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Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art regards itself as a place for lively discussion, education and research, offering a broad spectrum of film communication, knowledge transfer and consultation services. As an interdisciplinary communication platform with links to whole network of other institutions, Arsenal encourages public discourse between film/cinema, academia and art and plays an active role in the debates surrounding the history and future of the moving image in the context of 21st-century visual and media culture.
Arsenal’s extensive archiving, film historical and curational expertise is employed both nationally and internationally. Arsenal both supports research projects carried out by academics, students and curators in Germany and beyond and is itself involved in initiating and organizing research projects, such as the Living Archive project.
Arsenal also offers teaching courses in the university sector. Arsenal makes cinema into discourse, bringing it into new spaces such as museums, galleries, clubs and theatres whilst making sure that suitable projection practice is followed in keeping with the cinematic object.

Contextualization and Communication

Arsenal’s renewed focus on research and communication activities since the 2008 re-launch is a continuation of the institution’s decade-long communicative practice. Even when Arsenal was just starting out, its work was characterized by the desire to not just show films but to also put them in context, to supplement film screenings with an introduction or written materials, to supply a background and frame of reference.
From its foundation onwards, Arsenal has thus been concerned with how to communicate film as a medium, with a broad range of different materials on film history and aesthetics having been produced to this end since the 70s: film archive publications, film pdfs, catalogues.

A range of different events intended to supplement or expand upon film screenings have also been part of the Arsenal program from the very beginning, such as the 1st International Seminar on Women’s Film initiated by Claudia von Alemann and Helke Sander in 1973, Wilhelm Roth’s seminar on documentary film,“... es kommt drauf an, sie zu verändern – Filme, Festivals, Feminismus” (It’s All About Changing Them – Films, Festivals, Feminism) in 1997 and “Kinoprozesse – Film und Video kommunizieren” (Cinematic Processes – Communicating Film and Video), an event on making cinema and curation held in 2005. In 2006, Arsenal conceived the nationwide “Work in Progress” project on the topic of “Work in the Future” as part of a project initiative on the same subject organized by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The Arsenal project was aimed at encouraging the cinemas involved to take part in regionally specific activities for communicating film.

Current arsenal transfer Communication Projects

The film screenings held at the Arsenal cinema are still regularly supplemented with discussion elements such as introductions, presentations and moderated question and answer sessions. Arsenal also takes an active role in current discussions on film, cinema and art by organizing panel discussions, symposia, conferences and workshops as well as by bringing out its own publications.
Bringing the cinema experience into education has also played an increasingly large role in Arsenal’s work over the last few years, with educational programs for children, young people and teachers in cooperation with schools under the banner of "What is Cinema?", a yearly summer school program started in 2009 and teaching courses offered by Arsenal at universities (such as “Curation in Theory and Practice”) all bearing testament to this. Regular projection room tours also help maintain a lively awareness of film formats and projection equipment and techniques.