Hide & Seek ~ SECRETS & SECRECY ~
#4 Trauma

Wednesday, 31 May 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.

31 May 2023 – #4 TRAUMA Audition

[The body as a storage space will surprise us when we least expect it. Trauma, locked up under highly intricate emotional processes, is one of the most hermetic imprints on the flesh. The key to decipher its secret is often held by the hand of chance. An unexpected trigger will unleash compressed (and repressed) forces under the skin, whose power can be feared.

In Audition, the release of traumatic “forces” becomes a weapon against the gruesome reality of patriarchy and exploitation. In this story, we witness a battle of secrets: one man believes to deceive a woman by hiding his misogynistic and sexist intentions. However his secret cannot equate the skill of one that comes from pain.

CONTENT WARNING: Horror, sexism, bodily pain, mutilation, torture, gore violence, psychological violence, trauma, blood, sex & nudity.]

28 June 2023 – #5 IDENTITY The Watermelon Woman
12 July 2023 – #6 INSURRECTION & POWER Punishment Park