CMP student Joana Pimenta wins the Tom Berman Most Promising Filmmaker award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival for her recent film, “The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees” (As Figuras Gravadas na Faca com a Seiva das Bananeiras).

“The Figures Carved Into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees”
Joana Pimenta
2014, DCP, 16 minutes
The rapid turning of a light draws a circle. In the space bound by its line unravels an archive of postcards sent between the island of Madeira and the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique. The figures carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees circulates between a fictional colonial memory, and science-fiction.


Into the Hinterlands by CMP Student Julia Yezbick premieres at the Berlin Film Festival.

The Hinterlands, a Detroit-based performance ensemble, practice a form of ecstatic training which they see as a provocation towards the unknown — a space both physical and imaginary whose mystery is its source of generation and from which their creativity emerges. Their practice is one of ecstatic play, of finding the edge of one’s balance, and the limits of one’s body.
Into the Hinterlands
Julia Yezbick
2015, DCP, 39 mins.


God Listens To Those Who Praise Him
A 16-channel sound composition exploring the Islamic acoustics of Istanbul and Turkish Berlin through sound, urban space and ritual by Peter McMurray

Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Harvard Studio for Electro-Acoustic Composition
Paine Hall, Rm. 33 (3rd floor)



CMP student Joana Pimenta won the ’14 Pixelbunker Award for Best Short Film in the National Competition at Indielisboa for The Figures Carved Into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees, which has gone on to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.


Save the date! There will be an informational meeting for students about the PhD Secondary Field degree in Critical Media Practice (CMP) on Tuesday Oct. 21 at 5:00 p.m. in Sever 416. The CMP Directors of Graduate Studies, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Peter Galison will speak briefly about the program followed by short presentations by enrolled CMP students and alumni of the program. Light refreshments will be served.


The application for admission into the Critical Media Practice Secondary Field is now due on November 1st for the fall semester and April 1st for the spring semester. Note: If this date falls on a weekend, the applications are due the following Monday.