Fri. May 17th 10:30am-12:30pm Zoe Beloff “The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and Its Circle, 1926-1972″

Please join the Theater & Performance Studies Workshop in cooperation with the Mass Culture and New Media Workshops for a conversation with filmmaker and scholar Professor Zoe Beloff (Departments of Media Studies and Art, Queens College CUNY) about her installation ”The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and Its Circle, 1926-1972″ (Coney Island Museum, 2009).

Zoe Beloff grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1980 she moved to New York to study at Columbia University where she received an MFA in Film. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings; venues include the Whitney Museum of American Art,Site Santa Fe, the MHKA museum in Antwerp, and the Pompidou Center in Paris. She has been working with the Christine Burgin Gallery on a number of artist projects that include books and prints. Zoe works with a wide range of media including film, projection performance, installation and drawing. She considers herself a medium, an interface between the living and the dead, the real and the imaginary. Each project aims to connect the present to past so that it might illuminate the future in new ways. She is currently exploring utopian ideas of social progress. Her most recent project is The Days of the Commiune. She has been awarded fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a Professor in the Departments of Media Studies and Art at Queens College CUNY.

Zoe Beloff’s workshop is part of a larger visit to the University of Chicago campus which includes a screening of The Days of the Commune Friday, May 17th at 7pm in the FSC. More information here: http://filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu/events/2013/zoe-beloff-days-commune

Please peruse the following material before the workshop:

  • The installation films: http://www.zoebeloff.com/pages/dream_films.html
  • Suggested reading: Amy Herzog, “Primal Scenes: Sigmund Freud, Coney Island, and the Staging of Domestic Trauma” click here

Location: Cobb 310

Light food & beverages will be served.