSEQUENTIAL DOGGEREAL (1981) Video, color, sound. 15:19 minutes.
VULNERABLE (2000) Video, color, sound. 5:04 minutes.
PLANET X (2006) Video, color, sound. 6:27 minutes.