Reginald Rose’s “Twelve Angry Men,” as selected by Juliane Zelwies

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Monday, 16 September 2013
LIFT (1137 Dupont, Toronto ON)
7 PM

In conjunction LIFT, who will be supporting Berlin-based artist Juliane Zelwies’s current video project, this salon will feature excerpts from Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men as selected by the artist.

Juliane Zelwies in attendance.

“I don’t really know what the truth is. I don’t suppose anybody will ever really know. Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we’re just gambling on probabilities. We may be wrong. We may be trying to let a guilty man go free, I don’t know. Nobody really can, but we have a reasonable doubt and that’s something that’s very valuable in our system.”

Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men (1954) is a chamber play about a jury’s deliberations at a homicide trial, which looks into the process of personal decision making, thus revealing the jurors’ prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused as well as each other.

Juliane Zelwies’s stay in Toronto will focus on the research and production of the third part of her ongoing video project No more words, no other thoughts. About the rituals of speaking. As part of this salon, she asks attendees to participate in her current research on rhetoric by looking into excerpts of the play Twelve Angry Men in the form of a group reading by examining the behaviour and other persuasion strategies of the different figures.

A screening of her video Richard and Felix (2012, 20 min) will be shown prior to the reading.

Juliane Zelwies is based in Berlin, Germany. She works with various media such as video, drawing, installation and performance. Social structures and hierarchies as well as their sources of conflict are recurrent themes. Her work has been presented at Galerie Axel Obiger, Berlin; Grüntaler9, Berlin (both 2013); Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei; Derive Art Space, Taichung; KAV16 Gallery, Tel Aviv; Digital Art Lab, Holon (all 2012); Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin; Simultanhalle, Cologne (both 2011); Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, Canada (2010); 59th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale); Shedhalle Zurich (both 2009) amongst others. Solo exhibitions include Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY (2012); ZAIM Art Center, Yokohama (2008); Temple Gallery, Philadelphia (2006).

Reginald Rose (1920-2002) was an American film and television writer. His work is marked by its treatment of controversial social and political issues, which–in contrast to tele-plays of other writers at the time–often concern conflicts larger than those emerge in private life and the domestic sphere.

This meeting of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) is supported by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.