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Join UTAC and CINSSU for this talk and screening to mark the fifth week of the “The Politics and Poetics of Visibility” event series.

Christmas On Earth is a 30 minute "psychedelic" experimental film showing some of Ginsberg's unseen photo archive which will be simultaneously presented on two projectors.
Please note: this event will contain explicit content. 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
"Queer Kinship: Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Rubin, and Underground Cinema of the 1960s." Talk and screening by Ara Osterweil

Moving between poetry, underground cinema, and political protest, Allen Ginsberg was a central figure of the counterculture. Much lesser known, Barbara Rubin was a drug-addled teenage dropout who made what may be the most sexually explicit American film of the 1960s. Their deeply queer friendship not only epitomized the ethos of sixties radicalism, but had a profound impact on the art and poetry worlds. Ara Osterweil from McGill University will present a short talk on Ginsberg's role in avant-garde film from the 1960s, followed by a screening of Barbara Rubin’s landmark psychedelic extravaganza “Christmas on Earth” (1963, 30 mins). Played simultaneously on two 16mm projectors to a “live” radio soundtrack, this orgiastic experimental film will introduce viewers to a remarkable and confounding figure otherwise unseen in Ginsberg’s photographic archive.