English

Instituto de Tecnologia Social - ITS BRASIL, Secretaria Nacional de Direitos Humanos da Presidência da República, SESC-SP, Boitempo Editorial.

 

REVOLUTION’S PROJECT   
Revolutions, education, history cinema and photography has the objective to reflect about the social revolutions from aesthetics and political perceptive. It is an initiative of a group of artists, students, professors, journalists, cinema directors and activists. This project counts with the general coordination and curatorship of Moara Rossetto Passoni and Henrique P. Xavier and institutional realization with Human Rights Secretariat of the Republic’s Presidency (of Brazil), Instituto de Tecnologia Social – ITS BRASIL, SESC-SP, and Boitempo Editorial, with support of Goethe Institute, Consulate of France, E-open and Versátil Home Video.

The next stage of the Revolutions Project comprehends an exposition of photography’s, films and music; the international seminar Revolutions: a politics of the sensible – which will meet important names of the artistic and intellectual scenario, besides of activities as workshops, films and books release; release of Slajov Zizeck’s books and DVD of Alexander Kluge and workshops about media, avant-garde, Alexander Kluge, and posters of revolutions.
 
Exposition Revolutions
Organized on three main axes, with curatorship of Henrique Xavier, will be inaugurated at the 21st May, at 20 o’clock, and will be held until 3 of July 2011, at the floor of SESC-Pinheiros, São Paulo.

First Cinematographic Center Line Consists at an exhibition of four films of two directors, whom works is marked by an acute view of politics and questions the roll of image at contemporary society.

Jean-Luc Godard
"The Old Place" (EUA, 2002, 49 min. Colour) of Jean-Luc Godard, is an essayistic documentary that deals deepen with the need of art and its place at History from a extraordinary montage, in clips of images of arquive being exhibited next to important icons of modern art. "The Old Place" was financed by Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) of New York, exhibited at the Festival of Cannes 2002, and inedited in Brazil. (2002, 49', USA, colour),
"L' Origine du XXI siécle" (France, 2000, 16'. Colour), of the same director, was recommended to be exhibited at the opening of the Cannes Festival of 2000. The short film is a poetic study and opportune about the end of the XX century. This trajectory materializes from a visceral montage that unites tens of arquives materials: war situations, Nazism, human atrocities.
And a small work-of-art "Je vous salue, Sarajevo" (France, 1993, 2min. Colour). "A  contemplation of two minutes of a volatile situation in the Bosnian War, presented in photo-montage and text. In the film, from only one photo, Godard show us a series of close-ups that conspires to abstract the meaning of image as a whole, turning the elements singular in symbols that are there to be deciphered.

Alexander Kluge
Inedited in Portuguese, the ambitious "News of Ideological Antiquity": Marx, Eisenstein, the Capital" (Germany, 2008, 570 min. Colour), of the German director Alexander Kluge. In nine hours and thirty minutes he recovers Sergei Eisenstein project of filming the Capital, of Karl Marx, from the structure of Ulisses, of James Joyce. To exhibit the film of Kluge, a workgroup organized by Henrique P. Xavier   are remaking nearly 1.000 cartels in German (using the same sources, colours and dispositions of the original ones). It is an inedited work in the world, to re-create the cartels and to think them as images, like the proposal of the director Kluge, it is a way to recover the experience of the film to the Portuguese speaking audience.
Announced at the 21st of May, Versátil Home Video will release at 19th of June a box of DVDs of the film, which includes a short-film "Blinde Liebe - Gespräch mit Jean-Luc Godard" - in which Alexander Kluge interviews Godard for one of the 1.500 tv-programs already made by Kluge. At the occasion an exhibition will be organized of the film at the Teather Paulo Autran at SESC-Pinheiros, and after will be held a debate.

About Alexander Kluge - Still few know in Brazil, the veteran Kluge, who was interacted with Theodor Adorno and Fritz Lang at youth, is one of the greatest director, writer and intellectual of Germany alive; he is founder of the  German New Cinema,  next to Fassbinder, Herzog and Wenders, he is author of the Orberhausen Manifesto and pioneer at what he calls "Television of author", or an attempt to bring quality to television programs.

Second Center Line - photographic Exposition of photographic registers of the social revolutions of the XX century. The choice of the images came from the book Revolutions, organized by Michael Lowy, and published by Boitempo Editorial. With approximately 400 photography's in black and white, the book documents important revolutionary movements, since the Commune of Paris (1871) until the Cuban Revolution (1957-67), and going by social movements which for Lowy are carriers not of the "Revolution" but of the "Revolutionary spirit".

Third Center Line - musical A constant musical composition of two hours of an inedited research of revolutionary songs of the XX century; coordinated by Willy Corrêa de Oliveira, one of the biggest classic composers of the Brazilian contemporary music, and counts also with the musical creation of Maurício De Bonis.

International Seminar Revolutions, a politics of the sensible
(20 and 21st of May 2011 starting at 2 pm - Teather Paulo Autran - SESC-PINHEIROS). Counts with  Slovenian Slajov Zizeck (who will release at the Revolutions Project the books In defense of the lost causes and First as Tragedy, then as farce, by Boitempo Editorial), Bernard Stiegler (University of London and Compiège in France, director of Research Institute and Innovattion of the Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris, Willy Corrêa de Oliveira (one of the main Brazilian composers of classic music alive), Emir Sader (Sociólogo/UERJ), Klemens Gruber (Professor and film critic/ University of Vienna), Marilena Chauí (Philosopher/USP - Univesity of São Paulo), Eduardo Grüner (Philosophy/University of Buenos Aires), Vladimir Safatle (Philosophy/University of São Paulo), besides of videoconferences with Michael Lowy (Sociology and director of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences  Sociales/Paris) and Alexander Kluge (writer, film and television director/Germany), and of the inedit projection "Blinde Liebe - Gespräch mit Jean-Luc Godard", by Kluge. See complete programation here below:

Workshops (22 and 24 of May 2011, Térreo, SESC-PINHEIROS). The project counts still with some  workshops. The first one is of Klemens Gruber about Alexander Kluge, Media and Revolution: cultures of the Avant-garde and how to play with television: a poetic of Alexander Kluge for Tv, at the days of 22 and 24 of May, at 10 am to 6 pm. There are other workshops previewed which soon will be divulged.

Release of books and DVD (21st of May of 2011, floor, SESC-PINHEIROS) The Project will release books of Slajov Zizeck In defense of lost causes and First as tragedy, then as farce published by Boitempo Editorial (21st of May at 19h30) and the DVD News of an Ideological Antiquity: Marx, Eisenstein, The Capital of Alexander Kluge (announced at 21st May at 19h30 will have full projection and official release at the Paulo Autran Theather  SESC-PINHEIROS at 19th of July). The DVD will have as extra the short-film Blinde Liebe - Gespräch mit Jean-Luc Godard and Alexander Kluge and has distribution of Versátil Home Video.

Complete programming of the international seminar
Revolutions: a politics of the sensible

20/05 Friday
12h00 Registration of participants
14h30 EMIR SADER opening
15h00 KLEMENS GRUBER A flotilla of films: the writer, director and tv partisan Alexander Kluge
18h00 Short-film: (Blind Love – Gespräch mit Jean-Luc Godard, 2001, DVD, 24 minutes)
18h30 break
19h30 EDUARDO GRÜNER Otherman view. "Potitization of art" and cultural otherness in Sartre and Pasoloni.
20h00 Marilena Chauí About The Middle East

21/05 Saturday
14h00 BERNARD STIEGLER For a new critic of political economy
15h00 EMIR SADER Presentation of Michael Lowy work
15h15 MICHAEL LOWY (videoconference) Revolutions
16h00 WILLY CORRÊA DE OLIVEIRA A revolution that would annihilate our music
17h00 SLAJOV ZIZECK Revolution: when the situation is catastrophic, but is not serious
18h30 EMIR SADER Final Balance of the event
19h30 SLAJOV ZIZECK Release of the books In defense of the lost causes and First as tragedy, then as farce published by Boitempo Editorial
20h00 Opening of the Revolutions Exposition

About the Revolutions Project: Education, History, Human Rights, Cinema and Photography
Although more present in some ages than another, the word Revolution always have been at the contemporary imaginary, being capable to provoke and show the more the various crucial issues of society. With this perspective that Revolutions: Education, History, Human Rights, Cinema and Photography is build. From the finding that this discussion more than ever maintains actual, the Project focuses on the social revolutions from the human rights axis and the brunt between aesthetics and politics. The project is composed by many stages. Until now, happened: the release of website (www.revolucoes.org.br) that holds all contents related to the event, the course Education, Revolutions and its Rights, of 5 until 8 April, with the Professors Costas Douzinas (Birbeck College/Univeristy of London), Alysson Mascaro (USP), Olgária Matos (USP), José Sérgio Carvalho (USO) and Paulo Teixeira (federal deputy/PT-SP) that received more than 1304 inscriptions, and the conference Imaginary, Future and Utopia, at 19th April, with Frei Betto, that counts with the participation of more than 300 people.

Credits
Human Rights Secretariat of the Republics Secretariat  SDH/PR (of Brazil)
Office responsible for articulating and implementing public policies
Aimed in protecting and promoting human rights in Brazil. Is part of their actions the combat to violations, combat to slave work, protection to threatened people, promoting children’s and adolescents rights, promoting  the rights of elderly, the National Program of Human Rights (PNHD-3) and others.

Instituto de Tecnologia Social – ITS Brasil
From its foundation in 2001, ITS Brasil has promoted the creation, development and implementation of socially-relevant technologies, bridging the gap between the population’s wants and needs and the production of knowledge in the country, independently of where said knowledge is produced – teaching and research institutions, NGOs, popular movements, public organs or the private sector. In 2010, ITS has developed a experience of an online course on the theme of Human Rights and conflict mediation that counts with the participation of more than 70 thousand inscriptions in Brazil and abroad.

SESC – Serviço Social do Comércio The action of SESC – Serviço Social do Comércio – is fruit of a solid cultural and educative Project that brought, since its creation by business of trade and services, 60 years ago, the mark of innovation and the social transformation. During the years, SESC innovated itself by introduction new models of cultural action and sub-lined that in the decade of 1980, the education with a proposal of social transformation. The concretization of this proposal has been done by an intense action of culture and its different manifestation, designated to all audience, of different ages and social extracts.

Boitempo Editorial
Is a Brazilian publisher, foundation in 1995 by Ivana Jinkings. Its catalogue highlights the publication of essays, in diverse areas of human sciences, like economy, politics, history and culture, signed by fluent and consecrated national and international thinkers as well as new writers.

Information to the Press:
Ana Maria Straube
Imprensa.revolucoes@gmail.com
anastraube@yahoo.com.br
55 11 84452524

ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE AND HAPPENS AT SESC PINHEIROS (RUA PAES LEME, 195, PINHEIROS, SÂO PAULO)

 

 

 

 

 

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1. The project

REVOLUTIONS

Education, history, human rights, photography & cinema

From its inception, the Revolutionsproject bears the intention of promoting a course and a serial of debates between noteworthy members of the national and international intellectual community, aimed towards a discussion of the concept of revolution in its historical context; as its starting point, two central issues in contemporary society: human rights, and the contemporary status of the image, with an emphasis on photography and cinema.

Additionally, the project will include a photograph exhibition based on the Michael Löwy-organized book Révolutions, and the screening of two films: Nachrichten aus der Ideologischen Antike – Marx – Eisenstein – Das Kapital [News from Ideological Antiquity: Marx, Eisenstein, Capital] by Alexander Kluge, and Film Socialism by Jean-Luc Godard. Lastly, the Revolutions project will also have its own Blog, and a Website containing a variety of resources, including reference and didactic material and a media library.

The aim of the project is not the mere propagation of bygone revolutionary positions, however, but the raising of an essential question for this day and age: “which society are we educating towards?”

In the attempt to find an answer, we intend to hark back to a Utopian ideal that once sought to reconcile selflessness and freedom, that we may at last approach contemporary solutions for a more democratic and egalitarian reinvention of the present. Remembering our revolutionary past to think our present; or, as Alexander Kluge puts it in his News from Ideological Antiquity: “Utopia gets better and better, while we wait for it.”

 

 

2. The Course Education, Revolution and Human Rights

Resume

Revolution and Human Rights: education, revolutions and its rights

How to assure Human Rights in a place where decisions are increasingly more influenced by particular and immediate interests instead of universal values? 

The course Revolutions and Human Rights aims to approach these and other crucial issues of the “crisis of modernity”.  Its goal is also to criticize the necessity of State control on citizen’s life and to discuss the loss of democracy – which reflects at the same time a possibility to reinvent democracy. The main event of the course will be the exposition of Professor Costas Douzinas, director of the Birkbeck Institute for Humanities at the University of London and author of provocative books like The End of Human Rights (University of London). In each day of the course intellectuals and activists specialists at this matter, like Alysson Mascaro, Olgária Matos and José Sérgio Carvalho will be invited to deepen into the discussion.

The themes are organized in four meetings. To conduct the debate through educational, judicial, cultural, philosophic, political and historical perspective, since today’s world demands not only an application of human rights but also a re-discussion of its meanings. In a world in which ecology, science, and economics challenge the structure of this essential political instrument of our era. 

 

Education, revolutions and its rights

There is a long history of correspondences between revolutionary and human-rights movements; it is hardly by accident that within the two largest political revolutions of modern times the importance of having all newly founded institutions officially acknowledge equality, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as legitimate rights was greatly emphasized, a fact which reverberates throughout the texts of the United States Declaration of Independence, as well as the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen – living documents which seek to entitle the citizen, to the fullest possible extent, to his or her citizenship.

Such restlessness has mobilized a great number of social movements ever since, and many were the conflicts entered upon for the indisputable right to mere existence. Two World Wars had been waged before a diplomatic movement gave birth to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is undeniable that widespread recognition of human rights may be a critical instrument for social development, and the basis for changes such as the creation of improved mechanisms for the distribution of income, the modernization of customs and attending legitimization of previously-excluded sectors of society, and the adoption of a critical view towards past and present practices, such as torture, that may be seen as being opposed to such ideals; their adoption, however, has led to a paradoxical state of affairs in this, the first decade of the 21st century, having brought about a new rhetoric of defensive mobilization which finds acceptable reasons for “just wars” and the forced displacement of entire populations.

From within these ambiguous circumstances, political rulers and corporate businessmen, intellectuals and members of social movements, from countries from North and from South and of the most varied political affiliations, unanimously agree upon the importance of supporting the human rights movement. Yet, which among these groups are active in the defense and promotion of human rights? What is there to be found, within this great multiplicity of positions that may specifically be construed as revolutionary? What, furthermore, could social revolutions and human rights have in common that could contribute to the reinvention, on fairer grounds, of democracy?

The objections above are among the ones raised by London-based Greek thinker Costas Douzinas – author of, among other books, The End of Human Rights and Human Rights and Empire: The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism, and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London, where he teaches Political Philosophy, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Law – one of the world’s most eminent specialists in the combined field of human rights and revolutions. Displaying a profound awareness of the main problems, historical and current, surrounding the concept of human rights, Douzinas unequivocally states that the latter “have only paradoxes to offer”. The affirmation, far from being discouraging, may assist us greatly in estimating the true dimensions of the challenges we are currently facing.

