April 11 –
April 12, 2015
... a weekend of performances and screenings.
Too Close to Home is a two-day special event of screenings and newly commissioned performances. Bringing together work by artists practicing in a wide range of contexts, the event investigates the notion of the stranger and examines the consequences of our individual and collective relationship to strangeness and how it exists alongside, conflicts with, or even threatens our own sense of home.

Participating artists: Mary Walling Blackburn, Paul Chan, Elizabeth Moran, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Shelly Silver, and Wafaa Yasin.

Georg Simmel's The Stranger (1908) gives a sociological definition of the stranger;
Jean-Luc Nancy's L'Intrus (1992) shows an internal, personal, and intimate stranger in reflecting on his own heart transplant a decade previously;
Sarah Ahmed's chapter "Recognizing Strangers" from her textStrange Encounters (2000) gives a modern interpretation of the stranger by identifying the effect globalization has had on our understanding of community;

Curated by Wattis Curatorial Fellow Leila Grothe.

Saturday, April 11

6:15 pm
Wendelien van Oldenborgh
La Javanaise, 2012

7:30 pm
Wafaa Yasin
Yours Is Blue, Mine Is Azraq, 2015

Sunday, April 12

Shelly Silver
Touch, 2013

1:45 pm
Paul Chan
Baghdad In No Particular Order, 2003

2:50 pm
Elizabeth Moran
Measuring Aural Disturbances #1, 2014
audio recording

3:15 pm
Mary Walling Blackburn
My Strangest Stranger: A Living Lecture, 2015
participatory lecture