Provoked by the presentation of Althea Thauberger’s Chelsea Girls at this year’s Signal + Noise Festival, April’s meeting will feature J. M. Coetzee’s 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech He and His Man. Thauberger’s Chelsea Girls is informed by contemporary insights on the legacy of Andy Warhol and his film of the same name, reflecting the psycho-social issues of today. The final product is an exchange of narratives, the distillation of a story passed back and forth from resident to actor, director to camera person, and back again. In Coetzee’s speech, you will find a confusion of author and subject, of quotation and primary text, of master and slave going back to the “golden times” of colonialism, and an examination of the sometimes brutal, sometimes emancipating power dynamics of representation. Thauberger and Coetzee share an interest in confusing traditional or easy conpartmentalizations, each of them proposing re-readings that are derived from, but distinct from, an inherited past.
THOUGHT ON FILM
reading J. M. Coetzee’s He and His Man
Cineworks [1131 Howe, back lane entrance], Vancouver BC
27 April 2009, 18:00
Facilitated by cheyanne turions