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Daily Archives: April 1st, 2010

Guernica

RETORT IN WHITECHAPEL

On the day Colin Powell appeared before the UN in January 2003 to present the case for war against Iraq, the tapestry of Picasso’s Guernica hanging outside the Security Council chamber was draped with a baby blue shroud. The UN media liaison, Abdellatif Kabbaj, explained: “We had a problem with, you know, the horse”.

For the past year the Guernica tapestry has been in London, on loan during renovations at the UN. It is hanging in the old public library, now part of the Whitechapel Gallery, and forms the centrepiece of Goshka Macuga’s installation, “The Nature of the Beast”.

Retort will host an event on the closing day of the installation. On Sunday, April 4th between 2 and 5 o’clock, at the round table in front of the tapestry copy of Guernica (referencing Calder’s Mercury Fountain in the 1937 Spanish Pavilion),  there will be a recorded discussion on the topic of terror against civilians as an instrument of modern statecraft and the failed efforts of popular movements to halt it. The conversation – between an invited panel and then opening to all in attendance – will be primed by a brief presentation, in front of the tapestry, of Retort’s case in Afflicted Powers that terror from the air is constitutive of modernity, and T.J. Clark’s argument in Picasso and Truth that Guernica registers a double mourning, for the Spanish republic in its death throes but also for an end to modern humanity’s hopes of a true space of belonging. In the light of this history – from Guernica to Gaza – what are the possibilities of renewal for an anti-war movement? If it was hard in 1937, how might “art against war” be conceived under contemporary conditions of spectacle and the new arsenal of image machines? 

The muse of remembrance in the Basque tradition will be invoked in performance by MacGillivray and Gwalia. 

Address and info/directions:

The Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 7QX, 020 7334 3922

http://whitechapelgallery.org

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Tariq Ali

OBAMA’S WAR – A LECTURE BY TARIQ ALI

Why the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable and can only lead to a bloody stalemate

Monday 19 April at 7pm

School of Visual Arts (SVA Theatre)

333 West 23rd Street

New York, NY 10011

Tickets $15—purchase here or call 212-279-4200

For FREE entry, with proof of student status, RSVP to: clara@versobooks.com

Organized in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the London Review of Books

Tariq Ali: http://tariqali.org/

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LONDON PAULO FREIRE INSTITUTE

Dear friends and colleagues

I write to warmly invite you to the launch of the London Paulo Freire Institute (LPFI) on Friday, 14 May, 2010.

The LPFI will be based in the Centre for Educational Research in Equalities, Pedagogy and Policy (CEREPP) at Roehampton University, London. It forms part of a wider network of Paulo Freire Institutes (PFI) worldwide, including the PFI at UCLA, directed by Dr Carlos Alberto Torres, Professor of Social Sciences and Comparative Education.

I am delighted to announce that Professor Carlos Torres will be International co-Director of the London Paulo Freire Institute, and will be giving a keynote lecture at the launch ‘Reinventing Freire for the 21st Century’.

With best wishes
Penny

Professor Penny Jane Burke
Director of CEREPP
School of Education
Roehampton University
Froebel College
Roehampton Lane
London SW15 5PJ
+44 (0)20 83923146

The Freire Project: http://www.freireproject.org/content/welcome-critical-pedagogy-wiki

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