Launch of Conversation Pieces &
Fire Eating Air, a film programme by Cinenova

1 October 2011
If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam

On 1 October 2011 at 20:00 hrs, If I Can’t Dance in collaboration with de Appel arts centre, presents an evening with film screenings from the collection of feminist film and video distributer Cinenova, at our headquarters at Westerdok 606-608 in Amsterdam. The films will be introduced by Cinenova member Karolin Meunier. On this occasion, If I Can’t Dance proudly presents its second publication in the field of performative art practices entitled Conversation Pieces, the fruit of our collaborative investigation into Feminist Legacies and Potentials in Contemporary Art Practice (2006-2008) that was produced in collaboration with de Appel arts centre, M HKA and Festival a/d Werf.

Cinenova is a London-based volunteer-run organization dedicated to preserving and distributing the work of women and feminist film- and video makers. For many of the filmmakers whose work is part of their collection, performativity is an essential method employed to bring feminist issues forward, to give direct expression to their ideas and to develop a different visual language. The programme Cinenova has composed for this evening, Fire Eating Air, considers the role of performance in relation to the film camera and the viewer, and looks at how this relation affects gestures of speech and the body.

Please RSVP to bookings@ificantdance.org. Space is limited.

If I Can’t Dance recommends the symposium A Little Less Conversation, organized by de Appel arts centre on Saturday 1 October at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, from 13:30 hrs until 16:30 hrs.


Conversation Pieces
If I Can’t Dance and de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam

In Conversation Pieces, twelve critical thinkers confront twelve artists from the perspective of historical and present-day feminism in art, drawing from the exhibitions and performances presented by If I Can’t Dance during Edition II.

With contributions by Dieter Roelstraete & Alexandra Bachzetsis, Vanessa Desclaux & Will Holder, Lisette Smits & Karl Holmqvist, Peio Aguirre & Jutta Koether, Diana McCarty & The Otolith Group, Emily Pethick & Maria Pask, Pádraic Moore & Sarah Pierce, Paul O’Neill & Falke Pisano, Patricia Grzonka & Stefanie Seibold, Jan Verwoert & Frances Stark, Binna Choi & Haegue Yang, and Frédérique Bergholtz & Katarina Zdjelar.

Conversation Pieces. Produced by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam, and de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam. Published by Revolver, Berlin. Editor: Frédérique Bergholtz. Editorial co-ordination by Tanja Baudoin & Flora Lysen. Text editing by Janice McNab. Design by Maureen Mooren. ISBN 978-90-814471-1-9. Price: EUR 17,-

Order Conversation Pieces from Revolver Publishing, de Appel arts centre or from If I Can’t Dance via info@ificantdance.org.

Special book launch discount: EUR 13,-