Untitled (Just Kidding)
A Film/Performance by Jesse Malmed

Presented by Art + Scholarship and Madison Public Library’s Bubbler
Curated by Alexandra Lakind

Saturday, March 12th, 1:00pm
Madison Public Library Central Branch, 3rd floor



Untitled (Just Kidding) is a short experimental film, with performative elements. It is a series of works playing and plays working in creative reading, studied density, the one-(hundred)-liner, choirs, screen texts, the bootleg, the cover, jokes, speculative etymologies, accents, loops, the cinemagic, body swaps, poetry, citation and human voice.


Conceptually engaged, language-intensive and visually mesmerizing, this suite scrambles somewhere in the intersects of conceptual comedy, dizzying illogics, the poetic plu-future and sustainable sourcing. Through deliberate mistranslation and strategic denaturing of languages and codes, Malmed revels in revealing their extra-communicative potential as sound, as image, as object, and shifting audiences’ concepts of the show, of the cinema. Unexpect the expected.

Free and open to the public.



Jesse Malmed is an artist and curator, working in video, performance, text, occasional objects and their gaps and overlaps. He’s recently exhibited at Roots and Culture, the Chicago Cultural Center, Cinema Contra (Denver), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Microlights (Milwaukee) and the University of Chicago Film Studies Center. Present curations include Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, programming at Nightingale Cinema, the mobile exhibition space Trunk Show (with Raven Falquez Munsell), programming through ACRE TV, and the recently inaugurated Western Pole. Jesse earned his BA and MA at Bard and University of Illinois at Chicago, respectively, and currently teaches at UIC.



Alexandra Lakind is pursuing a joint PhD in Curriculum & Instruction and Environment & Resources at UW-Madison. Her academic work focuses on the design of environments geared towards participatory learning and the intricacies of the Anthropocene. Through implicit and explicit, academic and performative routes, she hopes to foster supportive communities prepared to process unanswerable dilemmas together. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, holds a BA from the Royal Scottish Academy in Contemporary Performance Practice, and an MA from NYU in Educational Theater.



This programming is co-presented by The Bubbler at Madison Public Library and the Art + Scholarship Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshop in the Humanities, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with support from Nancy and David Borghesi and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


CEN Malmed

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