REFUSE & REFUSAL: ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN & AVANT-GARDIST INTERVENTIONS
“The truth of a society is in its detritus.” –Ella Shohat & Robert Stam
“The world is our garbage, we shall not want.” –Black Mask
The previously unquenchable spirit of the modernist avant-garde seems to have evaporated at almost the same moment as anti-authoritarian, autonomist, and anarchist movements re-surfaced in the 21st century. These films, which explore the unmistakable correspondence between refuse and refusal, should tell us a thing or two about this wholly unpredicted emergence.
Jean-Marie Straub FOR JOACHIM GATTI (France, 2009, 3 min)
New York Newsreel GARBAGE (USA, 1968, 10 min)
Joseph Beuys & Jurgen Boch AUSFEGEN (Germany, 1972, 26 min)
Andrey Ustinov & Natalya Nikolaeva EXPULSION FROM PARADISE (Russia, 2002, 2.5 min)
Jorge Furtado ISLE OF FLOWERS (Brazil, 1989, 12 min)
Chiapas Media Project THE LAND BELONGS TO THOSE WHO WORK IT (Mexico, 2005, 15 min)
Total running time: ca. 75 min.
Speakers: Ben Morea, Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri.