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- Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade will be closed on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
- Opening of the renovated building of the Museum of Contemporary Art / exhibition Sequences, MoCAB, 20.10.17. at 10 a.m.
- Conversation with the artist Selman Trtovac / Salon of the MoCAB, 12.10.17. at 6 p.m.
- Promotion of site specific interventions on the glass facade of the pasarela in the courtyard; Mark Brogan’s photo-wallpaper “Unforgetting Aelita” / 15.9.17. at 6 pm, Čolaković Legacy
Invisible violence / Screening and conversation with Jesse Jones / SKC / 17.06.14. at 8pmTalk programs | 17.06.2014
Screening and conversation with the Irish artist Jesse Jones
Grand Hall of the Students Cultural Centre (48 Kralja Milana Street)
June 17, 2014 at 8 pm
The Selfish Act of Community, 2012. HD digital film, 50'
Partner institutions MoCAB and Filmforum of Students Cultural Centre, Belgrade
The Selfish Act of Community is a film work by artist Jesse Jones that explores historical experiments in conflict resolution therapy as a type of Brechtian script. The film is an adaptation of an iconic encounter group therapy session originally staged in 1968 by American psychologist Carl Rogers. The encounter aimed to bring together a cross section of American citizens to examine the role of ‘self’ in social dynamics. By re-stating this historical event as an adapted Verbatim script, Jones aims to re-inhabit the encounter to make visible the shifts in our understanding of feminism and politics in the past half century focusing on in particular how the ideas of the 1960’s counterculture permeated the desires of the ‘silent majority’.
In a moment of similar crisis and rising political dissent, the film asks what can be learned that may be useful to contemporary ways of thinking through convergence and being to-gether in the world. It questions how we may look, not only through the lens of vast historical movements but also through the incremental shifts in how we inhabit our everyday lives and experiences. The film’s is structured around a rotating single shot, creating a cinematic platform that aims to mimic the liveness of Bertolt Brecht’s theatre in the round. The intense performances by the cast articulate the complexities between human emotional experience and its broader social sphere of experience. The role of dramaturge and therapist are scrambled in this attempt to see the evolution of political experience as an embodied relation to reality and to community.
Jesse Jones (IE) (born in 1978) is a Dublin based Irish artist. In her films and videos she explores historical gestures of communal culture which hold resonance in our current social and political landscape. Jones often employs Brechtian theatre techniques of estrangement within her work to play out narratives of conflicted or dystopic communities. Drawing from archival research she has recently developed works with transcripts of encounter therapy groups from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Using these as scripts to be performed by actors as verbatim theatre, the script becomes a dramatima zation of the moment of origin rather than re-enactment. With a strong reference to the history of cinema Jones uses melodrama and performance to heighten the re-experiencing of the archival material.
More information about the project http://eng.msub.org.rs/invisible-violence.