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THE DAYS OF THE COMMUNE:
A performance/cinema/installation project.
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In the spring of 2012 I brought together a group of actors, activists and artists to perform "The Days of the Commune" a play by Bert Brecht in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. The Paris Commune of 1871 was the first great Occupation in modern history. Thinking about OWS as a radical theater of the people, inspired us to conceptualize this project as a “work in progress” in a sense that all social movements are a work in progress. Rather than stage the play in a theater, we performed it scene by scene in public spaces around New York City.

This publication from the Slought Foundation, features a complete documentary of The Days of the Commune. It includes a high-definition Blu-ray Disc and a booklet with Zoe Beloff and Jonathan Kahana in conversation about the origin of the project and its relation to contemporary anti-capitalist art, media and activism.

 

Adventures of a Dreamer

Albert Grass The Adventures of a Dreamer
Published October 2010 by Christine Burgin
56 pages in full color
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The twenty-five pictures in this book comprise the dream journal of Albert Grass, founder of the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society. "The Strange Adventures of a Dreamer," a hand-drawn prototype for a comic book, appears to have been created by Albert Grass over a period of time from perhaps 1936 to the outbreak of World War II in 1939. It seems possible that Grass originally intended "The Dreamer" as a comic book hero in the mold of "The Spirit", or even "Superman" with extraordinary powers but this conception quickly changed. By episode three "The Dreamer" loses his ability to fly, landing on the ground with a loud "ouch!". He remains earthbound and the work becomes a more serious investigation into his own psychic life.

Many of Albert Grass' anxieties speak directly to us today. Grass suffered the aftereffects of a brutal war. He worried about his neighbors being evicted. He felt the guilt of an artist who feels he should be more deeply engaged in a struggle for social justice. Previously unpublished, this facsimile edition makes available for the first time an early attempt to use the language of the comic book to graphically manifest the unconscious.

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DREAMLAND: The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and their Circle
Published July 2009 by Christine Burgin
128 pages with 75 color illustrations and DVD
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On the afternoon of August 28th 1909 Sigmund Freud visited Coney Island’s famous Dreamland amusement park. A hundred years later this, lively and imaginative book examines his legacy in Coney Island. It begins with Norman Klein’s reconstruction of his actual visit. However Freud’s real impact appears to have come later with the founding of the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society. Zoe Beloff conjures up the world of this unique Society, whose forward-thinking attitude flourished from1926 through the early 1970s. The Society’s members, most of them working people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, wished to participate in one of the great intellectual movements of the 20th century. She explores their activities that included recreating their dreams on film and discusses the role of the society’s visionary founder Albert Grass who attempted to rebuild Dreamland according to Freud’s theory of dream formation.

Aaron Beebe, director of the Coney Island Museum, writes how his institution is reviving the idea of the living museum, that dates back to the early 19th century where art, science, spectacle and speculation coexist under one roof. Amy Herzog’s essay, “Primal Scenes: Sigmund Freud, Coney Island, and the Staging of Domestic Trauma” discusses how Freud’s theories can give us a deeper understanding of public’s fascination with some of Coney Islands unique attractions that include Liliputia, Baby Incubators and the World In Wax Musée.

The book is lavishly illustrated with 75 full color pictures of never before seen photographs, drawings and documents that shed new light on Coney Island’s legendary history.

Included with the book is a DVD compilation of nine of the Society’s “Dream Films”.
View the Society's award winning "Dream Films here

About the Authors
Zoe Beloff an artist who is particularly fascinated by attempts to graphically manifest the unconscious processes of the mind. Aaron Beebe is an artist and director of the Coney Island Museum. Amy Herzog is an Associate Professor Media Studies at Queens College. Norman M. Klein is a cultural critic, and both an urban and media historian, as well as a novelist.

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THE SOMNAMBULISTS: a compendium of sources
Published Fall 2008 by Christine Burgin
114 pages with black and white illustrations and DVD
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The book is a collection of essays and images that inspired Zoe's video installation, “The Somnambulists” 2008. Comprised of five miniature wooden theaters into which moving images are projected, her work centers on the idea of "staging the unconscious”. Each theater presents a hysterical drama. These include “History of a Fixed Idea” and “A Modern Case of Possession” in which two patients of the famous French psycho-pathologist Pierre Janet, express their delusions in song. Other theaters present the ghostly specters of actual hysterics filmed by doctors a hundred years ago.

