Saturday/Sunday — 01.31.21 — Testing Screening / 40th Assembling

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Saturday/Sunday — Testing Screening  / 40th Assembling

0. Invitation
1. Some Useful Links
2. Some Useful Readings
3. Cinematheque Transversal

0. Invitation

We send you a short invitation to a virtual screening tomorrow evening and a related assembly on Sunday. This is the second attempt to pair a virtual screening with an assembly, which we are calling Cinematheque Transversal.

The last one was organized with the Rojava Film Commune. We have included a link below to that conversation, even if you have not seen the film, the conversation spans critical questions related to Rojava, questions of state violence, colonial processes, and the role of stories and art in the context of such struggles.

Regarding this week’s screening:

Dear Friends,

I thought about watching Empty Metal (EM) together after the vibrant conversation prompted by the Rojava screening around land, violence and counter-violence, and intersectional and coalitional struggles. EM makes urgent provocations around insurgency, ideology, and direct action tactics, especially in the political and carceral context of the US, now even more stark and eerie after the January 6 siege. It made sense to show it now, after the last weeks of working together to begin to try to understand that moment. Along with this, Never Settle is an intervention for and a counter-ethnography of white/settler/non-indigenous allyship/accomplicity, examining stakes and claims of decolonial and indigenous solidarity aimed towards remapping the antagonisms and imbalances in these struggles for more just, plural, and equitable ways.


Saturday January 30th
9PM (New York Time)
Virtual Screening of Empty Metal and Never Settle*
*We will provide a link to watch the films for those who cannot attend at that time but are still interested to watch the film and join the assembly.

Sunday January 31sth
11AM (New York Time)
40th Testing Assembling

At 10AM on Sunday, we will also be hosting a short follow up from our last assembly of 2020 on the continuing struggles in Punjab and India, that will run for 50 minutes.

For more details for how to join, please write to mai [AT] 16beavergoup.org.

1. Some Useful Links

29th Testing Assembling with Rojava Film Commune

Below, we also include a link to the 37th assembly with Peter Linebaugh and friends, which kicked off the last set of conversations/assemblies thinking through January 6th and beyond.

2. Some Useful Readings


web version

Indian Humor


On Ethnographic Refusal: Indigeneity, ‘Voice’ and Colonial Citizenship


3. Cinémathèque Transversal

In a letter addressed to 16 Beaver before its formation, Gilles Deleuze shared the following seven points:

Seven Points on the Transversal In Art

The transversal in art is that dimension which allows it to trespass and go beyond the confines that art has been relegated to under the determination of coloniality/modernity, of the coloniality of economy, of capitalist reality, of productivism and positivism, of patriarchy and heternormativity.
The transversal in art is that which allows whatever has been called by that name to become other, become minor, become whatever.
The transversal in art exceeds the individual, the maker, the author, their functions and functionalisms.
The transversal in art is what gives art its political dimension and its capacity to escape the overcode, to surpass the fences and defenses of the colony.
The transversal in art is that which displaces it from its zones of comfort and allows it to build force, movement, and unwork, undo, destitute the large ensembles which try to capture life.
The transversal in art is beyond collective, even if it begins with what appears to be a one, it is always moving toward multiplicities, becoming more than the sum of its parts.
The transversal in art is that which allows it to no longer be art as enclosure, but art as a common, a capacity to strike against and for, to unmake and make worlds, to imagine and reimagine what has been given and what we have to give, to whom, with whom, toward what, when, and in whose name?