Snakes, a Big Apple and the Garden (of Eden) State

Snakes, a Big Apple and the Garden (of Eden) State
Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm
Proteus Gowanus


Photo by Sarah Brigden {}

Join us for a multimedia tour of the decadence and divinity of two New Jersey Utopian communities founded in the 19th century: one for pleasure, the other for purity.
Edith Gonzalez presents two faces of the utopian mind of the 19th century: Ocean Grove, which remains to this day a “religious resort”, while Asbury Park, a secular pleasure zone, has faced more worldly ups and downs. Since their respective founding side by side on the NJ coast, these two communities have been engaged in a dynamic dialogue of morality.

Edith Gonzalez is an historical anthropologist specializing in nineteenth-century systems of power, and a native New Yorker with a deep and abiding love for New Jersey.


Chaos Engine (2009, Super 8, 4min)

World becomes possessed by a monstrous ever growing electronic demon. Our present society is very dependent on digital information systems. Chaos Engine examines what happens when those systems fail. The spirit of our modern culture is expressed by fast cutting and brutal electronic soundtrack.

Screenings / awards: Bang! Short Film Festival (UK 2010), Patricia Doran Gallery (USA 2010), In/Out Festival (Poland 2010), Kino Światowid (Poland 2010), Bielska Gallery BWA (Poland 2010), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Germany 2010), Euroshorts Film Festival (Poland 2009), Super8 Film Festival (Italy 2009), Flicker Spokane Film Festival (USA 2009), Sintetitza Short Film Festival (Pyrenees 2009), 8th International Super 8mm Festival (Hungary 2009), Broadway International Film Festival Los Angeles (USA 2009).