The full programme for the tenth edition of Forum Expanded, entitled "To the Sound of the Closing Door", is now confirmed. The group exhibition at the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg consists of 19 installations by 16 contemporary artists as well as the film loop version of a 1971 performance by David Askevold: For CONCERT C WITH DOOR, he used a tuning fork to produce the sounds of a door opening and closing. Canadian artist Michael Snow’s installation Taut takes up an entire room of its own, consisting of a classroom full of journalistic photographs from the Black Star Collection made available by the Ryerson Image Centre. Two performances and 32 films across 18 different programmes from a total of more than 20 different countries will also be presented at the Akademie Studio and the Arsenal cinema. Last year’s trend also continues to make its presence felt this year, as the medium-length format continues to make inroads against the short film. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the longest film in the programme is the 243-minute LES CHOSES ET LES MOTS DE MUDIMBE by Jean-Pierre Bekolo, in which we watch an autobiographical interview with Congolese literary scholar Valentin-Yves Mudimbe as he takes up clear positions to the various shifts and revolutions in contemporary history.
Three different artists’ portraits carry off audiences into the fictionalised world of art before releasing them into a new reality. In BLACK PRESIDENT, director Mpumelelo Mcata allows artist Kudzanai Chiurai to flee into a whole other realm following various fractious experiences in the art scene. OSKAR DAWICKI IN THE PERFORMER by curators and filmmakers Maciej Sobieszczanski and Łukasz Ronduda enables performance artist Oskar Dawicki to outgrow his own life – the film continues on stage before being analysed as an exhibition format straight afterwards. 22 years after the death of Inuit artist Pudlo Pudlat, Arvo Leo’s FISH PLANE, HEART CLOCK turns its attention to the artist’s home, weaving together Pudlat’s surreal-looking images with footage of his own – both drawings and film can be seen in the Marshall-McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada.
Several films in the programme draw on acting and performance as a documentary strategy. In OUT ON THE STREET by Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk, the workers at a Cairo factory grapple with corruption and exploitation across a series of theatre workshops, while Romanian refugees re-enact their experiences before a blue screen in Nicolas Cilin’s GINEVA. In Marwa Arsanio’s film HAVE YOU EVER KILLED A BEAR? OR BECOMING JAMILA, an actress takes an in-depth look at the Algerian resistance fighter she is supposed to play. In ESCAPE FROM MY EYES, director Felipe Bragança links together documentary images with staged scenes to create a series of accounts about three refugees who lived in the protest camp at Oranienplatz in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin.
Other works offer up the art, film and media world to critical self-reflection. The installation PRACTICING LIVE by Yu Cheng-Ta is a reality soap opera. A family is celebrating the father’s birthday, whereby each member of the family works in the art scene and is played by those active in the art market. JE PROCLAME LA DESTRUCTION by Arthur Tuoto consists of two shots from Robert Bresson’s film "Le diable probablement" (1977) repeated in an endless loop. Martin Ebner’s installation EIN HELLES KINO challenges the cinematographic setting, while Leila Albayaty steals her very own film images in her film FACE B. One film programme that includes works by Anton Vidokle, Elke Marhöfer and Mikhail Lylov, as well as Florian Zeyfang, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet and Alexander Schmoeger revolves around blueprints for utopia. In THIS IS COSMOS, Vidokle explores the ideas of Russian philosopher Nikolai Fyodorov, who regarded death as a fallacy. SHAPE SHIFTING by Marhöfer and Lylov is a cinematic observation of nature and culture in Asian landscapes. Last, but not least, INSTITUTE ABOVE-GROUND describes a construction experiment created by Vittorio Garrati shortly after the Cuban revolution.
In four keynote presentations, Gertrud Koch, Diedrich Diederichsen, Ekaterina Degot and Haytham El-Wardany (together with Yazan Khalili and Lara Khaldi) debate the theme of this year’s programme "To the Sound of the Closing Door". Ekaterina Degot will also be talking to Naum Kleiman, former director of the Moscow Film Museum, and Maxim Pavlov, former deputy director of the Moscow Film Museum about the state of the cultural scene in Russia. In various panel discussions, Jasmina Metwaly, Philip Rizk, Oktay İnce, Alper Şen and Angela Melitopoulos will address the ability of images and motifs created at specific historical moments to re-write existing narratives. Similar questions will be discussed with two directors showing films in this year’s Forum programme based on their own work: Akram Zaatari and Kidlat Tahimik.
The "Visionary Archive" project funded by the TURN fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation will also be presenting the results of film research that has been carried out in Berlin, Bissau, Johannesburg, Cairo and Khartoum. The key question here is what a film archive is capable of achieving for cultures of remembrance and emancipation in the face of social upheaval.
For the second time, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and the Cimatheque - Alternative Film Center in Cairo in cooperation with the Allianz Cultural Foundation will once again be giving the Think:Film Award to works from the Forum Expanded programme. This year’s jury is made up by Karim Aïnouz, Mohamed Beshir and Ala Younis.
On the opening evening, works by CHEAP, Heinz Emigholz, Friedl vom Gröller, Constanze Ruhm, Michael Snow and Ala Younis will be presented. In Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili’s performance Love Letter to a Union: The Falling Comrades, letters written by two lovers will be read out, which revolve around their everyday lives, historical events and the films they have each seen.
Forum Expanded is curated by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (head curator), Anselm Franke, Nanna Heidenreich, Bettina Steinbrügge and Ulrich Ziemons.
