Jesal Kapadia, an artist, co-arts editor for the journal Rethinking Marxism, and frequent collaborator with 16Beaver group in NY, will be lecturing for ACT on Monday, October 15th, 2012 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the ACT cube, Wiesner Building (E15-001, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge). This lecture is free and open to the public and is part of the Experiments in Thinking, Action, and Form: Cinematic Migrations Fall 2012 Lecture Series.
What would a cinema that serves its subjects, rather than forces of capital, look like? A cinema of refusal, a cinematic non-form that breaks away from the conditions set by capital. A cinema made entirely of the process itself, that cannot be retained, that disappears and renews itself when recalled, that creates an unforgettable loss, but loss with value on the autonomous side. The evening involves performing live annotations and a screening of Kapadia’s footage shot in Sikkim, India–a dialogue and call-and-response with the activists who went on a yearlong relay hunger strike. What kinds of subject positions would be needed to create this counter-aesthetic practice, one that contains the will to keep social justice alive?