What is radical film? Radical Film Network Meeting Berlin, May 2-5, 2019, silent green: Program online

“In recent years an interdisciplinary discourse has developed around counter images and movement images, covering all areas of cultural life, including theatre, exhibitions, cinema, TV, and the Internet. It consistently attempts to find new means of narration and representation that undermine conventional codes and conventions by opposing, alienating and deconstructing them by offering different methods of representing and interpreting the world. Discussions surrounding the formats and forms of radical film will be the theme of the event, along with finding ideas to re-contextualise them, with the aim of proving that oppositional and radical filmmaking is as diverse, colourful and lively as ever.” (Julia Lazarus & Ursula Böckler)

The program and the schedule are available here.
What is radical film ?  is a cooperation event of the HaFI.

On Friday May 3, at 7pm, the HaFI presents “Versions of Radicality, 1969/1970: Farocki, Meins, Straschek” (Volker Pantenburg).

What is radical film? Radical Film Network Meeting Berlin
Lectures, discussions and workshops
Do, 02.05.2019, from 5pm
Fr, 03.05.2019, from 10am
Sa, 04.05.2019, from 10am
Su, 05.05.2019, only for the invited participants
Location: silent green Kulturquartier
Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin
In English, free admission

For the workshop a short formless registration per email is required:
workshop@radicalfilm.net.

* The Radical Film Network Meeting Berlin is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

April 24th, 2019, Event / Projects
Interface

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

Bernard Stiegler, quoted from The Neganthropocene (trans. Daniel Ross): “Does anyone really believe that it is possible to ‘solve’ the problems of climate change, habitat destruction and cultural destruction without addressing the consumerist basis of the present macro-economic system, or vice versa, or without addressing the way in which this system depletes the psychic energy required to find the collective will, belief, hope and reason to address this planetary challenge? Can this consumerism really survive the coming wave of automation that threatens to decimate its customer base and undermine the ‘consumer confidence’ that is fundamental to its perpetual growth requirements, themselves antithetical, once again, to the problems of biospherical preservation?”

August 14th, 2020, Tom
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