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05.05.17 — 6 pm - midnight

part of the project
LIANE~LINEA~ALIEN
by Dafne Boggeri
curated by Giulia Tognon for Marsèlleria hosted at
Cinema Beltrade via Oxilia 10, Milan
BLACK MARIA cinema
a night of screenings, installations, performative cocktails and music hosted at independent Cinema Beltrade
— by Dafne Boggeri with contributions by Lizzie Borden,
Maria Guggenbichler, Donna Haraway, Kaisa Lassinaro,
Fabrizio Terranova
SCREENINGS

Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival  {2016}

by Fabrizio Terranova

90’, English

— Unique portrait of the American theorists Donna Haraway, whose vision on technology and the relationship between human and animal has transformed contemporary philosophy. The film is the story of a joyful encounter in a garden, of writing techniques for exploring potential revolutions, of legendary texts challenging our beliefs. In the attempt to capture a thinking in motion, the director combines collages on green screen, archival footage and stories from the forests of California.

Born in Flames {1983}

by Lizzie Borden 

90’, English, in collaboration with Cinenova*

— Feminist visionary science fiction, set in a dystopic and postcapitalist New York. A cinematic exploration of political urgency, an investigation on the strategies and the compromises indispensable for change. The film features writer and activist Flo Kennedy and director Kathryn Bigelow. Described by musician Kathleen Hanna as a blueprint for feminist change, the film is presented for the first time in Italy in the restored version from the New York Anthology Film Archives.

*Cinenova a London-based non-profit organisation dedicated to distributing feminist films and videos. Formed in 1991 from the merger of two feminist distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, Cinenova offers also a large archive of printed matter, books and posters related to the videos presented. The films explore stories of oppression, postcolonial struggle, labour conditions and gender representation.

Donna Haraway Reads The National Geographic on Primates {1987}

by Donna Haraway 

26’, English

— How does the "cultured" gorilla, i.e. Koko, come to represent universal man? Author and cultural critic Donna Haraway untangles the web of meanings, tracing what gets to count as nature, for whom and when, and how much it costs to produce nature at a particular moment in history for a particular group of people. A feminist journey through an anthropological junglescape. Haraway is a leading thinker who continues to discuss people's love and hate relationship with machines. Her ideas have sparked an explosion of debates in areas as diverse as primatology, philosophy, and developmental biology. She is the author of Cyborg Manifesto {1984}; Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science {1989}; Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature {1991}; Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene {2016}.

PERFORMATIVE COCKTAILS

— During the event the secret cocktail Dry Eye, created by the artist, was served at the bar. The drink was inspired by that acceleration of emotions often not aligned with reality that is part of the 'lunatic'  cinematic experience and is a homage to the full moon nights spent in the dark room.  

DJ SET

— Dj set curated by the artist Maria Guggenbichler. Her practice celebrates the unexpected, rampant and joyful circulation of knowledge, non-knowledge and exuberance in slow and fast dances. Maria mostly works in close and long-term friendships and collaborations. Together with her friend the curator Amal Alhaag Maria founded and ran the

Side Room {2013-2016}, an informal initiative for intersectional feminist, queer, anti-colonial, anti-racist and anti-capitalist thinking and practices. Maria was a member of the editorial team of Girls Like Us, magazine of feminist and queer arts and cultures {2014–2016}.

INSTALLATIONS

—The terrace and the basket court, adjacent to the projection room, were officially opened to the public for the first time to host Dafne Boggeri’s site-specific installation Terzo Tempo. The title is a reference to the Third Landscape, the term by which botanist Gilles Clément defines those 'indecisive fragments' of land that, abandoned by humans return under the control of nature and, according to the artist, reflect a queer attitude of the landscape.

— In the cinema bar opies of the book Born in Flames by Kaisa Lassinaro {2011, Occasional Papers} were available for purchase. The book presents a selection of screenshots of the film, the complete transcription of the screenplay, an interview with the director and the lyrics of the songs Undercover Nation {The Bloods} and Born in Flames {The Red Crayola}, veritable manifestos of the film. 

The book was presented with a visual display by Dafne Boggeri and accompanied by the light sign RADIO RAGAZZA, made in collaboration with Kaisa Lassinaro.

Special Thanks to — Patricia & Wolfgang Natlacen, O' non profit association, Petra,
Charlotte Procter, Irene Revell