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Film in Focus: Lauren Gabrielle Fournier - "Auto" Theory


Free Admission | Saturday July 9, Thursday July 21, Thursday July 28, Saturday July 30, 7:00 PM CST | Canada | 2021 | 45 min | STC | Directed by Lauren Gabrielle Fournier

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These works use para-fiction and humour to render an autotheory of “auto” theory – one where white settler culture is analyzed through the symbols of cars and trucks. The resulting site-responsive works are eerily prescient, including the anchoring piece The Truck Guys, shot back in 2020, in which Lauren performs as a conspiracy theorist who sits in her car in suburban parking lots, convinced that a secret cabal of pick-up truck drivers is behind all of the world’s ills. And like sitting in a car waiting, there is the pervasive feeling of idling – tying into the affects of these past two and a half years, as well as earlier, land-based, Indigenous-led movements like Idle No More.

Lauren Gabrielle Fournier (she/her, b.1989, Regina, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 lands) is a writer, curator, and interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of art, science, and the humanities. A first-generation student and scholar, her work coheres around concept-driven, multi-genre and hybrid genre writings in both fiction and creative nonfiction, including autofiction, autotheory, bio-fiction, ficto-criticism, and nonfiction novels. Her debut, scholarly monograph Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism (The MIT Press, 2021) is the first book-length study of “autotheory,” which historicizes the literary term in light of longer, intersectional feminist art histories.


Jul 21 2022, 7:00pm - 8:00pm


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