The Film Society of the Lincoln Center hosts the British author and artist Tom McCarthy. McCarthy, whose latest novel, 'Satin Island', out in February 2015, will introduce and discuss a double bill of 'Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y', Johan Grimonprez’s 1997 essay film on the history of airplane hijackings, and Antony Balch and William S. Burroughs’s seminal 1963 collage film 'Towers Open Fire'. McCarthy: “Both these films fascinate me. I’ve been lucky enough to know and work with the director of one of them; of the other’s I’ve been a fan since as long as I can remember. Key landmarks in the history of a collage aesthetic—mutating at exponentially increasing speed and by definition self-consuming—running from Situationist cinema through MTV and on to YouTube, they navigate a hybrid zone formed from the overlay of essay and fiction, anthropology and poetry and politics. They understand that media is itself a site of struggle, and that all art either incubates or keeps at bay (or both) a type of violence."

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