Me, You, and Everyone We Know

Me, You, and Everyone We Know: Interrelationality, Alterity, Globalization
Programmed by Irmgard Emmelhainz
June 23–August 18, 2021

With films and videos by Ariela Aïsha Azoulay, Yael Bartana, Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke, Ursula Biemann, b.h. Yael, John Bock, Maja Borg, Noël Burch and Allan Sekula, Miguel Calderón, Sara Eliassen, John Greyson, Clarisse Hahn, Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, Nicholas Mangan, Juan Manuel Sepúlveda, and Miguel Ventura

And discussions with Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Anita Chari, Elena Comay del Junco, Siobhan F. Guerrero Mc Manus, John Paul Ricco, Miguel Ventura, Soyoung Yoon, and others to be announced

In the pre-history of globalization, modernity was promoted by international post-war agencies that prescribed epistemologies, means of economic organization and production methods, and even a cultural sensibility to the so-called third world countries. From a decolonial standpoint, modernity and colonialism are inextricable; indeed, they form the basis of our contemporary globalized socio-economic and political systems: market-based predatory relationships. In order to normalize these toxic forms of interdependency and interrelationships that are leading to civilizational and environmental collapse, human and non-human inhabitants of the world are differentiated by means of signifiers, for instance, of alterity, class, gender, ethnic origin, and religion. These differentiations affect how we relate to each other and how we become subjects. This series gathers audiovisual works from Canada, Europe, North and South America, and Australia, from inside or on the margins of western civilization. Beyond positing the question of whether decolonizing would mean undoing these differential categories and bringing justice to oppressed peoples, they provide pieces in a puzzle that could enable us to better see global capitalism not as a generalized, abstract whole, but as heterogeneous processes composed of beliefs, knowledges, relationships, daily practices, and the disassociation from our bodies and from social relationships that denigrate the reproduction of life in favor of production and consumption cycles. As such, they bring forth a pressing view on the contradictions and toxic interrelationships inherent to the subject of western modernity, who has sought to feel at home anywhere on the globe, yet now finds itself increasingly alien to the basic means to reproduce life.

Me, You, and Everyone We Know is an online series of films and discussions programmed by Irmgard Emmelhainz for e-flux Video & Film. The series will run in four thematic parts from June 23 through August 18, 2021. Each part will include a two-week group screening, and a live discussion.

The series concludes with a repeat of all films from parts one through four on August 18.

Irmgard Emmelhainz is an independent translator, writer, researcher, and lecturer based in Mexico City. Her book Jean-Luc Godard's Political Filmmaking was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2019. The translated expanded version of The Tyranny of Common Sense: Mexico’s Neoliberal Conversion is coming out this fall with SUNY Press, and so is Toxic Loves, Impossible Futures: Feminist Lives as Resistance (Vanderbilt). She is a member of the SNCA in Mexico (National System for Arts Creators).

Part Three | Interrelational Arrangements (Interdependency and Survival)


With films by b.h. Yael, Miguel Calderón, and Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke; and a live discussion with b.h. Yael, Cooper Battersby, and Emily Vey Duke, moderated by Irmgard EmAugustmelhainz
Wednesday, July 21–Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Part Two | Gendering, Disgendering, Transgendering

With films by Maja Borg, Sara Eliassen, John Greyson, Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley, and Miguel Ventura; and a live discussion with Elena Comay del Junco, Siobhan F. Guerrero Mc Manus, John Paul Ricco, and Miguel Ventura, moderated by Irmgard Emmelhainz
Wednesday, July 7—Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Part One | Socioeconomic Systems (Hatred for Capitalism)

With films by Ursula Biemann, Maja Borg, Nicholas Mangan, and Allan Sekula and Noël Burch; and a live discussion with Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Anita Chari, and Soyoung Yoon, moderated by Irmgard Emmelhainz
Wednesday, June 23–Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Me, You, and Everyone... Part Three |... Part Two | Gendering,... Part One |...
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