The texts and images included in the book illuminate the complex interweaving of ideas from psychology, writing, performance, art, and moving-image technology at the end of the 19th century. It begins with an introduction to the "Players," brief biographies of the scholars, artists, and performers who appear in this volume. The texts include Pierre Janet’s case study of the writer Raymond Roussel, the Surrealists celebration of hysteria as the greatest poetical invention of the 19th century in “The Fiftieth Anniversary of Hysteria” and the pioneering psychic researcher Frederic W.H. Myers’ commentary on Janet’s contribution to the discovery of the unconscious.

Also included are rarely seen photographs by Albert von Schrenck Notzing of artistic production under the influence of hypnosis including images of the celebrated dream dancer Magdelaine G.

Included with the book is a DVD-ROM in which a demo version of Zoe's installation can be viewed as an interactive work for Mac and PC. The online version can be viewed here.

You can explore the contents of the book and DVD by going to The Somnambulists.

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BEYOND
Beyond is a mysterious virtual world. In a playful spirit of philosophical inquiry, it explores the paradoxes of technology, desire, and the paranormal posed since the birth of mechanical reproduction; the phonograph severing the voice from the body, photography capturing the soul and cinema resurrecting the dead.

In 1995 I launched Beyond as a web serial. Each week I uploaded a QuickTime movie.

In 1997 I created Beyond as a CD-ROM for Macintosh 0S9. It had now grown to a extensive interactive world that contained 23 panoramas and 80 QuickTime movies.

In 2009 it was reprogrammed in Flash by Yaz Sboul and is available both online and on disk for Mac, Windows and Linux

Now you can own Beyond for original price of only $20 (includes shipping first class in the United States and Air Mail overseas)

Each disk is housed in a unique, one of a kind, Jewell Case.

To purchase "Beyond" send $20 via PayPal to zoe@zoebeloff.com (this includes shipping first class in the US and airmail overseas)
I also accept cash, money orders and checks in US dollars mailed to:
Zoe Beloff
504 Grand Street #A35
New York NY 10002
USA

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WHERE WHERE THERE THERE WHERE
Enter the mechanics of a mind shot through by the forces of elctromagnetism, language and logical torment. Inspired by the play Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights. A collaboration between Zoe Beloff and the Wooster Group Theater Company.

In 1997 I launched Where Where There There Where as a web serial. Each week I uploaded a QuickTime movie.

In 1998 I created Where Where There There Where as an interactive CD-ROM for Macintosh 0S9. It had now grown to a extensive virtual world.

In 2010 it was reprogrammed in Flash and is avaible as a web based project for both Mac and Windows.

Now you can own Where Where There There Where for original price of only $20 (includes shipping first class in the United States and Air Mail overseas)

Each disk is housed in a Jewell Case with a lenticular image.

To purchase "Beyond" send $20 via PayPal to zoe@zoebeloff.com (this includes shipping first class in the US and airmail overseas)
I also accept cash, money orders and checks in US dollars mailed to:
Zoe Beloff
504 Grand Street #A35
New York NY 10002
USA

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CHARMING AUGUSTINE
Stereoscopic 16mm B/W Film Sound 40 minutes.
A demo DVD (not in 3D) now available from Amazon.
Cast: Tea Alagic, Greg Mehrten, Josh Stark, Steven Rattazi, Kevin Maher, Eileen White, Eliza Fernbach. Original Music: Miguel Frasconi

Augustine was the most extensively photographed of the young women hysterics at the Salpêtrière in Paris of the 1870's She was 'the Sarah Bernhardt' of the asylum. This is her story.

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SHADOW LAND OR LIGHT FROM THE OTHER SIDE Stereoscopic 16mm B/W Film Sound 32 minutes. 2000
A demo DVD (not in 3D) now available from Amazon

Cast: Kate Valk,Paul Lazar, Gen Ken Montgomery, Luna Montgomery,Shelley Hirsch.
A 3D film based on the 1897 autobiography of Elizabeth D’Espérance, a materialization medium who could produce full body apparitions.

Read more about this project.