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IMMA25 Meets Jesse Jones

6.00pm-7.30pm, Lecture Room, IMMA, Wed 1st April

IMMA25 are delighted to announce a special screening of Jesse Jones’ The Selfish Act of Community. This film is an adaptation of an iconic group therapy session originally staged in 1968 by American psychologist Carl Rogers. The encounter aimed to bring together a cross section of American citizens toexamine the role of 'self' in social dynamics. Focusing particularly on how the ideas of the 1960s counterculture permeated the desires of the 'silent majority', Jones re-stages this historical event as an adapted verbatim script, revealing the shifts in our understanding of gender, social roles and notions of the Self in relation to others and how these perspectives might have shifted in the last half century.

Image: Jesse Jones, The Selfish Act of Community, 2012, production still, Andrew Bonacina, Courtesy the artist. © Jesse Jones

The film is structured around a rotating single shot, creating a cinematic platform that aims to mimic the liveness of Bertolt Brecht's theatre-in-the-round. The intense performances by the cast articulate the complexities between human emotion and the broader social sphere of experience. The role of dramaturge and therapist are scrambled in this attempt to see the evolution of political experience as an embodied relation to reality and to community. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist on the role of the group encounter therapy session in both The Selfish Act of Community and The Other North and how it may enact a performative constellation of wider political impulses within a society.

About the Artist

Jesse Jones' practice reflects and re-presents historical moments of collective resistance and dissent. In her films and videos she explores the gesture of the revolutionary action, and finds resonance in our current social and political landscape. Jones has exhibited extensively internationally including solo exhibitions at Artsonje centre Seoul, CCA Derry, Spike Island, Bristol; The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; REDCAT, Los Angeles. She is currently working in collaboration with Sarah Browne on a project entitled In the Shadow of the State a public artwork commissioned by Artangel Uk and Create investigate the role of the Nation State in the control and regulation of the female body.  Upcoming solo exhibitions include The Hugh Lane Gallery in 2016.

This event is only open to 18-25 year olds. Please bring identification with you on the day. This event is free, and you can book your place by emailing imma25@imma.ie

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