A season of films at accompany the exhibition Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie. Each screening will be preceded by two commissioned trailers: The Freedom of Negative Expression by Chris Evans and Lapdogs by Neil Cummings.
Daniel Schmid films
Sat 2 May, 7.30pm
Daniel Schmid (1941-2006) is considered one of the most significant auteurs of the European avant-garde. A major influence on his friends and peers including RW Fassbinder, Schmid was fascinated by the desires and fantasies we create to veil the reality of the everyday. This will be a rare opportunity to see some of his films, introduced by his friend and Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie participant Marion von Osten.
Sun 3 May, 2.30pm – 10.00pm
An extensive screening programme curated by the exhibition’s participating artists, looking at social class and its relationship to art. Subotniks were designated volunteer workers in the Soviet Union, undertaking labour intensive tasks, usually on weekends. In this spirit, the programme is free and the artists received no fee for their contributions.
A Crime Against Art (CTBA)
Sun 31 May, 2.30pm
Inspired by the mock trials organised by Andre Breton in the 20s & 30s and featuring a cast and crew of critics, curators and Lapdogs collaborators, this film is based on the trial staged at Madrid art fair in 2007. It theatrically raises a number of polemical issues in the world of contemporary art: collusion with the new bourgeoisie’, instrumentalisation of art and its institutions, the future possibility of critical artistic agency and other pertinent topics.
Dir. Hila Peleg 2007 1h 40m
Can Dialectics Break Bricks? (CTBA)
Sun 31 May, 5.00pm
Viénet’s funny, theoretically rich détournement, made in the year after the Situationist International disbanded and two years after he resigned from their ranks. A redubbed black and white version of a colour Hong Kong martial arts movie, The Crush, perhaps best described as the What’s Up, Tiger Lily? of French post-Marxist high theory.
Dir. René Viénet / Doo Kwang Gee France 1973 1h 30m
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (PG)
Sun 31 May, 7.30pm
Three couples attempt to dine together at various locales, but they are never able to finish a meal, due to a series of increasingly absurd mishaps, including interruptions by the army, the police, and a criminal gang. Dry and delicious, Buñuel’s most popular film is also his most inventive comedy, a metafictional satire with heart.
Dir. Luis Buñuel France / Italy / Spain 1972 1h 42m Subtitled