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

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.”

January 8th, 2020, HaFI

You have probably watched Ricky Gervais yesterday’s Golden Globe speech already, or read about it, so this is not exactly news to you. Still, it deserves mentioning and posting, particularly if you haven’t seen it yet, notwithstanding all its shortcomings. If simply for the fact that Gervais here shows a welcome (and rare) structural, dialectic, and pretty pitiless understanding of

a) his own debatable role at the ceremony and in the industry as such;
b) the game-shifting changes in the media industry caused by monopoly digital streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple;
c) the necessity to (once again) question the public performance of the political amid the liberal Hollywood establishment;
d) the systemic contradiction between “progressive” media content (“quality TV”) and the outrageously destructive economies and technologies on which this content and its providers gleefully rely;
e) the blatant inconsistency in the actions of the media industry people when it comes to not only complaining about racism but actually fight it;

and much more…

January 6th, 2020, HaFI
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