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[Paris • France]

 

Le premier ouvrage du collectif « Décoloniser les arts » paraît chez l’Arche Editeur. Pour cette soirée de lancement, de lectures et de débats, seront présentes Françoise Vergès, Gerty Dambury, Leïla Cukierman qui ont dirigé l’ouvrage et signé les textes théoriques. Mais aussi la plupart des artistes qui y ont contribué : Marine Bachelot Nguyen, Rébecca Chaillon, Eva Doumbia, Daïa Durimel, Amandine Gay, Mohamed Guellati, Karima El Kharraze, Jalil Leclaire, D’ de Kabal, Pascale Obolo et Sandra Sainte Rose Fanchine.

 

Tou.tes ces artistes (avec également Kader Attia, Myriam Dao, Hassane Kassi Kouyaté, Olivier Marboeuf) décrivent leur pratique dans sa dimension décoloniale, parlent des processus de racisation et de la manière dont la décolonisation des arts permet de dénationaliser, déracialiser et désoccidentaliser l’idéologie occidentale de l’universel.

Enregistré par l'équipe de la Colonie le 26 septembre 2018.
Mixage : Simon Marini

Présentation de l'ouvrage Décoloniser les arts (3/4) • Intervention de Françoise Vergès

[Paris • France]

 

Le premier ouvrage du collectif « Décoloniser les arts » paraît chez l’Arche Editeur. Pour cette soirée de lancement, de lectures et de débats, seront présentes Françoise Vergès, Gerty Dambury, Leïla Cukierman qui ont dirigé l’ouvrage et signé les textes théoriques. Mais aussi la plupart des artistes qui y ont contribué : Marine Bachelot Nguyen, Rébecca Chaillon, Eva Doumbia, Daïa Durimel, Amandine Gay, Mohamed Guellati, Karima El Kharraze, Jalil Leclaire, D’ de Kabal, Pascale Obolo et Sandra Sainte Rose Fanchine.

 

Tou.tes ces artistes (avec également Kader Attia, Myriam Dao, Hassane Kassi Kouyaté, Olivier Marboeuf) décrivent leur pratique dans sa dimension décoloniale, parlent des processus de racisation et de la manière dont la décolonisation des arts permet de dénationaliser, déracialiser et désoccidentaliser l’idéologie occidentale de l’universel.

Enregistré par l'équipe de la Colonie le 26 septembre 2018.
Mixage : Simon Marini

[Paris • France]

 

Le premier ouvrage du collectif « Décoloniser les arts » paraît chez l’Arche Editeur. Pour cette soirée de lancement, de lectures et de débats, seront présentes Françoise Vergès, Gerty Dambury, Leïla Cukierman qui ont dirigé l’ouvrage et signé les textes théoriques. Mais aussi la plupart des artistes qui y ont contribué : Marine Bachelot Nguyen, Rébecca Chaillon, Eva Doumbia, Daïa Durimel, Amandine Gay, Mohamed Guellati, Karima El Kharraze, Jalil Leclaire, D’ de Kabal, Pascale Obolo et Sandra Sainte Rose Fanchine.

 

Tou.tes ces artistes (avec également Kader Attia, Myriam Dao, Hassane Kassi Kouyaté, Olivier Marboeuf) décrivent leur pratique dans sa dimension décoloniale, parlent des processus de racisation et de la manière dont la décolonisation des arts permet de dénationaliser, déracialiser et désoccidentaliser l’idéologie occidentale de l’universel.

Enregistré par l'équipe de la Colonie le 26 septembre 2018.
Mixage : Simon Marini

[Paris • France]

 

Le premier ouvrage du collectif « Décoloniser les arts » paraît chez l’Arche Editeur. Pour cette soirée de lancement, de lectures et de débats, seront présentes Françoise Vergès, Gerty Dambury, Leïla Cukierman qui ont dirigé l’ouvrage et signé les textes théoriques. Mais aussi la plupart des artistes qui y ont contribué : Marine Bachelot Nguyen, Rébecca Chaillon, Eva Doumbia, Daïa Durimel, Amandine Gay, Mohamed Guellati, Karima El Kharraze, Jalil Leclaire, D’ de Kabal, Pascale Obolo et Sandra Sainte Rose Fanchine.

 

Tou.tes ces artistes (avec également Kader Attia, Myriam Dao, Hassane Kassi Kouyaté, Olivier Marboeuf) décrivent leur pratique dans sa dimension décoloniale, parlent des processus de racisation et de la manière dont la décolonisation des arts permet de dénationaliser, déracialiser et désoccidentaliser l’idéologie occidentale de l’universel.

Enregistré par l'équipe de la Colonie le 26 septembre 2018.
Mixage : Simon Marini

Conversation entre Vijay Prashad et Françoise Verges

[Paris • France]

 

9h30 – 10h30

Conversation entre Vijay Prashad et Françoise VergesMarcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh

Modéré par Françoise Vergès, Collège d’études mondiales

 

 

1968 fut une année de luttes, d’insurrections, d’offensives et de manifestations contre le capitalisme et l’impérialisme dont la guerre du Viêt Nam fut l’épicentre. La démocratie, l’égalité et l’émancipation y gagnèrent mais ces luttes rencontrèrent aussi une répression brutale et meurtrière. Des récits révisionnistes ont cherché à effacer la violence policière et la mort de combattants, à estomper le rôle des ouvriers, des femmes, des étudiants et des peuples autochtones, et à éliminer l’importance de l’anti-Américanisme comme de l’anti-impérialisme et de l’anticapitalisme, ainsi que les profondes influences qu’eurent ces mouvements sur les guerres de libération en Algérie, en Amérique Latine et au Viêt Nam.

 

Global 68 est une série de conférences organisées par Françoise Vergès, Marcus Rediker, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera et Sylvie Robic, grâce au soutien du Collège d’études mondiales (FMSH), de l’Université de Pittsburgh, du Birkbeck College (Université de Londres) et de l’Université de Paris-Nanterre.

 

Au cours de ces conférences seront analysés les mouvements et les transformations profondes dans les domaines politique et culturel qui ont fait de 1968 une année extraordinaire au niveau mondial. Trois notions seront au centre des discussions : solidarité, histoire globale et histoire d’en bas.

