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How High is the Moon
December 1, 2020 - December 22, 2020$7.99
How High is the Moon analyzes Black civil rights in the ghost of ontology. Filmmaker, Chukwudubem Ukaigwe takes an anthropological approach in mapping Pan-African Black resistance, drawing and analyzing parallels between history and present realities, and also speculating future relationships between race, class, and ideological groupings. Music is the bed rock and spine of this film; shaping the narrative, and creating push and pulls, therefore building a progression of tension throughout the film. The film is composed of manipulated videos from archival sources, which are tailored gently with scripted roles/ filmed scenes that were written and directed by the artist.
This film leans heavily on a literary Catharsis. Parts of the Monologues and dialogues from this film (written by Chukwudubem Ukaigwe), were chopped up, reconstructed, and stitched into a poem, which was published by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with the title; ‘This Cup’. The film treats poetics as an art form that supersedes an expression of abstract emotions. It reveals the reality of living within the atmosphere of a poem.
As the 2020 recipient of the Scott Leroux Fund for Media Arts Exploration, Chukwudubem Ukaigwe is in residence for November – December at Video Pool Media Arts Centre, creating a multi-channel audio / video work in Poolside Gallery. Chukwudubem explains some of the objectives of his research and development:
“The filmmaker is going to continue to explore + visual-to-auditory + associations and vice versa; by means of merging, tearing apart, isolation, probability, dialogue, echo, media overlap, and interpolation. This media exploration residency will be an opportunity for the Nigerian artist to further research the sonic implications of space – How architecture, materiality, and positioning influences sound, and how these factors could alter or shape visual perceptions of entrapped light (video, photographs).”