February 2018, berlinale forum

Forum und Forum Expanded 2018

11 x 14 by James Benning

It’s that time of the year again: For the 48th time, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art is putting on the Forum as well as the 13th edition of Forum Expanded as part of the Berlinale. The Forum main programme consists of 44 films, 35 of which world premieres. In addition, a series of special screenings committed to an alternative view of film historiography can be seen. Since its foundation in 1971, the Forum has always shone a spotlight on historical films too, shaking the foundations of a cinematic canon whose main interest lies in feature films from Western Europe and North America. This year’s programme once again stands in opposition to such views and is dedicated to cinema from Africa, documentary and experimental film, “anti-cinema” films and salacious b-movies and “dirty” films. The Forum Expanded programme under the title “A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself” consists of 34 film and video works of all lengths and genres as well as 15 installations from a total of 27 countries. This year’s programme once again includes a variety of works that use documentary techniques to examine and explore the potential for both cinema and music to question, illustrate, analyse and bring about change in such a way that they are capable of intervening in social and political events on the global stage. In so doing, they also expand the very concept of the documentary. The main exhibition at Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg opens on February 14. From February 15 an installation by artist-duo Bambitchell is presented in the Marshall McLuhan Salon at the Embassy of Canada. “Think Film No. 6 – Archival Constellations”, an international symposium on themes relating to film archives and alternative archive projects, will take place on February 22 at silent green Kulturquartier in Berlin-Wedding. Film archives and projects from Nigeria, Egypt, Palestine, Mexico, Japan and India have all been invited to take part.