 

 

Global '68 : Lewis Gordon, Thinking Politically against Moralism

[Paris • France]

 

18h30-19h30, Keynote II

Lewis R. Gordon, Connecticut

Thinking Politically against Moralism: Demystifying the Right and the Left in Light of 1968, 2018, and Beyond

Modéré par Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

 

 

1968 fut une année de luttes, d’insurrections, d’offensives et de manifestations contre le capitalisme et l’impérialisme dont la guerre du Viêt Nam fut l’épicentre. La démocratie, l’égalité et l’émancipation y gagnèrent mais ces luttes rencontrèrent aussi une répression brutale et meurtrière. Des récits révisionnistes ont cherché à effacer la violence policière et la mort de combattants, à estomper le rôle des ouvriers, des femmes, des étudiants et des peuples autochtones, et à éliminer l’importance de l’anti-Américanisme comme de l’anti-impérialisme et de l’anticapitalisme, ainsi que les profondes influences qu’eurent ces mouvements sur les guerres de libération en Algérie, en Amérique Latine et au Viêt Nam.

 

Global 68 est une série de conférences organisées par Françoise Vergès, Marcus Rediker, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera et Sylvie Robic, grâce au soutien du Collège d’études mondiales (FMSH), de l’Université de Pittsburgh, du Birkbeck College (Université de Londres) et de l’Université de Paris-Nanterre.

 

Au cours de ces conférences seront analysés les mouvements et les transformations profondes dans les domaines politique et culturel qui ont fait de 1968 une année extraordinaire au niveau mondial. Trois notions seront au centre des discussions : solidarité, histoire globale et histoire d’en bas.

Global '68 : Les luttes au Viêt Nam, en Afrique du nord et en Amérique

[Paris • France]

 

17h-18h30

Global 68 : les luttes au Viêt Nam, en Afrique du nord et en Amérique

 

Philippe Peycam, Leiden, et Rachel Harrison, SOAS

Ephemeral: Empathy, Identification and Consciousness – Vietnam, the War, and the Protest Movements in 1968

Ronald Judy, Pittsburgh

Fanon and the significance of Radical Black Internationalism to 1968: From Tunis to Oakland to Algiers

Robyn C. Spencer, City University of New York

The Black Panther Party and Black Power Internationalism

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Birkbeck

On Revolution and Global ‘68

 

 

1968 fut une année de luttes, d’insurrections, d’offensives et de manifestations contre le capitalisme et l’impérialisme dont la guerre du Viêt Nam fut l’épicentre. La démocratie, l’égalité et l’émancipation y gagnèrent mais ces luttes rencontrèrent aussi une répression brutale et meurtrière. Des récits révisionnistes ont cherché à effacer la violence policière et la mort de combattants, à estomper le rôle des ouvriers, des femmes, des étudiants et des peuples autochtones, et à éliminer l’importance de l’anti-Américanisme comme de l’anti-impérialisme et de l’anticapitalisme, ainsi que les profondes influences qu’eurent ces mouvements sur les guerres de libération en Algérie, en Amérique Latine et au Viêt Nam.

 

Global 68 est une série de conférences organisées par Françoise Vergès, Marcus Rediker, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera et Sylvie Robic, grâce au soutien du Collège d’études mondiales (FMSH), de l’Université de Pittsburgh, du Birkbeck College (Université de Londres) et de l’Université de Paris-Nanterre.

 

Au cours de ces conférences seront analysés les mouvements et les transformations profondes dans les domaines politique et culturel qui ont fait de 1968 une année extraordinaire au niveau mondial. Trois notions seront au centre des discussions : solidarité, histoire globale et histoire d’en bas.

 

 

Global'68 : Peter Linebaugh, An Historical Perspective

[Paris • France]

 

1968 fut une année de luttes, d’insurrections, d’offensives et de manifestations contre le capitalisme et l’impérialisme dont la guerre du Viêt Nam fut l’épicentre. La démocratie, l’égalité et l’émancipation y gagnèrent mais ces luttes rencontrèrent aussi une répression brutale et meurtrière. Des récits révisionnistes ont cherché à effacer la violence policière et la mort de combattants, à estomper le rôle des ouvriers, des femmes, des étudiants et des peuples autochtones, et à éliminer l’importance de l’anti-Américanisme comme de l’anti-impérialisme et de l’anticapitalisme, ainsi que les profondes influences qu’eurent ces mouvements sur les guerres de libération en Algérie, en Amérique Latine et au Viêt Nam.

 

Global 68 est une série de conférences organisées par Françoise Vergès, Marcus Rediker, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera et Sylvie Robic, grâce au soutien du Collège d’études mondiales (FMSH), de l’Université de Pittsburgh, du Birkbeck College (Université de Londres) et de l’Université de Paris-Nanterre.

 

Au cours de ces conférences seront analysés les mouvements et les transformations profondes dans les domaines politique et culturel qui ont fait de 1968 une année extraordinaire au niveau mondial. Trois notions seront au centre des discussions : solidarité, histoire globale et histoire d’en bas.

 

15h30-16h30, Keynote I

Peter Linebaugh, Toledo
Global ’68: An Historical Perspective
Modéré par Marcus Rediker

[Paris • France]

 

1968 fut une année de luttes, d’insurrections, d’offensives et de manifestations contre le capitalisme et l’impérialisme dont la guerre du Viêt Nam fut l’épicentre. La démocratie, l’égalité et l’émancipation y gagnèrent mais ces luttes rencontrèrent aussi une répression brutale et meurtrière. Des récits révisionnistes ont cherché à effacer la violence policière et la mort de combattants, à estomper le rôle des ouvriers, des femmes, des étudiants et des peuples autochtones, et à éliminer l’importance de l’anti-Américanisme comme de l’anti-impérialisme et de l’anticapitalisme, ainsi que les profondes influences qu’eurent ces mouvements sur les guerres de libération en Algérie, en Amérique Latine et au Viêt Nam.

 

Global 68 est une série de conférences organisées par Françoise Vergès, Marcus Rediker, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera et Sylvie Robic, grâce au soutien du Collège d’études mondiales (FMSH), de l’Université de Pittsburgh, du Birkbeck College (Université de Londres) et de l’Université de Paris-Nanterre.

 

Au cours de ces conférences seront analysés les mouvements et les transformations profondes dans les domaines politique et culturel qui ont fait de 1968 une année extraordinaire au niveau mondial. Trois notions seront au centre des discussions : solidarité, histoire globale et histoire d’en bas.

