Black and White and Red all Over
ArtEZ studium generale @BEAR lecture-series
Speaker: Noam Toran
Introduction by: Anik Fournier (tutor BEAR)
Tuesday 3 October 2017
ArtEZ auditorium Arnhem, Oude Kraan 26
9.30 – 11.00
How can we address our contemporary socio-political circumstances? What forms of creative production from the early 20th century which were developed within the frameworks of political theatre and performance can serve as an inspiration? Learn about Soviet Proletkult, and the way it infected the ‘high arts’ of dance and theatre with popular forms of entertainment (such as circus, cabaret, vaudeville), in order to ‘de-bourgoisify' the arts.
Noam Toran’s work involves the creation of intricate narratives developed as a means to reflect upon the interrelations of history, memory, and storytelling as embodied in cinematic, literary, and performative forms. Research based, the works examine how fictions influence the collective consciousness, and are realised through an original way of reconfiguring narrative codes, conventions and structures, and weaving them with historical materials. His work is exhibited, screened and published internationally.
In May 2017, Noam Toran presented ‘The Jungle’, the first in a series of immersive works drawing from the traditions of political theatre and performing arts from the first half of the 20th century. The work is based on the 1906 novel of the same name written by Upton Sinclair, considered to be a classic ‘muckraking’ exposé on the dehumanising labour practices of the Chicago meat-packing industry. ‘I was drawn to Upton Sinclair’s novel because his depiction of working class struggles, corporate corruption, and the failures of capitalism are depressingly relevant to this day.’
This public lecture takes place on the occassion of ArtEZ studium generale project REVOLTE – The revolution will be live. For more information http://studiumgenerale.artez.nl/whatson/revolte/