Metalepsis in Black is an intersectional film about an intersectional movement at the point of its capture and transformation into “a category” by the very system it would purport to undermine. Mandatory viewing for all those interested in the whiteness of academe and the inevitable complicity with whiteness that Universities in South Africa demand.
April 17, 2017
April 10, 2017
February 26, 2017
first published here: http://filmstudies.nl/
February 3, 2017
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January 29, 2017
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January 19, 2017
January 15, 2017
January 4, 2017
Organic unity is the technique used to structure Metalepsis in Black so that there is a direct relationship between each part of the work and its totality. The compositional units when brought together make up the whole. The final order of the scenes was arrived at using a system of deliberately arbitrary intercalations of these compositional units. Intercalation, in the context of university administration, is a period when a student is officially suspended from studying for an academic degree.
January 3, 2017
December 23, 2016
December 22, 2016
first published here: https://strangethreads.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/a-slow-response-to-metalepsis-in-black/
December 20, 2016
December 18, 2016
An unmitigated arsehole, without a clue of his own stupidity.
He speaks on a totally unproven assumption that we are dealing with a bourgeois phenomenon. A spin doctor for the failure of the State due to the ANC capitulating to the demands of the WB and IMF wilfully destroying the educational system put in place by the apartheid regime without any strategy for replacement.
There is one elephant in the room. The State abrogation and abdication of its responsibility towards its citizens. And in this case, the children, the youth and the young adults of the country.
Interesting; the rise of teacher trade unions like SADTU, now there go bourgeoisie undermining the liberation struggle.
Of course, it is easy to point towards the burgeoning intellectuals who recognise the systematic collapse of the Educational system as being part and parcel of the detritus left by Barney and Co in their wake, easy to rationalise by labelling through false accusations, the hackneyed Strawman fallacy. .
The simple truth is that for the 100000’s entering the educational system annually , the still endemic Verwoerdian attrition gets rid of most as farmworkers , cheap labour, factory labour and mining fodder, while the few who do escape the destructive 60-to-a-classroom hellholes called schools, have now become the target of a panicking ANC-led bunch of pseudo -intellectuals. All of their hands dripping blood from the collusion of pillaging; plunder and rape resulting in the deaths of students and the orchestrated marginalisation of a vanguard no longer prepared to accept mediocrity.
#feesmustfall places the ownership of universities squarely in the hands of the people, as represented by the State.
The burning of a book is tragically symbolic, but not symbolic of destroying Knowledge, but rather a particular Form of knowledge that seeks to enslave the mind and turns the person into fodder for a particular exploitative purpose. Useful not to society, but bent to the will of an all pervasive, ruling, class interest.
Like wise we may ask whether the wilful burning down of a building that supposedly serves as an institution of learning, is not symbolic of the destruction of the Bastille, the destruction of prisons to channel and control the very intellect that seeks to escape the entrapment of the mind? How so, it is correct to ask.
Thousands of teacher were laid off, teacher training colleges closed ,schools were closed during the changing of the guard from Afrikaner to African Nationalism, with the implicit complicity of a particular coterie of intellectuals being particularly silent. Rare exceptions voiced concerns.
It is common cause that the first casualties were the children of the poor, the marginalised and the destitute, living in false hopes and lies of a government serving the interest of an Oligarchy left untouched.
The ridiculous palliative arbitrariness of financial means tests of parents, only serves the interests of a particular class. Not being satisfied by destroying the futures of the working and peasant class , having successfully done a hatchet job in the years up to matric, (20% in Mathematics -in what universe? ) , the Barneys of this world now launch an attack on their next target, first by labelling, them as bourgeois, enemies of the people, seek to mislead and misguide.
Books and buildings are powerful symbols as bastions of Knowledge, but equally so, they are ramparts of power and control, and in any case belong to the people NOT to theuniversity administrators who have become seemingly all powerful laws unto themselves, safety ensconced behind closed and locked doors with hired thugs and armed mercenaries to protect them while, like Barney portayed here sit in hollow judgment.
Leon Trotsky built on Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin, their ideas of ‘Permanent Revolution ‘. Warning that the true enemy of the people is the class we should be ever vigilant of, a class that masquerades as an intellectual vanguard , yet serves the interests of the enemy of the people, a class undeserved of trust firmly part of monopoly -capital and serving imperialist interest. Whenever we observe natural insurrection being stifled through crude attempts at fomenting divisions where none exist, as portrayed by Barney Pityana above, time to be vigilant and careful. His master’s voice sounding loud and clear. The sword fomenting dissention in the ranks? Offering financial “aid ” to some, denying same to others. Using State resources to divide and rule, knowing full well that the Siren call will be heeded by many. Counter-revolutionary tactical manoeuvring by destroying the unity of the #feesmustfall movement.
first published on Facebook, re-posted here with kind permission of the author
December 17, 2016
first published here: https://padlet.com/d_belluigi/h0gt6acbb0v1
December 9, 2016
first published here:https://www.soc.ulaval.ca/?pid=709&n=2620