Thursday 17 March, 7pm
Anja Kirschner & David Panos, The Empty Plan, 78mins
Followed by an in conversation with Esther Leslie
Bertolt Brecht's experiences in 1940s Hollywood are the starting point of an exploration that looks at his changing relationship to artistic production in a period where theatre was superceded by cinema and the revolutionary movements that informed his work were defeated or betrayed. Part documentary, part historical reconstruction and part investigation into different modes of performance, the film looks at the relationship between theory and practice, representation and politics, and examines the supercession of art as the unrealised dream of modernism.
The Empty Plan was commissioned through by FLAMIN Production, co-produced with City Projects and supported by Focal Point Gallery, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and Kunsthall Oslo.
Esther Leslie is Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, University of London. She has worked extensively on Walter Benjamin (recently speaking on his friendship with Brecht) and is the editor of the journals Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory, Radical Philosophy and Revolutionary History. Together with Ben Watson she runs the website: www.militantesthetix.co.uk
In association with Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network’s (FLAMIN) Productions.
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