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Night of Philosophy 2019: Wang Bing, le peuple qui manque and Chris Marker

15 Hours (still), 2017 © Wang Bing

Join us on February 2, 2019 at 7PM for A Night of Philosophy and Ideas, the all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music co-presented by Brooklyn Public Library and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

15 hours by Wang Bing, presented by the CNAP

For the first time in the US, the CNAP - Centre National des Arts Plastiques (National Centre for Visual Arts) - will present the film 15 hours. A recent acquisition of the CNAP, this film is directed by Chinese artist Wang Bing and was released in 2017. This 15-hour long masterpiece was shot in a centralized garment processing facility consisting of 18 000 small production units employing a total of around 300 000 migrant workers in southeast China. The artist started to shoot before 8 am and followed one group of workers until they clocked off at night, faithfully recording their life and work through this one day.

The film will be introduced by Pascale Cassagnau, curator at the CNAP.

Wang Bing was born in China in 1967, in the province of Shaanxi. He is a filmmaker, cameraman and producer. He created in 1999 the Wang Bing Film Studio. After his studies in photography at the Institute of Plastic Arts in Shenyang from 1992 to 1995, he entered the Department of Film Photography of Beijing. From 1999-2003, Wang Bing worked independently pursuing an ambitious project: he filmed the old industrial city of Shenyang recording with his camera the life of the district’s workers, one that would later be destroyed by municipal reforms. This is thus the origin of his project A l'ouest des rails.

Find out more about the CNAP collections: http://www.cnap.fr/en 

Les Impatients by le peuple qui manque

Curatorial platform le peuple qui manque (A People Is Missing), represented by its founders Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós, will broadcast Les Impatients, a video installation about the great issues of our time, each episode dealing with a contemporary matter. The first episode takes place in Chicago and Detroit, where the marks of the subprime crisis and the wounds inflicted upon black lives are challenged by the movement Black Lives Matter ; the second episode was filmed in Leipzig, where the movement that led to the Fall of the Berlin Wall began ; the third episode focuses on the political, intellectual movement of protest "Nuit Debout" in Paris, where appeared the common joy of rediscovering the possibility of politics ; the fourth episode was filmed in Dakar.

Le peuple qui manque will participate in the Night of Philosophy's program of discussions.

Aliocha Imhoff and Kantuta Quirós are art theorists and exhibition curators based in Paris and the founders of the curatorial platform, le peuple qui manque. They have developed for several years a research project that calls for a new ecology knowledge, based on curatorial formats that design contemporary thoughts (diplomatic fiction, the fictional process, directing of controversies, assemblies and experiences of thought to scale 1:1) Among their latest curatorial projects and exhibitions are Le procès de la fiction (Nuit Blanche, 2017), and Une Constituante migrante (Centre Pompidou, 2017). They were residents at Method Room in Chicago, at the Rebuild Foundation in 2016 and at the Ateliers Médici in 2018. Kantuta Quirós is associate professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture. Aliocha Imhoff teaches cinema and art theory at Université Paris 1.

The Owl's Legacy by Chris Marker

The event will also feature Chris Marker's Owl's Legacy (1989), a 13-episode series, totaling nearly six hours and featuring artists and philosophers from around the world. Presented for the first time in New York, the film reflects on the legacy of ancient Greece over the centuries. Reproducing the model of the ancient banquet, the guests exchange ideas while drinking wine, in Paris, Tbilisi, Athens and Berkeley. The title of each episode refers to a conceptual Greek word (Symposium, Olympics, Democracy, Nostalgia, Logomachy, Cosmogony...). The work is also illustrated by archival material and interviews.

Chris Marker, who died in 2012 in his home city of Paris, was a celebrated writer, photographer and documentary film director. Best known for his films La Jetée, A Grin Without a Cat, and Sans Soleil, he was described by fellow filmmaker Alain Resnais as “the prototype of the twenty-first-century man.”