From 19. to 23.11., the Goethe-Institut London is showing the "Performing Documentary" program curated by Birgit Kohler – nine documentaries from Germany, Austria and Switzerland that work with explicit reenactments, obviously contrived situations, alienation effects and performative sequences to quite literally stage the documentary material they are based upon. Alongside numerous discussions with the filmmakers, a panel discussion on this particular documentary strategy is also taking place.
Three film programs lurk behind the title "Practicing on the Phantom – Revisited I–III", which is being presented by guest curator Stefanie Schulte Strathaus at the Werkleitz Festival. The theme of this year’s anniversary edition is "Avoiding Utopias". The "Practicing on the Phantom" group was founded in the early 90s to examine structural and political films from the 60s and 70s in relation to femininity by means of screenings, lectures and performances. The film programs on 20.10. and a discussion forum on 21.10. are dedicated to an attempt to take a fresh look at questions of gender politics. Monika Rinck, Eva Peters, Bettina Allamoda, Elfe Brandenburger, Susanne Sachsse, Kinda Hassan and Dalia Naous will all be taking part, with Nanna Heidenreich chairing the discussion.
This year arsenal distribution again presents a special program at the film market of the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. On May 6 a selection of this year's Forum Expanded titles will be shown: Lucy Raven's RP 31 (USA 2012), NOT BLACKING OUT, JUST TURNING THE LIGHTS OFF (UK 2012) by James Richards, ROTATION (Germany 2012) by Ginan Seidl and Clara Wieck, THE RUNAWAY TROUPE OF THE CARTESIAN THEATER (Germany/China 2013) by Lior Shamriz and RECORDS FROM THE EXCITED STATE – CHAPTER 3 by Malak Helmy (Egypt 2012).
On March 22, Forum director Christoph Terhechte will present the New York premiere of Thomas Imbach's DAY IS DONE at UnionDocs. The film received its world premiere as part of the Forum 2011 as had Imbach's previous films LENZ and I WAS A SWISS BANKER. In 2007 the Arsenal presented a showcase of the Swiss filmmaker's work.
Combining over twenty years of 35mm film footage shot outside of his Zurich studio window with answering machine messages which mark the passing of time, Imbach builds the narrative of DAY IS DONE around personal autobiographical documents. The music of Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett, and John Frusciante help move this innovative hybrid doc.
From October 19–21, the Documentary Film Initiative of the Filmbüro NRW (dfi) is organizing a symposium at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne on "Documentary Methods in Art". Stefanie Schulte Strathaus is giving a presentation there on October 20 entitled "Distribution and Discourse: Experiments in Cinemas and Exhibition Spaces". Further participants include Christa Blümlinger, Phil Collins, Barbara Engelbach, Luke Fowler, Ulrike Franke / Michael Loeken, Philipp Hamann, Dietrich Leder, Mischa Leinkauf, Katrin Mundt, Marcel Odenbach und Fiona Tan.
Madhushree Dutta, a former Goethe Institute Living Archive fellow, is the head of 'Majlis' in Mumbai, a centre for interdisciplinary art initiatives. The "Cinema City" series produced by Majlis is being exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, including a seminar entitled "Archiving the Contemporary". Stefanie Schulte Strathaus and Nicole Wolf will be presenting the Living Archive Project there on May 19 as well as presenting film programs in Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta and Pune.
This year arsenal distribution again presents a special program at the film market of the 58th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. On Sunday April 29, SONG FOR RENT (USA 1969) and JUNGLE ISLAND (USA 1967) by Jack Smith will be shown as well as a selection of films from this year's Forum Expanded program: Jennifer Rainsford and Virlani Hallberg's O.G.B.I.P. [Our Global Behaviour Is Psychopathic I] (Sweden 2011), Fern Silva's PERIL OF THE ANTILLES (USA / Haiti 2011), THE CONDITION OF THE WORKING CLASS IN ENGLAND – LITTLE IRELAND. 1842/2011by Rainer Ganahl and T.S.T.L. by Gheith Al-Amine.
A selection of films from this and last year's Forum program will be presented in Paris and Brussels by Birgit Kohler in April. The program running at the Goethe Institute in Paris from April 12-19 will be opening with NEGOTIATING LOVE (BEZIEHUNGSWEISEN) (Germany 2012) followed by a discussion with Birgit Kohler and director Calle Overweg. In the following days Volker Sattel's UNDER CONTROL (UNTER KONTROLLE) (Germany 2011, followed by a discussion with Birgit Kohler and the director), DAY IS DONE by Thomas Imbach (Switzerland 2011), KAZOKU NO KUNI (OUR HOMELAND) by Yang Yonghi (Japan 2012), David Zellner's KID-THING (USA 2012), LA DEMORA (THE DELAY by Rodrigo Plá (Uruguay/Mexico/France 2012) and PAZIRAIE SADEH (MODEST RECEPTION) by Mani Haghighi (Iran 2012) can be seen. In addition, a small program showcasing the work of Heinz Emigholz will be presented with the artist and filmmaker being present at all events.
