Roland Barthes’ seminal essay, The Death of the Author, first appeared in France in 1968 amid the quasi-insurrectionary context of the ‘68 student protests and his name continues to be invoked as a symbol of style and subversion across the realm of popular culture. Television Degree Zero is a special edition of BBC’s The Late Show, unavailable since its original screening in April 1990 which offers a pithy deconstruction of the legacy of one of France’s most influential intellectuals. The screening is preceded by a specially curated selection of interview clips with Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous originally screened in 1992 in Talking Liberties (Channel 4).
Television Degree Zero is part of Radical Broadcasts: Theory On TV, curated by Matthew Harle and Colm McAuliffe, in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery and Verso Books.
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As part of Beyond Words Festival
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