Episode 1: A Film is a Statement

19–22 Jan 2012
CCA & GFT, Glasgow

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Thu 19 January 2012

  • Workshop
    Hartmut Bitomsky filming a B-52 bomber

    An introductory salon with Hartmut Bitomsky

    19:30–22:00 Thu 19 Jan
     / CCA

    Before the weekend starts, Hartmut has proposed doing “a workshop in the old-fashioned way of discussion, mutual exploration of ideas and samples; trying out what can be shared and where the fault lines show.” Bring a video clip in which you can read the filmmaker’s position in their decisions, and let’s see where the fault lines show.

Fri 20 January 2012

  • Performance
    The Museum of Non Participation written on a wall in English and Arabic

    The Museum of Non-Participation

    Karen Mirza, Brad Butler, Nabil Ahmed
    19:30–20:10 Fri 20 Jan
     / CCA

    This performance brings together different materials (film, text, speech) and temporarily constructs a filmic space to think through questions of resistance, and the choice and consequence of action vs. inaction: what does it mean to choose to not take part?

  • Film
    Lutz Becker reads a text, seated cross legged on a platform, against a blank wal

    Kino Beleske (Film Notes)

    Lutz Becker
    20:30–22:00 Fri 20 Jan
     / CCA

    Recently rediscovered but still very pertinent, Kino Beleške was produced in 1975 with young artists, curators and critics in Belgrade.  It presents a series of speech acts and performative gestures by protagonists of the new artistic practice in former Yugoslavia: each a personal take on the role of art in society.

Sat 21 January 2012

  • Film
    A cutting from the New York Times, showing a man in a blue jumper

    Argument

    Anthony McCall & Andrew Tyndall
    13:00–15:00 Sat 21 Jan
     / CCA

    Argument is a provocative, multi-layered film essay, a trenchant analysis of the media and remains a critically relevant and critically inflammatory tract.

  • Talk
    White text over an advert showing a man on a boat

    Argument - We would argue: an ante/post discussion group

    Ian White & Gil Leung
    15:15–17:15 Sat 21 Jan
     / CCA

    Ian and Gil will host a discussion on the Argument project’s social and political commentaries, and with you try and maybe think through whether and how they might still have some currency today: what’s changed and what’s stayed the same? 

  • Talk
    A woman rides a motorcycle against a sunset lit sky

    Nina Power discusses November by Hito Steyerl

    Nina Power & Hito Steyerl
    16:00–17:30 Sat 21 Jan
     / CCA

    Nina’s going to talk about November, by Hito Steyerl: what and how the film thinks, or about what and how it might makes us think (which is connected, but not the same thing), by watching, and it discussing (with you?).

  • Film
    A still from Aluminium, glass morphing into green steel

    Aluminium: Beauty, Incorruptibility, Lightness and Abundance, the Metal of the Future

    Graham Harwood
    18:00–19:00 Sat 21 Jan
     / CCA

    Aluminium…is a kind of film/ software/ book hybrid: it takes ‘The Futurist Cinema' manifesto from 1916 and turns it into software that tracks ‘aluminium’ online and traces the relationships companies with interests in the aluminium industry had to each other and governmental agencies.

  • Performance
    Ayreen Anastas seated at a kitchen table in the evening

    I want to go without you: fiction in the absence of proper names

    Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri
    20:00–23:00 Sat 21 Jan
     / CCA

    An open-ended moment in their ongoing series of films, notes, performances, diagrams and drawings which trace the questions Ayreen and Rene share.  An attempt to give form to, and make public, the intellectual and affective movements which constitute a life.  A kind of “porous space between cinema time-space and lived time-space.”  They are frequent contributors to the 16 Beaver group.

Sun 22 January 2012

  • Workshop
    A sequence of stills of a lady getting out of a car

    Data as Documentary - a workshop with Graham Harwood

    Graham Harwood
    11:00–12:30 Sun 22 Jan
     / CCA

    Databases carry the same seeds of creativity that early documentary makers saw in film. Both can empower people by helping them to master information, both can be claimed to represent some kind of reality or truth.  

  • Film
    A scanned picture of a B-52 and its ordinance laid out in the desert

    Hartmut Bitomsky's B-52, and a chat

    Hartmut Bitomsky
    13:00–15:45 Sun 22 Jan
     / GFT

    Hartmut is going to talk a little about his work at large and the politics of how his films are constructed.  And we’ll screen one of his best films: B-52.

  • Film
    A street in Egypt, during the day time, filled with people going about

    Too Soon, Too Late

    Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet
    16:30–19:15 Sun 22 Jan
     / CCA

    Opening with one of the most memorable shots ever filmed, and screened a year after the initial successes of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Too Soon, Too Late is a search for the traces left on the landscape of past revolutions in France and Egypt.

  • Film
    A chorus in white boiler suits stand behind a concrete frieze of Russian workers

    The Songspiels of Chto Delat?

    Chto Delat?
    20:15–22:15 Sun 22 Jan
     / CCA
    The Songspiels take on a mode of musical theatre developed by playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill in the early twentieth century, presenting political and social concerns through the accessible and (often funny) form of song.