Carl Elsaesser

Carl Elsaesser’s work, Project Gasbuggy, will be on view as part of Haunted Ethnography: new experimental documentary at UVP Everson from February 16 – March 25, 2017.

Project Gasbuggy and an additional work, Vague Images at the Beginning and End of the Day, will also be featured as part of the related indoor screening and talk on Thursday, March 9 in the Everson Museum’s Hosmer Auditorium.

Elsaesser and the other participating artists, Sky Hopinka and João Vieira Torres, will be in attendance to discuss their work following the screening.

About the Work

Project Gasbuggy
Runtime: 7 min.

From the artist’s statement:

I reconcile the violent act.

Project Gasbuggy pertains to the site where the first of three nuclear bombs were dropped a mile into the earth as part of a government collaboration with natural gas companies to see if nuclear energy could be used to free up natural gas in the earth. As a result of the radiation from each explosion the land was labeled a dead zone where no harvesting or development of any kind is allowed.

Vague Images at the Beginning and End of the Day

Runtime: 9 min.

From the artist’s statement:

A hug/punch eulogy for all things impossible now.

Vague Images is a sketch book of images and sounds from the year wrapped around a trip out to Loomis, South Dakota to find the abandoned farm where my grandfather grew up. At the same time the film is a travelogue of my frustrations and understandings of gay sexuality. The two are connected.

About the Artist

Carl Elsaesser is a filmmaker from Maine. His films look at aesthetics of identity and narrative representation. His works have won numerous awards and have screened internationally. A year and a half ago he embarked on his first feature length production, shot on 16mm. He has since accepted an Iowa Arts Council fellowship to attend the University of Iowa to earn an MFA.

Selected screenings and exhibitions: Ann Arbor film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI; Unexposed Cinema, Durham, NC; Antimatter, Victoria, BC; Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA; Like DOT M.O.V.I.E., Los Angeles, CA; and MECONIO, Muestra de Nuevos Cineastas, Madrid.

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