Public Screening #02: Ann and Eduardo Guedes et al. Rocinante, March 17, 2017, Arsenal

Friday, March 17, 2017
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Great Britain, mid-1980s: In the very moment neoliberalism’s triumph in the realm of Margaret Thatcher seems irreversible, Ann and Eduardo Guedes, two veteran members of the socialist documentary film collective Cinema Action (founded in 1968), shoot their first feature film: ROCINANTE (UK, 1986) is a mythological road movie, a squatter and hacker story, starring John Hurt, Maureen Douglass, Ian Dury, Carol Gillies and others. Raymond Williams’ cultural analysis of Britishness and socially produced landscape is being tied up with the dramatic bucolics of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and Derek Jarman’s transgressive dreamy England. We haven’t seen the movie, but we are curious how the conjunction of documentary and fictional practice, a problem Harun Farocki became very familiar with in the 1970s and 1980s, is being played out here.

Ann and Eduardo Guedes, Rocinante, GB 1986, with John Hurt, Maureen Douglass, Ian Dury, Carol Gillies and others, 35mm, 93 min

March 17th, 2017, Event / Projects

Jodi Dean on work in neofeudal times, via Los Angeles Review of Books: “When work is imagined — and some on the left think that we should adopt a ‘postwork imaginary’ — it looks like either romantic risk-free farming or tech-work, ‘immaterial labor.’ By now, the exposés on the drudgery of call center work, not to mention the trauma-inducing labor of monitoring sites like Facebook for disturbing, illicit content, have made the inadequacy of the idea of ‘immaterial labor’ undeniable. It should be similarly apparent that the postwork imaginary likewise erases the production and maintenance of infrastructure, the wide array of labor necessary for social reproduction, and the underlying state structure.”

May 23rd, 2020, Tom

Naomi Klein on the “Screen New Deal” (via The Intercept): “Calling [Bill] Gates a ‘visionary,’ [New York governor Andrew] Cuomo said the pandemic has created ‘a moment in history when we can actually incorporate and advance [Gates’s] ideas … all these buildings, all these physical classrooms — why with all the technology you have?’ he asked, apparently rhetorically. It has taken some time to gel, but something resembling a coherent Pandemic Shock Doctrine is beginning to emerge. Call it the ‘Screen New Deal.’ Far more high-tech than anything we have seen during previous disasters, the future that is being rushed into being as the bodies still pile up treats our past weeks of physical isolation not as a painful necessity to save lives, but as a living laboratory for a permanent — and highly profitable — no-touch future.”

May 11th, 2020, Tom

Andrea Bagnato on Red Zones, isolation, metaphors, blame, risk and coexistence (at e-flux architecture): “[…] the current manifestation of confinement is better thought of not so much as epidemic control, but as a form of risk displacement: a minority of workers is made to keep the economy going so that a majority of the population can stay at home. And the reverse is true as well: millions of people have to put up with extended confinement so that the risk posed by industrial workers doesn’t grow out of control. In the necropolitical calculations of the State, the physical health of workers and the mental health of everyone else are both a price worth paying.”

May 5th, 2020, Tom
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