disasters of peace vols.1-6 screenings and PERFORMANCES

A distinguishing feature of our age is the seismic shifts that have arisen from the after-burn of the 20th century: the end of the Cold War, the failed colonial projects giving rise to civil war and mass migration, the unfettered consumption that is slowly destroying the planet, the shifts towards political extremes, and the defiance of the rule of law through mass surveillance. In Western Democracies, we consider ourselves to be in the longest period of peace, but we increasingly fear the other. Paranoia and anxiety infuse our media. We are beset by dis-ease and forebodings of disaster, yet major disasters have already happened: the genocides of indigenous populations, Chernobyl and Fukushima, the Syrian refugee crises, Hurricane Harvey (Texas), Hurricane Maria (Puerto Rico), to name but a few. How then can we represent these caustic aftermaths to expose the slow violence they continue to enact? What languages can transform the legacy of recent histories into a constructive future view? This touring programme of films and performances draws together artist filmmakers who in a myriad of ways, challenge the prevalent representations of disaster, beyond the apparatus of spectacle. Featured in this diverse programme are films that in varying ways respond to the ideas of transformation and re-imagining, works that are positioned in a place where we are as likely to look back as we are to imagine a future.

To date we have screened various films by the following filmmakers: Heba Amin (Egypt), Richard Ashrowan (Scotland), Cecelia Condit (USA), Zbigniew Czapla (Poland), Gabriela Golder (Argentina), Allan Hughes (Northern Ireland/UK), Philip Hoffman (Canada), Sam Jury and Sarah Goldstein (UK/USA), Jazra Khaleed (Greece), Brian Kirkbride (USA), Eva Kolcze (Canada), Bryan Konefsky (USA), Kamila Kuc (Poland/UK), Lynne Marsh (Canada), Marianna Milhorat (Canada), Reed O’Beirne (USA), Eliza Newman-Saul (USA) and Shubhangi Singh (India).

Below is a record of our screenings at Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2017), the Horse Hospital (London, 2017), Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, 2017), Ann Arbor Film Festival (2018), Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento (BIM, 2018) and Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2018).

For more details about individual programme editions, visit Curating page.

Disasters of Peace vol1., Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, 2017

Introducing Disasters of Peace vol.1 screening, Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, with Sam Jury. Photo by Raw Photography

Introducing Disasters of Peace vol.1 screening, Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, with Sam Jury. Photo by Raw Photography

Q&A after Disasters of Peace vol.1 screening, Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, with Bryan Konefsky, Sarah Goldstein, Eliza Newman-Saul, Sam Jury and Lynne Marsh. Photo by Raw Photography

Q&A after Disasters of Peace vol.1 screening, Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, with Bryan Konefsky, Sarah Goldstein, Eliza Newman-Saul, Sam Jury and Lynne Marsh. Photo by Raw Photography

Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM

Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM

Disasters of Peace vol2., the horse hospital, london, 2017

Disasters of Peace vol.2 poster, the Horse Hospital, London

Disasters of Peace vol.2 poster, the Horse Hospital, London

Disasters of Peace vol3., northwest film forum, seattle, wa, 2017

Disasters of Peace vol.3 poster, Seattle, WA

Disasters of Peace vol.3 poster, Seattle, WA

Disasters of Peace vol.3, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA, with Steve Demas, Linda Fenstermaker, Dan Greenblatt, Caryn Cline, Johanna Gosse and Holly Deye de Vega

Disasters of Peace vol.3, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA, with Steve Demas, Linda Fenstermaker, Dan Greenblatt, Caryn Cline, Johanna Gosse and Holly Deye de Vega

Disasters of Peace vol4., ann arbor film festival, ann arbor, mi, 2018

In between the screenings announcements for the Disasters of Peace vol.4 screening, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, MI

In between the screenings announcements for the Disasters of Peace vol.4 screening, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, MI

Introducing Disasters of Peace vol.4 screening, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, MI

Introducing Disasters of Peace vol.4 screening, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, MI

Q&A after the Disasters of Peace vol.4 screening, with Bryan Konefsky

Q&A after the Disasters of Peace vol.4 screening, with Bryan Konefsky

Disasters of Peace vol5., Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2018

Preparing the introduction of Disasters of Peace vol.5 screening, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Sam Jury. Photo by Reed O’Beirne

