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December 5, 2015

Rebecca Baron's Detour de Force

Los Angeles-based filmmaker and California Institute of the Arts professor Rebecca Baron crafts thoughtful, lyrical documentary essays and other moving image experiments that dive deeply into the archaeology of photographic representation. In her latest film, Detour de Force, these investigations are taken all the way to the blurred edges of the metaphysical.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Graduate School in Arts and Sciences' Secondary Field in Critical Media Practice, Harvard.


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Rebecca Baron in person

Saturday December 5 at 6:30pm

Detour de Force

Directed by Rebecca Baron
Austria/US 2014, 16mm, b/w, 29 min

With many archival media at her disposal, Rebecca Baron takes a multidimensional approach toward the life of Ted Serios, a “thoughtographer” in the Sixties who claimed that he could transfer images onto photographic film with his mind. Taking several fascinating steps beyond simple questions of authenticity, the film presents the world of a complicated, performative psychic who—while caught up in very earthbound practices involving generous quantities of cigarettes and alcohol—apparently tests the limits of the photographic medium and then submits to being tested himself via various media technology, opening up the Pandora’s box labeled “photographic proof.”

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