Professor Douzinas’ provocations will function as the central axis for the series of discussions the present course is intended to raise. The course will consist of four meetings with four hours each, during which the audience will be exposed to, and invited to reflect on, interrelations between the concepts of human rights and revolution, approached from perspectives alternately educational, philosophical, historical, cultural and political.

Each meeting will feature a two-hour lecture by Professor Douzinas, who’ll elaborate on and discuss his main positions on the subject of human rights, with an emphasis on social revolutions and recent developments in democracy; this will be followed by a two-hour debate with a Brazilian guest selected on the basis of his or her outstanding degree of expertise in, or experience with the topic for debate

 

Program

 

05/04 - Revolution and Human Rights

Costas Douzinas

Alysson Mascaro

What is the relationship between human rights and revolutions? We will investigate in which sense great social transformations bring in their hearts claims for justice and for change in the way humans relate amongst each other, and in the relations of these with general social institutions.

 

06/04 - Rights and Desires

Costas Douzinas

Olgária Matos

What is the relationship between desires and rights? We’ll view the rights and their relations with the idea of being and the symbolic dimension and the dreams.

 

07/04 - Education and The Mechanics of Human Rights

Costas Douzinas

José Sérgio Carvalho

What are the mechanisms of Human Rights? The main objective here is to show the importance of the programs and institutions dedicated to this cause. In this part we will dedicate special attention to the subject of education.

 

08/04 - Image, Future and Utopia

Costas Douzinas

Paulo Teixeira

What does the horizon of the defense of human rights and thoughts on it bring us?

The perspective of fulfillment of human rights keeps getting darker as the violence against human beings as an instrument of maintaining political power of democracies that were supposed to be airtight to means of authoritarian governments. New crises, new demands: what would be the utopist future that human rights have to offer us?

 

 

3. Imaginary, Future and Utopia

Conference with Frei Betto 19/04-19h30

Dominican friar and writer recognized in Brazil and internationally due to his trajectory as an intellectual and political activist, compromised with the ideas of liberation and popular emancipation. His areas of expertise include journalism, anthropology, philosophy and theology.  He participated on the founding of CUT – Central Union of Workers (national trade union) and CMP – Union of Popular Movements.  He has provided advice to the Worker’s Pastoral of Santo André, Bernardo Caetano and São Paulo, as well as to Citizen Institute of São Paulo and to the ecclesial grass-roots communities. Since 2007 he is a member of the São Paulo Justice and Peace Commission’s consultative council, and is a founding member of the Educação para Todos (“education for everyone”) program.

 

 

4. Seminar

Revolutions: A Politics of the Sensible

The seminar will work on the relationship between aesthetics, politics and history.

Not in the strict sense of spreading the artists’ political involvement but in the sense of a policy of sensibility (or of a “division of sensibility”, using the French philosopher, Jacques Rancière’s expression). The idea of a policy of sensibility functions as an ethical opening, which is present in a work of art, and escapes the daily ordinary which has been emptied by the mass communication spectacle. By critically gathering the forgotten revolutionary tradition, artists create conditions which permit the production of new commune senses, which is active and critic. Thereby, the classic social revolutions, viewed before as dated issues that had lost its political effectiveness, gains newly force.

 

Program

 

20/05

 

15h00 – 15h15

Opening

Emir Sader

 

15h15-16h15

A flotilla of films. The German writer, filmmaker, and TV partisan Alexander Kluge

Klemens Gruber

After half a century of story writing, more than two dozen films and as many books, both organizational and strategic work for the New German Cinema, incredible media politics and two or three theoretical works, Alexander Kluge has been operating systematically since 1988 as inventor, partisan and entrepreneur in German private television. In more than 3000 programs he gathers the aesthetic and political experiences of the 20th century in a media experiment broadcast at midnight. In addition, he writes frenetically: 2 volumes of Chronik der Gefühle (Chronicle of Feeling) and 2 volumes of Der unterschätzte Mensch (The Undervalued Man), then each year a book of stories, and now he also publishes DVD editions of his television programs and other material in huge amounts.

 

Ein Meteoritenschauer aus Filmen. Der deutsche Erzähler, Filmregisseur und Fernseh-Partisan Alexander Kluge

Nach einem halben Jahrhundert Geschichtenschreiben, mehr als zwei Dutzend Filmen und ebensovielen Büchern, organisatorischer Feldherren-Arbeit für den Neuen Deutschen Film, unwahrscheinlicher Medienpolitik und zwei oder drei theoretischen Arbeiten operiert Alexander Kluge seit 1988 systematisch als Erfinder, Partisan und Unternehmer im deutschen Privatfernsehen. Dabei versammelt er in mehr als 3000 Sendungen die ästhetischen und politischen Erfahrungen des 20. Jahrhunderts zu einem Medienexperiment um Mitternacht. Daneben schreibt er wie ein Wilder, nach 2 Bänden Chronik der Gefühle und 2 Bänden Der unterschätzte Mensch jedes Jahr ein Buch mit Geschichten und veröffentlicht jetzt auch DVD-Editionen seiner Fernseharbeiten und anderes zuhauf.

