Berlin – Loud Voices: The Weaponization of Antisemitism (Nov 18)

Loud Voices: The Weaponization of Antisemitism

November 18

ON DEMAND pre-recorded discussion at 8:00pm until November 20, 2021
LIVE ON ZOOM Q&A with all panelists at 10:00pm. Register in advance.

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Queer Jewish artists and scholars Judith Butler, Lior Shamriz, BH Yael and Marc Siegel discuss their films/work in relation to solidarity with Palestine, and speak back against the increasing weaponization of antisemitism by pro-Israel forces, which is used as a method to silence artists and activists.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. They served as Founding Director of the Critical Theory Program. They received their Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1984. They are the author of Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging (with Gayatri Spivak in 2008), Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012), among others. 

They are also active in gender and sexual politics and human rights, anti-war politics, and serve on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace. They were the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities (2009-13). They received the Adorno Prize from the City of Frankfurt (2012) in honor of their contributions to feminist and moral philosophy, the Brudner Prize from Yale University for lifetime achievement in gay and lesbian studies, and the Research Lecturer honor at UC Berkeley in 2005.

Lior Shamriz creates films, installations, and music. Their works often encapsulate a tense narrative, tying campy spectacle and introspective textuality. Born in Ashkelon on the East Mediterranean, they dropped out of the army at nineteen and began making hi8 films, and experimenting with computer-generated music and collective art publications. After living a decade in Berlin, they are now based in California. From 2016-2018 they curated programs at PAM performance space in Highland Park, Los Angeles, and since 2018 they curate films for Project Space Festival Juárez and teach workshops on film and performance.

Their films were presented at festivals and venues such as the Berlinale, Locarno IFF, Sarajevo IFF, MoMA’s ND/NF, BAFICI, Frameline, MixNYC, Torino IFF, Walker Art Center, and the Lincoln Center in New York City, and won several awards at Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage.

b.h. Yael is an Israeli born Canadian filmmaker and installation artist based in Toronto. She is Professor of Integrated Media at OCAD University and teaches in the Art & Social Change minor as well. Yael’s films and installations have dealt with the many intersections of identity and family; they have focused on activist initiatives in Palestine/Israel; as well as apocalypse, geopolitical and environmental urgencies. Some of Yael’s videos are streamed on Cinema Politica’s platform and her work is available through VTape.  Deir Yassin Remembered (28 min) will be screening on Nov. 28 with Independent Jewish Voices.

Marc Siegel is Professor of Film Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. His research focuses on experimental film and gender/queer studies. He also works as a freelance curator and has co-curated, among other events, the festival, publication and exhibition project Edit Film Culture! (2018), as well as Camp/Anti-Camp. A Queer Guide to Everyday Life (2012). He is a member of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne and co-founder of the artist collective CHEAP. As part of the Graduate Research Training Program, he is particularly interested in queer abstraction.

Presented by Independent Jewish Voices