Discover the history of cinema in the Walker’s newly remodeled self-select cinema. The Bentson Mediatheque is a place to make new discoveries in moving image and get reacquainted with old favorites. Choose from more than 200 titles from the Ruben/Benston Moving Image Collection, or select one of our specially curated playlists accessible via touchscreen controls. Unique to the Walker, the Bentson Mediatheque offers a one-of-a-kind cinema experience.
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February 2: Infrastructures
Take a cinematic road trip from the East to the West Coast, mapping histories of technology and geography along the way—from industry to information, machines to matrices. These dynamic films explore the visible and invisible infrastructures that undergird our experiences of the built environment. Programmed by the Bentson Critical Group. 1930–2008, 117 min.
February 9: Ocean
Media artist Charles Atlas captures one of choreographer Merce Cunningham’s most ambitious choreographic works, inspired by composer and partner John Cage and James Joyce’s final wish to write about the ocean. The performance was presented in a granite quarry in Minnesota. The film, coproduced by the Walker, had its world premiere in the Walker Cinema. 2010, 100 min.
February 16: Video on TV
This program of two video works, made in the early 1980s, conveys growing anxiety about the slippage between fact and fiction in news broadcast television. Abscam (Framed) (Chip Lord, 1981) combines news broadcast video, FBI surveillance footage, and filmed re-enactments. The Amarillo News Tapes features artists interacting with a real pro-news team and learning about the roles of anchor, weatherman, and sportscaster, humorously foreshadowing our “post-truth” media landscape. Programmed by Dylan Redford. 1980–1981, 36 min. (looped).