 

16h15-17h00

New Forms of Artistic Expression of the Marxist Thought

Alexander Kluge (videoconference)

Klemens Gruber (intercession)

 

17h00-17h30

Blind Love – Conversation with Jean-Luc Godard (Blinde Liebe – Gespräch mit Jean-Luc Godard, 2001, DVD, 24 minutes) directed by Alexander Kluge

 

17h30-18h30

* International guest to define

 

18h30 – 19h00

Break

 

19h00-20h00

Eduardo Grüner

 

20h00-21h00

About Middle East

Marilena Chaui

 

 

21/05

14h00 - 15h00

For a new critic of political economy

Bernard Stiegler

 

15h00-15h15

Introduction to Michael Löwy’s work

Emir Sader

 

15h15-16h00

Revolutions

Michael Löwy (videoconference)

Revolutions never repeats itself. Each one is a finding, a creation of the oppressed that revolts. Although it is possible to learn and inspire with preceding Revolutions, there will be always an innovating process which is unpredictable.

 

16h00-17h00

The Form of Rupture: another reading of aesthetic autonomy

Vladimir Safatle

The search of aesthetic autonomy is where political nature of art-works finds itself.

 

17h00-18h30

Revolution – When the situation is catastrophic, but not serious

Slavoj Žižek:

 

18h30-19h00

Final Balance of the Event

Emir Sader 

 

CLOSURE

19h00-19h30

Closure Ceremony

 

19h30

Release of Slavoj Žižek Books

In defense of the Lost Causes

First as Tragedy, then as Farce

(Boitempo Publisher)

 

Release of DVD of Alexander Kluge’s film

News from Ideological Antiquity: Marx, Eisenstein, Capital

[Nachrichten aus der ideologischen Antike / Marx, Eisenstein, Das Kapital]

 

20h00

Opening of the Revolutions Exposition

 

 

5. Exposition

The Revolutions exposition is organized in two main center lines. First the exhibition of images of the book Revolutions organized by Michael Lowy and released in Brazil in 2009 by Boitempo publisher. With approximately 400 white-and-black photography’s, its work documents important revolutionary movements, since Commune of Paris (1871) until, more recent, the Cuban Revolution (1953-67), besides of social movements, which are for Löwy not carriers of “revolutions”, but carriers of a “revolutionary spirit” (like the Land Less, registered by Sebastião Salgadado). The edition Revolutions is not only notable for its visual richness, but mainly, because of its intimate relation between image, narrative and history, where written commentary will, step by step, expose the characters of the photographs.

The second center line of the exposition is the exhibition of two films of directors who’s work are marked by an acute political view and its questioning of the roll of image in modern society. One of the films is the short Je vous salue, Sarajevo (1993), a small art-of-work of Jean-Luc Godard, which explicit from fragments of only one photograph taken in the war of Bosnia the weight of one image is capable to reveal us.  The other film we are exhibiting is the ambitious News from Ideological Antiquity: Marx – Eisenstein – Capital  (2008), of Alexander Kluge. In nine hours and thirty minutes he recovers the project of director Sergei Eisenstein of filming the Capital of Karl Marx, from the structure of Ulysses, of James Joyce. Versátil Home Vídeo will, at the occasion, release a Box of the DVDs of the film, which is inedited in Brazil.

 

 

6. Workshop

Workshop with Klemens Gruber

22/05 10h00 – 18h00

Media and Revolution: Cultures of the Avant-Garde

This workshop examines the central role played by the then new media in the emergence of avant-garde cultures in the 1910s and 20s. It considers relationships among cinema and theatre, painting, photography, radio, architecture, typography, and early advertising. The main question put by the avant-garde artists was “When does technology generate aesthetic values?” They explored how artistic functions emerged through the use of technological means.

The following themes structure the workshop: the artisanal and the machine-made; the object in revolt; the avant-garde and the masses; the staging of the apparatus; technology and the senses; interruption as procedure; “the image as such”; politics and utilitarianism; analytical exuberance. We will look at directors and artists including Kazimir Malevich, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Lyiubov Popova, Dziga Vertov, Gustav Klutsis, and others and we will examine theoretical texts by the Russian Formalists, Walter Benjamin, and László Moholy-Nagy, among others.

 

24/05 10h00 – 18h00

How to play with television: Alexander Kluge's TV poetics

For more than 20 years now, the German writer, film-maker, and TV-developer Alexander Kluge has been producing three to four weekly cultural programs, each lasting between 15 minutes and three quarters of an hour, and sometimes the whole night long, broadcast on the three main German private channels. With his development company for television programs (dctp) Kluge wants to “turn television into something interesting”, as J.-L. Godard would put it.

One could say, Kluge’s main intention is to subvert the concept of television as a medium of documentation or fiction. He intentionally mixes up documentation and fiction to highlight the failure of their painstaking separation in traditional TV. “Nothing is more suitable for creating fiction than documentation” was already his slogan as a film-maker in the seventies, for example in Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave, 1973. Consequently, one of his weekly cultural programs is called“News & Stories”. And he insists on the capability of TV-programs to give us back more time than it costs to look at them.

 

 

7. Books and Film

In defense of the Lost Causes and First as Tragedy, then as Farce of Slavoj Žižek (Boitempo Publisher).

