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Film Programs
Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films
The Genome Chronicles and Other Shorts

November 11 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

These four shorter works highlight the intricate soundscapes of longtime collaborator Trevor Mathison: The Genome Chronicles (2008, 33 minutes), a “song cycle” in ten distinct parts utilizing the late British artist Donald Rodney’s archive; Memory Room 451 (1997, 22 minutes), a “fake documentary” featuring a twenty-third-century time traveler interviewing subjects in the present day; the enigmatic All That Is Solid (Melts into Air) (2015, 30 minutes), a documentary about transience and sound recordings; and The Call of Mist Redux (2016, 13 minutes), an elegy to Akomfrah’s mother and a meditation on death, memory, and cloning. (Total running time 88 minutes)

image from All That Is Solid (Melts into Air)
courtesy Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallery

Film Programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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