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Bardo Arts Center turns 15 this year! Celebrate by exploring our blog to discover upcoming events and experiences from the WCU Fine Art Museum and the Bardo Arts Center (BAC) Performance Hall. Learn about exhibitions, film screenings, and other opportunities. Please note: Bardo Arts Center is now open to the general public. Find visiting guidelines at arts.wcu.edu/reopening.

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Picture Character

The rapid rise 📈 of emoji (Japanese for “picture character”) is a global 🌍 phenomenon without precedent. Their widespread use and ability to convey complex messages have not only cemented emoji's place as an emerging digital language 🗣, but prompted difficult questions 🤔 about the creation of a language and digital communication’s fraught ties 😣 to identity and inclusion. In PICTURE CHARACTER, Directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers 👀 on a deep dive into the ever-evolving world of picture characters, from their humble beginnings in Japan 󾓥 to mobile keyboards 📱 the world 🌎 over, and shed fresh light 💡 on the private consortium 👥 that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting ✊ to make the language more representative of its billions of users.  

Tekki Lomnicki in Code of the Freaks

Code of the Freaks

Code of the Freaks presents a radical reframing of the use of disabled characters in film. Using hundreds of clips spanning over 100 years of moviemaking, and a cast of disabled artists, scholars and activists, it’s a scorching critique of some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters. This revelatory documentary investigates the power of movie imagery to shape the beliefs and behaviors of the general public toward disabled people, and of disabled people toward themselves.   

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SouthArts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Although the Hall will be closed to the public, we are offering a streaming documentary film series featuring opportunities to meet various members of the film crew through a virtual post-film Q and A experience. The films are part of the SouthArts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers and will be available to watch on any device, including your TV through a Roku and more. Further information, including ticketing details, coming soon!  

Lonnie Holley in his studio in 2018

Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: Stories from the Life of Lonnie Holley

Filmed over 20 years, Thumbs Up for Mother Universe, tells Lonnie Holley's story, revealing how one man's instinct to create has enabled him to succeed against all odds - a journey from garbage dumps and prison camps, to festival stages and The Met.  

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Reggae Boyz

Reggae Boyz uses pop cultures’ most transcendent forces – sports and music – to delve into the heart and soul of Jamaica. The documentary tells the inspiring story of the Jamaica National Soccer Team's 2014 journey to the World Cup.   

Picture a Scientist

Picture a Scientist

A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist, lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science, providing perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.  

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Coded Bias

This documentary explore the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.  

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