Bernadette Corporation, Get Rid of Yourself (2003, USA, 61 min)
The Bernadette Corporation is a New York and Paris-based art and fashion collective founded in 1994. It has always been tied to anti-corporate aesthetics. Get Rid of Yourself is a complex, multi-layered work, that is called an "anti-documentary" by its authors. It combines footage of rioting at the 2001 G-8 summit in Genoa with performances by Chloe Sevigny, Werther von Delmont, and members of the Black Bloc anarchist group. While its initial sounds and images were filmed during the riots in Genoa,, these materials are pulled apart and recomposed in order to locate the intensity of a shared experience, rather than producing one more documentary version of the programmed and hyper-mediatized confrontation of the G8 counter-summit. A complex look at protest and political resistance, it is as poignant now as it was at the turn of the century.
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