News form Ideological Antiguity: Marx - Eiseinstein - Capital of Alexander Kluge (Versátil Home Vídeo)

 

 

8. Credits o REVOLUTIONS PROJECT

 

SECRETARIA DE DIREITOS HUMANOS DA PRESIDÊNCIA DA REPÚBLICA [Federal Secretariat for Human Rights] – SDH/PR

Minister

Maria do Rosário Nunes

 

INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGIA SOCIAL - ITS BRASIL

Consultative council

- President

Marisa Gazoti

- First vice-president

Roberto Dolci

- Second vice-president

Pasqualina Sinhoretto

- Members of the council

Laércio Lage

Maria Lucia Arruda

Alcely Barroso

 

Technical Consultants

Edilene Oliveira

Marcelo Elias

Maria Aparecida Souza

Suely Ferreira

Thais Stella Teixeira Araujo

Yara Naí H. de Freitas

 

Proofreading

Edson Luís dos Santos

 

Assistance in Production and Research

Julia Ferreira Tatto

 

 

SESC SERVIÇO SOCIAL DO COMÉRCIO

ADMINISTRAÇÃO REGIONAL NO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO

President of Regional Council

Abram Szajman

 

Director of Regional Department

Danilo Santos de Miranda

 

Superintendents

- Social Technician

Joel Naimayer Padula

- Social Communication

Ivan Giannini

 

Management

- Cultural Action

Rosana Paulo da Cunha

- Deputy

Flávia Carvalho

- Assistants

Juliana Braga e Nilva Luz

- Study and Development

Marta Raquel Colabone

- Deputy

Andréa Araújo Nogueira

- Graphic Art

Hélcio Magalhães

 

Sesc Pinheiros

Cristina Riscalla Madi

Deputy

Denise Lacroix Rosenkjar

Assistants

Adriana Iervolino, Airton Magalhães, Claudio Hessel, Cristina Tobias, Edson Moraes, Fabiano Oliveira, Luciano Amadei and Ricardo Paschoal

 

 

BOITEMPO EDITORIAL

General Coordination

Ivana Jinkings

 

Proofreading Assistant

Bibiana Leme

 

Editorial Production

Ana Lotufo

Carolina Malta Pezzoni

 

Comercial Administration

Ivam Oliveira

 

Publicizing

Ana Yumi Kajiki

Kim Wilheim Doria

 

 

REVOLUTIONS PROJECT

General coordination and content creation

Moara Rossetto Passoni e Henrique P. Xavier

 

Writing of the project

Henrique P. Xavier

 

Graphic Project

Tacoa Arquitetos Associados

 

Original Project

Antonio Martins

Maurício Ayer

Moara Rossetto Passoni

 

Press Acessorement

Ana Maria Straube

Ana Yumi Kajiki

 

Audiovisual documentation

Debora Kaz - Kaz Produções

 

Vignettes

Rica Saito - Temporal Filmes

 

 

Course

- Technical Consultancy, coordination and creation of educative material for the course

Douglas F. Barros

Silvio Carneiro

- Composition of the course Project

Douglas F. Barros

Henrique P. Xavier

Silvio Carneiro

- Proofreading

Sandra Regina de Souza

 

Site

- Editing

Fabio Cirino

Walter Hupsel

- Programming

André Escudero - E-open

 

Exposition

- Trusteeship

Henrique P. Xavier

- Trusteeship Assistant

Moara Rossetto Passoni

- Executive Production

Sérgio Escamilla

-  Graphic and Museum Project

Tacoa Arquitetos Associados

- Research and Production of images

Sandra Pandeló

Gustavo Assano

Walter Hupsel

- Images treatment

Antonio Kehl

Patrícia Osses

 

 

CULTURAL SUPPORT

INSTITUTO GOETHE

Director of Cultural Department

Dr. Jana Binder

 

Cultural, Cinema, Visual Arts Department

Simone Molitor

 

Cultural, Seminar, Theater, Music Department

Eduardo Simões

 

 

TECNICAL SUPPORT

E-OPEN

 TI Administrator

André Escudero

 

PHP Programmer

Glauber Fiametti Cardoso

 

Interface web Programmer

Luiz Aleagi

 

 

9. Contact

About the course – curso@revolucoes.org.br

Seminar – seminario@revolucoes.org.br

Workshop – oficina@revolucoes.org.br

Revolutions Project– revoluções@revolucoes.org.br

Press – imprensa@revolucoes.org.br

Collaborate! For sending texts, images and diverse contents for publishing at the site – colaboracao@revolucoes.org.br

 

 

10. Press

Press Acessorment

Ana Maria Straube

imprensa@revolucoes.org.br

55 11 8445 2524

 

 

11. Biographies

- Alexander Kluge

Alexander Kluge is born in Halberstadt, Germany, in 14 of February of 1932. He is a great leading figure in the German current cultural scenario; film-director, writer, novelist, TV director and left-wing intellectual.  He has been collaborator of T. W. Adorno and started his cinema carrier as assistant of Fritz Lang.  Few years later, turned to be one of the authors of The Oberhausen Manifesto, whichby providing impetus to the New Cinema movement, revitalized German cinema and nurtured generations of significant filmmakers, from R. W. Fassbinderto Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders. For over twenty years he has enriched German television with his own brand of auteur programming, one that is radically and successfully opposed to the trivialization endemic to mass-media outlets the world over.

