Me, You, and Everyone We Know

An online series of films and discussions programmed by Irmgard Emmelhainz

With films and videos by Ariela Aïsha Azoulay, Yael Bartana, Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke, Ursula Biemannb.h. YaelJohn BockMaja BorgNoël Burch and Allan SekulaMiguel CalderónSara EliassenJohn GreysonClarisse HahnMike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, Nicholas ManganJuan Manuel Sepúlveda, and Miguel Ventura

And discussions with Emily Vey Duke and Cooper BattersbyFranco “Bifo” Berardib.h. YaelAnita ChariPip DayDalaeja ForemanElena Comay del Junco, Suzanne KiteSiobhan F. Guerrero Mc ManusJohn Paul RiccoMiguel Ventura, and Soyoung Yoon.

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. 

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.

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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
June 23–July 6, 2021

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
July 7–20, 2021

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
July 21–August 3, 2021

With films by Ariela Aïsha Azoulay, Yael Bartana, John Bock, Clarisse Hahn, Zacharias Kunuk, and Juan Manuel Sepúlveda; and a live discussion with Pip Day, Dalaeja Foreman, and Suzanne Kite, moderated by Irmgard Emmelhainz
August 4–17, 2021

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