 

15h-15h30

Ouverture
Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh
Françoise Vergès, Collège d’études mondiales

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Oceanic Fabulation

 

Extract from « Overtures », work in progress by Louis Henderson

The secret is only transmitted in transformation and transmutation.

Thinking of opacity and obscurity as aesthetic strategies in artistic creation​, this presentation will look into the politics of translation and transmission of ancestral heritage within settler colonial and former slave societies. Using two extracts from recent films as examples of the double facing of artistic gestures, that both reveal and hide secrets in processes of transmutation.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 30th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Oceanic Fabulation

 

From 1993 to 2002, the Detroit based electronic music duo Drexciya released an influential series of recordings that imagined a fictional world system entitled Drexciya, populated by the subaquatic descendants of Africans drowned by slavers during the Middle Passage. The fabulation of Drexciya provides the point of departure for Hydra Decapita, the new work by The Otolith Group that summons a series of spectres of capital in order to convene a seance that immerses audiences within an affective evocation of contemporary economic abstraction.

 

The screening was followed by a conversation with Erika Balsom to listen here. 

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 30th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Oceanic Fabulation

 

It is a part of a curatorial project Erika Balsom is doing called « An Oceanic Feeling », which looks at the histories, politics, and aesthetics of the ocean through the cinema. The presentation will focus on the problem of representation posed by the middle passage, putting films such as slave ship and souls at sea (both 1937) in dialogue with more recent artists’ work, including the otolith group’s hydra decapita.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Enregistré le 30 mars 2018 à La Colonie.
Conception : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma en collaboration avec Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » est un programme associé du festival Cinéma du Réel au Centre Pompidou.
Avec le soutien du fonds PERSPEKTIVE pour l’art contemporain & l’architecture (une initiative du Bureau des arts plastiques de l’Institut français, soutenue par le Ministère de la Culture et le Goethe Institut) et de Fluxus Art Projects.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Océanic Fabulation 

 

This lecture performance is composed of notes on a film to be made and an essay to be written.  On April 29, 2006, a twenty-foot boat was spotted off the south-eastern coast of Barbados. On board, eleven bodies were found by the coastguards, preserved and desiccated by the sun and salt water. The ghost ship was adrift for four months on the Atlantic Ocean. It set sail on Christmas day in Praia in the Cape Verde Islands, full of migrants from Senegal, Guinea Bissau, and Gambia, en route to the Canary Islands. Each of these men paid £890 for their place on the boat. Four months later the boat was found on the coast of Barbados.

 

This is an inadequate telling of this story that draws on the materials and tools at hand to make sense of the complicity of weather, ocean currents and state violence in the journey of this ship. Hovering between the film and the essay form is a questioning of the adequacy of the measuring of histories and affects connected to crossing, languages to make evident the materiality of the sea, and the both measurable and immeasurable horror contained in the figure of the ghost ship.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 30th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

Black Lens | Ayesha Hameed - Black Atlantis performance

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Océanic Fabulation 

 

This lecture performance is composed of notes on a film to be made and an essay to be written.  On April 29, 2006, a twenty-foot boat was spotted off the south-eastern coast of Barbados. On board, eleven bodies were found by the coastguards, preserved and desiccated by the sun and salt water. The ghost ship was adrift for four months on the Atlantic Ocean. It set sail on Christmas day in Praia in the Cape Verde Islands, full of migrants from Senegal, Guinea Bissau, and Gambia, en route to the Canary Islands. Each of these men paid £890 for their place on the boat. Four months later the boat was found on the coast of Barbados.

 

This is an inadequate telling of this story that draws on the materials and tools at hand to make sense of the complicity of weather, ocean currents and state violence in the journey of this ship. Hovering between the film and the essay form is a questioning of the adequacy of the measuring of histories and affects connected to crossing, languages to make evident the materiality of the sea, and the both measurable and immeasurable horror contained in the figure of the ghost ship.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 30th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

Voix-vives | Entretien avec Alexandra Dolls, réalisatrice du film «Derrière les fronts»

[Paris XI • France]

 

Entretien avec Alexandra Dols, réalisatrice du film Derrière les fronts : résistances et résilience en Palestine par Béatrice Rettig lors de la journée Voix-vives

 

« Derrière les fronts : résistances et résiliences en Palestine » est un film documentaire sur les conséquences invisibles de la colonisation : l’occupation intime, celle de l’espace mental. Espace où l’équilibre, l’estime de soi, le moral et l’âme deviennent des lieux de lutte, de résilience et de résistance.

 

Voix vives, ou l’histoire orale du présent est une journée de workshop et plateau radiophonique public autour de l’histoire des mouvements, au croisement du collectif et des itinéraires personnels, les pratiques historiennes à la marge, les arts narratifs qui laissent de la place à la subjectivité, ces histoires au pluriel non historicisées qui ne suivent pas les logiques de l’histoire avec un grand H.

 

Enregistré le 6 juin 2018
Organisation / Programmation : Inter-zones
Production et réalisation radiophonique : R22 Radio Tout Monde
Production du livestream : Serveur Noserver/Coopérative de Livestram P-node

[Nanterre • France]
 
Angela Davis & Tariq Ali en conversation avec Françoise Vergès et Marcus Rediker

 

Two prominent figures of militancy and activism gathered for this particular evening: Angela Davis, known internationally for her fight against racism, sexism and the American prison system, and Tariq Ali, a staunch opponent to Pakistan’s military dictatorship, now a major figure of the world’s left and a writer. They conversed with researcher and activist Françoise Vergès, historian Marcus Rediker and the audience.

 

The two discussed neoliberalism, the systematic destruction of countries of the Global South by USA wars, Palestine, the necessary support of  the BDS campaign, abolitionist feminism, music… the discussion is available in French and in English.

