Performance/Literature/Film Marx Now: Marx-athon

Marx Now Image: Dan

Sat, 10/13/2018

Goethe-Institut San Francisco

530 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Did you ever wonder why Karl Marx’s theories remain relevant, today? This year Marx turned 200. The Goethe-Institut uses this occasion to commemorate the impact of his theories upon the German and U.S. society today. Join us at 3:30 pm for the screening of Florian Opitz’s System Error (2018) or join in at 5 pm to have a slice of birthday cake while listening to poetry, contemporary rap, lectures and to play with robots. The Marx-athon will bring together leading local scholars, activists, and artists such as Maddy Clifford, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Elaine Elinson, Alexandra Howard, Alejandro Murguia, Mighty Mike McGee and Kal Spelletich who will each share - in their own unique ways - why Marx endures and what Marx can tell us about our current cultural and social production. Alexander Kluge’s News from Ideological Antiquity (2008) will be screening throughout the entirety of the event. Will you have enough stamina to endure the Marx-athon? Come and find out.

3:30 pm: System Error (2018) and News from Ideological Antiquity (2008) | Film
5:00 pm: Official Marx-athon Kick-Off with brithday cake and "The Surplus Value Generator Quartet" by Kal Spelletich (A participatory robotic band)
6:00 pm: Mighty Mike McGee (Poetry Slam)
6:30 pm: Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz and Alejandro Murguia in dialogue with Elaine Elinson (Literature)
7:30 pm: Kal Spelletich (Performance)
8:00 pm: Maddy Clifford and Alexandra Howard (Music)
9:00 pm: End of Marx-athon

Film Screenings:

System Error (Director: Florian Opitz, 90 min., 2018)
Prize-winning director, Florian Opitz, observes capitalism from the perspective of those who run it. This documentary highlights the absurdity of the system of capitalism and poses the question whether we are ready to sacrifice everything for it.

News from Ideological Antiquity: Marx - Eisenstein - Capital (Director: Alexander Kluge, 570 min., 2008)
At the end of the 1920s, Sergei Eisenstein came up with the concept of filming Capital. Eighty years later, Alexander Kluge has taken up Eisenstein's idea and pieced together a picture of our "ideological antiquity" using old and new images and audio.

Book Table:

Alley Cat Alley Cat is a new and used bookstore, gallery, and events space based on 24th street in the Mission District. We specialize in small press poetry and fiction, as well as leftist and radically-inflected non-fiction and literature. Our book table will focus on titles which highlight the richness and diversity of Marx's lasting impact on 20th and 21st century thought. Ranging from writings about and by Marx himself, to literature by contemporary Black Marxist and Marxist Feminist thinkers who have adapted or responded to his work, we hope to demonstrate the continued relevance and utility of Marxist thinking.


Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz © Barrie Karp Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz:
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Historian of Indigenous History, Teacher, Activist, holds a PhD in History from University of California Los Angeles. In addition to the doctorate, she completed the Diplôme of the International Law of Human Rights at the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg. She taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies.

Elaine Elinson © Todd Sanchioni Elaine Elinson:
Elaine Elinson is coauthor of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California (2009), which won a Gold Medal from the California Book Awards 2010. She served two decades as the communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, and is currently a researcher for the National Park Service on civil rights history.

Maddy and Alex © bousaconcepts Maddy and Alex/ FR333:
FR333 (pronounced free) is a feminist hip-hop duo comprised of producer, Allie “XOA” Howard and rapper, Maddy “MADlines” Clifford. Together, FR333 promotes music’s capacity to heal, inspire and bring people together. XOA aka Allie is a musician best known for her deep, earth-cosmic rhythms and experimental twists on contemporary styles. Originally from Seattle, Maddy currently works as a Poet in Residence at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center.

Mighty Mike McGee © Ramar Lumière Photography Mike McGee:
Mighty Mike McGee is a well-traveled stand-up poet from San José, California. He has toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe extensively. McGee has appeared on CBC, NPR, and HBO. He was appointed Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley) for 2018 & 2019. He takes pride in making people laugh and cry from the stage.

Alejandro Murguia © Lou Dematteis Alejandro Murguia:
Alejandro Murguía is the author of This War Called Love, Nine Stories (2002), winner of the American Book Award in 2003. He is a founding member and the first director of The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Currently he is a professor in Latina/Latino Studies at San Francisco State University. He was the Sixth San Francisco Poet Laureate and the first Latino to hold the position.

Kal Spelletich © Kal Spelletich
Kal Spelletich:
For 30 years, Spelletich has been exploring the interface of humans and robots, using technology. His work is interactive, requiring participants to enter or operate his pieces, often against their instincts of self-preservation. Spelletich’s work has been included in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions over the past two decades, including the de Young Museum, SFMOMA, Exploratorium and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.