SEPTEMBER 15 – Lydia Eccles: What I Learned In Djoulafondo (a work in progress)

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 @ 8pm

Le Petit Versailles Garden NY NY
346 East Houston Street between Avenues B + C
subways: F – Second Avenue J/M/F – Delancey Street


Screening and discussion of 20 antipodal(1) movie-ettes(2) shot in the mountain village of Djoulafondo, Mali, West Africa, where there is very little money and no diets, exercize machines or gyms; antidepressants, therapists or social workers; bosses, jobs or careers; Whole Foods, Starbucks, Google or 800 numbers; laptops, data, passwords or secret questions about your childhood best friend;  postal service, tax returns, advertisements or brands; co-pays, cars or insurance, pets, pooper scoopers, life support systems, assisted living facilities, day care centers, police… or iphones.  Yet.

(1) Situated on the opposite side of the earth or the moon.

(2) Movie-ettes are a few minutes or less

(3) The artist did not help Africa.

“Having fun was the only way to get out alive.”  ~ Jean Rouch


Lydia Eccles’ investigations are ethno-anthropological in nature and and are lived out in her own life as experiences, practices, experiments and mistakes. She records field notes in various media and has served for many years as test human/participant-observer for Universal Aliens.

Le Petit Versailles events are made possible by Allied Productions, Inc., Gardeners & Friends of LPV, GreenThumb/NYC Dept. of Parks, Materials for the Arts, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and the Office of City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera. LPV Exhibitions are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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