Cycle of film screenings.
Estado de malestar by María Ruido

"Contact Zone" Art and Thought Laboratory

LAP Screen is a cycle of projections linked to the thematic axes of the “Contact Zone” Art and Thought Laboratory, an interdisciplinary training and research program launched this year by Es Baluard Museu and which proposes exploring the potential of artistic practice and cultural production as intervention devices in social change.

LAP Screen projections are free and open to the general public. Every month, during the validity of the program, we propose titles that intend to deepen and address issues of singular relevance around the issues raised in each module of the LAP in its first edition (New Institutions, Environmentalisms, Work, Feminisms and Borders).

Estado de malestar, María Ruido, 2019 (63’)
“Capital makes the worker sick, and then the international pharmaceutical companies sell him drugs to make him feel better. The social and political causes of stress are set aside, while, conversely, discontent is individualized and internalized”. Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism

In Works module, we will be able to see a visual essay by María Ruido, about the social symptoms and psychic suffering in times of capitalist realism, about the pain caused by the life system in which we are immersed, and what places and actions of resistance and/or change we can build to fight it. Based on texts by Mark Fisher, Franco Berardi “Bifo” and Santiago López Petit, as well as some conversations with philosophers, psychiatrists and people affected or diagnosed, especially with the InsPiradas activist group in Madrid.

In addition, María Ruido’s work can be seen in the exhibition”The Rules of the Game” until September 4 at Es Baluard Museu.

In Borders module, we program a shocking portrait of Filipine women who are forced to go abroad to earn a living as domestic workers.

Overseas: slaves of the s. XXI, Sung-A Yoon, 2019 (90 ‘)
Sung-A Yoon, the film’s director, mixes black humor with social denunciation, while highlighting a covert form of modern slavery. Overseas follows the stage of forming a group that is preparing to face a new life away from home. Most employment contracts force women to spend years without being able to see their families, women who are left alone facing labor exploitation and aggression of all kinds.

On this occasion and linked to the third module of Feminisms, we will be able to see the documentary No existimos [We Don’t Exist]. We will have the presence of the director in the presentation of the feature film and in the subsequent debate.

  • Day: April 7
  • Hours: 7:00 p.m.
  • Space: Aljub
  • Free activity with previous registration
  • Original Spanish-language version without subtitles

No existimos [We Don’t Exist], Ana Solano, 2015, (66 min) 
The story told by Ana Solano stems from a social/theoretical continuum that aims to highlight the situation of refugee women seeking asylum and refuge in France and Spain. Based on lived experiences, this documentary film investigates their treatment as well as the observance of the gender equality resolutions adopted by the United Nations. It delves into the causes and problem of how gender is used as a reason for discrimination in their countries of origin, as yet another excuse to render them invisible, and of how in some countries the female body is seen as a war weapon.

Linked to the second module of Ecologisms, we will be able to see two films: the documentary Ficciones anfibias, directed by María Ruido, an artist present at Es Baluard Museu with the exhibition “The rules of the game” until September 4 and Koyaanisqatsi, audiovisual Made by Godfrey Reggio.

Ficciones anfibias, María Ruido, 2002 (33′)
This work by María Ruido analyzes the social, economic and emotional changes that the new production conditions have imposed on the work of the traditional textile activity. As a case study, she uses the cities of Terrassa and Mataró, historically linked to the sector. Through the combination of archive material, personal testimonies and the artist’s voiceover, it is revealed how these changes affect the lives of the workers and former workers of these factories.

Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio, 1982 (87′)
Experimental film directed by Godfrey Reggio. It is the first of a trilogy that deals with different aspects of the relationship between human beings, nature and technology. Describes the destructive effect of the modern world on the environment due to human action. It is a documentary that shows images of great visual and emotional impact accompanied by the music of Philip Glass. The name of the film means “Life out of balance” in the language of the Hopi, an ancient American tribe that inhabits the central plateau of the United States.

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17th March 2022 → 16th June 2022