Öffentliche Sichtung #11: CONTES ET COMPTES DE LA COUR, R: Éliane de Latour (F 1993), 9. Januar 2019, Arsenal

Öffentliche Sichtung – Das Harun Farocki Institut präsentiert

Am 9.1. findet die nächste von Harun Farocki Institut präsentierte öffentliche Sichtung im Kino Arsenal statt. Eliane de Latour macht Dokumentar- und Spielfilme. Sie sind Bestandteil ihrer wissenschaftlichen Arbeit als Anthropologin, die auch zu Texten und Fotografien führt. Uns interessiert diese Praxis, weil sie verspricht, die Grenzen zwischen den Disziplinen neu zu ziehen oder aufzulösen. Sie sagt, ihr Blick richte sich auf die geschlossenen Welten derjenigen, die hinter eine geografische oder soziale Grenze gestoßen wurden. CONTES ET COMPTES DE LA COUR (1993, 1993, OmU, 35mm, 103’) porträtiert vier Frauen eines Marabout im Niger. Sie sind in einem Gebäudekomplex, dem „Hof“, eingeschlossen, entwickeln aber mikroökonomische Strategien, mit der Außenwelt Beziehungen einzugehen. „Durch die Zirkulation der Objekte nehmen sie weiter am sozialen Leben teil,“ sagt Latour, die sich wochenlang bei den Frauen im „Hof“ aufhielt. „Es gab keinen Unterschied zwischen den Momenten, in denen ich filmte, und jenen, in denen ich einfach nur zuhörte.“

Arsenal, Kino 2, 19 Uhr, freier Eintritt

Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.
Potsdamer Straße 2
10785 Berlin

03.01.2019, Projekte / Veranstaltung

David Graeber (1961-2020) on What Would It Take (from his The Democracy Project. A History, a Crisis, a Movement, 2013, p. 193): „We have little idea what sort of organizations, or for that matter, technologies, would emerge if free people were unfettered to use their imagination to actually solve collective problems rather than to make them worse. But the primary question is: how do we even get there? What would it take to allow our political and economic systems to become a mode of collective problem solving rather than, as they are now, a mode of collective war?“

07.09.2020, Tom

T.J. Demos on why cultural practitioners should never surrender, via tranzit.sk:  „For artists, writers, and curators, as art historians and teachers, the meaning-production of an artwork is never finished, never fully appropriated and coopted, in my view, and we should never surrender it; the battle over significance is ongoing. We see that battle rise up in relation to racist and colonial monuments these days in the US, the UK, and South Africa. While the destruction of such monuments results from and is enabling of radical politics, it’s still not enough until the larger institutions that support and maintain their existence as well as the continuation of the politics they represent are also torn down. This is urgent as well in the cultural sphere, including the arts institutions, universities, art markets, discursive sphere of magazines and journals, all in thrall to neoliberalism, where we must recognize that it’s ultimately inadequate to simply inject critical or radical content into these frameworks, which we know excel at incorporating those anti-extractivist expressions into further forms of cultural capital and wealth accumulation. What’s required is more of the building of nonprofit and community-based institutions, organizing radical political horizons and solidarity between social formations.“

21.08.2020, Tom

Bernard Stiegler, quoted from The Neganthropocene (trans. Daniel Ross): „Does anyone really believe that it is possible to ‘solve’ the problems of climate change, habitat destruction and cultural destruction without addressing the consumerist basis of the present macro-economic system, or vice versa, or without addressing the way in which this system depletes the psychic energy required to find the collective will, belief, hope and reason to address this planetary challenge? Can this consumerism really survive the coming wave of automation that threatens to decimate its customer base and undermine the ‘consumer confidence’ that is fundamental to its perpetual growth requirements, themselves antithetical, once again, to the problems of biospherical preservation?“

14.08.2020, Tom
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