“Cinesymposia,” a new series exploring the cinema, and the screening (theater) space itself, as a communal meeting place, is coming to Anthology Archives for three evenings of engagement beginning Wednesday, October 13th. The Salon will include screenings of short films along with lively, interactive discussion open to all.
Host and curator cherry brice jr. describes it as, “three nights of art & philosophy; three nights of community & class politics; three nights of debating like sweaty anarchists about films made by even-sweatier ones.”
Brice told The Lo-Down:
“The motivation for this was a combination of (a) truly having the questions that the series is posing and (b) wanting to be able to have—and even wanting to expect—these conversations with strangers in a place consecrated to that purpose. Last summer and the last year-and-a-half very much clarified my own hunger for community—and specifically for a community that is actively challenging itself and its members to reach higher levels of artistic, philosophical, and political consciousness in a spirit of curiosity, tenacity, and care. Film theaters have been sacred to me—both as a filmmaker and as an audience member—and so that naturally presented itself as a potential location for this kind of community’s gathering space (especially since film is such a unique way to directly link one subconscious to another). And this series is all about investigating the possibilities and limits for a film theater to serve that function—or, more broadly, the ability for film as a medium to play a role in collective liberation.“
The full lineup is as follows:
The Civic Cinema. [Oct. 13th / 8pm / Free] The enclosure of the commons was a political project long before it was a public health one. Whatever happened to the ancient agora? What became of the public sphere? Can the film theater—especially one closed to the general public—fill the role of a community consciousness-raising space? Featuring three experiments in cross-cultural discourse, the films in this program beg the question of just what the nature of dialogue is.
The Radical Bourgeois. [Oct. 20th / 8pm / $7] Within the canonical film world, the voices most associated with ‘radicality’ either came from wealth— Buñuel, Godard, etc.—or bit the elite hands that later fed them—Pasolini, The L.A. Rebellion. What can the aspiring radical learn from these class traitors? Or from their blindspots? Can we ever see the world anew when looking through bourgeois eyes? Featuring three interloping investigations of factory life, this program asks what a bourgeois sees when they look at another class from the perspective of their own.
Simulacra and Stimulation. [Nov. 3rd / 8pm / $7]
In 1995, bourgeois philosopher Jean Baudrillard argued that, “The grand philosophical question used to be ‘why is there something rather than nothing?’ Today the true question is ‘why is there nothing rather than something?’” What emerges from a class enchanted by the way it views itself? What secretes from the gulf that smothers flesh and fantasy? What is it that lies between love, sex, and mechanized death? What does s(t)imulation distract from – or awaken? This program features three snarls of existential excess, works that wrangle the void of reality.
The program is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps.
Tickets are Free on Oct. 13 and $7 on Oct. 20 and Nov.3. Find out more here.