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Miranda July Performs at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The Portland writer-performer makes movies and music while working to support women in the industry.

March 15, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.— Miranda July, a multi-media performer and video artist based in Portland, Ore., will present a film screening and performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Miranda will show three of her videos, “Getting Stronger Every Day,” “Nest of Tens,” and “The Amateurist.” Her visit to Hobart and William Smith is part of an extensive Central New York tour.

July’s videos have screened internationally at sites such as The Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. She has recorded several performance albums, available on the Kill Rock Stars and K record labels.

“Getting Stronger Every Day” captures the experience of becoming lost and found over the course of a lifetime. This is played out in mundanely poignant tableaus in which the spirit realm manifests in lo-tech effects and remembered TV movies.

“Nest of Tens” is comprised of four alternating stories which reveal mundane yet personal methods of control. These systems are derived from intuitive sources. Children and a developmentally disabled adult operate control panels made out of paper, lists, monsters and their own bodies.

“Amateurist” is the story of a “professional” woman who monitors an “amateur” woman (both played by July) via video surveillance. She has never had contact with the amateur, but synthesizes a sense of communication and control through numbers, knobs and careful language.

During breaks from her own work, July has directed a video for the all-girl rock band Sleater Kinney, made her feature film acting debut in Alison Maclean’s “Jesus’ Son,” and provided consultation for Wayne Wang's feature film, “The Center of the World.” In 1995 she founded Joanie 4 Jackie (formerly Big Miss Moviola), a movie distribution network for independent women moviemakers. This project has allowed women of all ages and backgrounds to exchange their movies and give each other support.

The event is free and the public is invited. It is sponsored by the Fisher Center and the departments of English, Art, and Media and Society. For more information on July’s visit, contact Art Professor Nick Ruth at nruth@hws.edu.

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