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The artist as ethnographer

International symposium / Screenings / Performances

musée du quai Branly & Centre Pompidou

May 26-27-28, 2012
Curated by : Aliocha Imhoff, Morad Montazami, Kantuta Quiros


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Symposium - 10am-6pm - musée du quai Branly

With contributions from Ariella Azoulay, T.J. Demos, Faye Ginsburg,
George Marcus, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, Trinh T Minh Ha

Performance - 8pm - Centre Pompidou

The Personal Effects of Theo Grünberg (2011) by Simon Fujiwara

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Symposium - 10 am - 6 pm - musée du quai Branly

With contributions from Peggy Buth, Clementine Deliss, Jennifer Gonzalez, Joachim Koester, Benoit de Lestoile, Maureen Murphy, Fred Wilson

Projection - 8pm - Centre Pompidou

Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow ? by Kidlat Tahimik (1981-1993)


Monday, May 28, 2012

Screening - 8pm - Centre Pompidou

Experimental Ethnographies
Camille Henrot, Luis Ospina & Carlos Mayolo, Dias & Riedweg, Jorge Preloran, Francis Alÿs

Sunday 27th May 2012

Centre Pompidou
Screening – 8pm

Cinéma 2, Level -1

Kidlat Tahimik

Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow ?, 1981-1993, 3h


Kidlat Tahimik, filmmaker, Philippines

Kidlat Tahimik is the filmmaker who has developped the diary film most extensively within a discourse of postcolonial cultural critique. His distinctive filmmaking technique pries apart the various levels of self-representation so that the primitive, the native, and the premoderne are ironically constructed within a discursive bricolage centered on his own subjectivity. (…) Why is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow ? (1981-1993), three-hours diary, incorporates history of Philippines, Tahimik’s own family, found footage, newspaper headlines and TV broadcasts, home movies, travel footage, and documentation of public event and political demonstrations.  Documentary footage is mixed with scripted perfomances, and he continually reverses expectations of First and Thirld World cultural scenes.  His movement between cultures casts him as an exemplary Inappropriate Other.  (Catherine Russell, Experimental ethnography, 1999)