Artist-Curated Film Series: Poto and Cabengo (1980)

February 5, 2020 3:00 PM

Free and open to the public

VAC curatorial fellow Kaila Schedeen introduces a screening of Poto and Cabengo (1980), presented as part of a film series curated by Lisa Lapinski in conjunction with her exhibition at the VAC.

This documentary follows the lives of Grace and Virginia Kennedy, two San Diego twins who have created a private form of communication that’s an amalgam of the distinctive English dialects they hear at home. Jean-Pierre Gorin’s polyphonic nonfiction investigation of this phenomenon looks at the family from a variety of angles, with the director taking on the role of a sort of sociological detective. It’s a delightful and absorbing study of words and faces, mass media and personal isolation, and America’s odd margins.

Lisa Lapinski: Drunk Hawking is on view January 24 – March 6, 2020.

About the Program

For this artist-curated film series, Lisa Lapinski selected two films that deal with themes present in her work, including linguistics and communication, childhood and popular culture, and the construction of meaning.

Screening Schedule

Poto and Cabengo (1980), directed by Jean-Pierre Gorin
February 5 / 3 PM / Art Building, Rm. 1.102

The Banana Man (1983), by Mike Kelley
February 11 / 3 PM / Art Building, Rm. 1.120

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