December 11, 2009, 7:30pm
Based in Los Angeles, William E. Jones creates film, video and publications that investigate pornography and other marginal media as ephemeral archives of queer experience. This evening’s event presents his featurette v.o.(2006, 59 mins), a grubbily austere, conceptually elegant collection of dramatic non-sex scenes from the William Higgins-era golden age of gay porn films, set to a variety of disjunctively highbrow European soundtracks: an interview with Jean Genet, or clips of dialogue from films by the likes of Werner Schroeter and Raul Ruiz. To be shown with Jones’ Film Montages (For Peter Roehr) (2006, 11 mins), a video made in honor of the German artist that takes simple repetition as its first principle.