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Become A Microscope

Directed by Aaron Rose - 2009 - 23:00 min Courtesy the Conversation Sister Corita (1918-1986), was an artist, teacher, activist and Catholic nun. She stunned the world with her popular art works from 1947 through to 1968. Incorporating typography and advertising slogans into her silkscreen/serigraph works, she was a “pop artist" before they even coined the term. The concept of this film was to create a narrative where two films are simultaneously cut together as one. The first compiles a wonderful arrangement of visuals and archival footage alongside exclusive interview footage with Corita's friends and colleagues. They give insight into the world of a woman who prioritized devotion, vision and a love of her world. Running concurrently, the second part of the film deals with 90 "statements" we devised based on recurring themes in her work. These are executed as a series of graphic interstitials in visual essay form that illustrate some of Corita’s many fascinations as an artist and activist. The film was produced by Jon Barlow, Edited by Lenny Mesina and the original soundtrack was composed by Beastie Boys’ keyboardist Money Mark. About Aaron Rose: Aaron Rose (1969- ) is an artist, film director, curator, musician and writer. In the 1990’s he was the owner of Alleged Gallery in Manhattan, which helped launch the careers of many of today's top contemporary artists. He co-curated the museum exhibition, Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art & Street Culture and directed the feature documentary film of the same name. In 2011 he co-curated the exhibition, Art In The Streets, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles. Rose is also editor of ANP Quarterly, a free arts magazine published by clothing brand RVCA. His publishing imprint, Alleged Press releases monographs by contemporary artists. In late-2011, Aaron Rose co-authored "Collage Culture: Examining the 21st Century Identity Crisis," a seminal book of social criticism published by JRP/Ringier. He is currently director at large for the Berlin-based project space, The Conversation.