A Lure a Part, Allure Apart - Events

THURSDAY 16 JUNE / They aim at the invisible, our former bliss

:: 7pm – 10pm

Etel Adnan, Jenin, 2004
The Otolith Group, Nervus Rerum, 2008, 32 min
Juliano Mer-Khamis et Danniel Danniel, Arna’s Children, 2004, 84 min

On April 4th 2011, Juliano Mer-Khamis; actor, director and political activist of Israeli and Palestinian parentage and the Artistic Director of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, was assassinated by a masked gunman outside the theatre he rebuilt. Conceived as a homage to Juliano Mer-Khamis, this evening proposes an oblique mode of thought on the condition of occupation in the West Bank. The questions raised by this fatal act are explored in an evening of poetry, film and discussion, each of which offers a potential for reflection on the politics of occupation and violence. The evening begins with the reading of the poem Jenin (2004) by author and poet Etel Adnan, is followed by a screening of Nervus Rerum (2008), made by The Otolith Group in Jenin, and of the award winning documentary Arna’s Children (2003). Directed by Juliano Mer-Khamis and Danniel Danniel, Arna’s Children was filmed in Jenin from 1996 until 2002, after Israel’s ’Battle of Jenin’, during the second Intifada. The film tells the story of the rise and fall of the first theatre project founded by his mother, Arna Mer Khamis (1931–1994) who was an Israeli political and human rights activist. The evening concludes with a discussion between Etel Adnan, Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar of The Otolith Group, and the film maker and writer Eyal Sivan.

FRIDAY 17 and SATURDAY 18 JUNE / The paths to revolt: cinema, images and revolutions in the 1960s and 1970s / at THE MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY

:: 9.30am – 7.30pm

Taking the form of presentations, screenings and debates, these two complementary days – the first conceived around the special issue of the journal Third Text dedicated to the cine-geography of the militant image, edited by Kodwo Eshun and Ros Gray, and the second developed by Teresa Castro around the revolutionary cinema of lusophone Africa – explore the affiliations and afterlives of cinemas of liberation movements.
Participants: Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Nicole Brenez, Jonathan Buchsbaum, Teresa Castro, José Filipe Costa, Margaret Dickinson, Kodwo Eshun, Elisabete Fernandes, Olivier Hadouchi, Ros Gray, François Lecointe, Sarah Maldoror, Lúcia Ramos Monteiro, Raquel Schefer, Catarina Simão and Cédric Vincent.
The paths to revolt is inscribed in the context of ’Under the free sky of history’, a monthly seminar at musée du quai Branly, that investigates modes of conceiving and writing of history.

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FRIDAY 01 JULY / UIQ - A Space Oddity

:: 7pm – 10pm

A lecture performance by Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson followed by a discussion with Isabelle Mangou, Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun of The Otolith Group, amongst other participants.
Following the publication in 1980 of Mille Plateaux, Félix Guattari began to work on Un amour d’UIQ, a film script for a science fiction movie. Initially developed in collaboration with filmmaker Robert Kramer, the script of UIQ (Universe Infra-Quark) was to occupy Guattari on and off for the next seven years, although the film was finally never made.
In this audiovisual essay, artists and filmmakers Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson consider the evolution of the UIQ script amid a general resurgence of interest in science fiction in the late 1970s and early 1980s. _ By placing echoes of the unfilmed script in relation to a montage of scenes from sci-fi films of the period, Maglioni & Thomson aim to isolate the singularity of UIQ in the dimension of what it might have been.

SATURDAY 02 JULY / Communism’s Afterlives

:: 2pm – 6pm

A seminar proposed by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Elena Sorokina, with Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Catherine David, Ahmad Ghossein, Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun of The Otolith Group, Georg Schöllhammer and Mila Turajlic of Cinema Comunisto.
Through a series of dialogues, the seminar traces different generational engagements with the afterlives of communism and its (un)expected turning points in recent philosophical and artistic thought. From the perspective of the present in which communism has re-emerged as a topic of investigation in artistic and exhibition production, the seminar addresses the relevance of the term and invites comparisons with the present times.