Wednesday, May 4, 2016
136 West 22nd Street New York, NY
In this polarizing election year, we are faced with many Divisions. Divisions among political beliefs—Democrats versus Republicans, of course—but also Divisions and sub-Divisions within the ideological hearts of the parties: outsiders versus the establishment, grass roots versus business class, idealists versus pragmatists, and so on. Additionally, Divisions between political and gendered identities: class, race, sexuality, citizenship, and access. You can’t use the bathroom here.
We move within spatial, geographic and gerrymandered Divisions: supra-national agreements, alignments, and competitions; red states versus blue states; urban centers versus suburbs; gentrification versus preservation. Even the building of actual physical walls of Division is being debated. I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.
Internal conflict. Divisions are also feeling torn between opposite decisions, to feel in disagreement or at odds with oneself. Morals and ethical beliefs are upheld, challenged, or trespassed. What happens at Skowhegan stays at Skowhegan.
Divisions need not be purely political or so conflicted. It can also be neutral, calculable: The exactitude of finding how many times one number can be divided by another. Or how Divisions and multiplications can move from a familiar picnic scene to a survey of the entire universe before contracting inwardly to reveal an inner cellular and molecular world. Charles and Ray Eames film, “Powers of Ten”.
Further on this molecular level, Divisions can relate to the splitting of a cell, or mitosis. One made into multiple as a parent cell divides into two or more daughter cells. The human body experiences 10 quadrillion cellular divisions within a lifetime.
Divisions are also the taxonomic categorizations for levels of classifications: departments, branches, wings, sectors, or subsections. They can be either narrow or broad in scope. The Skowhegan Alliance is pleased to present DIVISIONS. Comprised of 17 Skowhegan alumni, which can be divided into the following years of participation: 1974, 1976, 1990, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
This particular screening will be further divided physically and experientially with videos screened on both levels of the Skowhegan office.