Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez is a curator and critic based in Paris and Ljubljana. She co-runs a seminar on contemporary artistic practices with Patricia Falguières, Élisabeth Lebovici. She was also co-director of Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers from 2010 to 2012. In 2013 she was the curator of U3, the art Triennale of Contemporary Art in Slovenia, (...)Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez is a curator and critic based in Paris and Ljubljana. She co-runs a seminar on contemporary artistic practices with Patricia Falguières, Élisabeth Lebovici. She was also co-director of Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers from 2010 to 2012. In 2013 she was the curator of U3, the art Triennale of Contemporary Art in Slovenia, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Ljubljana. Since 2011, she is the editor of Manifesta Journal. Around Curatorial Practices. In 2014, she is the invited curator for the Satellite program at Jeu de Paume, Paris.
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[Les Lilas • France]

 

The Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir and its research group Travelling féministe, together with Espace Khiasma, are jointly organising a seminar on the dialogue, controversy and complex relations between Stuart Hall’s work, British cultural studies and transnational feminism over the last 30 years. The seminar will have the privilege to host filmmakers John Akomfrah and Lina Gopaul, founding members of the Black Audio Film Collective. John Akomfrah’s recent film, The Stuart Hall Project (2013), will be screened the evening preceding the seminar at MK2 Beaubourg cinema, thereby introducing several of the topics that will be at the heart of the discussion itself.The Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir and its research group Travelling féministe, together with Espace Khiasma, are jointly organising a seminar on the dialogue, controversy and complex relations between Stuart Hall’s work, British cultural studies and transnational feminism over the last 30 years. The seminar will have the privilege to host filmmakers John Akomfrah and Lina Gopaul, founding members of the Black Audio Film Collective. John Akomfrah’s recent film, The Stuart Hall Project (2013), will be screened the evening preceding the seminar at MK2 Beaubourg cinema, thereby introducing several of the topics that will be at the heart of the discussion itself.

 

Despite cultural studies’ analyses of how power is exercised through culture in general, the predominantly male scholars of the Birmingham School were hostile towards feminist critiques in the 1970s, a few years after the School had been established – so much so that feminists termed the topics that the Centre worked on as “boyzone”. At the same time, too few feminist movements attempted to articulate together the situations of white and racialised women. Their chief demands often universalised the social conditions of white middle-class women.

 

We would like to invite a small group of contemporary thinkers to build a conversation on the complex relations and mutual influences that transnational feminism and interdisciplinary Cultural Studies have held, especially within the research carried out by Stuart Hall and his colleagues from the mid-1960s onwards. How have Western and transnational feminists within cultural studies negotiated boundaries constructed by racialisation and the hegemony of whiteness? How has the work of Stuart Hall – who quickly became a significant intellectual reference for many of the British black arts movement’s artists and filmmakers in the 1980s and 90s – been read in relation to the concept of intersectionality that provides the foundation for decentring normative feminisms and challenging the white male as the normative subject of Western imagination? What strategies can be found, within the transversal practices of collectives bringing together artists, activists and academics in the 1980s black arts movement, to resist individualising tendencies within contemporary art and find the inspiration to build future alliances?

 

Recorded at Espace Khiasma, 10th June 2016.
Mixed by Esther Porylès

Production: Khiasma, Centre Simone de Beauvoir (Travelling féministe), with the support of INHA.

Proposed by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, in collaboration with Lotte Arndt and Olivier Marboeuf.
With John Akomfrah and Lina Gopaul (filmmakers and producers / Smoking Dogs), Elsa Dorlin (researcher and professor, Paris 8), Nana Adusei-Poku (researcher and professor at Rotterdam University), Jamika Ajalon (artist, musician, poet), Sophie Orlando (researcher, Black Artists and Modernism laboratory, Chelsea/Middlesex University), Françoise Vergès (Global South(s) chair at the Collège d’études mondiales, FMSH, Paris), Lotte Arndt (theorician and professor at the École Supérieure d’Art et Design de Valence) and Sonia Khurana (artist).

Discussions moderated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (curator and writer for l’Internationale online), Lotte Arndt, Olivier Marboeuf and Giovanna Zapperi (art historian, professor at the école nationale supérieure d’Art de Bourges).