 

Global 68 is a series of conferences organised by Françoise Vergès, Marcus Rediker, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Sylvie Robic, thanks to the support of the College of Global Studies (FMSH), Pittsburgh University, Birkbeck College (University of London) and Paris-Nanterre University.
The translation of this conference was by Nacira Guénif-Souilamas and Geoffrey Pleyers.
Recorded at Nanterre-Amandiers theatre on 3rd May 2018.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Surfacing Trouble (Piercing Surface and Deep Sea Frontiers)

 

What is Deep Sea Mining? is a five episode webseries dedicated to the topic of deep sea mining, a new frontier of resource extraction at the bottom of the ocean, set to begin in the next few years. The prospects of this new, experimental form of mining are re-actualizing a colonial, frontier mentality and redefining extractivist economies for the twenty-first century. This webseries addresses different issues related to this process, from resource politics to ocean governance by international bodies, prompting today’s shift towards a « blue economy » but also efforts to defend sustained ocean literacy when the deep ocean, its species, and resources remain largely unmapped and unstudied.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 30th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

Black Lens | « Prologue » (work in progress) by Rachel O’Reilly

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Surfacing Trouble (Piercing Surface and Deep Sea Frontiers)

 

Australian-born artist, poet and critic Rachel O’Reilly is producing with Pa.LaC.E (Valle Medina and Benjamin Reynolds) the first moving image work of her ongoing artistic research project The Gas Imaginary. Since 2013, through poetry, collaborative drawing, public lectures and film history screenings, The Gas Imaginary has diagrammed the drama of install and political dis-ordering produced by the unconventional gas extraction (fracking), as it has rolled out internally to the New Economy–in Australia, between the artist’s home town port city of Gladstone, Central Queensland (which for just 4 months in 1847 was the capital of a Colony of North Australia) and across agricultural zones inland of Australia’s east coast. The industry now threatens remote aboriginal communities at the centre of the country where, ten years ago, the Northern Territory intervention conducted a large scale land grab.

 

Addressing the difference between modernist (vertical) and unconventional (rhizomatic) mining techniques that are challenging settler colonial citizenships, O’Reilly’s project connects mine to port developments, land to ocean, to address the contradictions of democratic ideals and propertied material justice under settler colonialism.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 30th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Mémoire humaine et œil de machine

 

Is the drone a continuation of separability or a tool for fugitivity ? We will comment on this question with words and images that illustrate each set of possibilities. These will include considerations of visibility, as an imposition of separability and its relationship with the predication of essence on the world and its parts. But also, being untethered from the ground allows the drone to see across multiple axes of spacetime, which approximates migrancy as mode of being of the world, which offers fugitivity as a proper descriptor for existence.

 

Plus d’informations sur Black Lens

Recorded on the 29th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

Black Lens | Visibility of the Work of Harun Farocki : An Archeology of the Image

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Mémoire humaine et œil de machine

 

A considerable number of Farocki’s films and installations assemble materials from archives, and in this sense they may be recognized as «montage» or compilation films. However, neither of the terms manages to summarize the peculiar approach of the filmmaker-artist. In his work, re-editing is certainly a process of thinking about images; and the act of assembling together pre-existing shots surely evokes the idea of a “collection of documents” (“compilation”), constituting an explicit figure in many of Farocki’s essay films, and exposing archive materials to processes of repetition and permutation as well as to a complex interplay between the acoustic and the visual.

 

The medium, by assuming the function of an “archiving archive” (Derrida), participates in the generation of future images. We may call Farocki’s image criticism “archaeological”, having in mind Michel Foucault’s envisaging of a historically determined system of thought and his working on the sources in order to give an account of the order of thought. As an extension to this archaeological approach, we may underline the importance of the materiality of techniques. The contribution intends to show how, in Farocki’s work, montage comes to produce a thinking of visibility as well as to suggest the unthought in the archive and its relation with the filmic unthought at the moment of recording.

 

Plus d’informations sur Black Lens

Recorded on the 29th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

Black Lens | What is the Content of (Your) (Black) Technique? : Le geste comme technologie

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Human Memory and Machine Eye

 

Onyeka will introduce the videos and speak about their aim — the use of dance, the body, movement, and gesture as technologies or analytics. After the films Ciaran will read a piece about the works developing some of their themes in relation recent work by Rizvana Bradley and Andrew Benjamin on these questions of gesture, Adorno on technique and technology, in response to Moten and Harney’s provocation that « the black aesthetic is not about technique, is not a technique… »

 

 

More informations on Black Lens

 

Recorded on the 29th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Human Memory and Machine Eye

 

In this lecture, Zach Blas gazes into the crystal balls of Silicon Valley and charts the transmutation of big data into a magical substance that predicts—and polices—our future.

 

Focusing on the appropriation of mysticism and magic by Silicon Valley start-ups and governmental surveillance agencies alike, Blas suggests that the crystal ball, a transparent device that permits one to see into the future, has come to stand in as a paradigm for how tech entrepreneurs prefer to imagine the algorithmic processing of information.

 

Palantir Technologies, it is suggested, is at the forefront of such metric mysticism. Co-founded by Peter Thiel—and described by some as the most powerful machine for spying ever devised—the controversial data analytics company appropriates the palantir, a fictional all-seeing crystal ball used by wizards in The Lord of the Rings. Here, in the palantir, data becomes the new absolute, determining what the future is and how it should be controlled.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 29th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Escaping, hiding, fighting from the shadows: Opacity, transmission and toxicity

 

The talk explores some technologies of seeing — images, surveillance, categories, terror, representation — to give historical-geographic context to the PAIGC documentary film cadre’s work. Topics include the Berlin Conference, Kodak’s innovations in film and processing, imperial uses of anti-slavery, and the scopic imperatives of colonialism and apartheid. What are some contradictions, and how might we understand the PAIGC legacy as fundamental to ongoing decolonial practice that enlivens consciousness by re-seeing experience?

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 29th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

Black Lens : Meteorizations (Humble Derives from Humus) : Amilcar Cabral’s Materialist Heritage

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Escaping, hiding, fighting from the shadows: Opacity, transmission and toxicity

 

A reading of Amílcar Cabral’s agronomic writings exposes the substrata of a syntax for liberation later performed in guerrilla language and struggle. It is a timely reminder in troubled times, a commoning of the humble — reclaiming soil as a rhizosphere rich in animated beings and inscriptions of oppression. A place to return to in order to regenerate a future multitude that was divided through the violent engineering of the Capitalocene. This take, on Amílcar Cabral’s agency as an agronaut, ventures through his soil cosmologies, mesologies, meteorizations, atmos-lithos conflict zones, celluloid compost, imperial consumptions — the sugar question. It matters what matters matter matters.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 29th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Escaping, hiding, fighting from the shadows: Opacity, transmission and toxicity

 

Conversation with Bonaventure Son Bejeng Ndikung about the talks holded by Jepthé Carmil, Nadia Yala Kisukidi, Nadir Khanfour and Olivier Marboeuf.

