The Struggle Against Ourselves


The National Sculpture Factory, in association with the Corona Cork Film Festival, are delighted to present The European premiere of

The Struggle Against Ourselves

a film by Irish artist

Jesse Jones.

 

 

The Struggle Against Ourselves

21 mins 16mm (2011)

Commissioned by REDCAT and produced at CalArts during a residency this spring in Los Angeles, Jones’ new film takes Vsevolod Meyerhold’s biomechanics etudes as its point of departure to position itself between the principles of Russian constructivism and its eventual appropriation by mass culture.

Working in collaboration with students from CalArts’ Schools of Theater and Film/Video as well as Los Angeles theater director Chi-wang Yang, Jones’ new film titled The Struggle Against Ourselves restages Meyerhold’s biomechanical workshops (influential to the pioneering Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein) as they appear in a series of photographs from the 1920s by the Russian photographer Alexander Grinberg.

The reconstructed etudes depict the spectacle of movement embedded within radical political ideology while remaining eerily filled with the pathos of the historical past. The Struggle Against Ourselves displays a convergence of Russian revolutionary art and American popular culture by emphasizing the collective human form and synchronicity of movement—brilliantly usurped and reinterpreted in the films of Busby Berkeley. Despite the vast differences in their approach to politics, the pairing of these disparate cultural forms reveals an uncanny resemblance in the representation of the body on film.

 

The screenings will happen on the Factory Floor  at the following dates & times :

November 10th 5:00pm – 9:00pm

November 11th 5:00pm – 9:00pm.

November 12th 5:00pm – 12:00am.