 

- Alysson Mascaro

Alysson Mascaro is born in the city of Catanduva (SP), in 1976. Doctor and Professor in Philosophy and General Theory of Law at the University of São Paulo (Largo São Francisco/USP), with his thesis Da Ontologia Jurídica da Utopia: Ernst Bloch, esperança e direito [LegalOntology of Utopia: Ernst Bloch, hope, and right]. Professor of College of Right of USP and of Presbyterian Mackenzie University, he has written books like Filosofia do Direito (Atlas) (Philosophy of Law). Mascaro has written the preface of the Brazilian edition In Defense of the Lost Causes (Boitempo), of Slavoj Žižek. Hi is member of the Pedagogical Council of the Governmental School of USP.

 

- Bernard Stiegler

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Bernard Stiegler is the director of the department of cultural development at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, also a professor at the University of Technology of Compiègne where he teaches philosophy. Before taking up the post at the Pompidou Center, he was program director at the International College of Philosophy, Deputy Director General of the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, then Director General at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).

Professor Stiegler has published numerous books and articles on philosophy, technology, digitization, capitalism, consumer culture, etc. Among his writings, his three volumes of La technique et le temps(English Translation: Technics and Time), two volumes of De la misère symbolique, three volumes of Mécréance et Discrédit and two volumes Constituer l'Europe are particularly well known. Professor Stiegler has a long term engagement with the relation between technology and philosophy, not only in a theoretical sense, but also situating them in industry and society as practices. He is one of the founders of the political group Ars Industrialis based in Paris, which calls for an industrial politics of spirit, by exploring the possibilities of the technology of spirit, to bring forth a new "life of the mind". He published extensively on the problem of individuation in consumer capitalism, and he is working on the new possibility of an economy of contribution.

(from: http://www.gold.ac.uk/cultural-studies/staff/b-stiegler/)

 

- Costas Douzinas

Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. Renowned for his work in the areas of human rights, aesthetics, postmodern jurisprudence, and political philosophy and theory, he was a member of the team responsible for establishing the Birkbeck School of Law. Professor Douzinas is a visiting Professor at the University of Athens, and has held visiting posts at the Universities of Paris, Thessaloniki and Prague. In 1997 he was awarded a Jean Monnet fellowship by the European University Institute, Florence; in 1998, he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University and at the Cardozo School of Law; in 2002 he was a Fellow at Griffith University, Brisbane, and at the Universities of Beijing and Nanjing.

 

- Eduardo Grüner

Eduardo Grüner is PHD in Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), is Full Professor of Sociology and Anthropology of Art (at the Philosophy and Language College) and of Political Theory (at the Social Sciences College).  He has been visitant Professor for masters in many Argentinean universities, within other Latin-American universities and recently lecturer at the Museum Reina Sofía, in Madrid, and at the University of Essex (United Kingdom). He has been director of the Academic Council of IEALC (Instituto de Estudios de América Latina y el Caribe), which he is member of. He wrote the books Un Género Culpable [A Guilty Gender] (Homo Sapiens), Las Formas de la Espada [Shapesofthe Sword] (Colihue), El Sitio de la Mirada [The Place of Looking] (Norma), El Fin de las Pequeñas Historias [The End of the Small Histories] (Paidós), La Cosa Política [The Poltical Thing] (Paidós) and La Oscuridad y las Luces [The Darkness and the Lights] (Edhasa).

 

- Emir Sader

Emir Sader is born in São Paulo (SP), in 1943. Political Scientist, he is graduate in Philosophy at the University of São Paulo (USP), institution where he is now Professor of Philosophy, Language and Human Sciences College. He is executive-secretariat of Latin American Council of Social Sciences (Clacso).  He coordinates the collection Paulicéia, which is publicized by Boitempo, and organized (with Ivana Jinkings, Carlos Eduardo Martins and Rodrigo Nobile) the Latinoamericana – enciclopédia contemporânea da América Latina e do Caribe [Latin-American – contemporary encyclopedia of Latin America and Caribbean] (Boitempo), winner of 49º Jabuti Award, at the category Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Among his publications with Boitempo are: Vingança da História, Contraversões - civilização ou barbárie na virada do século [History’s Vendeta, Controversies – civilization or barbarism at the new comming century] (co-writing with Frei Betto), Contragolpes: seleção de artigos da New Left Review e A Nova Toupeira: os caminhos da esquerda latino-americana.

 

- Frei Betto

Carlos Alberto Libânio Christo, Frei Betto, is born in Belo Horizonte (MG), in 1944. Friar Betto is a Dominican friar and the author of 51 books published in Brazil and internationally; his areas of expertise include journalism, anthropology, philosophy and theology. He has been awarded the JabutiPrize for literature in 1982, 2000 and 2005. Since 2007, friar Betto has been a member of the São Paulo Justice and Peace Commission’s consultative council, and is a founding member of the Educação para Todos (“education for everyone”) program. In 1987 he was presented with the Bruno Kreisky Foundation’s Human Rights Award, in Vienna; then, in 1998, he was awarded the Chico Mendes Resistance Medal by the Rio de Janeiro-based group Tortura Nunca Mais (“no more torture”), in recognition of his ongoing efforts in defense and promotion of human rights.

