December 1 is World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art, and the CalArts community commemorates both occasions with screenings of the film Untitled at CalArts, REDCAT and Machine Project in Los Angeles throughout the day.
The 60-minute montage by Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques da Cruz and CalArts alumnus Encke King chronicles the early, turbulent years in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Untitled screens simultaneously at more than 55 major museums, arts organizations, colleges and community groups through the United States.
Visual AIDS, a New York-based organization that uses art to fight AIDS, launched a Day With(out) Art—World AIDS Day initiative—in 1989 as a national day of action and mourning in response to the crisis. To mark more than 30 years of its commitment to AIDS awareness—and 20 years of The Red Ribbon Project—Visual AIDS is distributing Untitled for the Dec. 1 free screenings.
A description of the film:
Beginning with a reflection on the early AIDS epidemic, Untitled eschews a linear narrative to introduce a fractious timeline, moving from the sublime to the tragic and back again. By juxtaposing mainstream network news, activist footage, artists’ works, and popular entertainment from the last turbulent decades, Untitled references regimes of power that precipitated a generation of AIDS and queer activism and continues today with international struggles for freedom and expression.
Visual AIDS, among other AIDS awareness organizations, campaigns that even though the epidemic is no longer the crisis it once was in the United States, AIDS is “not over.”
For more information and to watch a trailer of Untitled, visit the film’s page on creativetime.org. There, people can respond to the film and engage in dialogue about the work necessary to end AIDS.
There are plenty of opportunities to see the film on Dec. 1: at CalArts’ Bijou Theater (in a screening presented by the schools of Art and Film/Video) at 9:30 am; at the REDCAT Lounge every hour on the hour from 9 am to 9 pm; and two screenings at Machine Project at 8 and 9 pm.
Bijou Theater, CalArts
Dec. 1, 9:30 am
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles
Dec. 1, every hour from 9 am to 9 pm
1200-D North Alvarado Street, Los Angeles
Dec. 1, 8 pm and 9 pm