Herman Melville

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Bartleby, (1972) Directed by Anthony Friedman Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street is a short story written by Herman Melville. It first appeared anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 editions of Putnam’s Magazine. There have been three or more film versions, two English (1972 and 2001) and one French (1976). The figure of Bartleby has been influential upon post-war political philosophy, particularly in a post-workerist (post-operaismo) and refusal of work tendencies, Melville’s story is discussed by Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri and Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi. Full Unemployment Cinema will be showing the 1972 English ...
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Sunday 27 April | 7pm | The Common House | Free We present Leviathan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel (2012) + shorts “With the fish-eye cameras strapped to their heads, the film-makers and crew recorded the raging midnight seas from which are hauled the fish and scallops that will end up on china plates and linen tablecloths in smart restaurants. Remorselessly, they expose every aspect of this visceral business – often conducted in the dark, out of sight of land, on trips lasting up to 18 days. It is a weird otherworld, filled with bug-eyed fish slathering over the decks, clanking rusty chains ...
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This issue of OnCurating takes political resistance and sanctuary as its subject, with Herman Melville’s nineteenth-century literary avatar Bartleby—famous for his refrain “I would prefer not to”—as its tutelary spirit. Forms of civil disobedience and tricksterism are coterminous agents in artistic and curatorial practices, both historical and contemporary. How to subvert and subvene, how to recast structural mechanisms of suppression and oppression, how to avoid, deny, magnify, spatially disjoint, and refute (earnestly, comically)? By what means can we, as cultural producers, refuse, while fostering a discourse of reparation? The activism now crucial in the face of ascendant political forces bent ...

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