 

More informations on Black Lens

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Recorded on the 29th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Starting with a paradox : how can skin, that exposes all of the police interrogations, all of the abusive designations, become, at the same time, the sign of hospitality? How are we to theoretically produce the noun “black”, to mean, despite a whole history of violence, the possibility of refuge?

 

It is at the heart of an imagined scene between the Americans and the Europeans, grasped in the texts of Césaire and Baldwin and by the voice of Jeanne Lee, that we will attempt to specify the ambivalence, the difficulties, just like the dreamlike potentials of the idea of “racial hospitality”.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Enregistré le 29 mars 2018 à La Colonie.
Conception : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma en collaboration avec Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » est un programme associé du festival Cinéma du Réel au Centre Pompidou.
Avec le soutien du fonds PERSPEKTIVE pour l’art contemporain & l’architecture (une initiative du Bureau des arts plastiques de l’Institut français, soutenue par le Ministère de la Culture et le Goethe Institut) et de Fluxus Art Projects.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Escaping, hiding, fighting from the shadows: Opacity, transmission and toxicity

 

The question at stake here, is to think of the opacity of the body within the political sphere. The action of veiling and unveiling women’s bodies in French Algeria have shown the strategic potentials of the recovering of bodies in the face of the perspective of the occupier. Harun Farocki grasped the interest of this and prolonged the action in 1988 with Images du monde et inscription de la guerre (Images of the world and inscriptions of war), using the film as a rescue space of the fascist and colonial histories of modern Europe. This intervention will consider the contemporary gestures that attempt to escape from police identification, from facial recognition and all forms of summons by light.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 29th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Escaping, hiding, fighting from the shadows: Opacity, transmission and toxicity

 

We will cross over marroons scenes at Saint-Dominic. They are seen as experiences of subjectification, in other words moments in which the captive experiments with the liberated use of their body and attempts to create another space that participates in the formation of a new kind of common.

 

These new, very fleeting, space-times, sometimes institute spaces in which the body emancipates itself from exclusively productive frameworks implanted by plantationary systems. They also offer another regime of visibility and of perception of the body. It is a new topography which alters the domain of possibility at the centre of the plantation itself.

 

What is at stake in this reading, is the replacing of these scenes into a discontinued history of freedom of bodies and their expressive capacity. My words will be accompanied by a fragment of text that retraces a scene of resistance that took place on a slave ship, this technical-political dispositif, which insured the crossing of the Atlantic. Then, from a numismatic archive, I will present the survival of the spectre of the Maroons over the course of the second half of the XXème century.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 29th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

Black Lens | Creating safe places, hiding oneself in the light

[Paris 10e • France]

 

The safe places that we are going to talk about, maybe to undo and reform them over and over again, are inscribed somewhere. They are demonstrative from somewhere, but this inscription does not mean anything in terms of their permanence, they are not solid and do not always exist with the same intensity. They need to be brought up. These are presences, which are to be summoned “under certain conditions”. And it is perhaps these very conditions that we have been seeking, that we are seeking and that we will be seeking throughout these conversation, navigating from the light to the shadows, from words to that which escapes words, from forgotten images to our way of bringing them back. Unless they have come back themselves and archived themselves within our bodies. The subject matter is vast and during the seminar we will be considering the question of the different possible regimes of visibility and invisibility, to learn to “hide oneself in the light”. Or, to put it another way, the safe places that we are interested in are not utopias, they are not outside the realms of the world we live in and even share a part of its toxicity, in as much as they take their share of a common and at times painful history.

 

As we needed to find a starting point to draw out the struggle as well as places to live, we have chosen a several narratives because, throughout the two days, we will be dealing with manners of telling and making appear, of giving form or maybe contours to certain situations, of making cinemas, and out of these cinemas, forces that engage. Because we don’t want these narratives to be told by one voice only, we have chosen to get away from the “figure” and instead concentrate on the “scene” as a space of multitude, of polyphony, of indissociable bodies who know and produces possible places that flee from day.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 29th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

[Paris 10e • France]

 

On the occasion of the exhibition by artists Filipa César and Louis Henderson, «Op-Film: An Archaeology of Optics» at Espace Khiasma (29th March — 28th April in Les Lilas, on the outskirts of Paris), Khiasma presented Black Lens, a two-day experimental seminar at La Colonie (Paris) on 29th-30th March, associating a series of screenings, audiovisual performances and conversations by artists and theorists from France, Germany, the UK and Portugal.

 

Black Lens unfolds as one long conversation ongoing over two days — an open work space to share forms and research interrogating the conditions of invention of safe spaces through gesture and narrative, code and body. Following on from the exhibition Op-Film: An Archaeology of Optics, Black Lens attempted to trace, within technologies of sight, the contours of minority ecologies, forms of life and of knowledge transmission. From humus to ocean, algorithm to creole, from surface to depth — where are new zones of conflict drawn out and where do they crystallize? Where can the voices we need to struggle with be written out and woven?

 

With : Erika Balsom, Zach Blas, Christa Blümlinger, Jephthé Carmil, The Otolith Group (Kodwo Eshun & Anjalika Sagar), Denise Ferreira da Silva, Ciarán Finlayson, Ayesha Hameed, Onyeka Igwe, Nadia Yala Kisukidi, Nadir Khanfour, Margarida Mendes, Olivier Marboeuf, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Arjuna Neuman, Rachel O’Reilly, Lorenzo Pezzani & Charles Heller, Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.

Elizabeth Povinelli : « The Rise of Extimate Aesthetics »

[Paris • France]

 

The third lecture begins with the Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth—colonized, subaltern, black and brown, the Indigenous and others who make their way through the toxic spacings of radical risk, trudging between work that doesn’t pay and dwellings that cannot be inhabited, swamps that cannot be sustained or drained—in order to reexamine the concept of the cultic in aesthetic theory and the function of art in western philosophies of truth. Acting as a concluding discussion of politics and arts in the wake of the toxic earth, “The Rise of Extimate Aesthetics,” argues that what is needed is not a new account of art, aesthetics, and artists, but an accounting of how all three contribute to the maintenance and extension of an enchanted politics of toxic sovereignty and how new form extimate aesthetics may be emerging within and against it.

 

Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University where she has also been the Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Law and Culture. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University in 1991. She is the author of numerous books and essays as well as a former editor of the academic journal Public Culture.

