What is C21? (2019)

A short mission video for the Center for 21st Century Studies, an interdisciplinary humanities center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Allain Daigle 2019

New Arctic (2018)

New Arctic from Allain Daigle on Vimeo.

A short piece of cinepoetry about the relationship between love, home, and futurity in the age of seemingly irreversible climate change. The piece is inspired by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s recent declaration that the arctic is showing no signs of returning to a reliably frozen state (https://grist.org/article/let-it-go-the-arctic-will-never-be-frozen-again/).

First published in TriQuarterly 155.

“Cylinder Two” by Chris Zabriskie

Allain Daigle 2018

Haynes + Negative Space (2018)

Todd Haynes + Negative Space from Allain Daigle on Vimeo.

First published in [In]Transition 5.4 2018.

Haynes’ films are dollhouses. His characters live in artificial worlds, worlds full of negative space that visualize feelings that his characters cannot express. Through these negative spaces, Haynes expresses the ambivalence of the modern home and modern life.

“Meekness” by Kai Engel
“The House Glows (With Almost No Help)” by Chris Zabriskie


Memory Keepers (2018)

This video traces a semester-long assignment series in an Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies course taught in the Fall of 2018 by Krista Grensavitch at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). The assignment series, titled Object Lessons, asked students to learn through, and with, material things, by continually pursuing a central question: “where do texts fail us, and how are objects uniquely suited to both identify and fill these silences?” In collaboration with Special Collections at UWM’s Golda Meir Library, students drew upon their knowledge of women’s and gender studies to investigate the idea of consent. Considering both curricula from Milwaukee Public Schools as well as dolls meant to teach young children about sexual violence and consent, students utilized lenses like intersectionality and privilege in their investigation of creating and maintaining consent.

This video, by Allain Daigle, is meant to provide both a framework and reflective statements for similar kinds of critical thinking skills development within a higher education classroom. The Chipstone Foundation was a proud sponsor of this project.

History of the Center (2018)

The Center for 21st Century Studies, formerly the Center for 20th Century Studies, is one of the oldest humanities centers in the United States. Founded in 1968 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Center has a long legacy of creating and imagining the fields of 20th and 21st century studies to come. This short video takes a look back at the history of the Center and features interviews with Richard Grusin (Center Director), Jane Gallop (Distinguished Professor of English, UWM), and Nigel Rothfels (Director of Undergraduate Research, UWM) as well as various flyers, photographs, and artifacts found in the Center archives.

The Supper Club (2017)

This video traces the production, presentation, and reflection on a final project assigned for History of Women in American Society, a course taught in the Fall of 2016 by Krista Grensavitch at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

For the final project, the students collaborated to create The Supper Club, a local reinterpretation of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. First exhibited in 1979, The Dinner Party seeks to address the repeated erasure of women’s achievements from the historical and cultural record. Following calls from pioneering women’s historians like Gerda Lerner and Joan Scott, it seeks to position women as subjects.  It also seeks to validate the position of women as artists and explores women’s artistic legacy.  In The Supper Club, the students and instructor figure women in Wisconsin’s history – many of whom are missing from or for whom only traces exist in the historical record – as historical subjects with a seat at the table.
This reinterpretation follows Chicago’s investigation of women’s history and traditionally-feminized craft and art production techniques.  It also takes Chicago’s project as a model for collaboration: Chicago recognizes the importance of informal communities of support – clusters of women who offered encouragement and information to one another.  Students, their instructor, academic and artistic resources from UWM and beyond worked together in the production of their final project and a gallery show which introduced their work to the campus community.
This video, by Allain Daigle, is meant to provide both a framework and reflective statements for similar kinds of artistic reinterpretations within a higher ed classroom.