Thursday, 1 December 2011, 6.00 to 9.00pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Financed with the contingency fund of the workers’ assembly at the Numax factory, this historical documentary is a bittersweet account of the partial successes and ultimate failure of the struggle for self-organisation of a group of workers in late 1970s Spain. Rather than speaking for the workers, late filmmaker Joaquim Jordà records the vivid discussions among them, allowing opposing views to unfold before the camera. The film traces a dramatic shift from the aspirations of self-management to defeat by self-exploitation, and the key role that women played in this movement.
The screening will be introduced by Mari Paz Balibrea (Birkbeck), followed by a talk by Carles Guerra (Chief Curator, MACBA) and roundtable discussion chaired by Issac Marrero (Birkbeck).
Before joining the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA), Carles Guerra has been director at La Virreina Centre for the Image in Barcelona since 2009. During the course of his professional career he has also worked as an exhibition curator and art critic, as well as an analyst of cultural policy and visual production. His research work focuses on the dialogic aspects of contemporary visual culture. In 2011, he received the City of Barcelona Prize for Visual Art.
This event is part of All I Can See is the Management at Gasworks, curated by Antonia Blocker, Robert Leckie and Helena Vilalta. It is presented in collaboration with Gasworks and Spanish Cultural Action, AC/E.’