Conférence enregistré dans le cadre d'une série de rencontres avec Elizabeth Povinelli, organisé par Université Paris 1 – Ecole des arts de la Sorbonne. Enregistré le 20 mars 2018 au Reid Hall – Columbia Center à Paris.

Elizabeth Povinelli : « The Collapse of Political Concepts »

[Paris • France]

 

This second lecture begins with four axioms that emerge when politics enters the interstitial spacing among the whole earth, gaia, and autonomous worlds. The four axioms are: the extimacy of existence; the collapse of western distinctions and hierarchies of existence, most signi cantly that between Life and Nonlife, the biological and geological; the distribution of the effects of power and the power to affect a given terrain of existence; and the multiplicity and collapse of forms of the event. How does the straining of quasi-spaces and fuzzy things and of the efforts and forces of embankment of existence demand an accounting from western political concepts for their refusal to register their historical and current effects on the toxic earth?

 

Elisabeth Povinelli is professor in anthropology at Columbia University (New York). Her writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Informed primarily by the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory and grounded in the circulation of values, materialities, and socialities. This potential theory has unfolded primarily from within a sustained relationship with Indigenous colleagues in north Australia and across five books, numerous essays, and four films with the Karrabing Film Collective. Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism was the 2017 recipient of the Lionel Trilling Book Award. Karrabing films were awarded the 2015 Visible Award and the 2015 Cinema Nova Award Best Short Fiction Film, Melbourne International Film Festival and have shown internationally including in the Berlinale Forum Expanded, Sydney Biennale; MIFF, the Tate Modern, documenta-14, and the Contour Biennale.

Conférence enregistré dans le cadre d'une série de rencontres avec Elizabeth Povinelli, organisé par Université Paris 1 – Ecole des arts de la Sorbonne. Enregistré le 6 mars 2018 au Reid Hall – Columbia Center à Paris.

[Paris • France]

 

Pivoted between Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition and a group of mermaids in a recent Karrabing Film Collective work, “The Return of the World” begins a discussion of the toxic earth by distinguishing among a whole earth, gaia (gr. life; female progenitor of life), and autonomous worlds. How does toxicity give lie to all three? The term “return” in the lecture title might suggest something that was once part of western theory was left behind or lost but has now come back as if a prodigal son. But what is returning, what never left, and where? What if the mermaids never vanished with the assault of colonizing modern, nor returned because of rationality’s disenchantment? What if the mermaids have continued to move across the landscape even as the specificities of their journeys were altered by the toxic actions of colonialism, industrialism, and their value extractions? In other words, how do the imagines of the whole earth, autonomous worlds, and gaia cover over as much as they reveal about large segments of existence which were never enchanted or disenchanted rather, as the African American filmmaker, Charles Burnett, put it in relation to his film The Killer of Sheep, fighting to preserve and endure in a constantly altering terrain of toxic racism and settler colonialism

 

Elisabeth Povinelli is professor in anthropology at Columbia University (New York). Her writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Informed primarily by the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory and grounded in the circulation of values, materialities, and socialities. This potential theory has unfolded primarily from within a sustained relationship with Indigenous colleagues in north Australia and across five books, numerous essays, and four films with the Karrabing Film Collective. Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism was the 2017 recipient of the Lionel Trilling Book Award. Karrabing films were awarded the 2015 Visible Award and the 2015 Cinema Nova Award Best Short Fiction Film, Melbourne International Film Festival and have shown internationally including in the Berlinale Forum Expanded, Sydney Biennale; MIFF, the Tate Modern, documenta-14, and the Contour Biennale.

Conférence enregistré dans le cadre d'une série de rencontres avec Elizabeth Povinelli, organisé par Université Paris 1 – Ecole des arts de la Sorbonne. Enregistré le 6 mars 2018 à Paris 1 – Ecole des arts de la Sorbonne

[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. 3/4

[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).

Beyond division lines. Transnational feminism and cultural studies. 2/4

[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).

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).

[Les Lilas • France]

 

L’exposition Kinesis accueillera la première des Black Code Sessions, une série de rencontres qui vise à déplier les questions qu’ouvrent le film Black Code/Code Noir, de Louis Henderson, afin d’en assembler de nouvelles versions. Réalisé dans l’urgence en 2015, Black Code/Code Noir est un ciné-tract assemblé en réaction à la mort de deux jeunes afro-américains, Michael Brown et Kajieme Powell, tués par la police. Dans une démarche archéologique, le film concentre de nombreux fragments de récits issus des profondeurs d’Internet pour saisir les origines complexes de ces tragédies. Arguant que derrière ce présent se cache une histoire sédimentée de l’esclavage conservée par les lois françaises du Code Noir et celles américaines dites des Black Codes, écrites au XVIIème siècle, le film suppose que ces codes se sont transformés en algorithmes qui guident les analyses des banques de données de la police et président aujourd’hui au contrôle nécropolitique des afro-américains. Dans un détournement historique vers un passé-futur, ce projet s’intéresse aux origines animistes de la révolution haïtienne comme symbole d’un futur possible. Si le Code Noir était la forme originelle de la gouvernance algorithmique alors la révolution haïtienne fut la première occurrence de son hacking. Aujourd’hui encore ne serait-elle pas un imaginaire capable de déconstruire ce code en le piratant ?

 

Rassemblés pour cette Black Code Session, les participants – chercheurs, artistes, cinéastes, activistes et étudiants – se réuniront à huis clos une journée durant pour mettre le film en débat et proposer de le modifier et l’étendre. Au lendemain de cette discussion, lors d’une grande soirée de restitution organisée à Khiasma, chacun des invités est amené à intervenir pour présenter l’aboutissement de ce processus collaboratif et le rouvrir au dialogue avec le public.   Au terme de cette première session participative et de l’exposition Kinesis, une nouvelle version étendue de Black Code/Code Noir sera réalisée et présentée au public lors du finissage de l’exposition, samedi 2 juillet. Elle sera la base des sessions suivantes, qui auront lieu ces prochains mois dans d’autres lieux en France comme à l’étranger.