 

- José Sérgio Carvalho

Professor for undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of São Paulo (USP-SP); he is also a member of the USP/Unesco Chair for Human Rights Education, and of the Current Trends in Education study group, both part of the University of São Paulo’s Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA-USP). His work developing teachers for specialized field of human rights is conducted under the auspices of Brazil’s.

 

- Klemens Gruber

Klemens Gruber is born in 1955, in Ried im Innkreis, in Austria. He is Professor of the Teather, Cinema and Media-studies Institute at the University of Vienna. He studied in Italy for many years. Is co-founder of the trans-mídia Daedalus society, has publications about Avant-garde culture, Dziga Vertov, Alexander Kluge and digital formalism. His latest publication is Die zerstreute Avantgarde (“The Dispersed Avant-Garde”), of 2010. He is editorial director of the Maske & Kothurn magazine. The theme of his present research with the University of New York is: “Texture Matters – The Optical and Haptical in Media Optical”.

 

- Michael Löwy

Michael Löwy is born in 1938 in the city of São Paulo (SP), sun of Jew immigrants coming from Vienna.  As Sociologist he obtained his degree in social sciences at the University of São Paulo (USP). In 1960 he became Sociology Doctor at the Sorbonne, in Paris, by guidance of Lucien Goldmann, in 1964. He is Director emeritus of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France), and professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, France). Although native of Brazil, Mr. Löwy has resided in Paris since 1969. Awarded CNRS Silver Medal in 1994, Mr. Löwy is the author of, among other books, The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx; Fire Alarm;: Reading Walter Benjamin’s “On the Concept of History”; and, with Sami Nair, Lucien Goldmann ou la dialectique de la totalité.

 

- Marilena Chauí

Marilena Chaui is born in São Paulo (SP), in 1941, is philosopher and professor, and among the most prestigious intellectuals Brazil has ever produced. While her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees have all been obtained from USP, she elected to conduct her postdoctoral work at the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris (BNP – France); a philosophy professor at the University of São Paulo, her research work focuses on the history of philosophy, and features themes such as immanence, freedom, servitude, beatitude and passion. An intellectual whose presence within Brazilian politics is significantly felt, Professor Chauí has received, among other honors, the title of Doctor honoris causa at the Université de Paris, France, and at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

 

- Olgária Matos

Olgária Matos is bachelor in Philosophy at the University of São Paulo (USP), Master in Philosophy at University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Philosphae Doctor at  USP.  Currently, she is full professor of USP and visitant professor of Philosophy at the Federal University of São Paulo. She is experienced in Philosophy, with emphasis in Philosophy History, working mainly with the themes: time, philosophy, reason, democracy and history.She has publicized Benjaminian books: cultura capitalista e fetichismo contemporâneo (Unesp) [Capitalist culture and contemporary fetishism], Contemporaneidades [Contemporary] (Lazuli), Discretas Esperanças: reflexões filosóficas sobre o mundo contemporâneo (Nova Alexandria) [Discrete Hope: philosofical thoughts about the contemporary world], Os arcanos do inteiramente outro: a Escola de Frankfurt, a melancolia, a revolução [The arcane of the complete other: the School of Frankfurt, melancholy, revolution] (Brasiliense, winner of Jabuti Award).

 

- Paulo Teixeira

Paulo Teixeira is born in Águas da Prata (SP), in 1961. He is a re-elected Federal Deputy for the state of São Paulo by PT and current leader of the counter party.  Master’s degree in State Law from the University of São Paulo (USP), by the thesis O Direito à Moradia na Constituição Brasileira, o Sistema de Garantia na Legislação e a Experiência de São Paulo [The right of housing in the Brazilian Constitution, the System of Guarantee in Legislation and the Experience of São Paulo]. He has been member of the Commission of Constitution and Justice and Citizenship of the Chamber of Deputy and integrated in the Commission of Human Rights of the São Paulo municipality.  During his mandate as state deputy, he has been member of the Human Rights Commission at the Legislative Assembly.

 

- Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is born in 1949 in Ljubljana, capital city of Slovenia. Philosopher and psychoanalyst, he is considered one of the main contemporary theorist. He transits through many areas of knowledge and, by influence of Karl Marx and Jacques Lacan creates an innovating critic towards culture and politics of post-modernism. Professor at the European Graduate School and the Institute of Sociology of the University of Ljubljana, Žižek chairs the Society for a Theorical Psicanalisis of Liubliana. He is one of the directors of the Center of Humanities of the University of London. Among his work there are: Welcome to the Desert of the Real!, Revolution at the Gates: Selected Writings of Lenin from 1917, The vision of Paralaxe, Lacrimae Rerum and In Defense of the Lost Causes (published in [Portuguese] in Brazil by Boitempo).

 

- Vladimir Safatle

Vladimir Safatle is a philosopher and philosophy professor at the University of São Paulo (USP); to his degrees in Philosophy (USP) and Social Communication (ESPM – School for Higher Education in Marketing and Advertising) were soon added a Master’s degree in Philosophy from USP and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Université Paris VIII. He has been a visiting professor at Paris VII and Paris VIII, and overseen the organization of seminars at the Collège International de Philosophie (Paris). Currently, Professor Safatle conducts research in the areas of Epistemology of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy of Music, as well as on the Hegelian dialectic tradition and its development within the 20th century philosophy. He is also one of the coordinators of the International Society of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy.