Light Industry: Ulrike Ottinger's Taiga

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Taiga
Ulrike Ottinger, 16mm, 1991/2, 501 mins
Light Industry
Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 1:00pm
220 36th Street, 5th Floor
Brooklyn, New York

Presented by Ginger Brooks Takahashi

"Taiga is Ulrike Ottinger's eight hour documentary film on life in Northern Mongolia, a journey to the yak and reindeer nomads. For this presentation at Light Industry, we will watch the film in its entirety. Food will be served, but please also bring things to share. Attempts and interpretations of the region's cuisine are encouraged--yak butter and various ferments? English translations of the transcript will be provided to the audience to read along.

Next year, I will travel to the Mongolian wild steppe with an entourage of women tracing the tracks of Ottinger's journey in Johanna D'Arc of Monglia. This screening will be an introduction to the trip." - GBT

Stations:
The Oul Pass with holy Obo relic - Guards of the Darkhad Valley
The valley of the Darkhad Nomads
Nomads along the Altrag River
The shamaness Baldshir lives alone in the Höjen Valley
With the Yura - the wedding
With the Yura - the white food
The Jura's neighbors - The singer and smith Dawadschi
Sacred tree
Suren Hor narrates the fairty tale of the naked boy in the hole in the
ground
The hunter and boot maker Ölziibajar
The Öwtschuunii-Naadam-Festival of the sheep breast bone
Wrestlers and Singers of Praise
The nomads prepare to move to their winter camp
On the way to Tsagaan Nor (white sea)
The hunter Tscholoo
Tsagaan Nor City
Hero of work
Tree cutter Sanji
Örgöl reliquary
How the old bears hunted
On the Shishgid on the way to the reindeer nomads of the taiga
Large Tsaatan meeting on the Tingis
A Christian delegation has arrived
Departure for the autumn camp, 5-days-trip away
Trip to the southern taiga
The shamaness Bajar and her family
Back with the Jura - preparations for the winter camp
The Jura's move to winter camp in Ulaan Uul
The Jura's neighbors in Ulaan Uul
Flour and tea seals have arrived at the store
The dignitaries of Ulaan Uul host a farewell party
Nomads on the Oul Pass
First school day in Hadhal
From Hadhal to Hanch, two forgotten trading centers
Chöwsgöl Nor - Lake of Clear Water
Ulaanbaatar - marriage palace
Amusement park - epic singers

Ginger Brooks Takahashi (b. 1977) lives in Brooklyn, NY, maintaining a social, project-based practice. She is co-founder of LTTR, a queer and feminist art journal, and projet MOBILIVRE BOOKMOBILE project, a traveling exhibit of artist books and zines. She received her BA from Oberlin College, attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, and is a resident artist at Smack Mellon, 2008-9. Her work has shown in the following exhibitions recently: Shared Women at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 2007; Exile of the Imaginary at the Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2007; and Locally Localized Gravity at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2007. She has presented public projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London, 2008; documenta 12, Kassel, 2007; Art Metropole, Toronto, 2007; and with Ridykeulous at The Kitchen, NY, 2007.

Tickets - $7, available at door.

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