Public Screening | Adriana Monti & Redmond Entwistle

05/12/2017

 

 

PUBLIC SCREENING

Adriana Monti | Redmond Entwistle

Friday 8th December | 6-7.30pm

 

Adriana Monti: Scuola Senza Fine, 1983

The 150 Hours Courses were an educational experiment implemented in Italy beginning in 1974, available to factory workers and farmers initially, and expanded to include women a couple of years later. The courses were non-vocational; they were not intended to improve one’s productivity at work, but rather to allow for personal and collective growth. The courses sought to help workers reflect not only upon their working conditions but also on their lives. A large part was devoted to the re-elaboration and reinterpretation of what was defined as the “lived experience” of those attending: their experiences with work, emigration, cultural and language discrimination, union struggles, etc. Scuola Senza Fine (literally School without end) shows how the experiment extended into the lives of women taking the course, most of whom were housewives. The film was produced in collaboration with these students as part of their studies for the class, turning the curriculum’s questions about the representation of women into questions about the representation of themselves.

 

Redmond Entwistle: Walk-Through, 2012

Walk-Through explores the site, design and philosophy of the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, as a starting point for posing wider questions about contemporary pedagogical models and their relationship to new forms of social, political and economic exchange that have emerged since the 1970s.

On one level we are presented with a tour of the CalArts campus, analysing the history of the building and the origins of its democratic ethos. A studied voiceover articulates the rhetoric of CalArts founding mission which, when read through the current moment, pinpoints an early form of cultural capital. Slowly the tour starts to shift to a second series of vignettes in which students gather in a classroom to attend a fictional recreation of Michael Ashers Post-Studio class. Whispered lines are fed to the principal speakers, and first person speech is interrupted with the reading of bureaucratic documents, detailing the literal financial and infrastructural underpinnings of the institution. As the discussion progresses we begin to understand that what is being staged is an exercise in assessing the parameters of the institutions legitimacy and the legitimacy of the class as a space within which to speak, as well as individual speech itself as a principal tool of democracy.

 

Adriana Monti is a film director, independent producer and screenwriter. She has been making independent feminist films since the late 1970s, in the context of a the feminist movement in that happened in Italy in the same years. Much of her filmmaking is collaborative. She began her career in the context of a larger feminist movement in Italy of the 1970. In 1983 she realized Scuola senza fine (School without End), where she film a group of amateur women involved in the education project 150 Hours. In 1986, Monti made a documentary called Filo a catena about the conditions of female textile workers. After moving to Canada in the late 90s, Monti worked as reporter and story producer at OMNI Television Rogers Media, and she started her own company A&Z Media Ltd. In 2012 she produced Ice Work and began development on Never too Late to Create. In the same year, Scuola Senza Fine was presented at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Redmond Entwistle’s films strive to think recent history, its places and social issues through a documentary approach – replaying, rebuilding, reproducing materials into an abstract and archetypal reality. His film Walk-Through was the focus of solo exhibitions at Cubitt Gallery, Tramway Gallery and International Project Space. His previous film Monuments premiered in Rotterdam Film Festival’s Tigers Shorts Competition in 2010, and his film and sound work Paterson – Lodz won Best International Film at Images Festival in 2008. In 2013, short retrospectives of his work were presented at Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou (Paris) and BAFICI (Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival). His work has been nominated for the Jarman Award 2014, and a solo exhibition of his films will be presented at MIT List Visual Arts Center in January 2015.

 

This screening is part our exhibition BLACK MOUNTAIN – to find out more visit our Facebook Event page or download the full public programme here.

Image credits: Walk-Trough, still + 150 Hours Course, photo documentation.

 

 

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