Camden International Film Festival and Asymmetrick Arts will present the third annual “Panoptic” exhibition of new media installations and experimental documentary shorts. The public is invited to the opening reception Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at Asymmetrick Arts, 405 Main St., to celebrate the opening of the show and meet many of the artists and curators involved.

This year, “Panoptic” is partnering with DiscordiaFilms, a curatorial collective dedicated to the exchange and promotion of experimental video art made in the Americas. There also will be a collaborative project by UnionDocs in New York City, “Documenting Mythologies,” making its festival premiere as both a gallery installation and a film screening.

“Panoptic” will continue at Asymmetrick Arts Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, from noon to 6 p.m. daily. The gallery will be showing a collection of experimental documentary installations from around the world. DiscordiaFilms will present “MASS-MEMORIA: Revisiting Argentina and Chile’s Political Histories,” a selection of video art that addresses the political and economic histories of Argentina and Chile. The UnionDocs collaborative from New York City will be showing an installation accompaniment to its film. Also showing work by artists Lana Z. Caplan, Deirtra Thompson and James N. Kienitz Wilkins.

Related CIFF screenings

CIFF will screen a program of “Panoptic” Shorts Friday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. at the Farnsworth Art Museum. These short films from around the world featuring the best of experimental, documentary film making will include “Reading the Water: Lectures on Home Video Ecology from the Gulf of ME,” high-definition experimental “home video” and personal-poetic essay that mobilizes the coast of Maine as a metaphor for exploring the depths of masculine relationships and family ecosystem sustainability across three generations by Niklas Vollmer; as well as work by Fern Silva, Peter Freund, Bernd Lutzeler, Penny Lane, Brian Frye, Sarah Rushford and Nerina Penzhorn.

At 2 p.m., “Una Identidad en absurdo Vol. 1” will be screened, a musical-ethnographic documentary by Guillermo Gómez-Álvarez exploring the representation of the inconsistencies of being “Puerto Rican,” both in the island and abroad. The movie is intertwined with another observational documentary on the soundtrack recording of the movie itself at Monopolio Records, an independent studio. The screening at the Farnsworth will be followed directly by a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker and the curators of Discordia Films at Asymmetrick Arts.

On Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m., UnionDocs’ “Documenting Mythologies” will be screened at the Farnsworth. It follows 11 artists on a trip from Brooklyn to rural Maine. Diverse aesthetic approaches to documentary are used to explore a theme inspired by the 1957 collection of essays by Roland Barthes titled “Mythologies.” The screening at the Farnsworth will be followed directly by a panel discussion featuring members of the UnionDocs collaborative at Asymmetrick Arts.

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