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Elizabeth Knafo's "Rare Earth"

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 5:30pm
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108

Join us from 5:30-7:30 pm for a screening of a screening of Elizabeth Knafo’s Rare Earth, 2014 and a presentation by the artist. This event is part of EXTRACTION, a research program exploring the industrial operations which abuse natural resources and thrive off of labor exploitation and racialized impoverishment. EXTRACTION is sponsored by the Center for Creative Ecologies.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Metered parking is available in the Performing Arts lot.

Elizabeth Knafo is a filmmaker whose work engages issues of extraction, materialisms, and social and environmental justice in the form documentary film to writing, design and publishing. Knafo recently completed Rare Earth, the first in a trilogy on the geography, geology, and political economies of the Mojave Desert, which also includes the films De Re Metallica (in collaboration with Brigid McCaffrey) and Hall of Mirrors. She has collaborated on Sandy Resources, a printed guide of resources available after Hurricane Sandy with Jesse Goldstein and OccuprintP.P.S.: Open Letters to Occupy Wall StreetStrike the Prisons, and Textbooks for Texas. Knafo and Goldstein are currently working on a collaborative research and publication project, The Rare Earth Catalog. Knafo completed her MFA at the Hunter Integrated Media Arts department in 2013 and is currently living in Los Angeles.


Artists’ Lecture and Film Screening Series
*All events are on Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7:30pm, in DARC 108 at UC Santa Cruz

1/17 Presentation by Matthew Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation

1/24 Presentation by Ed Morris and Susannah Sayler of The Canary Project

1/31 Screening of Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle’s Goodbye Gauley Mountain, 2013, with Artists’ Presentation

2/14 Screening of The Otolith Group’s The Radiant, 2012

2/21 Presentation by Subhankar Banerjee

2/28 Screening of the following shorts videos:
-David Kelly / Patty Chang, Spiritual Myopia, 2015
-Harun Farocki, Silver and the Cross, 2010
-Sammy Baloji, Mémoire, 2007

3/7 Screening of Elizabeth Knafo’s Rare Earth, 2014 and Presentation by the artist

3/14 Screening of Sanjay Rawal’s Food Chains, 2014, with Presentation by Ann López (Center for Farmworker Families)

Field Trips
Saturday, March 11
Visit the Harrisons’ Future Garden (with Newton Harrison), and to the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program research garden (with Rick Flores and members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band), Arboretum, UC Santa Cruz

Sunday, May 7
Farmworker Reality Tour in Watsonville with Ann López of the Center for Farmworker Families

May 12-13 (Friday at the Multi-Purpose Room at College Nine and Ten; Saturday at the Nonviolent Resource Center)
Confirmed speakers include: Jason Moore, Brian Holmes and Claire Pentecost, Anne Quirynen, Caleb Ben, representative from NoDAPL, Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos