Wednesday, 29 March 2023, 7.30 pm, diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery
Screening and conversation organised by
The Cursed Assembly
More often than we know it, the surface of things encapsulates a deviant story or materiality that flees from the present time or from expected modes of perception. Be it as ways to maintain power, as fossilized expressions of marginalization or as delusions, we see secrets as an important motif to critically approach History, Science and all modes of accumulated knowledge.
As part of The Cursed Assembly‘s programme, a new series of gatherings will facilitate a discussion around secrets & secrecy, taking films as a starting point for a conversation. We will gather on every last Wednesday of the month, and each gathering will focus on a different mode through which secrets come to be.
Each session will consist of a short contextualization of a movie, a screening, and a discussion. We want to create a space to watch movies together, but we also emphasize the discussion-based part of it. We want to know what you think! The discussion will follow the film, but the topic will most likely feed forward into the viewing of the film itself.
22 February 2023 – #1 SEXUALITY Conspirators of Pleasure
29 March 2023 – #2 TIME The Last Angel of History
[A data thief from the future with no home to return to searches for fragments that will lead him to the code: the ultimate Black Technology. Travelling through time, the data thief brings the pieces together by speaking with black science fiction writers, electronic music producers, and thinkers. This cross-temporal and cross-spacial search allows for the articulation of Afrofuturism, a “digitized diaspora”, and an “analog ecology” – from Robert Johnson’s Blues to Derrick May’s Detroit Techno, with writers like Samuel R. Delany and Octavia Butler.
This code, this puzzle is the truth behind the History of Black Culture as the sneak peek into the future, the liberation of technology’s destructive purposes and the ability for communication across eras and artistic genres.]
26 April 2023 – #3 SCIENCE & HISTORY Nostalgia for the Light
31 May 2023 – #4 TRAUMA Audition
28 June 2023 – #5 IDENTITY The Watermelon Woman
26 July 2023 – #6 INSURRECTION & POWER Punishment Park