Date – 18 December 2018
Time – 18:00hrs – 21:00hrs
*** Free Admission***
'Pedro Neves Marques' work is heavily influenced by cosmopolitics and feminist historians of science, his stories highlight the clash between disputing images of nature, technology, and gender. In all of them, science fiction is key to thinking both past histories of colonization and the possibility of non-Western futures.
The program will bring together two films by Neves Marques, Where To Sit At The Dinner Table? (2013), and Exterminator Seed (2017).
Where To Sit At The Dinner Table? tells the tale of ecological energetics and the movement of economic subsumption found at its origins, from homeostasis to the necessity of growth, excess, and the continuous production of an outside. From time to time the story is interrupted by tales about the ritual of anthropophagy in Brazil in the early 16th century.
Exterminator Seed focuses on the narratives of Capivara, an oil rig worker is evacuated back to Rio de Janeiro, where the locals remain ignorant of the incoming disaster and Ywy, an indigenous android. She convinces him to travel to her homeland in Mato Grosso do Sul in search of work in the soya and corn monocultural plantations. There, Ywy tells him about the infertility of such transgenics plants and of an android like her. But Capivara, a human, is incapable of understanding her.
In light of Marques’ two films Where To Sit At The Dinner Table, and Exterminator Seed the Forest Curriculum asks: what is the food of the self, and what of the other? And what happens to food when global development enforces monoculture plantations and mega-projects that ensure the death of indigenous knowledge forms? From this perspective, is it still possible to eat the "enemy"? And could we consider anthropophagy a form of political and social action that contributes to an ecologically balanced future, where the humans equitably co-exist with the non-human and nature is not a resource exclusively?
This screening program will continue the discussions initiated by the Forest Curriculum around anthropophagy – or the Amerindian practice of ingesting/devouring/eating the enemy – we return to a familiar premise around excess and moderation, food and eating, self and other. The Anthropofagic movement, led by Andre de Oswalde, underlined hybridity as hallmarks of the tropics, a condition where life was deeply entangled to matter, to friend, to enemy. It is in this life between the self and other, most primordially enacted by the act of eating that we revisit the term today but highlight its relevance to contemporary anthropology and indigenous struggles of the region.