26th Jul 2015 12:00am
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London SW1
26 Jul 2015 12:00 pm | ICT, Cinema 2 |
This day workshop entitled On Floating Bodies or Can Dialectics Break Gravity?, provides the opportunity for artists and filmmakers to participate in two dynamic sessions led by artist Matthew Noel-Tod, with guest speakers artist Clunie Reid and artist and writer Benedict Seymour.
From the origins of the cartoon figure, puppets and stop-frame animation and the application of special effects from the silent A Trip to the Moon, 1902, by Georges Méliès, to the recent blockbuster Gravity, 2013, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the sessions will look at the relations in moving image history between the unrecognisable body, weightlessness and the subjection of the individual to the forces of capitalism.
This will include a screening of Matthew Noel-Tod and Benedict Seymour’s, Can Dialectics Break Gravity?, 2014, HD video, colour, sound, 51 min 56 sec
René Viénet’s 1973 film, Can Dialectics Break Bricks? is a Situationist hijacking of the 1972 martial arts film The Crush. It delivers a verbal kung fu chop to bureaucratic socialism, post-structuralism, sexism, and cinema. Noel-Tod and Seymour’s film updates this strategy for the era of the CGI blockbuster and capitalist austerity.
A narrative of heroic astronauts is détourned to one of eternal non-reproduction, feminist polemics and situationist critique as a mash-up of Valerie Solanas’ S.C.U.M. Manifesto and Eduardo Rothe’s The Conquest of Space in the Time of Power is all that is heard in space. Houston, I have a bad feeling about this mission… Half of North America just lost their Facebook… No-go for reentry.
Matthew Noel-Tod is an artist and filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Moving Image at University of Brighton
Benedict Seymour is a writer and filmmaker and Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London
Clunie Reid is an artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts LondonInstitute of Contemporary Arts