The full video of our conversation with artist and filmmaker, Arthur Jafa is now available from our Vimeo page. The liquid blackness research group hosted Jafa in the spring of 2016 for an artist talk and screening of his film, Dreams are Colder than Death (2013), a meditation on the ontology of blackness and its relationship to life, death, and the concept of the human in the context of the “afterlife of slavery.” The film screened on April 2, 2016 at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, as part of an event titled “Civic Encounters around Black Media and Black Life” for the Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Held on April 4, 2016, “Arthur Jafa in Conversation” touches on his multidisciplinary work as a cinematographer, director, and installation artist to explore some of the conceptual and practical strategies he has developed to pursue a black aesthetics, while maintaining a practice that moves between the museum and the movie theater.

Watch the embedded video below or access it directly from our Vimeo page.