Sitting in the Waiting Room

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Still by Cassie Wagler

Join us for a discussion with artists Cassie Wagler and Shannon Finnegan, moderated by Jared Azud ’20, on humor as it relates to picturing illness, ability, and the body.

This event is organized as part of the 2019 MDOCS Forum, presented by the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS). The forum is free and open to the public.

About the Panelists

Cassie Wagler is a multimedia artist and educator. She has contributed to the podcasts The Heart and Another Round, and performed original work at the Bell House, Littlefield, and Abrons Art Center. She has produced oral history radio shows, community storytelling events, and 3D printed boat races. She was selected to participate in the feminist art exhibit Eminent Domain, where she showed recent images and videos about her experiences with cancer and the medical establishment.

Shannon Finnegan is an artist whose work focuses on disability culture and access. She has done projects with The Invisible Dog and the Wassaic Project, and is working on a new project with Friends of the High Line. She has spoken at the Brooklyn Museum, School for Poetic Computation, and The 8th Floor. In 2018, she received a Wynn Newhouse Award and participated in Art Beyond Sight’s Art + Disability Residency. She is currently a resident at Eyebeam.

About MDOCS Forum

Each June, as part of the annual Storytellers’ Institute, Skidmore College’s John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) hosts a weekend-long documentary forum around an annual theme. This year’s theme, Humor: Laughing With Reality, honors the long tradition of non-fiction makers who, through satire and silliness, have employed humor as means to transgress social norms, toy with the taboo, and empower us through laughter. An international group of documentary makers will explore the theme through various mediums and connect with Skidmore and the greater community at locations on Skidmore College campus from June 6–9, 2019.

For more information on the 2019 MDOCS Forum, visit their website.

2019 MDOCS Forum Events

Thursday, June 6:
- 8:00 PM – Performance of “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” Sam Green, and Yo La Tengo (at Arthur Zankel Music Center)

Friday, June 7:
- 10:00 AM – The Natural World and Climate Anxiety
- 11:45 AM – Sitting in the Waiting Room
- 3:00 PM – Sam Green Artist Talk
- 4:30 PM – Documentary, Mockumentary and Prank Panel
- 6:00 PM – Keynote: Kristina Wong Performance and Artist Talk (at Filene Auditorium)

Saturday, June 8:
- 10:00 AM – Docs in Progress
- 11:45 AM – Documentary Film Industry and Humor
- 3:00 PM – Land Without Bread Redux
- 4:30 PM – Humor, Memory, Trauma, Loss
- 6:15 PM – Radio Atlas

Sunday, June 9:
- 10:00 AM – Storytelling Workshop with Micaela Blei
- 11:45 AM – Teachings and Takeaways Workshop

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