RUHE AUF DER LEINWAND by Friedl vom Gröller (Austria)
FISH PLANE, HEART CLOCK by Arvo Leo (Canada/Switzerland)
INTO THE HINTERLANDS by Julia Yezbick (USA)
FACE B by Leila Albayaty (Belgium/Germany)
BLACK PRESIDENT by Mpumelelo Mcata (Simbabwe/South Africa/United Kingdom)
OSKAR DAWICKI IN THE PERFORMER by Łukasz Ronduda, Maciej Sobieszczanski (Poland)
THIS IS COSMOS by Anton Vidokle (USA)
SHAPE SHIFTING by Elke Marhöfer, Mikhail Lylov (Germany/Japan)
INSTITUTE – ABOVE GROUND by Florian Zeyfang, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Alexander Schmoeger (Germany)
BARRA FEL SHARE' (OUT IN THE STREET) by Jasmina Metwaly, Philip Rizk (Egypt)
MEMORIES FOR A PRIVATE EYE by Rania Stephan (Lebanon)
LA DOLCE SIRIA by Ammar Al Beik (UAE/Egypt)
CALAMITY QUI? by Isabelle Prim (Canada/France)
HAVE YOU EVER KILLED A BEAR? OR BECOMING JAMILA by Marwa Arsanios (Lebanon)
ACAPELLA by Islam Safiyyudin Mohamed (Egypt)
ESCAPE FROM MY EYES by Felipe Bragança (Brasil/Germany)
ORCHARD STREET by Ken Jacobs (USA)
CYCLOPS OBSERVES THE CELESTIAL BODIES by Ken Jacobs (USA)
LES CHOSES ET LES MOTS DE MUDIMBE by Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Cameroon)
ROM RAMALLAH by Amer Nassar (Palestine/Germany)
UNTITLED (HUMAN MASK) by Pierre Huyghe (France)
A FIELD GUIDE TO THE FERNS by Basma Alsharif (USA)
WAYWARD FRONDS by Fern Silva (USA)
IEC LONG by João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata (Portugal)
CANCELLED FACES by Lior Shamriz (Republic of Korea, Germany)
20 HANDSHAKES FOR PEACE by Mahdi Fleifel (Palestine/Germany)
WA ALA SAEEDEN AKHAR (AND ON A DIFFERENT NOTE) by Mohammad Shawky Hassan (Egypt)
GINEVA by Nicolas Cilins (Switzerland)
VYSHYBALSHITSA (EMBROIDERESS) by Lyusya Matveeva (Russia)
DEAR JOHN by Hans Scheugl (Austria)
THREE QUARTERS by Kevin Jerome Everson (USA)
STROM by Eva C. Heldmann (Germany)
Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg:
CONCERT C WITH DOOR by David Askevold (USA)
VIVENTES by Frederico Benevides (Brasil)
OPAQUE by Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz (Germany/France)
HYSTERICS/AUTODIDACT by Jeamin Cha (Republic of Korea)
PRACTICING LIVE by Yu Cheng-Ta (Taiwan)
A SPECTACLE OF PRIVACY by Roy Dib (Lebanon)
EIN HELLES KINO by Martin Ebner (Germany)
WIE SOLL MAN DAS NENNEN, WAS ICH VERMISSE? by Antje Ehmann, Jan Ralske (Germany)
IN ROM by Jeanne Faust (Germany)
THE CHILDREN OF UZAI, ANTINARCISSUS by Mireille Kassar (Lebanon)
MACHINIST'S LAMENT by Jen Liu (USA)
MED BLINDPASSASJEREN INN I OLJEALDEREN OG BEYOND by Eline McGeorge (Norway)
THE NAMELESS by Tzu Nyen Ho (Singapore)
ONE HUNDRED SINKHOLES/INKS by Jenny Perlin (USA)
INVISIBLE PRODUCERS. KAPITEL 1: PANORAMIS / PARAMOUNT / PARANORMAL by Constanze Ruhm, Emilien Awada (Austria/France)
JE PROCLAME LA DESTRUCTION by Arthur Tuoto (Brasil)
BEAUTY AND THE RIGHT TO THE UGLY by Wendelien van Oldenborgh (The Netherlands)
TAUT by Michael Snow (Canada)
Canadian Embassy – Marshall McLuhan Salon:
FISH PLANE, HEART CLOCK by Arvo Leo (Canada/Switzerland)
LOVE LETTER TO A UNION: THE FALLING COMRADES by Lara Khaldi, Yazan Khalili
OSKAR DAWICKI IN THE PERFORMER by Łukasz Ronduda, Maciej Sobieszczanski
Panels and Discussions:
TO THE SOUND OF THE CLOSING DOOR
with Gertrud Koch, Diedrich Diederichsen, Ekaterina Degot, Haytham El-Wardany
NAUM KLEIMAN AND MAXIM PAVLOV IN CONVERSATION WITH EKATERINA DEGOT
with Naum Kleiman, Maxim Pavlov, Ekaterina Degot
WHAT IF? REVISITING IMAGES
with Jasmina Metwaly, Philip Rizk, Oktay Ince, Alper Sen, Angela Melitopoulos, Akram Zaatari, Kidlat Tahimik, Tilman Baumgärtel
with Darryl Els, Filipa César, Flora Gomes, Tobias Hering, Marie-Hélène Gutberlet, Sara Gubarra, Nadja Korinth, Stefan Pethke, Katharina von Schröder, Hana al Bayaty, Yasmin Desouki