Anthropologist and filmmaker Elizabeth. A. Povinelli visits the Netherlands from February 22 to 24, 2019 through the International Visitors’ Programme’s Open Call. Povinelli is a contributing artist at Sonic Acts 2019.
On February 24 Povinelli took part in Sonic Acts' lecture programme with fellow artist Louis Handerson about artistic collective practices with which these two artists and thinkers are associated; the Karrabing Film Collective. A grassroots Indigenous group from Australia’s Northwest Territory that produces films representing their lives and intervening in the representation of 'indigeneity'; and The Living and the Dead Ensemble, a collective created in Port-au-Prince with artists from Haiti, France and the UK who have translated and performed the play Monsieur Toussaint by Édouard Glissant from French into Haitian Creole.
With the lecture After the End, Stubborn Affects and Collective Practices Povinelli poses questions on what affective and collective practices would look like if viewed from within worlds that have long existed after the end, using the Karrabing Film Collective as a special case. The lecture was recorded and can be viewed here.
Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, New York; Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities; and a Founding Member of the Karrabing Film Collective. She is the author of five books, including the most recent Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism (2016), winner of the Lionel Trilling Book Award. Karrabing films and installations have shown at the Tate Modern, Berlinale Forum Expanded, Melbourne International Film Festival, Contour Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Van Abbemuseum, Institute for Modern Art in Brisbane, Vargas Museum and other venues. Povinelli lives and works in New York City and Darwin, Australia.