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MMoCA Cinema: A Common Sequence

October 19, 2023

7:00 pm

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

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 Giblisser, Mary Helena Clark | 2023 | 77 minutes

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. (Cinema Guild)

A Common Sequence was featured at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Mary Helena Clark’s work was selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Mike Gibisser exhibited at AFI and Harvard Film Archive, and he is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.