STYLE AS WEAPON SCREENINGS #1

MUSIC/ART Collaborations SCREENINGS #1
– STYLE AS WEAPON – 

THURSDAY, DEC 15, 2011 – SATURDAY, DEC 17, 2011, 8 PM
At: QENDRA SOCIALE
Rr Hoxha Tahsin, Nr 187/1

STYLE AS WEAPON is the 1st part of a music/documentary series on (sub-)cultural music movements, off-scenes and mass phenomenon, revisited through the lenses of their social and political implications.

As the title suggests, the focus of the first series is ‘style’ – a prominent term in the realms of music, a gesture of rebellion, a farce, a weapon at times. Drawing on three inaugural music documentaries, the series sets out to look anew at ‘images’ of music culture from the past 50 years as they rose, become obstructed or absorbed in their social and political environment. “One of the first things we discover” writes Carol Hanisch in her 1969 essay, “is that personal problems are political problems.” Bearing this in mind, an exploration of ‘style’ in the field of music might generate surprising results.

THURSDAY, DEC 15, 2011 – 8 PM
PARIS IS BURNING
R: Jennie Livingston
Documentary, USA 1991, 116 min.

FRIDAY, DEC 16, 2011 – 8 PM
ROCK MY RELIGION
R: Dan Graham
Documentary, UK 1982-84, 55 min.

SATURDAY, DEC 17, 2011 – 8 PM
IT FELT LIKE A KISS
R: Adam Curtis
Documentary, UK 2009, 54 min.



PARIS IS BURNING
Jennie Livingston’s pivotal documentary PARIS IS BURNING chronicles the club culture of a drag African and Latino community in the outskirts of New York during the 1980ies. In her striking underground portrait of one of the most famous drag scenes at the time, Livingston delicately extracts the implications of poorness in a metropolis loaded by consumerist images. A ‘must-see’, the film offers a thrilling venture into a scene in which the attribute of the ’outsider’ is turned upside down and gives rise to a world of style, fashion and lure – a paradoxical shift that nevertheless articulates clearly the burden of injustice that is at stake here.

Featuring: Pepper Labeija, Willi Ninja, Octavia Saint Laurent, Venus Xtravaganza, Paris Dupree

ROCK MY RELIGION
In ROCK MY RELIGION acclaimed artist and director Dan Graham creates a parallel language between society and the star system, drawing on the relation between the religious family and the ‘non-oedipal’ family of rock, with its ideology of the star as a ‘messianic savior’. With his image taken over by the media, the rock star serves to obscure the truth regarding his origin and function as a pure consumer product. Images of architecture, omnipresent in Dan Graham’s work, help to set up the structure of this complex discussion of the links between audience, spectacle, belief and politics.

Featuring (amongst others): Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith

IT FELT LIKE A KISS
Consisting exclusively of archive footage and an incessant flow of American popular music from the 1950ies and 1960ies, Adam Curtis recent documentary IT FELT LIKE A KISS provokes a disturbing genre somewhere between documentary and postmodern horror film. Focusing on the 1950ies only, the author of “The Century of the Self” once again delves into the history of music and the media, eager to tackle the logic of ‘power’ from a psychoanalytical perspective.

Featuring (amongst others): Eldridge Cleaver, Doris Day, Little Eva, Philip K Dick, Enos (a chimpanzee sent into space), Sidney Gottlieb, Rock Hudson, Saddam Hussein, Richard Nixon, Lee Harvey Oswald, Lou Reed, Mobutu Sese Seko, B F Skinner, Phil Spector, Tina Turner and Frank Wisner.