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Monday 7 December 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
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Wojnarowicz: Fuck You Faggot Fucker (2020)
‘Nothing compares to the fury we feel when we see the people we love most fiercely being treated as expendable. It made Wojnarowicz a giant.’

Chris McKim’s film, Wojnarowicz: Fuck You Faggot Fucker (2020), premiered a month ago at DOC NYC film festival and is here reviewed by Cassie Packard for frieze.

SQRRL
Read John Russell’s hypertext online .html fiction SQRRL from 2015. Russell’s footnoted text describes a future populated by animal-human hybrids, riffing off Donna Haraway and Luce Irigaray in this sci-fi horror vision of the future. Jump between theory and fiction as you scroll through this multi-layered narrative.

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AGM 2020
Catch up on AGM 2020, featuring contributions from Somerset House Studios’ resident community Anna Mikkola, Malik Nashad Sharpe and Sam Williams. Selected by a panel of existing and alumni resident artists, AGM 2020 premiered five new commissions from Aida Amoako, DeForrest Brown Jr, Josiane M.H Pozi, Rian Trainor, Tyreis Holder and Sarra Wild.

Javier Fernández Vázquez: A Storm Was Coming

‘The departure point of A Storm Was Coming is a classified dossier composed by several letters and reports on the death of Bubi leader Ësáasi Eweera written in 1904 by Spanish colonial authorities. This dossier can be found in the Spanish Administration General Archive, a massive building located in the outskirts of Alcalá de Henares.
     
There were two moments I consider particularly relevant regarding this place. The first time I visited it, as I waited for the elevator, I noticed that Africa – whatever that was meant to be – was treated just like any other administrative category such as Industry or Agriculture. An archive structure that involuntarily spoke volumes about the way Spain still treats its colonial past. Later, in the reading room, after studying the 100 pages of documents, I reached an abrupt end when an official investigation over the death of Ësáasi Eweera was supposed to be carried out. Instead, there is an X in the last page. Such investigation aimed at clarifying his decease never took place. That’s precisely the moment I decided it was worth making the film.’

– Javier Fernández Vázquez

A Storm Was Coming is available to stream as part of FRAMES of REPRESENTATION for seven days from 8 December, 6:30pm GMT.

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Track of the Day

Sylvester: You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (1978)

Make me feel – mighty real
Make me feel – mighty real
Make me feel – mighty real
Make me feel – mighty real

I feel real – I feel real, I feel real – I feel real
I feel real – I feel real, I feel real – I feel real Huh

I feel real – I feel real, I feel real – I feel real
Huh I feel real, huh I feel real

I feel real – I feel real, I feel real – I feel real

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