Filmkritik at the Edit Film Culture! festival: Juli 7, 2018, silent green Kulturquartier
On July 5, “Edit Film Culture!” opens in silent green Kulturquartier – a festival, an exhibition, and a film series that takes its starting point from the iconic independent magazine Film Culture and goes on to link current discourse on film criticism with interdisciplinary approaches and global perspectives on historical and contemporary meanings of the term “film culture.”
Within the framework of our cooperation with the “Edit Film Culture!” festival we will be presenting the magazine Filmkritik, which was founded in Germany by Enno Patalas and Wilfried Berghahn, two years after the first issue of Film Culture. Filmkritik also raised questions concerning the relationship between film and society. Its texts, oriented on Critical Theory and film criticism from Paris, reacted to both contemporary cinema as well as the social situation in post-war Germany. Harun Farocki helped shape profile of Filkmkritik as author and editor in the years from 1974 to 1983. The magazine was discontinued in 1984.
With a delay of over 33 years the last unpublished issue of the magazine, Filmkritik No. 335-336, Nov-Dec 1984,* will now appear. This edition – as a theme issue – is dedicated to the film maker Emile de Antonio. Furthermore, we have re-published two texts from Filmkritik No. 275, November 1979* which provide a brief insight into the magazine’s editorial praxis. During the festival “Edit Film Culture!” Jürgen Ebert, an author and editor at the time, will present and talk about the last issue on July 7 in silent green Kulturquartier.
Jürgen Ebert published his first text in Filmkritik on the Spaghetti Western in September 1969. He was one of the magazine’s most prolific authors and editors until it was discontinued in 1984. Ebert was the editor of the issue of Filmkritik devoted to Emile de Antonio.
Saturday July 7, 2018, 5:00 pm
With Jürgen Ebert
Reading with English subtitles, discussion in English
Location: silent green Kulturquartier
More information on the entire program can be found on www.editfilmculture.net
* The publication Filmkritik Nr. 335–336, Nov.-Dez. 1984 and both leporellos on Filmkritik Nr. 275, Nov. 1979 are realised within the framework of Edit Film Culture!, a project by silent green Film Feld Forschung gGmbH in cooperation with Jonas Mekas/Anthology Film Archives, Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e. V., SAVVY Contemporary e.V., Harun Farocki Institut, Spector Books and Lithuanian Culture Institute. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
June 30th, 2018 — Projects / Event
Tatsiana Shchurko on the War in Ukraine, Entangled Imperialisms, and Transnational Feminist Solidarity, via LeftEast (May 2, 2022): “[An] uneven knowledge production and the many implications of the war against Ukraine reveal the dire need to develop a feminist anti-capitalist critique of multiple imperialisms. This language should grow from within the occupied and suppressed communities of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. An anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist feminist positionality grasps that the local is part of a global in an effort to build transnational connections of mutual aid and support against state and corporate violence. For example, statements of solidarity with Ukraine expressed by the International Committee of Indigenous Peoples of Russia and Native American communities along with the anti-war feminist march in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) on March 8, 2022, pointing out that the war in Ukraine should be of concern for a broad transnational community, may serve as instrumental examples of alternative anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist solidarities that stretch beyond state regulations and macro-politics and foreground decolonial perspectives, necessary in addressing entanglements of multiple imperialisms. Such solidarities also bring to light hidden interconnections of the past that allowed for distant communities to survive and support each other against the violence of imperialist intervention and its attendant capitalist exploitation. Thus, the march in Bishkek reminds of the socialist roots of the International Women’s Day to call for internationalist, intersectional, class solidarity against imperialism and militarism.”
Vasyl Cherepanyn on that “It’ll take more than tanks to ease Germany’s guilt” (via Politico): “Since the Soviet Union’s collapse, Germany has been imposing neocolonial optics on its Eastern European ‘peripheries,’ and on the post-Soviet space in particular, where Ukraine was long considered a gray buffer zone about which the EU was ‘deeply concerned.’ Germany didn’t bother itself much with differentiating between former Soviet countries’ pasts. Even until recently, any Ukrainian agenda in Germany was often ‘balanced’ with a Russian perspective, so as to not exclude the latter by any means.”
An unnamed anarchist and art scholar, who joined the Territorial Defense Forces, quoted by Olexii Kuchanskyi in an essay on “Digital Leviathan and His Nuclear Tail” (via Your Art and e-flux notes): “At dawn, Dima and I talked about cinema. Dima believes that cinema is inferior to literature as a means of expression because you spend much more time with a book than a film. It’s a really interesting point, something to dig into. I studied at the department of art theory & history and I never thought of it. Dima served in the military after school and worked at the factory all his life. He listens to rap, smokes pot, and tries to have fun. He is thirty-eight, his child was born last year. He likes Wong Kar-wai and is a fan of Asian cinema in general. Dima communicates by quoting Omar Khayyam, Confucius, and other awesome guys.”
April 20th, 2022
Vasyl Cherepanyn (Visual Culture Research Centre, Kyiv) on Putin’s “World War Z” and the West’s deadly “foot-dragging”, via Project Syndicate: “The main feature of this Western condition is constant belatedness. The West has always been too late, incapable of acting ahead and instead just reacting to what has already happened. As a Ukrainian joke went at the time, ‘While the European Union was taking a decision, Russia took Crimea.’ Then as now, Ukrainians wondered, ‘What is the West’s red line? What will compel the West to act instead of waiting and discussing when to intervene?’”
Barbara Wurm on Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravičius, killed in Mariupol, via Die Welt: “Kvedaravičius unfolded a whole spectrum of visual anthropology over a decade with only three films [Barzakh, Mariupolis, Parthenon]. It now awaits evaluation and exploration. The time will come. The films themselves make possible an infinite immersion in the matter of the world, between dream and reality, horror and everyday life, facts and phenomenal imagology.”
April 5th, 2022
Statement by #AfricansFromUA on Equal Treatment via e-flux notes: “Non-Ukrainian nationals from the war in Ukraine arriving in Germany have been facing very different terms of treatment—both in different federal states and cities but also within the very same city throughout time and different facilities. While some received so called ‘Fictitious Certificates’ for one year without further procedures others were pressured to submit an asylum application with their finger prints registered and passports seized. Again others were given a so called “Duldung” including the threat of deportation.”
April 5th, 2022