Meet the Artist: Sky Hopinka

Film Screening of Dislocated and Ordinary and Q&A Session

Saturday, June 4, 2022 | 2–3:30 pm | In-person only, included with museum admission

Join the artist behind Memories of Movement, on view in MAG’s Media Arts Watch Gallery until January 8, 2023, for a one-time screening of a film ensemble Dislocated and Ordinary, including the Rochester premiere of Kicking the Clouds (2022), which was presented at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale Shorts Program.

After the screening, Hopinka will engage in a discussion moderated by MAG Assistant Curator of Media Arts, Almudena Escobar López, followed by a Q&A.


Dislocated and Ordinary features four titles that exemplify Hopinka’s poetic visual language. These films are a form of political affirmation of contemporary Indigeneity, and they also offer a space of encounter and inquiry for the non-Indigenous.

A still from I'll Remember Your as You Were, Not as What You'll Become.

I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become (2016, 12 min)
HD video, stereo, color
An elegy to Diane Burns on the shapes of mortality, and being, and the forms the transcendent spirit takes while descending upon landscapes of life and death. A place for new mythologies to syncopate with de-territorialized movement and song, reifying old routes of reincarnation. Where resignation gives hope for another opportunity, another form, for a return to the vicissitudes of the living and all their refractions.

Image: Still from Sky Hopinka, I’ll Remember You as You Were, not as What You’ll Become, 2016. HD video, stereo, color. Running time: 12 minutes. Courtesy of the artist. 

A still from Venite et Loquamor, in black and white, featuring two people holding hands.

Venite et Loquamor (2015, 11 min)
HD video, stereo, b&w

A group of students and teachers gather in an historical mansion in the woods of West Virginia for a week-long retreat in spoken Latin. A film about observation and participation while navigating the errata.

Image: Still from Sky Hopinka, Venite et Loquamur, 2015. HD video, stereo, color. Running time: 11 minutes. Courtesy of the artist. 

A still from Dislocation Blues. A pond is in the foreground, an encampment among the plains in the midground, and gentle hills in the background.

Dislocation Blues (2017, 17 min)
HD video, stereo, color
An incomplete and imperfect portrait of reflections from Standing Rock. Cleo Keahna recounts his experiences entering, being at, and leaving the camp and the difficulties and the reluctance in looking back with a clear and critical eye. Terry Running Wild describes what his camp is like, and what he hopes it will become.

Image: Still from Sky Hopinka, Dislocation Blues, 2017. HD video, stereo, color. Running time: 17 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

A still from Kicking the Clouds, featuring a hand holding a beaded rose.

Kicking the Clouds (2021, 15 min)
16mm to HD video, stereo, color
This film is a reflection on descendants and ancestors, guided by a 50-year-old audio recording of my grandmother learning the Pechanga language from her mother.   After being given this tape by my mother, I interviewed her and asked about it, and recorded her ruminations on their lives and her own.  The footage is of our chosen home in Whatcom County, Washington, where my family still lives, far from our homelands in Southern California, yet a home nonetheless.

Image: Still from Sky Hopinka, Kicking the Clouds, 2021. 16mm to HD video, stereo, color. Running time: 15 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.