Introducing: 37 pieces of flair
37 pieces of flair is a season of arts and cinema hosted by The Star and Shadow Cinema and The NewBridge Project. The Season will explore and challenge the increased consciousness of mental health and how it affects all of our lives, with a diverse programme of visual art, film, talks and conversation across two prominent cultural venues in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Why you may not find many references to mental health in this season about mental health?
Unlike countless other mental health themed film seasons or exhibitions, 37 pieces of flair will focus its attention less upon the individual stories of enduring mental health problems and rather take a step back in an attempt to grasp a broader look at, or investigation of, the society and its culture from which they emerge.
For example - Taking the expression ‘before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not in fact just surrounded by complete arseholes’ (misattributed to Novelist William Ford Gibson). You could say we are perhaps on the lookout for arseholes in a sea of soaring diagnoses.
Mark Fisher, in his portrait of our current predicament -Capitalist Realism - rather succinctly surveys this territory: “This pathologization already forecloses any possibility of politicization. By privatising these problems – treating them as if they were caused only by chemical imbalances in the individuals’ neurology and/or by their family background – any question of social systemic causation is ruled out”. This is not to discredit nor underestimate the psychological experiences of the countless individuals who identify with mental health diagnoses but rather, to explore the social, political, economic and anthropological terrain from which they occur.
Each film will be accompanied by guest speakers, Q+A discussions, and a selection of pre-feature movie shorts.
Cinema Screenings / The Star and Shadow Cinema
Publication / Lloyd-Wilson
Exhibition/Events/ The NewBridge Project
ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE:
Wednesday 3rd September
Thursday 11th September
Thursday 25th September
Wednesday 8th October
The film screenings will be followed up by a '37 pieces of flair' exhibition hosted by The NewBridge Project in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne from November – December.
Full exhibition listings tbc.
Host Cinema: The Star and Shadow Cinema
Host Exhibition venue: The NewBridge Project
3 Sep 2014, 7:30 p.m.
John Akomfrah's sensitive and emotionally charged portrait of cultural theorist Stuart Hall (1932 - 2014).
11 Sep 2014, 7:30 p.m.
"None are less visible than those we decide not to see"- Kenny, Part philosopher, part comedian, juggles family tensions, fatherhood and sewage with charm, humour and unflinching dignity.
25 Sep 2014, 7:30 p.m.
A sympathetic film about unusual people and unusual habits. Collectors, counters, surveyors, “self-optimisers” – they all believe in the explainability of the world, giving order to chaos. The problem is when it no longer takes place only in the minds of individuals but also the complex bureaucracy of the state - and mutates into a lumbering monster.
8 Oct 2014, 7:30 p.m.
“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.” 50 years since it's release - Kubrick's classic cold-war satire in which the top brass of the American and Russian governments must decide if they want to begin a nuclear war. Nominated for several major Academy Awards, including Best Picture!