Convened in relation to Streams of Memories, an online screening programme curated by Culture Art Society (CAS), this reading group will draw on the essay Why Black Cinema? by the late poet Toni Cade Bambara, to both reflect on and respond to the five experimental short films in the programme.
Building upon CAS’s ongoing work to both explore and host discussions framed by the intersectional relations between contemporary art practice and Black literary theory, this space of co-learning, convened in collaboration with The Showroom, is a coming together of peers in dialogue and reflection over the wider transmissions, critical artistic interventions, knowledge production and cultural genealogies to which these Black women cultural workers in the Streams of Memories programme – S. Pearl Sharp, Barbara McCullough, Kym Ragusa, Omah Diegu and Martina Attille – all belong.
Toni Cade Bambara's text to read in advance will be shared by email following confirmation of your booking via Eventbrite.
For further details about the accompanying online screening programme click here. It is free to attend, although booking via Eventbrite is also essential, after which you will receive a link to watch the films online over full the screening programme weekend, Friday 28–Sunday 30 January 2022.
Streams of Memories and this interconnected reading group builds upon conversations between CAS and The Showroom throughout 2020-21, over the duration of their residency at Metroland Studio, reflecting on the production of support structures for new curatorial research and ways of sustaining a wider framework for CAS's work for the public. Echoes and Trembles, for example, was an ongoing film screening programme curated by CAS in 2020-21 that both drew upon and expanded the free open-source resource of CAS's African Cinema & Diaspora Film List.
Image above: Barbara McCullough, Water Ritual #1: An urban rite of purification, 1979, film still. Courtesy of Barbara McCullough and Third World Newsreel
PLEASE NOTE that the Reading Group is currently scheduled to be held in person at The Showroom, but may move online. Any updates will be communicated as soon as conditions become clear in the new year.
Access information: whether the reading group is held in-person or online, the session will be organised to include breaks. Please get in touch with [email protected] if you have questions or require any access information in advance.
Culture Art Society (CAS) is an interdisciplinary curatorial platform founded in 2013 that foregrounds archival research to facilitate institutional as well as public awareness and engagement with past and present artistic productions from the African continent and diaspora.
Core to CAS’s work is creating access to these knowledge productions and artistic curricula, including hosting trans-geographic dialogues that centre critical pedagogies and decolonial paradigms to bring into focus the historiography, theory and practices of Black cultural workers for exhibition projects and public programming.
CAS have been in residence at Metroland Studio in Kilburn Square between January–December 2021.