The Fire Next Time, Afterlives of the Militant Image

The Fire Next Time, Afterlives of the Militant Image

Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), School of Arts of University College Ghent

Santiago Alvarez, Now! (still), 1965. 35mm film.
March 21, 2014
The Fire Next Time, Afterlives of the Militant Image

3–4 April, 2014

KASK and KIOSK in association with L’Internationale

6 Godshuizenlaan

2 Louis Pasteurlaan

15 Walpoortstraat

“The impossible is the least that one can demand.”
–James Baldwin

There was a time when cinema was believed to make a difference, to be able to act as a weapon in struggle, to operate as a realm of discord. The so-called militant cinema was not only considered as a tool to bear witness but also to intervene in the various political upheavals and liberation movements that shook the world in the 1960s and 1970s. What remains of this unassailable alliance between cinema and politics?

The Fire Next Time is a two-day programme of interventions and screenings dealing with the militant image and its resonances. It is organized in conjunction with the exhibition L’œil se noie at KIOSK. The exhibition features Eric Baudelaire and Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, open April 5 to June 15, 2014.

Full programme and practical details

Thursday, 3 April
10h: “Militant Cinema: from Third Worldism to Neoliberal Sensible Politics,” talk by Irmgard Emmelhainz
Screening of Ici et ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere) (Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville) and November (Hito Steyerl)

13:30h: “Landscape/Media: an investigation into the revolutionary horizon, reloaded,” talk by Sabu Kohso & Go Hirasawa
Screening of Sekigun-PFLP: Sekai Senso Sengen (The Red Army / PFLP: Declaration of World War) (Masao Adachi & Koji Wakamatsu)

16h: “Destroy Yourselves as Our Bosses,” talk by Evan Calder Williams & Victoria Brooks
Screening of A Wives Tale (Sophie Bissonnette, Martin Duckworth & Joyce Rock)

20:30h: Möglichkeitsraum (The Blast of the Possible), cinema performance by Angela Melitopoulos & Bettina Knaup

22h: When we act or undergo, we must always be worthy of what happens to us, cinema performance by Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri

Friday, 4 April
10h: “Memories of upheaval and tropical insurrection,” talk by Olivier Hadouchi, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Basia Lewandowska Cummings
Screening of films by Santiago Álvarez, Ugo Ulive, Nicolás Guillén Landrián and Humberto Solás

13:30h: “Splicing the Militant Cinema,” talk and screening by Subversive Film (Mohanad Yaqubi & Reem Shilleh)

16h: “Dissident Images,” talk by Raquel Schefer, Ramiro Ledo Cordeiro, Sylvain George. Screening of excerpts from Vers Madrid – The Burning Bright! (Sylvain George) and Vida Extra (Ramiro Ledo Cordeiro)

20h: Opening of L’œil se noie, an exhibition in KIOSK by Eric Baudelaire & Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc

22h: “Julius Eastman–Crazy Nigger & Gay Guerilla,” concert in Minard. Musicians: Frederik Croene, Stephane Ginsburg, Bob Gilmore, Reinier van Houdt
Tickets: 10 EUR at box office/8 EUR presale

The Fire Next Time is part of The Uses of Art—The Legacy of 1848 and 1989, a project initiated by the museum confederation L’Internationale with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. It is organized in the context of the research project Figures of Dissent by Stoffel Debuysere at KASK/School of Arts and in collaboration with the Courtisane Festival.

With the support of the research groups S:PAM & PEPPER (UGent), art centre Vooruit, BAM institute for visual, audiovisual and media art, Embassies of Mexico & France, Eye on Palestine.


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