[Reader-list] Chris Marker Rescheduled
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Thu Sep 24 22:20:09 IST 2009
Chris Marker screening, in conjunction with the "Live True Life"
project, has been re-scheduled-- instead of Sep 24, it is now on Oct
6, in order to have Prerana Reddy join us for post-film discussion.
NYU’s PROGRAM FOR ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN STUDIES presents:
Asian American Visual Cultures inaugural event
ARTISTS ON FILM: THE CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT
(dir. Chris Marker, 2004), 59 min.
Followed by a discussion between Prerana Reddy & Naeem Mohaiemen
7pm, Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Room 471, 20 Cooper Square (Bowery and East 4th)
More details on Marker screening:
THE CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT
In 2001, shortly after the attack on the World Trade Center, a yellow
cat appeared from nowhere in Paris. Stencils of this smiling feline
began to crop up on the city’s walls, sidewalks and demonstration
placards. Who was Monsieur Chat and what did he represent? For Chris
Marker, director of such classic cine-essays as ‘La Jetee’, ‘Sans
Soleil’ and ‘The Last Bolshevik’, and whose 1977 film ‘Grin Without A
Cat’ included a provocative claim that “a cat is never on the side of
power”, these mysterious eruptions of feline graphology became an
occasion to embark on a series of drifts and peregrinations through
the French capital. Everywhere turbulence reigned: the streets were
clogged with marches against the war in Iraq, the Chinese occupation
of Tibet, the casualisation of labor. The Case of the Grinning Cats,
shot over three years, is a city symphony, a diary film, and a witty
and associative meditation on political idealism – its necessity,
blind spots, melancholia.
The screening will be presented by Naeem Mohaiemen, who will be
discussing the film with Prerana Reddy, in relation to the project
"Live True Life or Die Trying" at Cue Art Foundation.
Prerana Reddy is Director of Public Events at Queens Museum of Art.
She is a member of 3rd I NY, which exhibits South Asian film & video
on a monthly basis, and a member of the South Asian Solidarity
Initiative, which works with progressive organizations in South Asia.
She is also board member of Alwan for the Arts, a Middle East and Arab
cultural space in Lower Manhattan. She has worked as documentary
filmmaker exploring such topics as World Social Forum (w/ Jawad Metni
& Naeem Mohaiemen) and alternatives to juvenile detention.
Naeem Mohaiemen's projects include "My Mobile Weighs A Ton"
(http://mobileton.wordpress.com at Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka), "Otondro
Prohori, Guarding Who" (at National Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka), and
"Kazi in Nomansland" (Lines of Control group project at
Dubai/Karachi). His essays include “Islamic Roots of Hip-Hop” in
‘Sound Unbound’ (MIT Press) and “Adman Blues Becomes Artist
Liberation” in ‘Indian Highway’ (Serpentine Gallery). "Live True Life"
is his current project in New York.
"Live True Life or Die Trying" runs at Cue until 10/31.
Open Tue-Sat, 10-6
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