Mixage : Esther Porylès

Avec Erik Bullot (cinéaste et enseignant), Jephthé Carmil (Doctorant à l’université Paris-Diderot, travaille sur les liens
entre iconographie postcoloniale et art contemporain), Pascale Obolo (cinéaste, performeuse et rédactrice en chef de
la revue Afrikadaa), Karine Lebrun (Artiste et professeure « internet, numérique et documents » à l’École Européenne
Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne), Olivier Hadouchi (historien du cinéma et programmateur de films, auteur d’une thèse
en 2012 intitulée « Le cinéma dans les luttes de libération : genèses, initiatives pratiques et inventions formelles autour
de la Tricontinentale (1966-1975) »), Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni (cinéastes), Sophie Wahnich (Historienne,
spécialiste de la Révolution française, membre du comité de rédaction de la revue Vacarme), Louis Henderson (cinéaste)
et Olivier Marboeuf (auteur, curateur, performeur et directeur de l’Espace Khiasma).
Les Black Code Sessions sont organisées avec le soutien du Dicréam

«La Peau Vive» : Entretien avec Frédéric Nauczyciel

[Saint-Denis • France]

 

Dans l’espace de l’exposition La Peau vive de Frédéric Nauczyciel, présentée dans la chapelle du Musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Denis dans le cadre du programme Chapelle Vidéo, Olivier Marboeuf s’entretient longuement avec l’artiste sur ce projet, aboutissement de plusieurs années de travail à Baltimore et en Seine-Saint-Denis et de collaborations avec les communautés noire et transgenre de ces deux territoires et des artistes engagés dans les pratiques performatives. Un projet qui redéploie les thèmes et formes du travail de Frédéric Nauczyciel, alors qu’il propose à ses complices de filmer eux-mêmes leurs tatouages, leurs scarifications, leur peau, et ce faisant, d’échantillonner une partie de leur histoire.

 

FRÉDÉRIC NAUCZYCIEL // LA PEAU VIVE // DU 23.03.2017 AU 29.05.2017

La peau est ce qui nous sépare et nous protège de la ville. Sa plasticité – sa fermeté et sa souplesse – évoque une manière d’être dans la ville, un état toujours changeant, fluide, jamais figé. En réponse à l’invitation de Chapelle Vidéo, programme d’art vidéo du Département de Seine-Saint-Denis, Frédéric Nauczyciel investit la chapelle du musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Saint-Denis et présente La Peau vive, une installation qui invite des performers et le public à s’emparer de l’espace muséal, qui mixe chorégraphies, récits de vie, mises en abime de l’image de soi. Disséminés dans la chapelle de l’ancien carmel, huit et un écrans -le neuvième, central, de 6 m de large – composent un rythme propre, construisant un musée intime éphémère où l’histoire de corps affleure à même la peau comme les êtres affleurent à la surface de la ville.

Frédéric Nauczyciel est un artiste visuel français qui travaille entre la France et les Etats-Unis. Nourri par la danse et le cinéma, il réalise des photographies, des films et des installations. Il fait appel à l’expérience de la performance pour produire des « images vivantes ». Son œuvre aborde l’expérience physique de la ville, la traversée du centre à la périphérie, les variations entre le masculin et le féminin, ou encore l’image de soi et de l’autre. Il transpose dans le lieu de l’art des langues performatives, telles que portées par le Voguing* les Marching Band ou la langue des signes. Ce faisant, il réinvestit les clivages entre culture savante et culture populaire, il souligne la sophistication des expressions urbaines, révèle leur portée politique. Ses productions sont présentées en France (Mac/Val Vitry, Musée de la Chasse à Paris, Rencontres Internationales de Photographie d’Arles, aux Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin, Centre Pompidou Paris) et aux Etats-Unis (FotoFest Intenational Houston, Julie Menerret Contemporary New York). Il figure dans la collection du Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Public # Ceux qui nous regardent, Le temps devant et The Fire Flies, Baltimore) et dans la Collection départementale d’art contemporain de la Seine-Saint-Denis (A Baroque Ball). En 2017, il est accompagné par l’Espace Khiasma et est artiste associé à la Cité Internationale des Arts à Paris.

Que reste-t-il lorsque l’on n’a que soi-même à offrir, son corps dans la ville, alors que c’est cette ville qui l’a façonné ? La peau devient ce qui nous en sépare et nous en protège, tout autant qu’elle nous y abandonne. Sa plasticité – sa fermeté comme sa souplesse – fait écho à une fluidité urbaine. Elle évoque un état toujours changeant, jamais figé, nécessaire pour habiter la ville. La Peau vive présente un ensemble de films réalisés par Frédéric Nauczyciel entre 2012 et 2016, lors de plusieurs voyages à Baltimore, dans l’état du Maryland aux Etats-Unis, et d’une résidence de deux années en Seine-Saint-Denis. L’installation relie ainsi les ghettos noirs d’une des villes nord-américaines les plus ségrégées à la périphérie parisienne à travers les membres des communautés transgenres noires des deux territoires -avec lesquels il collabore depuis plusieurs années- ainsi que des artistes, tels le slameur D’ de Kabal, ou encore le performeur Jean-Luc Verna. En les amenant à filmer eux-mêmes leurs tatouages, leurs scarifications, leur peau, face à la caméra, Frédéric Nauczyciel, tel un répétiteur, les invite à sampler une partie de leur histoire. A travers leur gestuelle, le choix du parcours de leur corps devant la caméra, du cadre ou de la mise au point, ils racontent leur manière d’être à la ville, d’(y) apparaître – c’est à dire leur manière de réinventer sa géographie, de faire de la périphérie le centre. Ces corps en mouvement donnent à voir les variations possibles du masculin au féminin. Ils traduisent une forme d’urbanité où ce qui est populaire contient une élégance et où le ghetto offre un horizon et une flamboyance.

Disséminés dans la chapelle, huit et un neuvième écran – central, de 6 m de large, opérant un ré-échantillonnage de l’ensemble – donnent corps aux corps, aux peaux vives, aux tatouages. Par un traitement ralenti, l’image se meut et déjoue les perceptions, le film devient trompe l’œil baroque – et évoque le perpétuel inachèvement de nos perceptions, de nous-mêmes ou des autres. Chacun des films porte en lui la promesse d’un solo, qui peut être dansé par un autre. Durant l’exposition, des performeurs viendront mettre en mouvement l’installation vidéo par leur présence vive, en ré-interprétant des bribes de film par la danse ou en réalisant en public des séances de filmage en direct. Ce faisant, l’installation propose de construire un espace au sein duquel les visiteurs font l’expérience du corps de l’autre ; un espace qui laisse les corps en transformation libres de toute assignation. L’installation s’ouvre sur Casper Ebony, à Baltimore, qui se filme. L’attention du performeur face à la caméra et à son image transcende tout narcissisme : du regard nait le mouvement. Ailleurs, Kory Blacksjuan Revlon, en filmant les tatouages qu’il a sous les yeux, tourne son regard vers nous. C’est aussi à cette expérience du regard que La Peau vive nous invite.

