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March 25, 2014

Magiciens Reconsidered

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Dziga Vertov, A Sixth Part of the World (still), 1924. Film. Courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum.

Please join us at Tate Modern for a series of screenings and discussions that take as their starting point a remarkable film programme presented at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1989.

The occasion for the original screenings was the exhibition Magiciens de la Terre, which attempted to open up the Western contemporary art system to worldwide production and proved highly controversial for the way it did so. Marking the 25th anniversary of the show, a selection of films will be screened and discussed to contextualise the latest publication in Afterall’s Exhibition Histories series, which re-examines the exhibition.

The selection offers opportunity for critical reflection on the cinematic history of colonialism, on developments within ethnographic film and on the discourses of globalisation. Panel debates will bring together some of those involved in the original exhibition and film programme, while also engaging independent respondents.

Magiciens Reconsidered 1: From exhibition to screen
Friday 11 April, 19–22h
– Talks and panel discussion with Jean-Michel Bouhours, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Mark Francis and Lucy Steeds
Les statues meurent aussi/Statues Also Die, Chris Marker and Alain Resnais (France), 1952–53, 30 minutes

Magiciens Reconsidered 2: Hybridity in the 1920s
Saturday 12 April, 15–17h
Tusalava, Len Lye (UK), 1929, black and white, 9 minutes
A Sixth Part of the World, Dziga Vertov (USSR), 1926, black and white, 73 minutes

Magiciens reconsidered 3: Cults of Possession
Saturday 12 April, 17.30–19.30h
Moonblood: A Yanomamo Creation Myth As Told By Dedeheiwa, Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon (USA/Brazil), 1976, 14 minutes
Ião / Iawo: Initiation in a Gege-Nago Temple, Geraldo Sarno (Brazil), 1976, 70 minutes

Magiciens Reconsidered 4: The US Films Itself
Saturday 12 April, 20–22h
Injun: Two Scenarios from an Incomplete Pageant of America, Claes Oldenburg (USA), 1962 (edited 1971), black and white, 10 minutes
True Stories, David Byrne (USA), 1987, 89 minutes

Magiciens Reconsidered 5: Artists at Work, Filming Magicians
Sunday 13 April, 14–16h
Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti, Maya Deren (USA), 1985, black and white, 54 minutes
Intrepid Shadows, Al Clah (USA), 1966–69, 16mm, black and white, 15 minutes
– With a talk by Anselm Franke, discussion chaired by George Clark

Magiciens Reconsidered 6: Ethno-Fictions
Sunday 13 April, 17–19h
Afrique sur Seine, Mamadou Sarr and Paulin Soumanou Vieyra (France), 1955, black and white, 22 minutes
Cocorico! Monsieur Poulet, Dalarou (Damouré Zika, Lam Dia, Jean Rouch) (France/Niger), 1974, 90 minutes

This long weekend of events marks the recent publication of Making Art Global (Part 2): ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ 1989, the latest book in Afterall’s Exhibition Histories series, and it is presented in conjunction with the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies course at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

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