The Goethe Institute in Brussels will be showing four films from this year's Forum program between April 17 and 25: NEGOTIATING LOVE and KID-THING (presented by Birgit Kohler), MODEST RECEPTION and JAURÈS by Vincent Dieutre (France 2012).
The 17th International Bremen Film Conference, held from January 19 to 22 will explore the question "What is Cinema? - Selection, Screening, Experience".
Stefanie Schulte Strathaus will discuss the subject "On the art of being cinema" and present a program called "Por primera vez (For the first time)". This will feature films, videos, an audio work and photography by Agnieszka Brzezanska, Octavio Cortázar, Nam June Paik, Joyce Wieland, Bruce Conner, Keren Cytter, Olaf Nicolai and an unknown photographer. Other keynote speakers include Prof. Dr. Malte Hagener, Cornelia Klauß, Dominique Paini, Prof. Francesco Casetti and Alexander Horwath.
The Merz Akademie in Stuttgart and the "Neues Kommunales Kino Stuttgart" association are presenting a lecture series entitled CINEMA EXPANDED during the winter semester. Stefanie Schulte Strathaus will be speaking on December 6 on the subject of "Sprachverlust: Nach der Kunst-Kino Debatte" (The Loss of Language: After the Art / Cinema Debate). Three of our Living Archive participants are also giving presentations: Constanze Ruhm (November 15), Volker Pantenburg (December 13) and Heinz Emigholz (December 20). The other speakers are Sabeth Buchmann (November 22) und Ulrich Wegenast (November 29).
On October 26, an individual exhibition of the work of American painter, filmmaker and sculptor Robert Breer, who died in August, will be opening at the Museum Tinguely in Basel. Stefanie Schulte Strathaus will be presenting works from the Arsenal program that enter into a dialogue with Breer’s oeuvre, including films by Florian Wüst, Isabelle Prim, Judith Hopf, Sandra Peters, Dagie Brundert and Steve Reinke on November 8.
As part of the Arab Shorts festival at the Goethe Institute in Cairo we are presenting a shorts program on the role of the image in the transformation process. It includes works by Tödliche Doris, Tom Holert, Florian Zeyfang, Mohammadreza Farzad, Paul Rowley/David Phillips/Tim Blue, Franziska Cordes and Martin Ebner. Just before, the same program will be shown at the Molodist International Film Festival in Kiev (October 22-30). Here, we present Arsenal as an archive, cinema and festival, with its interest in the border zone between film and the other arts. We are showing films by Maya Deren, as well as THE SLEEPING GIRL by Rainer Kirberg (Germany, 2011) from the 6. Forum Expanded program.
On September 20, we will be opening the "Formative Years" exhibition at the Goethe Institute’s Wyoming Building, which comprises an installation of seven films by Heinz Emigholz from the period 1972–77. Following the premiere at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart as part of the 2010 Forum Expanded, the exhibition could later be seen at Extra City in Antwerp. The Anthology Film Archive will also be presenting a full retrospective of Heinz Emigholz’s films starting on September 21 to coincide with the exhibition.
On September 17, we will be showing a program called "Telenovelic Drama and the Nudity of Words" at UnionDocs in Williamsburg, New York – three films from recent Forum Expanded programs: SOY MI MADRE (Phil Collins, 2008), DER SPIEGEL (Keren Cytter, 2006) and CET HOMME (Markus Ruff, 2011). The films are dealing with different ways language defines relations by shiftig around words and their bodies. They address the tension of telenovelas and the seductiveness of a language that can’t seize the bodies it describes. The language of a Telenovela keeps it’s characters under control by creating them. But sometimes bodies punch back and form a (cinematic) language. Markus Ruff will be attending the screening.
The Era New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, is commemorating queer legend Jack Smith from July 23 to 28 and we've been invited to take part! We are thrilled to be presenting the Jack Smith films left to us by Plaster Foundation there. An entire bus will be sent to pick up the films, with Mario Montez, Ela Troyano, Uzi Parnes and Marc Siegel, Susanne Sachsse and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, the curatorial team for the LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World festival (2009 at Arsenal and at HAU), accompanying them on their way. We won't just be presenting Jack Smith's oeuvre at the festival, but also the films we commissioned back in 2009, as well as HOTEL by Heinz Emigholz.
THERE? WHERE? (USA, 1979) and THE SKY ON LOCATION (USA, 1982), two of our collection's films by Babette Mangolte, can be seen until June 19 as part of the exhibition "Hyper Real – Art and America around 1970" at the Ludwig Forum for International Art in Aachen.