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WHEN: February 21, 2018 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
WHERE: Camden Arts Centre - Arkwright Rd, London NW3 6DG, UK
FEE: £5 (£4 concessions, friends and patrons)
Co-organised by Camden Arts Centre and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Temporalities—a new talk series—seeks to examine artistic practices considering contemporary notions of time and duration. The series will focus on: projects engaging with media streams and the temporalities of the digital; practices addressing the temporal dimensions of contemporary labour; and efforts to push back at imposed cadences.

In the first talk of the series, writer and editor Filipa Ramos reflects on the connection between the invention of cinematic time and the advent of capitalist modernity, considering how cinema and labour have been intertwined for over a century.

It was not a coincidence that one of the first films in history, Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895) by brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière, had its camera pointed at the factory, the site of a new form of labour, a new kind of life, a new shape of time. And that a century later, German filmmaker Harun Farocki created the video installation Workers Leaving the Factory (1995), an archive of historic and contemporary film renderings of that same moment of transition between labour time and idle time.

Observing how the invention and development of cinematic time was glued to the late modern restructuring of time and to the advent of capitalist modernity, this talk will reflect on how the cinema and labour have been walking hand-in-hand for over a century, entering, leaving and shaping workplaces, workforces and workdays.

This event is co-organised by Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Camden Arts Centre.