The Treasury of Human Inheritance: A Work-in-Progress
a screening and discussion with filmmaker Alexis Kyle Mitchell
March 4, 2024, Monday, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Kriser Screening Room
Department of Anthropology/Center for Media, Culture & History
The Treasury of Human Inheritance is a poetic film about the experience of living with and alongside genetic disease and disability. Tracing loops, echoes and repetitions across the physical and spiritual realms, ‘The Treasury’ combines documentation of family home movie footage; somatic and religious rituals for death and life after death; abandoned urban architectures teeming with natural growth; celluloid film hand-processed in genetic material; and an analogue synthesizer soundtrack that mimics inheritance patterns of genetic disease. In essence, this is a film about a family – but, more than that, it is a film made from the everyday patterns we embody in order to live through and with one another.
Alexis Kyle Mitchell (b. 1983, Toronto) is an artist and scholar based between New York and Glasgow. Her work has circulated internationally, including exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), Kunstverein Munich, and Mercer Union (Toronto), screenings at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Art of the Real (New York), and IndieLisboa International Film Festival (Lisbon), lecture-performances at University of Toronto and the New School and residencies at Cove Park (Scotland), MacDowell (USA), Sommerakademie Paul Klee (Switzerland), and Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany). Mitchell was a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University in the Center for Disability Studies and is currently a visiting scholar in the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (NYU), where she is working on completing an experimental feature film titled, “The Treasury of Human Inheritance”. She is one of the featured artists in Glasgow International 2024 and GTA24 (MOCA Triennial, Toronto).