Forum Expanded: Think Film No. 5: Archival Constellations, February 16, 2017, silent green

February 16, 2017
10am – 10pm
Conference Archival Constellations
Conceived by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
at silent green Kulturquartier

10.30am: Material to Investigate the Present, the Future Past: Encounter with an Archive
Talk by Tom Holert, Doreen Mende and Volker Pantenburg

The archival, in terms of film and video, is conceivable as an inquiry into the histories of film, politics and economy that engages the material bestowed by the past to the present with future projects in mind. The archival, in this sense, not only was the matrix from which many of Harun Farocki’s works emerged; it also informs the way in which his legacy as a filmmaker and theorist is dealt with by scholars of film and media studies, cinephiles, filmmakers and other visual practitioners. Farocki himself once expressed his interest in filmic material to be organized in a public archive “to investigate the present, the future past”. One of the imminent tasks of the Harun Farocki Institut (HaFI) is to develop a methodology and a practice of investigating and, in the long run, to make publicly accessible the archival material from Farocki’s storage spaces that has been placed in HaFI’s custody. Among the first unexpected findings is a short documentary that was made during 1982 Berlinale, when Farocki and actor Ronny Tanner performed a scene from “Etwas wird sichtbar” (“Before Your Eyes Vietnam”) in the foyer of Delphi cinema, a key venue of the festival.

Conference with

Harun Farocki Institut
Lisabona Rahman
Didi Cheeka
Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst
!K7
SAVVY Contemporary
Filipa César
Sana Na N’Hada
Subversive Film
Jasmina Metwaly
Philip Rizk
Oleksiy Radynski
Karrabing Film Collective
Vaginal Davis

All presentations in English and for free.

February 16th, 2017, Event / Projects
Interface

Brought to our attention by Derek Gregory via his resourceful Geographical Imaginations blog: an open call for contributions to the “Corona Notebooks” of Warscapes, a recommended independent online magazine “that provides a lens into current conflicts across the world.” Warscapes is looking for short, 2-3 minute videos “of yourself thinking about this pandemic, maybe accessing a previous memory, maybe reporting on an injustice, maybe narrating a sweet fragment from your daily life, maybe recounting a second chance that this pandemic gave you, maybe telling us about a loved one you reconnected with, maybe you’ve seen a movie or read a book that was powerful, maybe telling us about having the illness. The tone, the tale, the genre and the language is yours to choose. There is an overwhelming amount of news and information but we will together weave an emotionally vibrant and artistic tapestry.”

April 3rd, 2020, Tom

Almost too good to be true in these times of pandemically enforced streaming: Means TV claims to be “the world’s first worker-owned, post-capitalist streaming service,” “entirely funded by people like you.” It has “a library of films, documentaries, and shows with new programming added all the time,” as well “live weekly shows covering news, the working class, gaming and sports. All available to subscribers for $10/month across desktop, mobile and smart TV devices like Roku, Fire and Apple TV. No advertisements or product placements. No corporate backers or VC cash ever.” See also the respective article at Hyperallergic.

April 1st, 2020, Tom

After all the buzz and clamor caused by the 2019 re-opening of the extended MoMA and the much celebrated rehang of its permanent collection, N+1 publishes a sobering curatorial fantasy (by Claire Bishop and Nikki Columbus) on what should have been done instead to come to terms with the “outrageous disconnect between saying and doing at this museum—the brazen hypocrisy and superficial multiculturalism.”

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