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Friday 27 March 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
March 2023


Chuang: Social Contagion
‘Social Contagion’ is probably one of the best articles I have read about the interrelationship between economy and biology.
Now is not the time for a simple ‘Scooby-Doo Marxist’ exercise of pulling the mask off the villain to reveal that, yes, indeed, it was capitalism that caused coronavirus all along! That would be no more subtle than foreign commentators sniffing about for regime change. Of course capitalism is culpable – but how, exactly, does the social-economic sphere interface with the biological, and what kind of deeper lessons might be drawn from the entire experience?
Stefan Kalmár


Chris Marker: IMAGINE
From the late Chris Marker’s YouTube channel, Kosinki – the extra-short video IMAGINE (2011), plus other videos.
Steven Cairns


Okwui Okpokwasili: Of Wishing and Superheroes
A real 2019 highlight was seeing artist and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic at the Young Vic and I was looking forward to seeing her performance at Tate tonight. Here, we hear a song from her album day pulls down the sky produced by New York’s Danspace Project, with whom she’s recently co-curated Platform 2020: Utterances From The Chorus.
Rosalie Doubal

Pluto Press: Radicals in Conversation, Feminism Interrupted with Lola Olufemi, Jade Bentil and Gail Lewis
I finally got a chance to listen to this podcast celebrating the launch of Lola Olufemi’s new book Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power. The discussion explores a range of topics covered in the text, including the history of black feminist organising, neoliberalism and liberal feminism, the nation state and state violence, gender, queer life, and art.
Nydia Swaby


Doomsday Anonymous
Doomsday Anonymous is a reading group and care network. The reading group is set to explore emotions, theory and imaginaries as a direct response to accelerating climate crisis, increasing dysfunction of capitalist economy, far-right ascension to power, and now COVID-19. The first session will be on Zoom on 30 March (time TBA).
Sara Sassanelli


Susan Meiselas: Nicaragua
Amongst her other time defining projects, Susan Meiselas – co-founder of the Magnum Foundation – produced a definitive chronicle of Nicaragua’s Sandinista revolution.
Nico Marzano

Track of the Day

CAN: Dizzy Dizzy (1974)
In the daydream, on a crusty chest
Head is slightly to one sound, head is curly and messy
Got to get it up, got to get it over
Got to get it up, got to get it over with
Got to get it up, got to get it over
Got to get it up, got to get it over with

Is the backing in bed?

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Still from Chris Marker’s IMAGINE, 2011