ADAM CURTIS, arguably our most audacious filmmaker, at Whitechapel Dec 8 & 9

Adam Curtis – The World of the Self/Our World
Sat 8 December, & Sun 9 December
Whitechapel Art Gallery
Angel Alley Entrance
80 – 82 Whitechapel High Street
London, E1 7QX
+44 (0)20 7522 7888

“Adam Curtis is one of the best-known documentary filmmakers in Britain. His films have won numerous awards including 6 Baftas and have been shown at festivals around the world. They fuse together hard critical journalism with techniques borrowed from a wide-range of experimental film and video techniques.

“Out of this he has created a body of work that examines how power functions in modern society – not just in politics but also in many of the institutions and activities that permeate our lives today – from science to consumerism, modern psychology and the way our society fights terrorism.

“Over this unique weekend programmed by Adam Curtis a cross-section of episodes from various series that span his career propose a stunning argument. Considered together these works tell a bigger story than that of their specific subjects. It is the story of our time. How we have moved into a world that is dominated and driven by the ideas, the dreams and the emotional needs and cravings of the individual self.

Nothing is more important today than the individual self and its freedom to do, to feel and to get what it wants. This is the belief that guides our politicians, all those who run marketing and advertising, and all of our media.

“And it is what we all believe.

“Over two days Adam Curtis will show how episodes from four of his series can be re-conceptualized equally as the story of the rise of this ideology and a critical examination of how it has come to limit and trap both us and our leaders into a narrow and static universe.

“The screenings range from one episode of the early series Pandora’s Box to The Century of the Self, which describes how Freud’s ideas of the inner irrational drive inside human beings came to shape the rise of modern public relations, consumerism and the way we feel about ourselves – and how this view eventually took over politics itself.

“In The Power of Nightmares two groups who could not be more different in their aims – the Neo-Conservatives in America and the Islamists – are united in a belief that the unbridled self is corrupting society. The series examines how both of them set out to stop this, but how in the process they in fact helped create today’s world of paranoia and fear.

“Finally in The Trap the subject becomes the death of the self – how, behind the dream of individual freedom, is actually a very narrow and peculiar idea of freedom and human nature that has come to enslave both us and our leaders. Such a freedom is actually a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic creatures who constantly watch and monitor each other suspiciously. The Trap shows how in this idea of freedom lay the seeds of new forms of social control – not imposed from outside of us, but constructed by the ways in which we monitor ourselves.”

Saturday 8 December, 2007
4pm – Pandora’s Box: To The Brink of Eternity, 1992, 60’
5.30pm – The Century of the Self, Part One: Happiness Machines, 2002, 60’
7pm – The Century of the Self, Part Three: There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads He Must Be Destroyed, 2002, 60’

Following the screening Adam Curtis is in conversation with artist Josephine Pryde and Mike Sperlinger, Assistant Director of LUX, independent writer and editor.

Sunday 9 December, 2007
4pm – The Power of Nightmares, Part One: Baby Its Cold Outside, 2004, 60’
5.30pm – The Trap, Part 2: The Lonely Robot, 2007, 60’
7pm – Adam Curtis on The World of the Self
“Adam Curtis presents an illustrated talk on the ideas behind this unique series and the things that link these episodes together, looking at both the extraordinarily wide range of source material that the films employ and their structure of modern collage as form of contemporary journalism.”

£5 per screening
£15/12* day
£25/16* weekend
* concs and Whitechapel Members. Free for Patrons & Associates.

Maria Forde's "Fetching Veggie Etchings" opens Sat in SF

Maria Forde: The Fetching Veggie Etchings

December 1st – December 22nd, 2007
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, December 1st, 6-9pm

little tree gallery
3412 22nd St @ Guerrero
San Francisco, CA 94110

“little tree gallery is pleased to present the work of Maria Forde in her second solo show at the gallery entitled The Fetching Veggie Etchings. Presenting 8 different works utilizing etchings, fabric, collage and frame making, Ms. Forde gives life to a variety of underappreciated vegetables, from kale to squash, green beans to corn. In addition Ms. Forde will be making a limited edition, low-priced calendar about junk food just in time for the New Year.

“A central part of life is the act of eating. While food is our fuel, it also is our passion. TV cooks and haughty restaurants are lauded for what they can do with a bevy of ingredients. The food itself is transformed into foams, custards, and the like. Yet Ms. Forde isn’t interested in all the fanfare surrounding celebrity chefs or gastronomic adventures in dining. She’s interested in the simple and pure workhorse that has nourished and satisfied us for millennia. That’s right, vegetables.

“The Fetching Veggie Etchings are as engaging as the title suggests. Ms. Forde has made 8 pieces that leave no detail left undone. Ms. Forde even apprenticed as a master framer in order to hand-make each frame to her specifications. Each piece has two prints; the larger of the two displays a vegetable while the smaller etching makes a reference to the larger image. In addition to the etchings and frame, Ms. Forde has sewn a patchwork of fabric surrounding the prints. The patches are a variety of colors and patterns, adding a simple abstraction to the work. The patches also give the work a country twang; a deft nod to the vegetables point of origin.

