about

Looking for a way to look?
to be active and to dance with the image?
and ask it questions to find out something about yourself and the image……
—text by Jordon Briggs

In our contemporary history, what does it mean to look? who/what shapes your vision?

Griot is a cross-disciplinary video + film collective with a focus on contemporary video and film performance practices as “art-action.”

What we mean by art action is that: Film studies can act as an art of resistance and insubordination, intrication of body and policy. As a collective, we actively challenge the very practice of ‘seeing’ through an active engagement with a type of interdisciplinary film studies.

Central to Griot Collective’s practice is collaboration. We screen films, collectively create multi-media art installation, and practice guerilla film screenings as a way to engage participants in conversation and critical thought about the social structures that make and surround us.

Griot strives to build a community of artists, writers, historians, educators, and students of all disciplines. We hope to create opportunities for students to have an outreach into the Sacramento art community through a variety of meetings.

We warmly welcome any and all interested becoming a fellow collaborator!
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WHAT DOES ‘GRIOT’ MEAN?
griot (pron.: /ˈɡri.oʊ/; French pronunciation: [ɡʁi.o]), jali or jeli (djeli or djéli in French spelling) is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition, and is also often seen as something of a societal leader due to his traditional position as an adviser to royal personages.

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