HaFI 011: Frieda Grafe: Souvenirs, Ursprünge, Gefundene Fiktion

Eine kleine Auswahl von Texten der außergewöhnlichen Filmkritikerin und Übersetzerin Frieda Grafe; dazu die Laudatio, die Harun Farocki im Jahr 2000 anlässlich einer Preisverleihung für Grafe und Enno Patalas hielt.

Die drei Texte Grafes geben einen Einblick in ihr weitverzweigtes, immer nah an den Gegenständen entwickeltes Filmdenken. „Souvenirs, zur Feier des Tages“ entstand zum 100. Geburtstag des Kinos. Die Besprechung von Ingemo Engströms Film Kampf um ein Kind (1975), in dem mit Hartmut Bitomsky und Harun Farocki zwei der seinerzeit neuen Mitarbeiter der Zeitschrift Filmkritik als Darsteller auftreten, ist einer ihrer regelmäßigen Texte für die Süddeutsche Zeitung. Ihre Überlegungen zum Essayfilm – „Der bessere Dokumentarfilm, die gefundene Fiktion“ – trug Grafe im Mai 1991 beim Symposium Essay-Filme im Wiener Stadtkino vor.

„An den Texten von Frieda Grafe ist zu erfahren, wie sie einen Film weder symptomatisch liest, was eine Art von Filmsoziologie wäre, noch als Besitztitel bewertet, als Investition ansagt oder absagt, was der geläufige höfische Filmklatsch wäre“, so Harun Farocki. „In ihren Texten erscheint der Film für sich und sie setzt ihn nicht gegen das sonst Übliche ab, wie ich gerade ihr Schreiben.“

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HaFI 011 erscheint im Rahmen von Archive außer sich, einem Projekt des Arsenal – Instituts für Film und Videokunst in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Haus der Kulturen der Welt im Rahmen von The New Alphabet, einem HKW Projekt, das vom Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien gefördert wird aufgrund der Entscheidung des Deutschen Bundestages.


22.04.2020 — Projekte / Publikation

auf Hyperallergic über die Umweltbelastung durch Kryptowährungen aus Anlass jüngster Auktionen von NFT (non-fungible token)-Kunst: „This is not the first time the art world has come under scrutiny for being on the wrong side of the climate conversation. Artists and activists have protested everything from the carbon footprint of physical art fairs to the fossil fuel money funding major museums. But some say the energy consumption of cryptocurrencies is particularly egregious, and research shows it’s relatively easily quantifiable. A study by Cambridge University, for instance, estimates that bitcoin uses more electricity per year than the entire nation of Argentina. (Ethereum mining consumes a quarter to half of what Bitcoin mining does, but one transaction uses more power than an average US household in a day, according to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.)“


Nicholas Mirzoeff on “Artificial vision, white space and racial surveillance capitalism”: “Based as it is on ‘epidermalization’ (the assertion of absolute difference based on relative differences in skin color), AI’s racial surveillance deploys an all-too-familiar racialized way of seeing operating at plan-etary scale. It is the plantation future we are now living in. All such operations take place in and via the new imagined white space of technology known as the cloud. In reality, a very material arrangement of servers and cables, the cloud is both an engine of high-return low-employment capitalism and one of the prime drivers of carbon emissions.”


Sara Ahmed on the performativity of disgust (from The Cultural Politics of Emotion, 2004): “To name something as disgusting is to transfer the stickiness of the word ‘disgust’ to an object, which henceforth becomes generated as the very thing that is spoken. The relationship between the stickiness of the sign and the stickiness of the object is crucial to the performativity of disgust as well as the apparent resistance of disgust reactions to ‘newness’ in terms of the generation of different kinds of objects. The object that is generated as a disgusting (bad) object through the speech act comes to stick. It becomes sticky and acquires a fetish quality, which then engenders its own effects.”


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?“


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.“

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