Mobilities Visiting Speakers:
Lonnie Van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, April 21st, 12:30-2pm
MacAlister Hall, Suite 4020 (CoAS Dean’s Conference Room)
Film-makers to speak at Drexel, followed by a Film Screening at 7pm at the Ibrahim Theatre, International House
Migration plays a significant role in the development of numerous modern artistic ideas and representations. This series examines the changing movements that transplant artists from one culture to another, intensifying migratory distinctions, and sharpening the conception of the creative role of displacement and estrangement within modern art.
Lonnie Van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan in person. Introduced by Professor Mimi Sheller, Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Drexel University.
Monument of Sugar: How to Use Artistic Means to Elude Trade Barriers
dir. Lonnie van Brummelen in collaboration with Siebren de Haan, The Netherlands, 2007, 16mm, 63 mins, color, silent
Monument of Sugar: How to Use Artistic Means to Elude Trade Barriers explores subsidized economy, the globalized sugar market, and how artistic practice can disrupt and reverse economic policies. Upon the discovery of anti-competitive policies set by the European Union to protect its native sugar production, and the detrimental impact of this on other countries, van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan staged an intervention. Their goal was to work around EU restrictions on sugar importation by turning European sugar dumped into Nigeria into sculptures, and returning it as an artistic product: a Monument of Sugar.
Grossraum (Borders of Europe)
dir. Lonnie van Brummelen in collaboration with Siebren de Haan, The Netherlands, 2004-2005, 35mm, 35 mins, color, silent
Grossraum is a “triptych” filmed along three sensitive crossing points on the European Union border: Hrebenne, a border post between Ukraine and Poland; the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in Morocco; and the green zone which splits Cyprus in two. By directing our gaze to the demarcations of the geopolitical “greater area” or “Grossraum” of the European Union, van Brummelen reveals the paradox of a zone of freedom whose development is dependent on the strength and policing of its borders.For more info contact: Mimi Sheller Center for Mobilities Research and Policy Drexel University firstname.lastname@example.org Robert E. Cargni Program Curator, Film Ibrahim Theater @ International House