1. Postcards from the East


    from Anna Rubi / Added

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    These video postcard were made during the ‘Freedom express’ study trip organised by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. It is a social-educational campaign that crossed the prominent places of the regime change in the former Eastern bloc, with a special focus on means of remembering, activism, art and politics.

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    • Performance with Phallusd: seq_6_v10.


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      Straining the credence of conviction in personal ecstasy as in domestic or national bliss, through parody in zealous sacrament, in the ritualized banality of private acts, such as in fixing my hair, to tender a spectacle in excess of its own constraints - to overachieve definitions in customary, ordinary task, endeavor/s. phallicFaced performance in digital dualist selves: this body as avatar of self, I stage selfies in domestic and other “sanctuaries”, to query dominant ideas about gendered performance, identities & their instantiations in publics.

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      • This is Not Beirut (There was and there was not)


        from Jayce Salloum / Added

        49:00, orig formats Hi-8, VHS & 35mm orig., BetacamSP final, Lebanon/USA/Canada, 1992 (1994) This tape is at the most fundamental level, a personal project; i) examining the use and production of images/representations of Lebanon and Beirut both in the West and in Lebanon itself, ii) recording the interactions and experiences while working in Lebanon, focusing on the undertaking of this representational process as a Lebanese and a westernized, foreign-born mediator with cultural connections and baggage of both the West and Lebanon and some of the disparities and disjunctions arising in each, and iii) situating the work between genres looking from the inside out at each and engaging critically at the assumptions imposed and thus broken in this site of complexity one’s identity is found and constructed in. Over 200 hours of Hi-8, VHS and found film material was recorded and collected in Lebanon, during the year of 1992. This project tries to make some sense out of that material and the acquisition of it, sometimes directly and at other times a sideways glance at our skewed attempts to produce works, framing the relationships, sites, subjects, and the practical and conceptual issues engaged in. One cannot hope with this project to elucidate the terms of Lebanon's existence (narrowly if at all explicated in the West) but only to provide some countenance, inquiry and provocation and with this a chance for responses to them to be determined within a more problematized field. - JS “Beginning with a provocative mini-history of orientalist images of Beirut, postcard fantasies and surrogate names for the city, such as JEWEL OF THE EAST or CROSSROADS OF CIVILIZATION, the first portion of the tape points to the eye of orientalism as it has rendered 'exotic’ this ancient city. The tape then elaborates upon Beirut using various mediations: a single take of a which is framed for quite some time like a postcard, archival footage, passages through landscape and buildings. But while viewing these takes, an effective contrast is made to the visual "ideal" depicted in the postcards--instead of an azure strand, or some luxurious rendition of Beirut as capital, we see vacant lots, destruction, weeds emerging from discarded objects, torn posters, beachfronts and mazes of dwellings. A poetry of reality. After some time he interrupts this urbanism with a handheld postcard, juxtaposed against its exact likeness (in reality) of a perfect blue sky. A relationship is drawn between the space of the viewer, what is being viewed and the interlocutor of the documenting process. A critical rupture occurs. After this, we are taken through Beirut from the vantage point of a moving vehicle which effectively exacts a relationship between the viewer, the person with the camera, and the world outside the car window. We glimpse Beirut as a composition of multiple landscapes, the imagery functions as metaphor for the complex collaging, accumulations and layerings of his documentary process. They are notations which refer visually, ‘speaking’ to the complexity of Beirut”. - Molly Hankwitz “Salloum’s This Is Not Beirut: (There Was and There Was Not) is a challenging and complex experimental videotape that examines the possibilities and limits of imaging Lebanese national space. Shot in 1992, in the wake of Lebanon’s unstable emergence from a seventeen year civil war, the tape investigates, among other things, the various determinants that constitute Beirut as the site of Lebanese national trauma, and it unpacks the producer’s position as a Lebanese descendant residing in the West, an image maker who is and is never only “a visitor, tourist, and guide” in Lebanon..” - Walid Ra’ad

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        • Compsognation - a dinosaurs view on the nation state


          from Andras Csefalvay / Added

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          Compsognation or the concept of the nation state beheld with the eye of a dinosaur is a work, a filmic report of a dialogue and a Budapest walk with Compsognathus Longipes. Through our discussion we focus on the Compsognatus' view on nation, and the cancerous metasthatic category system of language and its how it processes and divides up reality. Is it not possible, that a culture which has inhabited this planet for hundreds of millions of years will provide a substantially different and valuable view on the earlier mentioned sets of relations?

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          • untitled part 2: beauty and the east


            from Jayce Salloum / Added

            Jayce Salloum, 50:15, orig. format DVM, former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovenia), Austria, USA, Canada, 2003 (1999) The second part in a series of attempts at concretizing the notion of interstitiality, this videotape addresses issues of nationalism & the nation state, polarities of time, alienation, the refusal & construction of political identities, ethno-fascism, the body as object & metaphor, agents, monsters & abjectness, subjective affinities, and objective trusts. Material was taped while leaving home, arriving in New York and Vienna, then moving through the former Yugoslavia (stopping in Ljubljana, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Belgrade, and Skopje) shortly after the NATO bombing. The subjects conversing come from a range of constituencies; migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, residents (permanent and transient), students, workers, and cultural producers recounting experience, locating sites, shifts, events, and the theorizing and accounting of the issues at stake, and associated ambient imagery forming specific histories of locations, and locations of histories at the intersection of cultures in this/these particular place(s) and time(s). The speakers are framed closely, creating a complicity with and acknowledgement of the ongoing framing/mediation. Boris Buden, Marina Grzinic, Eda Cufer, Renata Salecl, Dunja Blazevic, Zarana Papic, Slavica Indzevska, Mihajlo Acimovic, Ella Shohat, Ammiel Alcalay, and Carmen Aguirre amongst others are featured. Moving landscapes and cityscapes are used to materialize the verbal and localize the discourse through levels of physicality, materiality and immateriality.

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            • Nationalism 8.2and3


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              • Discussion with Hauke Brunkhorst at the Center for Global Ethics and Politics


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                Discussion with Hauke Brunkhorst, Professor of Sociology at the University of Flensburg, following his talk "But When in Doubt, Send the Marines: Revolution and Evolution of Constitutional Cosmopolitanism," which is available at http://vimeo.com/23319276 The event took place at the Center for Global Ethics and Politics at the Ralph Bunche Institute, City University of New York Graduate Center on March 1, 2011.

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                • Hauke Brunkhorst lecture at the Center for Global Ethics and Politics


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                  Hauke Brunkhorst, Professor of Sociology at the University of Flensburg in Germany presents his talk "But When in Doubt - Send the Marines: Revolution and Evolution of Cosmopolitan Constitutionalism." The event took place at the Center for Global Ethics and Politics at the Ralph Bunche Institute, City University of New York Graduate Center on March 1, 2011.

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                  • War, Terror, Torture, and Law and Policy


                    from Rachel MacCratic / Added

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                    Rachel talks about whether the law and social policy are different, and also whether intelligence operations co-opting other nation states is good policy in the context of the US, Iraq, and Chile.

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