The Incidental Insurgents
A Story in Parts
The Part about The Bandits
We are believing and dis-believing
We are in the midst of the not yet material
or perhaps the already determined
inhabiting a time of radical potentiality and its collapse
In search of a new political language
in need of this
always on the verge
always becoming and yet …
The Incidental Insurgents: The Part about The Bandits is a search that begins with three seemingly disparate coordinates: the early anarchist life of Victor Serge and his contemporary bandits in Paris in the 1910s; Abu Jilda and Armeet's gang of bandits involved in a rebellion against the British in 1930s Palestine, and the artist as the quintessential bandit in Roberto Bolaño's novel The Savage Detectives, set in 1970s Mexico. The first part of the story looks at the resonances between the inspiring, bizarre and sometimes tragic stories of these diverse bandits, outsider rebels par excellence. Intended as an investigation into the possibilities for the future rather than the past, and using literary and factual texts as starting points, a convoluted detective story situated in multiple times starts to emerge. Initiating a journey where the artists try to figure out how we, like the bandits before us, find ourselves inhabiting a moment full of radical potential and disillusionment, in a continual search for a language of the moment.
The project was first shown as an installation and video at the 6th Jerusalem Show on the 1st of November, 2012, in Jerusalem. The installation and video are co-produced by the Young Arab Theatre Fund and Al-Ma'mal Foundation. A second online presentation will also appear on Ibraaz in forthcoming platforms.
IMAGE AND VIDEO CREDITS
Abu Jilda and Armeet, 1934, Palestine, from The Incidental Insurgents (2012).
Memories of a Revolutionary (Victor Serge, 1945) from The Incidental Insurgents (2012).
The Bonnot Gang, 1911, France, from The Incidental Insurgents (2012).
Memories of a Revolutionary (Victor Serge 1945) from The Incidental Insurgents (2012).
Screen shot from Bande à part (Jean-Luc Godard 1964) from The Incidental Insurgents (2012).
Video extract: The Incidental Insurgents (2012), single screen video/two channel sound. Courtesy the artists.