About the Project
This serial anthology is curated by contemplative filmmaker and autotheorist M Freeman, along with Rana San and Chelsea Werner-Jatzke. Inspired by Roland Barthes’ idea that “The incapacity to name is a good symptom of disturbance” (Camera Lucida, 1980), each monthly release will include one to three short films and an accompanying critical essay that observes, wonders, speculates and imagines the implications of work that defies easy categorization and resists our impulse to name. This project challenges the page as the domain of literary art and showcases films by Black and Indigenous womxn, other womxn of Color and people with disabilities who create as poets, essayists, hybrid writers, filmmakers, media artists, and interdisciplinary artists. Good Symptom invests fully in the conviction that necessary alternatives to received ideas about authorship, publishing and genre arise from artists who live and work outside the stockade of dominant culture.
About the Project Team
M Freeman–media artist, writer, queer, and contemplative–is author of The Illuminated Space: A Personal Theory & Contemplative Practice of Media Art (The 3rd Thing, 2020) and creator of Cinema Divina, short films made through and for contemplative practice.
Rana San is an intermedia artist, curator, and night dreamer pondering language and lineage, intimacy and interdependence. Her film poetry and analog photography meld dreamwork, movement, and word play. She is the Artistic Director at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and co-director of the annual Cadence Video Poetry Festival.
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is a writer and arts organizer exploring the liminal spaces of the literary arts. She is the author of 3 chapbooks and is co-founder and co-director of Cadence Video Poetry Festival.