Indecent Exposure: A Discussion and Screening of Films You Are Unlikely to See Elsewherel

On Monday, September 27, NCAC and BFA Department of Visual & Critical Studies at the School of Visual Arts will screen a special not-so-late-night double feature picture show of controversial films Destricted and Ken Park. A discussion with the filmmakers about censorship and its effects on art will take place during the intermission. These films have been banned in countries around the world and are almost impossible to find in the US.

The event will start at 6:30PM and will be at The School of Visual Arts, SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York, 10011.

Banned from the U.S. in 2006, Destricted was produced by an international team of curators including Neville Wakefield, Mel Agace and Andrew Hale. They commissioned some of the world’s most visible and provocative artists and filmmakers to make films exploring the issues around representation and sexuality. The NCAC and SVA will screen shorts by Matthew Barney, Marco Brambilla, Cecily Brown, Marylin Minter, Richard Prince, and Sam Taylor-Wood. The films

highlight controversial issues about the representation of sexuality in art, opening up for debate the question of whether art can be disguised as pornography or whether pornography can be disguised as art

according to the film’s producers.

The second film on the bill is Ken Park, by Larry Clark, director of the controversial and acclaimed film, Kids. Banned in Australia, not even available in the U.S., Ken Park is another extension of Clark’s keen focus in the life of young people.

Exploitative, deliberately provocative pornography? Courageous revelation of the secret life of teens? Calculated sensationalism? Telling it like it is? These are the arguments that will inevitably cause fur to fly anywhere in the vicinity of Ken Park, a sexually explicit slab of teenage ennui.

– Todd McCarthy, Variety

Between the two films, there will be a discussion panel with Andrew Hale (a founder of Destricted), Neville Wakefield (another founder of Destricted and one of the film’s producers), filmmaker Marilyn Minter, and Amy Adler (the Emily Kempin Professor of Law at NYU).

UPDATE: Announcing Documentary Film Director Tony Comstock to join Monday night’s panel discussion.

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2 Responses to Indecent Exposure: A Discussion and Screening of Films You Are Unlikely to See Elsewherel

  1. In today’s culture, sexually explicit expression is easy to find -­ the prosperity of the porn industry and the sexualization of advertising testify to that. However, sex rarely leaves the porn ghetto unpunished: few theaters would play films like Gaspar Noe’s “Irreversible” or Virginie Despentes’ “Baise Moi” (appearing in the US under its French title for fear of uttering the F-word); sexually explicit imagery is almost as much condemned by the left as it is by the right (albeit for different reasons); and it is generally easier to justify sexually explicit images condemning violence against women, then sexually explicit images celebrating pleasure.

    In this context comes Destricted, a series of art films about porn. Destricted was made in 2006, but not distributed in the U.S. until today (it will open in limited museum distribution this Fall and is to be – only partially – released on DVD in November). Caught in the schizophrenia of a puritanical culture deluged in commercial porn, Destricted is neither fish not fowl; ­it shows us porn but refuses to offer pleasure or arousal, it is an art film, but the imagery is occasionally too uncomfortably that of porn. The discussion after the screening, which includes the film’s producers, one of the filmmakers and NYU law professor Amy Adler, will address questions of sexuality in film, art versus porn, and obscenity law.

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