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IMMA25 are delighted to announce a special screening of Jesse Jones’ The Selfish Act of Community. This film is an adaptation of an iconic group therapy session originally staged in 1968 by American psychologist Carl Rogers. The encounter aimed to bring together a cross section of American citizens toexamine the role of ‘self’ in social dynamics. Focusing particularly on how the ideas of the 1960s counterculture permeated the desires of the ‘silent majority’, Jones re-stages this historical event as an adapted verbatim script, revealing the shifts in our understanding of gender, social roles and notions of the Self in relation to others and how these perspectives might have shifted in the last half century.

Image: Jesse Jones, The Selfish Act of Community, 2012, production still, Andrew Bonacina, Courtesy the artist. © Jesse Jones
Image: Jesse Jones, The Selfish Act of Community, 2012, production still, Andrew Bonacina, Courtesy the artist. © Jesse Jones

The film is structured around a rotating single shot, creating a cinematic platform that aims to mimic the liveness of Bertolt Brecht’s theatre-in-the-round. The intense performances by the cast articulate the complexities between human emotion and the broader social sphere of experience. The role of dramaturge and therapist are scrambled in this attempt to see the evolution of political experience as an embodied relation to reality and to community. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist on the role of the group encounter therapy session in both The Selfish Act of Community and The Other North and how it may enact a performative constellation of wider political impulses within a society.

This event is only open to 18-25 year olds. Please bring identification with you on the day. This event is free, and you can book your place by emailing imma25@imma.ie


About the Artist

Jesse Jones

Jesse Jones creates works that primarily take the form of film and video. She explores historical instances of communal culture that resonate with contemporary society and politics. Jones isolates forms and subjects, often through the use of Brechtian theatre techniques of estrangement, as a tool for both re-imagining and directly intervening in social discourse. — View Artist »