 

Exposition organisée par le département de la Seine-Saint-Denis et la ville de Saint-Denis avec le soutien du Dicréam (CNC) et du Centquatre, Paris. La Peau Vive a été sélectionné par la commission mécénat de la Fondation nationale des arts graphiques et plastiques, qui lui a apporté son soutien.

 

Avec Baltimore Lisa Revlon, Legendary Father, David Revlon, Dale Blackheart, Kory Blacksjuan Revlon, Sin Toyer, Casper Ebony, Darryl Loudboi, Ismâïl Ibn Conner, James Conley III, Cameron Lavone Deshelids, Justin Mcclary Paris Honeysha Khan, Ari de B, Lionel Abenaqui, D’ de Kabal, Jean-Luc Verna, Benoit Oget, Musique et voix Abdu ali Phoebe Jean D’de Kabal House of HMU, performeurs Vinii Revlon, Diva Ivy Balenciaga, Dale Blackheart, Honeysha Khan, Ari de B, Julie Burton, assistante Équipe technique Eponine Momanceau et Daniela Mileykovsky, cheffes opérateur, Fanny Weinzaepflen, mixeuse son, Xavier Sirven, monteur, Jean Coudsi, étalonneur, Alan Purene, régisseur installation vidéo Programmation Nathalie Lafforgue, Marion Debillon, Julien Trésor Presse Valentine Umansky

Enregistrement réalisé dans l'exposition «La Peau Vive» au Musée d'art et d'histoire de Saint-Denis.
Prise de son et montage : Adrien Tripon.
L'entretien est traversé de quelques extraits sonores issus des vidéos qui composent l'installation de Frédéric Nauczyciel

Echange avec Françoise Vergès autour de son livre «Le Ventre des femmes»

[Les Lilas • France]

Échanges avec Françoise Vergès suite à la lecture-rencontre organisée à l’Espace Khiasma en mars 2017, à l’occasion de la sortie de son livre Le Ventre des femmes. Capitalisme, racialisation, féminisme (Albin Michel, 2017). Cliquez ici pour commencer avec la lecture d’Olivier Marboeuf et les interventions de Seloua Luste Boulbina et Françoise Vergès.

«Dans les années 1960-1970, l’État français encourage l’avortement et la contraception dans les départements d’outre-mer alors même qu’il les interdit en France métropolitaine. Comment expliquer de telles disparités ? Dès 1945, invoquant la « surpopulation » de ses anciennes colonies, l’État français prône le contrôle des naissances et l’organisation de l’émigration ; une politique qui le conduit à reconfigurer à plusieurs reprises l’espace de la République, provoquant un repli progressif sur l’Hexagone au détriment des outre-mer, où les abus se multiplient. Françoise Vergès s’interroge sur les causes et les conséquences de ces reconfigurations et sur la marginalisation de la question raciale et coloniale par les mouvements féministes actifs en métropole, en particulier le MLF. En s’appuyant sur les notions de genre, de race, de classe dans une ère postcoloniale, l’auteure entend faire la lumière sur l’histoire mutilée de ces femmes d’outre-mer, héritage douloureux d’un système esclavagiste, colonialiste et capitaliste encore largement ignoré aujourd’hui.»

Françoise Vergès est titulaire de la Chaire « Global South(s) » au Collège d’études mondiales, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris. Elle est notamment l’auteure d’Entretiens avec Aimé Césaire, Nègre je suis, nègre je resterai (2005), de La Mémoire enchaînée (2006), et de L’Homme prédateur (2011).

Enregistré à l'Espace Khiasma, le 22 mars 2017.
Mix : Esther Poryles et Adrien Tripon

Le Ventre des femmes, Lecture-Rencontre avec Françoise Vergès

[Les Lilas • France]

Rencontre avec Françoise Vergès à l’occasion de la sortie de son dernier livre, Le Ventre des femmes. Capitalisme, racialisation, féminisme (Albin Michel, 2017). Une lecture d’un passage par Olivier Marboeuf, auteur et directeur de Khiasma. En conversation avec Seloua Luste Boulbina, chercheuse associée au Laboratoire de Changement Social et Politique (LCSP – Université Denis Diderot Paris). Elle est notamment l’auteure de L’Afrique et ses Fantômes (2015), Les Arabes peuvent-ils parler? (2011) et Le Singe de Kafka et autres propos sur la colonie (2008).

« Dans les années 1960-1970, l’État français encourage l’avortement et la contraception dans les départements d’outre-mer alors même qu’il les interdit en France métropolitaine. Comment expliquer de telles disparités ? Dès 1945, invoquant la « surpopulation » de ses anciennes colonies, l’État français prône le contrôle des naissances et l’organisation de l’émigration ; une politique qui le conduit à reconfigurer à plusieurs reprises l’espace de la République, provoquant un repli progressif sur l’Hexagone au détriment des outre-mer, où les abus se multiplient. Françoise Vergès s’interroge sur les causes et les conséquences de ces reconfigurations et sur la marginalisation de la question raciale et coloniale par les mouvements féministes actifs en métropole, en particulier le MLF. En s’appuyant sur les notions de genre, de race, de classe dans une ère postcoloniale, l’auteure entend faire la lumière sur l’histoire mutilée de ces femmes d’outre-mer, héritage douloureux d’un système esclavagiste, colonialiste et capitaliste encore largement ignoré aujourd’hui. »

Françoise Vergès est titulaire de la Chaire « Global South(s) » au Collège d’études mondiales, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris. Elle est notamment l’auteure d’Entretiens avec Aimé Césaire, Nègre je suis, nègre je resterai (2005), de La Mémoire enchaînée (2006), et de L’Homme prédateur (2011).

Le Ventre des femmes est disponible en vente à l’Espace Khiasma.

Enregistré à l'Espace Khiasma le mercredi 22 mars 2017
Mix : Esther Poryles