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Brett Bloom on Tue, 25 Apr 2006 05:01:48 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime-ann> Many things at Mess Hall from APRIL 28 - MAY 3


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INDEX:

1) Friday, April 28, 2006, 8 - 10:30 PM: A memorial for the late film-maker Garrett Scott.

2) Saturday, April 29th, 2006, 7:30 PM: Post 9/11 Security Panic, Loyalty Tests & the Muslim "Outsider" - A Talk by Naeem Mohaiemen of Visible Collective

3) Sunday, April 30, 2006, 12:00 - 4 PM: Clothes Swap/Remix/Remake and Brunchluck, 12-1 PM Brunchluck, 1-4 PM Clothes Swap/Remix/Remake

4) Sunday, April 30, 2006, 5 -7 PM: Opening Event - Stitched in Place and Time as part of the Chicago Labor and Arts Festival

5) Wednesday, May 3, 2006, 7:30 PM: With Friends Like These...Paul Chan & Temporary Services Talk, show movies, have birthday cake!


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1)

Friday, April 28, 2006
8 - 10:30 PM

A memorial for the late film-maker Garrett Scott. Two films will be screened.
This screening is in memory of my friend and colleague Garrett Scott who died unexpectedly last month.

It was organized to share his incredible films, which will I know will continue to influence and inspire new people as long as they are seen.

The news of Garrett’s’ death winded me. I still have difficulty grasping the suddenness of his absence which feels like the very opposite of meaning. Garrett was one of the most intelligent, wry, compassionate, electric people I've ever known. He was someone who relentlessly seized the day. Both of his films manage to be lyrical yet vigilant, empathetic yet appreciative of incongruous absurdity in their meditation on war, economics, addiction, politics, locality and family. His grace and generosity seep through his films, as do his sense of outrage and injustice. As his friend Sam Witt says, Garrett had an “uncanny sense of the inner-workings of history, its cunning, its logic, and its endlessly self-generative set of variables… he was, simply put, a secretary for the dispossessed and a great navigator of the mysterious interplay between war, violence, systems of finance, territory and so much more.”

I grieve Garrett’s passing, and the loss of someone whose unfailing honesty and unique facility for listening and communicating was so rudely truncated. I hope that all of us, end the end, will follow his example and embrace the simple, profound act of trying to understand one another.

you will be missed g

- Deborah Stratman


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2)

Saturday, April 29th, 2006
7:30 PM

Post 9/11 Security Panic, Loyalty Tests & the Muslim "Outsider"
A Talk by Naeem Mohaiemen of Visible Collective

About The Talk
Naeem Mohaiemen will show some of Visible Collective's work and look  at the parallels between the current crisis and past discourses that  created a sinister "other" with dubious "loyalty".  Historical  markers include, but are not limited to, the 1919 detention of 10,000  immigrants after anarchists bombed the Attorney General's home; the  1941 internment of 110,000 Japanese-Americans; the COINTELPRO  infiltration of Black Panthers; the harrassment of Deacons For  Defense; the trial and execution of the Rosenbergs; and the HUAC "red  scare" under Senator McCarthy.  Since the 1970s, these impulses have  intersected with a strain of Islamophobia which has long roots in  Europe but is a recent phenomenon in the United States.

About Visible Collective
Visible Collective is a New York based artist-activist group that  works on issues at the intersection of migration impulse and national  identity.  DISAPPEARED IN AMERICA is an ongoing project by the  Visible Collective that uses films, installations, & lectures to  trace hyphenated identities and post-9/11 security panic. The  majority of Muslim migrants detained in recent security hysteria were  from the invisible underclass of cities like New York. They are the  recent immigrants who drive our taxis, deliver our food, clean our  restaurant tables, and sell fruit, coffee, and newspapers. The only  time we "see" them is when we glance at the hack license in the taxi  partition, or the ID card around the neck of a vendor.  The detained  are usually men, in various states of "illegal" status, easily  dismissed as "law breakers." Finally, when deported, they cease to  exist in the American consciousness.

More details at: http://www.disappearedinamerica.org

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3)

Sunday, April 30, 2006
12 - 4 PM

Clothes Swap/Remix/Remake
and Brunchluck
12-1pm Brunchluck
1-4pm Clothes Swap/Remix/Remake
FREE!

Do you have a clothes you don’t wear anymore? Bring them to Mess Hall for the Winter Clothing Swap. Or you might want to Remix and Remake your old clothes with simple sewing techniques. In this workshop you will learn how to alter or decorate your old clothes and make them look and feel brand new. This is a simple way of keeping them out of the waste stream and saving money! Maybe you have always wanted to know how to sew a hem in your pants? Maybe you want to make a political statement by stitching a peace sign on your shirt? Come to Mess Hall and learn how to have a hand in the fashion you wear. As well, we will have someone available to show you how to make a pattern from some of your favorite designs so that you can then recreate them over and over again.

Any clothes left at the end of the day will be brought to a local shelter.
We will provide sewing machines and other supplies.
Bring clothes and any extra fabric you have.


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4)


Sunday, April 30, 2006
5 -7 PM

Opening Event - Stitched in Place and Time as part of the Chicago Labor and Arts Festival


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5)

Wednesday, May 3, 2006
7:30 PM

With Friends Like These...Paul Chan & Temporary Services Talk, show movies, have birthday cake!

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE...

A night of real talk with Paul Chan and Temporary Services about working
alone and working together in art and politics.

Featuring screenings of:

"Untitled Film on Lynne Stewart and Her Conviction, The Law and Poetry"

a new work by Paul Chan (17:30 / Stereo / 2006 / DVD projection)

On February 10, 2005, Lynne Stewart was convicted of providing material support for a terrorist conspiracy. She is the first lawyer to be convicted of aiding terrorism in the United States. Stewart faces thirty years of prison and will be sentenced in September 2006.

"Untitled..." is a video portrait of Stewart. The video focuses on the relationship between the language of poetry and the language of the law. Stewart speaks both languages, and employs poetry as a "knotting point" to
connect ideas of beauty and justice for juries and judges alike. The film takes Stewart's understanding of poetry and the law as a departure point to explore the possibilities of a poetics capable of articulating the pressures of terror and justice.

and also:

Construction Site

Documentary about Temporary Services' collaboration with Zena Sakowski & Rob Kelly & many others in a vacant lot in Los Angeles, April 2005. Making stuff out of discards, rolling giant baseballs, charming the TV news.

Paul and TS will then interview each
other about collaboration and then invite the audience to join in for a larger conversation.

Also--today is Brett from TS's birthday, so we will be sending him off properly into the "middle ages" with Makers and birthday cake.

About Paul Chan:
http://www.nationalphilistine.com/

About TS:
www.temporaryservices.org


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Mess Hall is an experimental cultural center in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. We host film screenings, music events, art exhibitions, community meetings, potlucks, and more. Mess Hall has a library of small press and artist books and periodicals for visitors to enjoy, a small kitchen space, and bins filled with free items for our visitors to take home. All events and projects hosted at Mess Hall are free to attend.

We are not - as Time Out Chicago suggests - a nonprofit art space. We are self-organized and self-defined, which means we don't let anyone decide our structure or relationships to one another. This is critical for developing spaces, ideas and practices that are as free as possible from both market society and governmental regulation.

Mess Hall
6932 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 465-4033
messhall8 {AT} yahoo.com
www.messhall.org


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