Presented by Central Saint Martins in collaboration with the Stuart Hall Foundation.
'Playtime' by the critically-acclaimed artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien explores the dramatic impact of late capitalism through a number of individual stories in different parts of the globe. The work was developed over a number of years and inspired by a series of dialogues with the celebrated intellectual and teacherProfessor Stuart Hall.
This special event brings together artists, curators, writers and academics to discuss the intersection between art, money and globalisation and its impact on all our lives. It will be followed by the launch of the book 'Playtime/Kapital' with copies signed by the artist available on the evening.
PLAYTIME (running time Approx 1hr)
Playtime is set across three cities, defined by their relationship to capital: London, a city transformed by the deregulation of banks; Reykjavik, where the 2008 crisis began; and Dubai, one of the Middle East’s burgeoning financial markets. Part documentary and part fiction, the work follows six main protagonists (played by Ingvar Eggert Sigurosson, Colin Salmon, Simon de Pury, Mercedes Cabral, James Franco and Maggie Cheung), interconnecting figures in the world of art and finance with real stories of individuals deeply affected by the financial crisis and the global flow of capital. Learn more
KAPITAL (10 minute excerpt)
Kapital is a two-screen video installation that seeks to create an intellectual framework for PLAYTIME. The work is centred in a conversation between Julien and renowned Marxist academic David Harvey (author of the book “The Enigma of Capital”). Julien opens the film by asking why capital is so difficult to depict, to which Harvey deftly replies: “in the same way you can only really intuit gravity exists by its effects, you can really only intuit that capital exists by its effects.”
Panel Discussion Speakers:
Isaac Julien - is a British artist and filmmaker whose work incorporates a range of artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, uniting them in dramatic audio visual film installations, photographic works, and documentary films. His film projects include: Playtime (2014), Ten Thousand Waves (2010), and Western Union: Small Boats (2007).
Jeremy Till - is an architect, educator and writer; he is the current Head of Central Saint Martins, is and Pro Vice-Chancellor for University of the Arts London. His teaching and research concentrates on the social and political aspects of architecture and spatial production.
Zeigam Azizov - studied art and philosophy in Azerbaijan, Russia and London. His work touches upon issues such as the 'other', time and space, communication, centre and periphery, and enables the artist as well as the viewer to actively engage in and stimulate the discourse around these issues.
Amanda de la Garza - lives and works in Mexico City as a curator, art historian and poet. She currently works as Adjunct Curator at the University Museum of Contemporary Art and regularly publishes writing on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, urbanism, contemporary dance and photography.
Michael Rustin - is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, and is a founder-editor of Soundings, to which he is a frequent contributor.
Steven Varni - is an American writer of fiction (The Inland Sea) and non-fiction who has lived in Venice, Italy for the last six years. He is at work on a non-fiction book about raising his young son in this city with a long past and seemingly no future -- fragments (and images) of which appear in his Venezia Blog. Steven was performer/reader of Das Kapital Oratorio at Venice Biennale 2015.
The Book Launch
PLAYTIME & KAPITAL Publication - Published on the occasion of the Playtime & Kapital exhibition at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), the book includes seminal articles by Stuart Hall, Sarah Thornton, Amanda de la Garza and Steven Varni. The publication anchors the two works in their broader contexts of production and conceptualisation. Apart from the essays, the publication also includes a transcript from the Kapital conversation and a large selection of installation images. The book gives the reader an exceptional opportunity to understand the two artworks as a comprehensive project.
All tickets for this event include a signed copy of this publication. There will also be an opportunity to buy further copies after the event.