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Artist Janie Geiser to Showcase Film at FirstWorks April 10

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


An image from 'The Nervous Films,' Janie Geiser's collection of short films.

As part of its ongoing week-long project featuring internationally recognized visual/theater artist and experimental filmmaker Janie Geiser, FirstWorks has announced it will hold a screening of the Geiser's collection of short films entitled "The Nervous Films," as well as showcase of her new multidisciplinary work “Fugitive Time” this week. The week-long FirstWorks Arts Learning residency also includes a series of workshops and artist talks designed to engage Providence-area K-12 and university students.

Event Details

Events open to the public include:

  • “The Nervous Films” screening and Artist-Up-Close conversation: Thursday, April 10, 7:00pm at RISD Chace Center, Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI. Tickets: $5 in advance / $10 at the door. Reserve online at http://www.first- works.org or call 401-421-4281.
  • Free public showing of short scenes from “Fugitive Time”, a new work-in-progress co-commissioned by FirstWorks and the Museum of Modern Art, Santa Barbara. Saturday, April 12, 7:30pm at Brown University Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street, Providence, RI.


Janie Geiser

One of the pioneers of the renaissance of American avant-garde object performance, the Los Angeles-based artist Janie Geiser creates innovative, hypnotic works that merge puppetry, film/video and performance. Geiser’s work is known for its strength of design and its investigation of the emotional power of inanimate objects. Geiser has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Henson Foundation, Creative Capital, the Center for Cultural Innovation and others. Geiser’s films have been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art (where they are a part of the Museum’s permanent collection).

Janie Geiser’s newest work-in-progress, “Fugitive Time”, is a multidisciplinary performance that integrates performed objects and puppetry with live-feed video manipulations of found, constructed, and collaged elements to form an integrated live “film-performance”. Using bunraku–inspired puppets, cutouts, shadow puppets, and video, the work will explore the tension between the miniature and the magnified, the landscape and the body. Drawing from stories of Los Angeles city planning, TB (Tuberculosis) patient narratives, and medical illustrations, “Fugitive Time” centers on landscape and the body—both become the location of narrative, memory, erasure, history and loss.


FirstWorks is a non-profit arts organization that builds the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of our community through world-class performing arts and education programs. Since 2004, FirstWorks has offered Rhode Islanders access to some of the most exciting artists of our time including Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Wynton Marsalis, Joffrey Ballet, and the master artists of Pakistan through the Caravanserai project (2011-12).

For more information about FirstWorks and the ongoing Geiser event, click here.


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