Archives for the month of: March, 2011

Thanks for everyone who came along to our last seminars!  Looking forward to more!

On February 24th we read and discussed Paolo Friere’s Chapter 3, of Pedagogy of the Oppressed.   We have some great diagrams and maps from that day which will be published soon.

On March 10 we are revisited the Mass Observation movement with a screening and discussion with Louis Henderson.  Louis presented his film that is shot in the same locations in East London that (his great uncle) Nigel Henderson shot his well known series of Mass Observation photographs from the 1950s.  Thank you Louis!  For those interested please see:  http://vimeo.com/11803772

At this weeks People’s Research Seminar, led by Robert Sember of Ultra-red we will be reading A Workers Inquiry, Karl Marx (1880) where we will focus on the politics of the question…   http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/04/20.htm

 

Film Still from The Three Disappearances of Suad Hosni courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation and Rania Stephan

‘Plot for a Biennial’, the 10th Sharjah Biennial, which opens on March 16, 2011 is curated by Suzanne Cotter and Rasha Salti and Associate Curator Haig Aivazian.  The Biennial will present new and specially commissioned works by contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and performers from across the region and internationally. The Biennial’s film program will include the screening of a non-fiction feature-length narrative, The Three Disappearances of Suad Hosni by artist and filmmaker, Rania Stephan.

Rania Stephan was artist in residence at the Centre for Possible Studies in Summer 2010 where she ran workshops, public talks and discussions as well as curating a series of Free Cinema School Salons at the Centre and in cafes along the Edgware Road and Church street area.  These Salons featured, former resident of the Edgware Road and iconic film star, Suad Hosni, who passed away in mysterious circumstances on the road in 2001.

The much anticipated film, The Three Disappearances of Suad Hosni, will premiere in Sharjah on 19 March 2011.  We are looking forward to it!  Good luck Rania!

For more information please see:

http://www.sharjahart.org/biennial/sharjah-biennial-10/film/program-1

For more information on Rania Stephan please see here or come to the Centre for Possible Studies where some of her previous work can be seen:

http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2010/08/rania_stephan.html

 

 

Join Us!

Utrecht: 19 March, 19.00-22.00
Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory
Nieuwekade 213-215
3511RW Utrecht
T/F: +31 (0)30 231 9995
www.cascoprojects.org

Enschede: 20 March, 19.00-21.00
Stichting Enschede’s Odd-Fellowhuis
Nicolaas Beetsstraat 44
7514 CW Enschede
T: 053 435 4481 ‎
www.oddfellows.nl

Arnhem: 23 March, 20.00-22.00
Dutch Art Institute – MFA/ArtEZ
Kortestraat 27
6811EP Arnhem
www.dutchartinstitute.nl

Amsterdam: 25 March, 18.00-21.00
If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution
Westerdok 606-608
1013 BV Amsterdam
www.ificantdance.org

 

This tour is co-organised by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory and If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution in collaboration with Dutch Art Institute / ArtEZ

See more information here:

http://www.cascoprojects.org/?show&entryid=420

http://www.ificantdance.org/#chicago

FIlm still, Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File, 2010 (Arabic with English Subtitles, 45 minutes)

Serpentine Cinema: CINACT

Sunday 13 March, 3pm

The Gate Cinema, 87 Notting Hill Gate

Artists Redmond Entwistle and Wael Shawky present recent film works as part of Serpentine Cinema: CINACT, a series of monthly film screenings and events at The Gate cinema in Notting Hill which presents an opportunity to view rarely seen artists’ film in a cinema context.

Wael Shawky will be having a residency at the Centre for Possible Studies in April and again in Summer. To find out more about his residency please see:http://www.serpentinegallery.org/edgware_road_project.html

We will be presenting the epic marionette film, Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File (2010). The film offers a view on the history of the Crusades, revisiting the events that unfolded over a period of four years (1096-1099) and played a key role in subsequent historical developments, shaking to the core the Arab world and its relations with the West.
Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File, an epic marionette film, offers a view on the history of the Crusades, revisiting the events that unfolded over a period of four years (1096-1099) and played a key role in subsequent historical developments, shaking to the core the Arab world and its relations with the West.

The film is inspired by Amin Maalouf’s The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (1986) which re-examines the history of the Crusades by going back to Arab historians and their writings.  Opening with a scene of the plague in Constantinople, the film examines the causes and horrific effects of the religious war and its impact on European and Arab relations, in the form of images based on a reconstruction of events seen through the eyes of those who had to confront the invasion. Shawky provides a precise description of the places in the Middle East and Europe that formed the backdrop for the early Crusades. The film is made with 200-year-old marionettes from the Lupi collection in Turin, Italy. Dressed in costumes of the Christian and Muslim armies of the time, the marionettes are moved by visible strings.  What emerges is a surreal and mythical atmosphere that blends drama and cynicism, telling a story of events that have a profound resonance today, asking who pulls the strings today?

ON WAEL SHAWKY:
Born in 1971, Wael Shawky Lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt. Aside from running MASS Alexandria, the first Independent Studio Study Program for young artists in Alexandria, Egypt, Shawky has received international acclaim for his work as an artist and filmmaker. Shawky has held solo shows internationally, including the Citta Dell’Arte, Italy (2010), Gentili Apri, Berlin (2009), the Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland (2007), and Ludwigsburg Kunstverein in Germany (2005) as well as presenting work at the Venice Biennale (2003, 2005). In February 2011, he was awarded the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award .

His work often deals with the dichotomies and contradictions of social norms, primarily relating to culture and religion. Possessing an acute sense of the absurd, he raises questions about what is generally perceived as “normal” and “acceptable”. Within this context, Shawky has explored a variety of specific themes that are often rooted in regional issues yet have profound international relevance – themes such as modernisation, cultural hybridisation, and marginalisation.

His residency with the Edgware Road Project will be undertaken in two parts, April 2011 and then in Summer 2011. His residency is in collaboration with the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo and the Delfina Foundation, London.

ABOUT SERPENTINE CINEMA:CINACT –
Serpentine Cinema: CINACT is a series of monthly artists’ film screenings and events at The Gate Cinema in Notting Hill. CINACT takes its name from American artist Henry Flynt’s 2007 cinema manifesto. In association with sketch and Picturehouse Cinemas

photo courtesy of no.w.hereAt this months Free Cinema School, no.w.here report back from their recent residency at the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo that was organised as part of the Edgware Road Project’s ongoing collaboration with the Townhouse. Following the residency and after several months of research, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler from no.w.here present ideas from their current work in progress / film script: “Direct Speech Acts : On Language as Violence”.

Direct Speech Acts is interested in the production, en-action and disassembly of power embedded in language. Positioning the body as the instrument of the voice, Direct Speech Acts moves across articulations of political voice and gesture through contrasting attitudes to the authority of images in drama, documentary, performance, reportage, public interventions and a series of direct speech acts mediated for the camera.

No.w.here’s Karen Mirza, Brad Butler and James Holcombe were the initiators of the Free Cinema School at the Centre for Possible Studies in 2009, alongside Khalid Abdalla and Cressida Trew.

For more information on no.w.here please see: http://www.no-w-here.org.uk/

For more information on Karen Mirza and Brad Butler please see: http://mirza-butler.net/

Our next exchange with the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo is the residency of Wael Shawky who will be in residence at the Centre for Possible Studies in March 2011 and then again in Summer 2011. For more information on the Townhouse Gallery please see: http://www.thetownhousegallery.com/