Delfina Foundation

Serf Club: Jasmijn Visser and PWR


Date: 13 December 2016 
Time: 18:30 
Venue: Delfina Foundation, 29-31 Catherine Pl, Victoria, London SW1E 6DY  
FREE - No RSVP required

Join us for a viewing of the first screening of Serf Club, a new project by Jasmijn Visser and PWR Studio, which will evolve through a series of viewings and exhibitions. Serf Club will be on temporary display on 13 December in the gallery at Delfina Foundation.

Serf Club is an infinite film constructed from global live streams. A drama playing out in real life and in real time. The algorithmic director, influenced by intuitive, geographical, relational factors, modulates an audio-visual signal to make meaning appear and disappear. Shot reverse shot. Close-up on tangled plotlines. Build suspense and tear it down. Cut to cables snaking across borders. Cue music.

PWR is a studio for Research, Design and Development run by Hanna Nilsson and Rasmus Svensson. PWR is occupied with practical and speculative investigations into present and future communication systems. Current fields of interest include crypto-governance and the thermodynamics of info-capital. Additionally, PWR is a service provider in the areas of digital development, interface design and image manipulation.

PWR are recent fellows at Jan van Eyck Academie and V2 - Institute for Unstable Media in Rotterdam. PWR has exhibited at TodaysArt, Guggenheim New York, V2 Rotterdam, FUTURA Prague, Kunsthaus Rhenania Köln, MOMA New York amongst other places. PWR has lectured at Rhizome & New Museum New York, Universität der Kunste Berlin, Impakt Festival, ArtEZ Arnhem, Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, HDK Gothenburg et al.

Date: 18 November 2016 
Time: 18:30 
Venue: Delfina Foundation, 29-31 Catherine Pl, Victoria, London SW1E 6DY  
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In Black Star, Crescent Moon (University of Minnesota, 2012), Sohail Daulatzai charted post-1950s Black Internationalism as an intersecting history of Black Muslims, Black radicals, and the Muslim Third World. Daulatzai’s work builds upon Robin D.G. Kelley’s Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (Beacon Press, 2002), drawing together Muslim histories absent from that earlier work.  
A series of conversations with Sohail Daulatzai and Adisa Banjoko in 2004 inspired Naeem to research and write the essay “Fear of a Muslim Planet: Islamic roots of hip-hop” (Sound Unbound, MIT Press, 2006). Returning to Daulatzai’s work after a decade, Naeem re-reads Reginald Massey’s documentary Muhammad Ali goes East (1978) through Daulatzai’s Black Star, Crescent Moon. Daulatzai, while praising Ali’s role as an ambassador for the Muslim International, points out the way he went astray in later years: “Ali and the rest of the players in the film [When we were kings] are deafeningly silent on the political history of the U.S. involvement in Zaire/Congo.” Building on Daulatzai’s argument, Naeem wrote in “Muhammad Ali, We Still Love You: Unsteady Dreams of a ‘Muslim International’” (The New Inquiry, June 2016) that Ali’s 1978 Bangladesh trip was similarly marked by silences and omissions.  
This talk was initially presented within “34 Exercises of Freedom,” curated by Paul B. Preciado, as part of documenta 14 Public Programs, Athens.  
Bio: Since 2006, Naeem Mohaiemen has worked on The Young Man Was, a series of films and essays exploring the 1970s revolutionary left. The protagonists often display misrecognition, ending up as an “accidental trojan horse” carrying tragedy to the countries in question (from Japanese hijackers commandeering an airport for “solidarity,” to migrant labor pipelines transformed into PLO “volunteers”). In spite of the failures of state and extra-state attempts at socialism, Naeem’s reading of the potential of an international left is still, always, one of hope. As the text from Live True Life or Die Trying says, “a lover tries again, flower in hand.” Historian Afsan Chowdhury (whose diary inspired The Young Man Was project) bracketed the work of Naeem, Yasmine Saikia, Dina Siddiqi, Nayanika Mookherjee, and Bina D’Costa as a “second wave of history writing” about Asia. Naeem is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (film-video). ICA in London will screen the first three films in the Young Man Was series Nov 19, 20, an