Kluge’s News From Ideological Antiquity. Part 2: All Things Are Bewitched People

When Eisenstein had the idea to film Capital, he thought that the literary methods found in Joyce’s Ulysses would be helpful for his project. According to Fredric Jameson, what Eisenstein had in mind here is “something like a Marxist version of Freudian free association—the chain of hidden links that leads us from the surface of everyday life and experience to the very sources of production itself. Eisenstein’s idea was use the structure of Ulysses, a ‘day in the life’ narrative interrupted by stream-of-consciousness, together with his theories of montage to depict a narrative film version of Capital. ” (See New Left Review, No 58 for Jameson’s review)
“… important devices should be added: Russian Formalist defamiliarisation and Brechtian distancing. Never very far from didactic methods, Kluge insists: “We must let Till Eulenspiegel [a trickster figure in German folklore] pass across Marx and Eisenstein both, in order to create confusion allowing knowledge and emotions to be combined together in new ways.” — Julia Vassilieva, Screening The Past
Kluge’s film is divided into three parts: Part III. Paradoxes of Exchange Society will be scheduled at a future July date.

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Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes of Anti-Imperialist Defense

The settler makes history and is conscious of making it. And because he constantly refers to the history of his mother country, he clearly indicates that he himself is the extension of that mother country. Thus the history which he writes is not the history of the country which he plunders but the history of his own nation in regard to all that she skims off, all that she violates and starves.

—Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

Continuing the reading and writing of Frantz Fanon’s works, we will open up this winter with a film on the role of violence furthering or hindering liberation. This term begins with the film on January 30 at Interference Archive.

In the course of 2014 Interference Archive and the Marxist Education Project held study groups regarding Frantz Fanon. On January 30 we will come together for a screening of Concerning Violence, based largely on Fanon’s seminal text, The Wretched of the Earth. We hope this film can advance our discussions forward in light on strategy and tactics within the growing anti-police brutality and militarization campaigns. The screening is also kick off of a six week class on The Wretched of the Earth taking place at the Commons Friday nights for six weeks, beginning February 6.

Concerning Violence is a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.


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