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Matthew Noel-Tod and Benedict Seymour, Can Dialectics Break Gravity?, 2014

Artists' Film Biennial 2014: Matthew Noel-Tod and Benedict Seymore's Can Dialectics Break Gravity? + Laure Prouvost’s after after

4 Jul 2014

An associated screening of Matthew Noel-Tod and Benedict Seymour’s Can Dialectics Break Gravity? and Laure Prouvost’s after after (2014).


Laure Prouvost, after after, 2014, HD video, colour, sound, 8 min 36 sec
Matthew Noel-Tod and Benedict Seymour, Can Dialectics Break Gravity?, 2014, HD video, colour, sound, 51 min 56 sec

René Viénet’s 1973 film, Can Dialectics Break Bricks? is a Situationist hijacking of the 1972 martial arts film The Crush. It delivers a verbal kung fu chop to bureaucratic socialism, post-structuralism, sexism, and cinema. Noel-Tod and Seymour’s film updates this strategy for the era of the CGI blockbuster and capitalist austerity. A narrative of heroic astronauts is détourned to one of eternal non-reproduction, feminist polemics and situationist critique as a mash-up of Valerie Solanas’ S.C.U.M. Manifesto and Eduardo Rothe’s The Conquest of Space in the Time of Power is all that is heard in space. Houston, I have a bad feeling about this mission… Half of North America just lost their Facebook… No-go for reentry.

Matthew Noel-Tod is also leading the Artists' Seminar Group on 3-4 July.

Can Dialectics Break Gravity? (2014) was developed with support from Banner Repeater. Laure Prouvost’s after after (2014) is supported by Fluxus Art Projects.

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