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A la pointe (coupante) des algorithmes

[Les Lilas • France]

 

Dans le cadre d’une journée d’étude organisée par le post-diplôme Documents et art contemporain de l’Ecole européenne supérieure de l’image, et de la publication dédiée à sa recherche, Louis Henderson convie deux théoriciens à proposer des lectures de son travail : Kodwo Eshun et Stephen Wright.

 

Kinesis : du grec ancien κίνησις. 1. Mouvement, particul. mouvement de la danse 2. fig. agitation, trouble, soulèvement.

Cette première exposition monographique en France du cinéaste anglais Louis Henderson s’organise autour de la mise en relation de deux de ses films récents : Black Code Code Noir (2015) et The Sea is History (2016), présenté dans une version de travail. Alors que le premier explore l’archéologie d’Internet pour mettre en lumière le rôle des algorithmes dans le contrôle social et nécropolitique de la communauté afro-américaine aujourd’hui, le second revient en République Dominicaine et à Haïti, à l’endroit même où Christophe Colomb posa le pied en 1492, geste inaugural de la Modernité coloniale.

Les nombreux événements accueillis dans l’espace de Kinesis sont autant d’efforts pour fabriquer collectivement de nouveaux régimes critiques de récit, faire émerger des figures spéculatives, actualiser les héritages des cultural studies tout autant que repenser les pratiques du hacking et notre relation aux nouvelles technologies de l’information. L’exposition Kinesis imagine des chemins et des vocabulaires pour reconstruire une histoire des possibles, rendre visible les persistances du pouvoir et fabuler le désenvoûtement de ses codes par le truchement d’une nouvelle révolution animiste au cœur de la Caraïbe.

 

00 : 00 : 00 — Olivier Marboeuf

00 : 02 : 34 — Erik Bullot

00 : 12 : 40 — Louis Henderson

00 : 26 : 46 — Kodwo Eshun

01 : 58 : 51 — Stephen Wright 

02 : 40 : 07 — Questions

[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

Statistiques et algorithmes : que fait le chiffre à la police ?

[Les Lilas • France]

 

Comment penser un service public de la police en dehors de la spirale des données statistiques et de la logique comptable qui pousse inexorablement à toujours plus de police et à l’économie de la violence ?

 

Cette première exposition monographique en France du cinéaste anglais Louis Henderson s’organise autour de la mise en relation de deux de ses films récents : Black Code Code Noir (2015) et The Sea is History (2016), présenté dans une version de travail. Alors que le premier explore l’archéologie d’Internet pour mettre en lumière le rôle des algorithmes dans le contrôle social et nécropolitique de la communauté afro-américaine aujourd’hui, le second revient en République Dominicaine et à Haïti, à l’endroit même où Christophe Colomb posa le pied en 1492, geste inaugural de la Modernité coloniale. Tendue entre ces deux moments, l’exposition se développe comme un espace de recherche. Pendant un mois, Kinesis accueillera de nombreux événements parmi lesquels la première des Black Code Sessions, rencontre rassemblant chercheurs, cinéastes, artistes et activistes qui dépliera les questions qu’ouvre le film Black Code Code Noir afin d’en assembler de nouvelles versions. Au cœur de cette exposition-projet se déploie ainsi un véritable espace de recherche autour du film et des questions qu’il aborde, mettant en partage son matériau et des sources d’inspiration de l’artiste – musique, textes, documents –, invitant chaque visiteur à contribuer activement à la réflexion à laquelle nous enjoint le travail de Louis Henderson. Les nombreux autres événements accueillis dans l’espace de Kinesis seront autant d’efforts pour fabriquer collectivement de nouveaux régimes critiques de récit, faire émerger des figures spéculatives, actualiser les héritages des cultural studies tout autant que repenser les pratiques du hacking et notre relation aux nouvelles technologies de l’information. L’exposition Kinesis imagine des chemins et des vocabulaires pour reconstruire une histoire des possibles, rendre visible les persistances du pouvoir et fabuler le désenvoûtement de ses codes par le truchement d’une nouvelle révolution animiste au cœur de la Caraïbe.