We Need Not an Archive, but Songs


We Need Not an Archive, but Songs

Rent online from July 15 to Sept. 14, 2020 at pdome.org

Pleasure Dome is an artist-run presentation organization and publisher dedicated to experimental moving images in film, video, and media. Our organization is committed to presenting artists who expand, fracture, and scrutinize the traditional cinematic spectacle, including those who use moving image technologies that are digital, interactive, or performative.

For Pleasure Dome’s 30th anniversary, Tak Pham presents a selection of three outstanding artworks from our past programs highlighting themes of Migration and Displacement. Tak Pham is a Vietnamese curator and a critic. To learn more about Tak Pham’s curatorial practise and work visit takpham.com.


Bo Fan’s Double-sided Tape (2018) allows for montage references to subtly come through in multiple text-overs expressing sentiments, disdains, worries of the speakers about the importance and responsibility of carrying on the family’s name through offspring.

Sky Hopinka’s Kunįkága Remembers Red Banks, Kunįkága Remembers the Welcome Song (2014) investigates Red Bank, a pre-contact Hočąk village site near present day Green Bay, Wisconsin. Hopinka’s grandmother cannot recall where her people started living on the land, but she knows that they have always been there. Nobody discovered us.

Basma Alsharif’s We Began by Measuring Distance (2012), documents the disappearance of a homeland, witnessed from the 28th floor of an apartment building.

The selected artworks above were originally screened in Pleasure Dome’s Summer 2019, Winter 2016, and Summer 2012 programs, respectively. Despite these disparate timelines and contexts, the three video-works connect both formally and in how they focus on collective approaches to cross-generational trauma and disasporic experiences.

We Need Not an Archive, but Songs is available from July 15 to September 14, 2020 through an online presentation format we’ve dubbed a ‘digital magazine’. You are invited to rent this digital issue on a pay-what-you-can (PWYC) basis to access the programming. Renting the digital magazine gives you 2 days of access to watch the programme and read the essay. Your PWYC donation allows us to contribute to the intellectual and critical understanding of experimental media through writing, discussions, screenings, essays, and interviews.

Visit pdome.org to rent our 30th anniversary programming, We Need Not an Archive, but Songs by Tak Pham from July 15 to September 14, 2020.


Theresa Slater
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