Artist Stanya Kahn presents a screening of Stand in the Stream, her fast-paced digital film about life, death, and the inextricability of the personal from the political, which recently finished a three-month run at MoMA PS1. Made over six years and shot in multiple formats, Kahn's film captures candid moments in online chat rooms, in the home, in the wild, and in the streets, following the arc of a mother’s deterioration and death amid shifting political and digital landscapes. From the birth of a child to the onset of dementia, from Tahrir Square to Standing Rock and Donald Trump’s inauguration, Stand in the Stream is a pulsing and urgent contemporary ode and a call to action. The film’s sound design includes original compositions by Kahn and by musician/composer Alexia Riner. All footage was shot live or recorded from live streams in real time. The screening is followed by a conversation between Kahn and Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art, and Director, MoMA PS1.
The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2