1. Research Exhibitions

          Spacecraft Icarus 13: Narratives of Progress from Elsewhere

          8 October–23 December 2011

          BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (NL)

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        Accompanying the exhibition Spacecraft Icarus 13 is a film-based program of screenings and discussions that presents alternative accounts of the impact of socio-political changes brought about by western-driven discourses of progress and modernity in the Third World. These filmic voices from Latin America, Africa, and Asia, which emerged after decolonization, are also known as “Third Cinema.” Distinctively different in technique and content from mainstream cinema, the variety of formats presented within this program spans from documentaries to epics, and highlights the articulation of aesthetic and political concerns within Third Cinema from the 1960s to the present day. Using cinema as a space of self-representation and transformation, these films articulate cultural and political critiques of today’s realities and reflect on historical processes such as projects of nation-building, which are often seen as a continuation of the West’s imperialistic impulses. As a counter voice, these practices elicit new models and possibilities in articulating other visions of the past, present, and future. The program is curated by Christina Li and organized within the framework of the project FORMER WEST.

        Venue for all activities (unless otherwise noted): Het Utrechts Archief, Hamburgerstraat 28, 3512 NS Utrecht
      2. Saturday 8 October 2011

        Bypasses to Modernity 

        Bypasses to Modernity considers various narratives of modernity in contrast to the singular western view. Looking at the political and socio-economic conditions that have unfolded in China and other peripheries in the Global South as they undergo different turbulent passages to “development,” and at the same time reflecting upon the recent revolutions in the Middle East, this day’s program considers the conditions in which transformative forces are incubated on a societal level and speculates about an alternative order beyond the western-led hegemony and dominant neoliberal economic and political discourses currently in operation.

        Wang Hui30, 60 and 100 years of Chinese transformation – The dialectic between autonomy and opening

        Film screening
        Nick DeoCAMPoRevolutions Happen Like Refrains in a Song, 1987, 50 min

        Film screening
        Carlos Mayolo and Luis OspinaThe Vampires of Poverty, 1978, 30 min
      3. Saturday 22 October 2011

        Against Amnesia and Apathy

        Lav Diaz’s epic films reflect on the bitter oligarchic political realities that continue to prevail in the Philippines through his portrayal of characters often caught in between acts of resistance and moments of defeat against the ruling political machinery. Centered around three characters undergoing a radical process of amnesia to cope with the forced disappearance of their loved ones in their struggle against the government, Melancholia is an exemplary work which elucidates Diaz’s belief in the political responsibility of a filmmaker in relation to the historical shifts in Philippine society and in response the repressed memories that follow.

        Film screening
        Lav DiazMelancholia, 2008, 480 min

      4. Saturday 5 November 2011

        Excavating a Cinematic Future

        Various instances of filmmaking by local and expatriate amateurs in South East Asia at the beginning of the twentieth century—prior to the professionalization of filmmaking practices—have been discovered by recent research into scattered film archives in the region, recovering histories that would otherwise been overlooked. By bringing together some of these examples and considering them in light of new film education initiatives in the area, both a new cinematic history and a future where filmmaking could be seen as a constructive vehicle of self-representation begin to take shape.

        Presentation and screening
        Keiko SeiOn recent developments in Burmese film history

      5. Saturday 19 November 2011

        The Political Carnivalesque

        The work of Brazilian filmmaker Glauber Rocha (1939–1981) took on forbidden themes such as social inequality, political corruption, and the economic exploitation of the region by foreign powers. The film Entranced Earth addresses these issues in the guise of a chaotic political drama that unfolds in the fictive Latin American country Eldorado in the late 1960s. Drawing from her ongoing research on Brazil and Rocha’s oeuvre, artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh sketches out the socio-political circumstances being critiqued in the film.

        Film screening
        Glauber RochaEntranced Earth, 1967, 106 min

        Wendelien van OldenborghOn the work of Glauber Rocha

      6. Saturday 3 December 2011

        Revisions of African Representation

        Invested in developing an alternative vision of colonialism and post-colonialism in Africa through proposed historical revision and fictional reconstruction, artist Kiluanji Kia Henda presents a number of films that are rooted in rigorous questioning of the formation of national identity in Africa, and in his native country of Angola in particular.

        Film afternoon
        curated by Kiluanji Kia Henda whose work is on view in the Spacecraft Icarus 13 exhibition