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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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Symposium: The Right to a Public – Working with TV Archives, Sep. 23, 2020, Arsenal @ silent green

HaFI participation with a panel dedicated to Farocki and his TV collaboration with the WDR.

September 11th, 2020, Event / Projects
HaFI Presents #03: DAS ANDERE KINO, dir. Adolf Winkelmann, Christian Rittelmeyer, (FRG 1969), January 12, Arsenal Cinema

Screening of the three-part WDR program on the “Other Cinema” (1969) - with Harun Farocki among others.

January 6th, 2020, Event / Projects
HaFI Presents #02: HARD SELLING, dir. Harun Farocki, (FRG 1991), November 20, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

The first presentation of the unfinished film HARD SELLING by Harun Farocki, which was recently found in the HaFI archive.

November 15th, 2019, Event / Projects
September 2019: Die Sensation!

See German post.

September 27th, 2019, Archive / Showcase
HaFI Presents #01: NIEMANNS ZEIT – EIN DEUTSCHER HEIMATFILM, dir. Marion Schmid/Horst Kurnitzky, (FRG 1985), September 11, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

The Public Screening is now being continued with a curated program by Stefan Pethke.

September 2nd, 2019, Event / Projects
Public Screening #14: HARUN FAROCKI – TAKE TWO, dir. Ingo Kratisch/Lothar Schuster, (G 2019), July 1, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

Premiere of the film and material unearthed in the archive of the Harun Farocki Institute will be shown beforehand.

June 28th, 2019, Event / Projects
Public Screening #13: A RUSTLING OF LEAVES: INSIDE THE PHILIPPINE REVOLUTION, dir. Nettie Wild, May 16, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

Wild's first longer film is set between the fronts of the 1980s revolution in the Philippines (...).

April 25th, 2019, Event / Projects
Archive Außer Sich: website online

HaFI is one of the participating institutions in Archive Außer Sich since 2017. A complete overview of our activities is now available on a dedicated website.

April 24th, 2019, Event / Projects
Public Screening #12: FOLIE ORDINAIRE D’UNE FILLE DE CHAM (1986, F), Jean Rouch, March 13, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

The film diverges from traditional ethnographic work and is instead a multi-layered media translation (...).

February 27th, 2019, Event / Projects
Public Screening #11: CONTES ET COMPTES DE LA COUR, dir. Éliane de Latour (F 1993), January 9, 2019, Arsenal

The film portrays the four wives of a marabout in Niger, enclosed in the eponymous courtyard of a building complex. They manage to develop micro-economic strategies to form relationships with the exterior world.

January 3rd, 2019, Event / Projects
Public Screening #10: Le Charbonnier/El-Faham: Mohamed Bouamari, November 1, 2018, Arsenal

A screening with Ali Hussein Al Adawy, the third Harun Farocki residency scholarship holder.

October 25th, 2018, Event / Projects
Public Screening #09: Transit Levantkade: Rosemarie Blank: September 7, 2018, Arsenal Cinema

The film combines enacted scenes and historical material and is about the past and present of Levantkade in Amsterdam’s old harbor (...)

August 27th, 2018, Event / Projects
Public Screening #08: Emile de Antonio: In the King of Prussia, July 11, 2018, Arsenal

A film about the legal process against the ‚Plowshares Eight‘, eight members of the Christian peace movement in US, who hammered a nuclear warhead to pieces at a weapon’s factory.

July 2nd, 2018, Event / Projects
Public Screening #07: Robina Rose: Nightshift, May 30, 2018, Arsenal

Nightshift explored the work of women in relation to politics, film, desire, and society.

May 25th, 2018, Event / Projects
HAFI 007: Filmkritik: Index: 1975–1984

A reprint of the yearly indexes from 1975 to 1983, supplemented by the the index for 1984 which was still missing.

April 24th, 2018, Projects / Publication
Public Screening #06: Skip Norman: selection of films, March 22, 2018, Arsenal

The titles of Norman's films all hint at the struggle to assert an Afro-American identity in a world shaped by whites.

March 15th, 2018, Event / Projects
Public Screening #05: Ingo Kratisch: Logik des Gefühls, January 11, 2018, Arsenal

Logik des Gefühls: What happens? Nothing much. […] Where is it set? In an in-between space, between lost love and a coming love. Winter. Berlin. 1981.

December 22nd, 2017, Event / Projects
Harun Farocki Retrospective

Tonight: Opening of the retrospective of Harun Farocki's work for cinema and television at Kino Arsenal.

September 15th, 2017, Event / Projects
Public Screening #04: Shinsuke Ogawa: Nippon-koku Furuyashiki-mura, July 11, 2017, Arsenal

Political commitment, thirst for research and stamina. A film by Ogawa Productions.

June 26th, 2017, Event / Projects
Public Screening #03: Claudia von Alemann, Es kommt drauf an, sie zu verändern / Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva, Chircales, May 16, 2017, Arsenal

Factories and families as places of exploitation, which don’t just have to be interpreted but also changed.

May 16th, 2017, Event / Projects
Public Screening #02: Ann and Eduardo Guedes et al. Rocinante, March 17, 2017, Arsenal

A mythological road movie, a squatter and hacker story.

March 17th, 2017, Event / Projects
Public Screening #01: Ingemo Engström, Dark Spring, January 7, 2017, Arsenal

Harun Farocki saw the film in 1971 at the Hamburger Filmschau. In the succeeding years, he worked closely with Engström.

January 7th, 2017, Event / Projects
HaFI 003 [Material]: From the ARSENAL archiv

See German post.

November 30th, 2016, Projects / Research