A Collective Memory: Poetics, Politics & Love Letters

Lecture-performance, film screening, 115min, video projection, sound, text, 2014
On the occasion of Delfina Foundation "Public Domain" program and ICA London Artists' Film Club series

A performance-lecture cum film screening that incorporates visual and textual material from the research archive "A Collective Memory" (2009-ongoing). The events starting point is a sixty second moving image projection by the Lumière brothers, featuring workers exiting the Lumière factory, which was witnessed by hundreds of the French bourgeois in 1895. By examining two other incidents that occurred over a century later, the three events become linked over time.

Short films and video works accompanying the lecture:
"I'm the Son of the Nile" by Heba Amin
.mov and .avi files from Mosireen Archive
"Excursions in the Dark" by Kaya Behkalam
"Paradoxes of Time: Studies in Memory #1" by Bani Khoshnoudi
"Unnamed Sound Sculpture" by Daniel Franke & Cedric Kiefer
"2026" by Maha Mamoun
"First Case, Second Case" by Abbas Kiarostami


Related films:
CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS