Working-Class Media Project

 Richard Serra,  Steelmill/Stahlwerk , 1979, 16mm film, black-and-white/sound, 29 min.

Richard Serra, Steelmill/Stahlwerk, 1979, 16mm film, black-and-white/sound, 29 min.

Working-Class Media Project is a mobile microcinema series that showcases an international selection of short films and videos about the processes of global industrialization. The project is financially supported by the 57th Edition of the Carnegie International, Keyword: International Microgrant, as well as by research grants awarded through the University of Pittsburgh.

The microcinema series is currently situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. A series of public screening events is planned for fall 2018 and spring 2019, with exhibitions held at art galleries, historic industrial sites, and other local venues.

Through the exhibition of rarely seen and socially significant works, the Project forces a dialogue about the diverse communities and the natural landscapes that are being transformed by ongoing economic change. Some regions represented in the series include: the Ruhr Valley in Germany; France; UK; and the "Steel Corridor" of Southwestern Pennslyvania.

Some of the works explore industrial processes, others visualize human crises such as depopulation, disinvestment, and spatial injustice. Others show how nature conquers deindustrial ruins. Still others address how minority communities are disproportionately impacted by urban change.

 Kevin Jerome Everson,  Tygers , 2014, black-and-white/silent, 2 min.

Kevin Jerome Everson, Tygers, 2014, black-and-white/silent, 2 min.

Our first event in the series is "Radical Ordinary: The Films of Kevin Jerome Everson." In partnership with Silver Eye Center for Photography, this screening showcases a selection of works about the African American diaspora in the US Rust Belt. Nine short videos, spanning 2009 to 2017, will be screened Thursday, Sept 20, 2018, at the Silver Eye Center. Free and open to the public.

More info forthcoming.

Questions? Please send queries to Ben Ogrodnik <ben.ogrodnik@gmail.com>