Beyond division lines. Transnational feminism and cultural studies. 1/4

[Les Lilas • France]

 

The Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir and its research group Travelling féministe, together with Espace Khiasma, are jointly organising a seminar on the dialogue, controversy and complex relations between Stuart Hall’s work, British cultural studies and transnational feminism over the last 30 years. The seminar will have the privilege to host filmmakers John Akomfrah and Lina Gopaul, founding members of the Black Audio Film Collective. John Akomfrah’s recent film, The Stuart Hall Project (2013), will be screened the evening preceding the seminar at MK2 Beaubourg cinema, thereby introducing several of the topics that will be at the heart of the discussion itself.The Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir and its research group Travelling féministe, together with Espace Khiasma, are jointly organising a seminar on the dialogue, controversy and complex relations between Stuart Hall’s work, British cultural studies and transnational feminism over the last 30 years. The seminar will have the privilege to host filmmakers John Akomfrah and Lina Gopaul, founding members of the Black Audio Film Collective. John Akomfrah’s recent film, The Stuart Hall Project (2013), will be screened the evening preceding the seminar at MK2 Beaubourg cinema, thereby introducing several of the topics that will be at the heart of the discussion itself.

 

Despite cultural studies’ analyses of how power is exercised through culture in general, the predominantly male scholars of the Birmingham School were hostile towards feminist critiques in the 1970s, a few years after the School had been established – so much so that feminists termed the topics that the Centre worked on as “boyzone”. At the same time, too few feminist movements attempted to articulate together the situations of white and racialised women. Their chief demands often universalised the social conditions of white middle-class women.

 

We would like to invite a small group of contemporary thinkers to build a conversation on the complex relations and mutual influences that transnational feminism and interdisciplinary Cultural Studies have held, especially within the research carried out by Stuart Hall and his colleagues from the mid-1960s onwards. How have Western and transnational feminists within cultural studies negotiated boundaries constructed by racialisation and the hegemony of whiteness? How has the work of Stuart Hall – who quickly became a significant intellectual reference for many of the British black arts movement’s artists and filmmakers in the 1980s and 90s – been read in relation to the concept of intersectionality that provides the foundation for decentring normative feminisms and challenging the white male as the normative subject of Western imagination? What strategies can be found, within the transversal practices of collectives bringing together artists, activists and academics in the 1980s black arts movement, to resist individualising tendencies within contemporary art and find the inspiration to build future alliances?

 

Recorded at Espace Khiasma, 10th June 2016.
Mixed by Esther Porylès

Production: Khiasma, Centre Simone de Beauvoir (Travelling féministe), with the support of INHA.

Proposed by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, in collaboration with Lotte Arndt and Olivier Marboeuf.
With John Akomfrah and Lina Gopaul (filmmakers and producers / Smoking Dogs), Elsa Dorlin (researcher and professor, Paris 8), Nana Adusei-Poku (researcher and professor at Rotterdam University), Jamika Ajalon (artist, musician, poet), Sophie Orlando (researcher, Black Artists and Modernism laboratory, Chelsea/Middlesex University), Françoise Vergès (Global South(s) chair at the Collège d’études mondiales, FMSH, Paris), Lotte Arndt (theorician and professor at the École Supérieure d’Art et Design de Valence) and Sonia Khurana (artist).

Discussions moderated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (curator and writer for l’Internationale online), Lotte Arndt, Olivier Marboeuf and Giovanna Zapperi (art historian, professor at the école nationale supérieure d’Art de Bourges).

Session 3 : State Desire — a seminar by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez & Elena Sorokina

[Paris • France]
An international law, the reasons for non-independent entities to aspire to statehood are enumerated as follows: the notion of sovereignty and the desire for independence and self-determination are the aspirations which come first; the possibility of joining international organizations only open to independent states; and the prospect of being involved in foreign affairs and the right to use force in self-defence are equally important. But what fuels these desires, what kind of affects are involved, how are they generated and expressed? Collectively produced, the strife for recognition and sovereignty is a special kind of affect, usually clashing against the strict international regulations and laws. The speakers invited will present their reflections and insights into a range of topics, from visual expression to fictional (re-)construction, including case studies from different areas of the world. At the end of the seminar, Björk’s music video Declare Independence, will be projected and analyzed.

Session 3 : State Desire — a seminar by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez & Elena Sorokina

[Paris • France]
An international law, the reasons for non-independent entities to aspire to statehood are enumerated as follows: the notion of sovereignty and the desire for independence and self-determination are the aspirations which come first; the possibility of joining international organizations only open to independent states; and the prospect of being involved in foreign affairs and the right to use force in self-defence are equally important. But what fuels these desires, what kind of affects are involved, how are they generated and expressed? Collectively produced, the strife for recognition and sovereignty is a special kind of affect, usually clashing against the strict international regulations and laws. The speakers invited will present their reflections and insights into a range of topics, from visual expression to fictional (re-)construction, including case studies from different areas of the world. At the end of the seminar, Björk’s music video Declare Independence, will be projected and analyzed.