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Black Cinema House Presents: Ulysses Jenkins: This is Your Future: What do you want to say?


BCH's monthly film series resumes in April with featured artist Ulysses Jenkins. His films are presented every Thursday evening and will culminate with an appearance by Jenkins himself on the final Thursday of the month to discuss his work. Each Thursday will feature a different array of short films playing on a loop. If you arrive in the middle, it won't be long before they restart.

Ulysses Jenkins is a widely recognized video/performance artist whose work spans the last three decades. From his early verite work with the Video Venice Collective in the 1970s, through his current investigation of the media's portrayal of African American men, Jenkins has consistently interrogated questions of race, history and the power of the state. In works that explore issues such as the African diaspora and racism in the media, Jenkins provides important insights into the political and cultural realities of African American communities in the United States.

This week's films:

Video Phone Day (1992, 15:52)

These videos represent early telecommunications art projects. The technology represented still-frame video phones of the 1990's. There are three projects: Video Phone Day at SFMOMA, a bay area TV news spot covering the event, and the artist's studio event with South Africa.


Planet X (2006, 6:20)

This video takes the "Planet X" myth and interfaces it with the Katrina tragedy in New Orleans, LA, based upon their similar natural disaster principles. With a proclamation of prophecy spoken by avant garde jazz musician, Sun Ra, predicting a coming disaster to African-Americans.


Funded by the California Arts Council: Artist-In-Residence Program 1990-1993, State of California


Earlier Event: April 27
Nick Mazzarella & Coultrain
Later Event: May 4
Nick Mazzarella & Coultrain

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