BAKHTIN AND THE CARNIVAL
Mikhail Bakhtin and his theory of the mediaeval carnival.
The influence of carnival on Romanticism.
THE CULTURE THAT WASN'T ART
The survival of the folk/popular cultural tradition.
THE CARNIVAL AND REVOLUTION
Why the carnival is a revolution and visa versa.
The roots and development of Cinema as a popular/carnival culture. Pantomime, meleodrama, music hall, comic strip and radio. The audience as a performer.
City of Signs
Silence and the Law
Supression, Appropriation and Resistance
The Underground as a bastard hybrid of popular/folk culture and Anti-Art. The origins of Dada in Music Hall, popular culture in Futurism, the Soviet Avant-Garde, the Montage of Attractions and the Factory of the Eccentric Act. Fluxus.
Amateur filmmaking and the workers film clubs of the 1930s.
BEATNIKS AND HIPSTERS
The origins of the U.S. Underground in the cultural hybrid of popular culture, utopian anarchy and
Ant-Art. Burroughs, Anger, the Merry Pranksters, trash cinema and drug culture.
THE COUNTER CULTURE
The Underground cinema of the '60s and its involvement in radical liberational activity; the Yippies, the Situationists, Paris '68 and the occupation of Hornsey Art School. The emergence of FILM THEORY.