Mieke Bal is a cultural theorist, filmmaker and occasional curator, Bal has published 45 books and made experimental documentaries, installations and “theoretical fictions.” www.miekebal.org
Idolizing Systems: That Doesnt Sound RightBy Mieke Bal
Veneration, respect, acceptance can turn thingsimages, but also systemsinto something live, real, and revered; certainly not questionable. I have recently read a novel, which was composed by SMS messages and emails sent piecemeal from a clandestine iPhone by an Iranian Kurdish journalist imprisoned for five years on Manus Island in Australia. His crime? Trying to save his life by escaping from Iran, seeking asylum in the land of freedom. The book won several awards in that same country that locked him up and tortured him. The New York Times calls the author, Behrouz Boochani, Australias most important writer.
By Mieke Bal and Michelle Williams Gamaker
A Long History of Madness, 2012 Present
The social unconscious surfaces when a society first drives people mad through violence, then represses mad people, and puts them out of sight.