The Economy of Living Things: a chorus
One-Day Symposium around Satellite 10 programme
20 January 2018
11h00 to 18h00
Jeu de Paume, Paris

In an effort to address the instability of our present and political moment, the Satellite 10 exhibition program, curated by Osei Bonsu and entitled "The Economy of Living Things" explores the interconnected movements of humans, animals, plants, artefacts and other cultural products across real and imagined boarders.

To broaden the scope of this exhibition program, this one-day symposium will address the topics of changing mentalities, post-colonial memory, utopian imagination, and ecological transformation in relation to art.

Centred around screenings of new commissions by Ali Cherri, Steffani Jemison, Jumana Manna and Oscar Murillo, this symposium will bring together specialists from fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies and political science. While allowing for an interdisciplinary debate around these works, the symposium is focused on the moving image’s role in the making of the discourses on history, its politics as a documentary form and its potential as a new critical space.

In a moment when social and political action has become synonymous with living, how can we think the act of artistic production? To what extent can we trace the historical transactions of migration and movement in our present-day reality? How do we account for the vulnerability of lives threatened by processes of erasure and extinction?


11h00 – 11h30: Welcome and introduction by Osei Bonsu and Marta Ponsa.

11h30 – 11h45: Projection Somniculus (14’) by Ali Cherri.
11h45 – 12h30: Conversation with Uzma Z. Rizvi, an Associate Professor Social Science & Cultural Studies, Pratt University and the artist Ali Cherri.

12h30 - 13h30: Conversation with Françoise Vergès, Chair of Global South(s) at the Collège d’études mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris and the artist Oscar Murillo, with, in the background, the screening of Untitled / Mercantile Novel (59 ') by Oscar Murillo.

13h30 – 14h30: Lunch break

14h30 - 15h00: Projection Sensus Plenior (25’) by Steffani Jemison.
15h00 – 15h45: Conversation with Rizvana Bradley, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies and African American Studies, Yale University, and the artist Steffani Jemison.

15h45 – 16h00: Projection of the trailer of Wild Relatives (14 ') by Jumana Manna.
16h00 - 16h30: Conversation of the artist with Shela Sheikh, professor of postcolonial studies.

16h30 – 18h00 Round table with Ali Cherri, Oscar Murillo, Steffani Jemison, Jumana Manna and Osei Bonsu.

18h00 - 19h00: Shuttle transfer from Place de la Concorde to Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz in Nogent-sur-Marne.
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19h00 - 21h30: Visit of the collective exhibition, Nogent-sur-Marne and screening of Jumana Manna's film Wild Relatives (80’).

19h30: "Recitatif: I will make your tongue stick" (Recitatif: I will make stick your tongue). New performance by Steffani Jemison with the collaboration of Nathalie Ahadji, saxophonist.

21h30 – 22h00: Shuttle transfer from Nogent to Paris.

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