“In one work the regal onion is centered with its shadow darkening a corner of the print. Opposite the onion is a smaller etching of a person, crying, as tears form a puddle below. The connection to the vegetable is immediate and intimate. Ms. Forde’s work is powerful because of how she is able to transport the viewer to a place s/he can recognize and instantly relate. The act of cutting onions; it can be therapeutic, monotonous and can even burn you eyes. But there is more. Ms. Forde highlights an everyday transcendental experience channeled through onions. So, if it isn’t obvious already, a show about vegetables is no small potato.

“Ms. Forde’s work has appeared in 826 Valencia and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She has shown extensively throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Her work is in the permanent collections of The San Francisco Arts Commission as well as The Capital Group. She lives in San Francisco.

“For inquiries and questions regarding the show, please contact J. Brent Large by phone at (415) 643-4929 or by email at”

Happy 8 Year Anniversary Of Anti-Corporate-Globalization Week.


Hands down the funnest march I ever marched happened 8 years ago today. It was a polyamorous procession of the entire “Seattle Coalliton” (busty steel men, enviros, indigenous folks, dreamers and korean unionists) down some broad shoppers avenue on Capital Hill. Some where along the way the whole sh’bang (at least a thousand of us) fueled by the weight of our innevitablity, wandered off the street, onto the sidewalk and straight through the doors of one of those urban malls into a navy blue Gap. Through the atrium we brought our rummble of chants and slogans and drums, transformed it to an echo chamber- the mannequins in the store bopping to the drone of something louder than the big Taiko drums of the Koreans.

Later that evening my brother, this playful dude from Katuah Earth First! and I cruised Seattle in my ’89 Civic, playing rewinding and then playing again Garry Glitter’s stadium anthem Rock and Roll: Parts One & Two, all the while trying to top it with our own broadcasts of “General Strike Tommorow, Don’t Go To Work”, screamed out the window to any one we drove by. Next day was the blockade that closed down the city for the rest of the week.

Times have changed in the past but we won’t forget
Though the age has passed they’ll be rockin’ yet

Rock and ro-o-oll, rock and roll
Rock and ro-o-oll, rock and roll
Rock and ro-o-oll, rock and roll
Rock and ro-o-oll, rock and roll
Rock and ro-o-oll, rock and roll
Rock and ro-o-oll, rock and roll
Rock and ro-o-oll, rock and roll


(flyer and arm band scavenged from the Denny St. convergence center 11/99)

Fungus Fair in Oakland this weekend (Dec 1-2), featuring Paul Stamets

“A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms

* 1-2 December 2007
* Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm — Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm
* Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Streets, Oakland

“In the San Francisco Bay Area, when the first rains tease up the chanterelles and porcini, fungus lovers head to the “Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms” at the Oakland Museum of California. The Fair, hosted by the museum and the Mycological Society of San Francisco (MSSF), provides information on the uses and abuses of fungi, with displays and exhibits on ecology, toxicology, and cultivation. Arrays of identification tables display locally collected mushrooms. Campsite gourmands learn how to serve up the safe and scrumptious species through identification tutorials, cooking demonstrations, and sales of recipe books, soups, snacks, and fresh edibles. Watch renowned Bay Area chefs prepare dishes like matsutakes & roasted cauliflower in coriander cream or sautéed caramel candy cap pears and dentelles.

“The Oakland Museum of California, 10 & Oak Streets in Oakland, is one block from the Lake Merritt BART and a few blocks from Highway 880.

“Admission is $8 general, $5 seniors/students with ID, and free for members, kids five and under, and Oakland City employees. A special two-day pass is available for $12 at

“The weekend event is a rare chance to pore over displays of remarkable
native mushrooms and see how they can be used to dye paper and
clothing, treat cancer and HIV, and add flavor to many foods. Attend a
slide talk or use a microscope. Highly recommended for curious kids!
Mycologists will be on hand both days to answer questions and identify
unknown specimens for visitors.

“Mushroom munchers can learn to recognize and prepare edible fungi from
cookbook and food vendors and the Fair’s popular cooking
demonstrations. Local chefs will prepare dishes with fresh fungi in an
outdoor kitchen on Saturday and Sunday.

“During the Fair, the MSSF presents slide shows on mushroom hunting and
identification. Paul Stamets, an advocate of the medicinal properties
of mushrooms, will give talks on the role of mushrooms in ecological
restoration (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and the mind-altering psychotropic
species (Sunday, 3:30 p.m).

“Fungus-Filled Family Fun! Mushroom crafts and Fair tours for kids take
place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4

“Fair vendors will have fresh wild mushrooms, cultivation kits, books,
clothing, posters, and other mushroom-centric items available all

“The Mycological Society of San Francisco is an all-volunteer, nonprofit
organization dedicated to the promotion of educational and scientific
activities involving mushrooms. Founded in 1950, the MSSF is the
largest regional mushroom society in the U.S. The Society awards annual
scholarships, tracks local mycological species, and assists Bay Area
poison control centers. It also leads mushroom identification walks and
works to preserve cultural traditions of mushroom collecting. Visit for details.”