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

Sara Ahmed on the perfomativity 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.”

November 7th, 2020, Tom

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?”

September 7th, 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.”

August 21st, 2020, Tom
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