Film Screening and Q & A with Director Madsen Minax
Krannert Art Museum and the School of Art + Design Visitor Series present Kairos Dirt and the Errant Vacuum (2017), a screening and discussion with the film's director Madsen Minax. The run time for the film is 90 minutes; discussion will follow.
Kairos Dirt & the Errant Vacuum follows the strange happenings of two middle school lunch ladies, an androgynous student, a lesbian hospice provider, a grieving ministry worker, a mystical mortician, and an astrologer/life coach/phone sex operator. Through a series of collective dreams an otherworldly being invades the characters' dream spaces, revealing an alternate realm of wanton, subconscious desires. Amid the post- industrial decay of the American south, interconnected relationships unfold in unusual and fantastical landscapes as television monitors, radio frequencies, orifices and dreams all become portals to access this alternate dimension of carnality and desire.
Madsen Minax comes from a family of sawmill workers in rural Northern Michigan. After having lived in Chicago, Houston and Memphis, he now lives in Vermont, where he teaches video art. Madsen’s works in film, video, sound and music reflect interests in the occult, strange desires, and notions of belonging and becoming. Hiz projects are informed by many years of participating in queer subcultural communities including those of sex work and BDSM. Madsen's works have screened and exhibited at spaces including Lincoln Center (NYC), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Anthology Film Archives (NYC), The British Film Institute, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and REDCAT, Los Angeles. Festival screenings include Outfest, Newfest, Frameline, BFI Flare and the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, to name a few, with awards earned from Reeling LGBT Film Festival, Philadelphia Independent, Transcreen Amsterdam and others. Additionally, Madsen's film Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance aired on PBS (2013) and FreeSpeech TV (2012). It is now widely available through Fandor, Amazon, iTunes and the like. Kairos Dirt & the Errant Vacuum is Madsen's first feature length narrative film.