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Counter | Culture
Curated by Dee Sada

"We must remember that we are living in an age in which the ground is shifting and the foundations are shaking." R.D. Laing

Exploring current grass-roots activism / community healing / mental health / isolated communities through discussions, films, peformances and music over 2 days: Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7TH

Dr Joseph Berke, author of Counter Culture: The Creation of an Alternative Society (1969) in Conversation

Counter Culture is the first book to explore in depth the expression of social/cultural revolution and experiment that began in the 1960s in the economically developed countries of the West. With contributions from several prominent writers, anarchists, artists and journalists such as Julian Beck, Joseph Berke, John Gerassi, Allen Ginsberg, Jeff Nuttall.

Dr Joseph Berke studied at Columbia College of Columbia University and graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He moved to London in 1965 where Berke worked with R. D. Laing in the 1960s when the Philadelphia Association was set up, and was resident at Kingsley Hall, where he helped Mary Barnes, a nurse who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia to emerge from madness. Barnes later became a famous artist, writer and mystic. A stage play based on the book that Berke and Barnes wrote together (Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness) was adapted as a stage play by David Edgar. Berke collaborated on a number of projects with R. D. Laing including the Dialectics of Liberation international conference in London,15-30 July 1967. Berke was the principal organizer of the conference.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist for Individuals and Families. Co-Founder of the Arbours Association in London in 1970. Co-Founder and Director of the Arbours Crisis Centre, London, and a lecturer and teacher, Berke is the author of many articles and books on psychological, social, political and religious themes.

- Screening of Sangoma: Traditional Healers in Modern Society dir. by Peter Davis (1997) 54 mins

In South Africa, one of the legacies of apartheid is a two-tiered health system that heavily favours the white population.

Inyangas and sangomas – the traditional healers – have always been regarded with suspicion by practitioners of Western medicine. Dubbed “witch-doctors,” their methods have been dismissed as mumbo-jumbo.

New efforts to integrate traditional healers into primary health care, nutritional education, and AIDS work holds some promise for a public health system under siege. Homeopathy and holistic healing are gaining acceptance as therapeutic concepts which make no distinction between mind and body, individual and society. The lessons of South Africa can be universal.

The Heart of Bruno Wizard dir. Elizabeth Rasmussen (2013) 90 mins & Bruno Wizard Q&A

Bruno Wizard is a London punk musician who became an underground legend for his original performances and 'mystery man' status in the mid 70's. He performed at the Roxy club alongside The Jam, Generation X and The Wire, and was part of the ‘Blitz kids’ scene, squatting with the Warren Street mafia. His loathing of the establishment and conventional music industry made him reject record company contracts and follow his own heart and principles at any cost. What follows is the amazing true story of Bruno’s rollercoaster journey, with blasts from the past and a future full of surprising twists and turns.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 8TH

- Screening of 'Estate' dir. by Andrea Luka Zimmerman (2015) 85 mins and Q&A

Filmed over seven years, Estate, a Reverie reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents' own historical re-enactments, landscape and architectural studies and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography.

- Shy Radicals: The Anti-systemic Politics of the Introvert Militant (2017) Hamja Ahsan book talk

Shy Radicals are the Black Panther Party of the introvert class, and this anti-systemic manifesto is a quiet and thoughtful polemic, a satire that uses anti-colonial theory to build a critique of dominant culture and the rising tide of Islamophobia. Shy Radicals author Hamja Ahsan is an artist, curator and activist based in London. He is the Free Talha Ahsan campaign organiser. Published by Book Works.

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