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04 Dec, 2014 -
04 Dec, 2014
Adam Stafford, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Milton Friedman, Ralph Steiner & Willard Van Dyke, David Harvey, John Halas & Joy Batchelor,

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Selected films from a film series curated by Florian Wüst for the Impakt Festival Capitalism Catch-22, Utrecht, 2013.

The 7 part screening program Crude Economy that was presented in 2013 in Utrecht revolved around the social and economic transformations in the 20th and early 21st century. The selected films—ranging from experimental cinema and video art to documentary, industrial and educational films—look at the processes of industrialization and modernization, with a special focus on the reconstruction of Western Europe after World War II. The media campaigns that accompanied the American Marshall Plan not only presented the success of the extensive aid programme, but promoted the increase in productivity and trade as prerequisites for growth and prosperity for all.

The selection presented at Aarhus offers a personal cross-cut from the screening program that was presented in 2013 in Utrecht:

The Shutdown
Adam Stafford, GB 2009, 10:00 min
Based on a collaboration with Scottish scriptwriter Alan Bissett, The Shutdown recalls the experience of growing up next to Grangemouth Refinery: A mesmerizing portrait of the impact of the gigantic petrochemical complex on daily life in its vicinity.

Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, NL 2009, 19:00 min
In this video Castro and Ólafsson portray the activity of lobbyists in Brussels and Strasbourg. An article by the British reporter Tamasin Cave, performed as a song, is juxtaposed with on-site observations and interviews with lobbyist organizations and civilian “watchdog“ groups.

Free To Choose, Vol. 1 – The Power of the Market: The Pencil
Milton Friedman, US 1980, 2:20 min
In his PBS television series Free To Choose, American economist and “father of neo-liberalism”, Milton Friedman, explains the principles of free market economy to a broad audience. The story of the pencil stands out as especially easy to comprehend.

Ralph Steiner & Willard Van Dyke, US 1934, 4:00 min
This short film dramatizes the greater economic value of hands put to work by the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal agency that employed millions of peopleto carry out public works projects. A series of hands in close-up first represents inactivity, then turns to labour and the handling of money.

David Harvey: The Crises of Capitalism
RSA Animate, GB 2011, 11:00 min
The RSA Animate series was conceived as a way of illustrating and sharing the thought-provoking ideas from the RSA’s public events programme. In The Crises of Capitalism, radical anthropologist David Harvey claims a new social order beyond capitalism.

The Shoemaker and the Hatter
John Halas & Joy Batchelor, GB 1950, 16:00 min
Produced for promoting the Marshall Plan, this prizewinning cartoon shows two traders arguing about how best to recover their livelihoods after the war. The hatter believes in producing few hats at a high price. The shoemaker wants to lower costs through mass production and make his profit through export and free trade.

Introduction on Impakt
Impakt presents critical and creative views on contemporary media culture and innovative audiovisual arts in an interdisciplinary context. To this end Impakt organizes the annual Impakt Festival, this year took place from 29 October-2 November 2014. Next to this we program year-round Impakt Events: short projects or screenings centering a certain theme, movement, or artist. We also launch annual net art projects on our web gallery – Impakt Online and we run Impakt Works: the production house and residency program for artists and curators.

For more information on Capitalism Catch-22:

For more information on Florian Wüst:
http://impakt.nl/archive/2013-festival/program-2013-festival/film-capitalism-catch-22-programme/meet-the-curators-florian-wust/ and http://www.fwuest.com/

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