Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Crossroads | 29th September

SUNDAY 29th SEPTEMBER | 7.30 PM | COMMON HOUSE (Bethnal Green)

Shen Xiling, 1937 (China)

Set on the background of 30s' Chinese Great Depression, Crossroads tells the story of a group of newly graduated students facing unemployment. Xu attempts to commit suicide but is saved by his friends. Liu leaves the city to join the Communist army's fight against the Japanese. Zhao and Tang remain in Shanghai and dream of their perfect careers: Zhao wishes to become a writer and Tang a sculptor. However, they end up in much less glamorous jobs... 

Common House is at:

Unit 5E
 5 Pundersons Gardens
Bethnal Green
London E2 9QG

Monday, 9 September 2013

I Am/Not Pasolini

A Further Explanation of My Last Error
By Pier Paolo Pasolini

 Louis-Georges Schwartz 

I historicized sexualities in order to create a virtual rupture in the lived experience of my audience, opening them to the potential for new practices, for example when I presented myself as a slave, a young girl, at auction. I picked a young boy to buy me. I gave him my money. I told him to get us shelter. We fucked there. He didn’t know how to fuck. He was so very young he did not know how to fuck. Soon he figured it out. No: I showed him. I was a great artist. I told my new boyfriend to sell my art but not to a white man, because the white man will separate us. My intervention in the life-world of my audience depended on an accurate analysis of that world, but it was changing more rapidly than I could grasp when I began. Nevertheless, I had found a way to speak as a poet of what I hadn’t experienced. [...] Where everything is transgression, there is no more danger. Neither Art nor Underground cinema had the capacity to intervene. Power, any power, is evil, whether it preserves institutions or whether it founds new ones. If a power which is “less worse” than others is conceivable, this could only be a Power that, in preserving or reconstituting the norm also took into account the appearances or reappearances of reality. Perhaps even such a power cannot intervene in the life-world. Our failure was the failure to consider that possibility.

[mashup goes further on World Picture 6