Preparing the introduction of Disasters of Peace vol.5 screening, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Sam Jury. Photo by Reed O’Beirne

Sound and image check at the ENERC auditorium, Buenos Aires. Photo by Reed O’Beirne

Sound and image check at the ENERC auditorium, Buenos Aires. Photo by Reed O’Beirne

ENERC auditorium, Buenos Aires, with Sam Jury. Photo by Reed O’Beirne

ENERC auditorium, Buenos Aires, with Sam Jury. Photo by Reed O’Beirne

Q&A after the screening of Disasters of Peace vol.5, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, with Andres Denegri (Bienal’s co-director), Sam Jury and Richard Schpuntoff (translator). Photo by Reed O’Beirne

Q&A after the screening of Disasters of Peace vol.5, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, with Andres Denegri (Bienal’s co-director), Sam Jury and Richard Schpuntoff (translator). Photo by Reed O’Beirne

Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento closing night, with Sam Jury and Gabriela Golder (Bienal’s co-director)

Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento closing night, with Sam Jury and Gabriela Golder (Bienal’s co-director)

Bienal’s hard working team

Bienal’s hard working team

Disasters of Peace vol6., whitechapel gallery, london, 2018

Sold out show of Disasters of Peace vol.6 at Whitechapel Gallery, London. Photo by Zula Ra

Sold out show of Disasters of Peace vol.6 at Whitechapel Gallery, London. Photo by Zula Ra

Q&A after Disasters of Peace vol.6, Whitechapel Gallery, London, with Cecelia Condit and Sam Jury. Photo by Zula Ra

Q&A after Disasters of Peace vol.6, Whitechapel Gallery, London, with Cecelia Condit and Sam Jury. Photo by Zula Ra

Q&A after Disasters of Peace vol.6, with Shubanghi Sihgn, Reed O’Beirne, Richard Ashrowan, Cecelia Condit and Sam Jury. Photo by Zula Ra

Q&A after Disasters of Peace vol.6, with Shubanghi Sihgn, Reed O’Beirne, Richard Ashrowan, Cecelia Condit and Sam Jury. Photo by Zula Ra

I Think You Should Come to America as part of Disasters of Peace vol.6. Photo by Zula Ra

I Think You Should Come to America as part of Disasters of Peace vol.6. Photo by Zula Ra

Actor Tzvet Lazar rehearsing ‘The Whole Infernal Sequence’ with the author and filmmaker, Reed O’Beirne. Photo by Zula Ra

Actor Tzvet Lazar rehearsing ‘The Whole Infernal Sequence’ with the author and filmmaker, Reed O’Beirne. Photo by Zula Ra

Actor Tzvet Lazar performing Reed O’Beirne’s text ‘The Whole Infernal Sequence’ as an introduction to Disasters of peace vol.6. Photo by Zula Ra

Actor Tzvet Lazar performing Reed O’Beirne’s text ‘The Whole Infernal Sequence’ as an introduction to Disasters of peace vol.6. Photo by Zula Ra

Afterparty. Whitechapel Gallery’s Film Curator Gareth Evans with his frequent collaborator, Louis Benassi. Photo by Zula Ra

Afterparty. Whitechapel Gallery’s Film Curator Gareth Evans with his frequent collaborator, Louis Benassi. Photo by Zula Ra

Actress Genie Kaminski, filmmaker and author Reed O’Beirne, with writers Mez Packer and Russell Celyn Jones. Photo by Zula Ra

Actress Genie Kaminski, filmmaker and author Reed O’Beirne, with writers Mez Packer and Russell Celyn Jones. Photo by Zula Ra

With Sam Jury and curator Sanna Moore. Photo by Photo by Zula Ra

With Sam Jury and curator Sanna Moore. Photo by Photo by Zula Ra

With actor and producer, Corentin Koskas. Photo by Zula Ra

With actor and producer, Corentin Koskas. Photo by Zula Ra

Filmmaker and producer James Norton. Photo by Zula Ra

Filmmaker and producer James Norton. Photo by Zula Ra

With Cecelia Condit. Photo by Zula Ra

With Cecelia Condit. Photo by Zula Ra

Actor Tzvet Lazar. Photo by Zula Ra

Actor Tzvet Lazar. Photo by Zula Ra