Cinematheque108 Presents Jennifer West: The Poetics of the Analogital: Segue, Surface, Trace and Social Space

September 26, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque108 invites you and a guest to a special presentation of

Jennifer West: The Poetics of the Analogital: Segue, Surface, Trace and Social Space
Selected Films from 20011-2013

Followed by a discussion with Filmmaker Jennifer West, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Practice at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, moderated by Dr. David E. James, Professor of Critical Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

About Jennifer West

Trailer for a Lecture 2013 from Jennifer West on Vimeo.

Jennifer West is an American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She is known for her digitized films that are made by hand manipulating film celluloid. She has produced over 70 films since she started working this way in 2004. 

Wendy Vogel writes on "Like her experimental predecessors, West foregoes narrative cohesion in favor of creating jumpy cuts and abstract visual collages - splicing, rolling and drenching the celluloid using materials from mylar tape to pickle juice, whiskey to candle smoke".West treats her films by exposing them to a variety of substances such as coffee, mascara, lipstick, and habanero sauce, or by staging interactive events where people are invited to perform actions to the film strips, like writing, snowboarding or skateboarding directly on them. The resulting footage is then transferred to digital format, and projected and often accelerated, which heightens its abstract and tactile qualities. The title of each work bears the memory of the process of making: extensive and detailed in their descriptions, the titles list all elements, substances and actions that incurred in the production of the final artwork.

West has shown extensively internationally at museums and institutions including Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt, Germany, Drawing Center, New York, Saatchi Gallery, London; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philidelphia; ZKM Museum for New Media, Karlsruhe, Tate St Ives, UK;  and White Columns, New York, among others.  Selected solo presentations of her work include S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland and Kunstverein Nurnberg, Germany.  Significant commissions and special projects include the High Line Art, New York; Turbine hall at TATE Modern, Aspen Art Museum, 3rd Biennial of the Moving Image, Mechelen, Belgium and a residency at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Mass. West's work has been screened at numerous institutions including Tate Modern, London; LUX/ICA Biennial of the Moving Image, London; Cinema Museum, London;  Brahkage Symposium at UC Boulder and the SMBA, Amersterdam, among others. She received a Masters in Fine Arts from Art Center in Pasadena, CA and a Bachelor of Arts from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. West is an Asst. Professor of Fine Arts Practice at USC's Roski School of Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA. West currently has a solo exhibition from September 6th to October 5th, 2013 at MARC FOXX GALLERY, Los Angeles.

About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the pubic.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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