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MMoCA Cinema: A Common Sequence

October 19, 2023

7:00 pm

227 State Street Madison, Wisconsin, 53719


$7 for nonmembers • Free for MMoCA members (including the free membership tier Friends of MMoCA) and ages 18 and younger • Museum Lecture Hall

A Common Sequence | Mike Gibisser, Mary Helena Clark | 2023 | 77 minutes

Within the human struggle to live and work on a changing planet, questions of value, extraction, and adaptation echo across seemingly disparate worlds. A Common Sequence examines shifts of life and labor through a critically-endangered salamander and plant patents in the apple industry. Weaving the stories of Dominican nuns running a conservation lab, a group of fishermen attempting to live off of a depleting lake, engineers developing AI-driven harvesting machines, and an Indigenous biomedical researcher resisting the commodification of human DNA, the film becomes a meditation on the shifting border between the natural and unnatural world, and the dynamics of power at play.

Following the screening join in a question and answer session with director Mike Gibisser.