Exuberant Politics: Dream Factory

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
Tippie Auditorium, 151 Pappajohn Business Building
Dream Factory, a group of short films curated by Aily Nash and Andrew Norman Wilson, examines new forms of labor, consumption-as-production, and the visual language of global capitalism.  The screening features an array of styles and practices, and features several leading forces in international cinema. 
Laura Rigal, an Associate Professor in the Department of English and in the American Studies program at The University of Iowa, will act as a respondent to the screening, and lead a discussion around the issues and ideas on the screen.
Community and University of Iowa members are all encouraged to attend, as the films will appeal to a wide variety of interests: laborers (aren’t we all?); artists; scholars of anti-capitalism; organizers and activists; and cinephiles. 
A New Product - Harun Farocki 2012 (36 min)
The Trainee - Pilvi Takala, 2008 (13 min)
Workers Leaving the Googleplex - Andrew Norman Wilson, 2011 (11 min)
People's passion, lifestyle beautiful wine, gigantic glass towers, all surrounded by water - Neil Beloufa,  2011 (10 min)
De-employed - Michael-Bell Smith, 2012 (5 min)
Strike, Hito Steyerl, 2010 (30 sec)
Green Screen Refrigerator - Mark Leckey, 2010 (17 min)
Considering the various modes of examining new forms of labor, consumption-as-production, and the aesthetics and visual language of capitalistic globalized “lifestyle,” artists’ moving image and media work recapitulate corporate imagery and language as both a critique and recognition of the omnipotence of these systems. From videos that present the agency of objects in relation to consumers, to the consideration of the space of labor through interventions into sites of emergent industries and globalized consumption, performative and farcical rhetoric, exaggerated uses of prosumer editing and motion graphics tools, and reverent appropriations of advertising imagery—these makers explicitly engage dream factory capitalism. The title, borrowed from The Otolith Group, invokes the cyclical and growing confluence between labor, consumption, and that which propels them.

 Details on our next 2 screenings will be forthcoming.  Please refer to our website for more information regarding those, and many other exciting events that continue into next spring.

Contact us at exuberantpolitics@gmail.com for any correspondence or questions.
Exuberant Politics is organized by a group of University and community members, drawing on Cinema, Intermedia, Public Space One/ps z, and institution-free, autonomous human beings.
The University of Iowa Museum of Art has supported this effort. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation for this event, please contact the School of Art and Art History, 150 Art Building West, 335-1376.