Camp is a lie which tells the truth. Camp is an unexpectedly strong commitment to the trivial. Camp is so bad it's good. Camp is so good it's good. Camp asks what would be if those who had made the film were queer. Camp, a term that was introduced into cultural studies discourse by Susan Sontag in 1964, and stems from queer subculture, is difficult to define. Denoting a perverse productive view of cultural products and a lifestyle at once, the term enables a new perspective on films, stars and styles of the past and present. As part of the "Camp/Anti-Camp" festival curated by Susanne Sachsse and Marc Siegel (19.–21. April, HAU), Arsenal is showing important camp-related films in March and April so as to question the relevance of the term.
In COPACABANA (Alfred E. Green, USA 1947, 19.3.) Groucho Marx is seen alongside the wonderful Brazilian star Carmen Miranda, who plays a rare main role. An important symbol and camp icon of Tropicalism, a cultural movement that emerged in Brazil in the 60s and 70s, Miranda played a double role that can easily read as a self-reflective critique of her star image.
Alla Nazimova's silent spectacle SALOME (Charles Bryant, USA 1923, 23.3.) is a legendary work of queer cinema. Based on the play by Oscar Wilde and staged in the art-deco style developed by Aubrey Beardsley, Nazimova's film is proof that style and aesthetics can outdo content. The film will be presented as part of the Rising Stars, Falling Stars program by silent movie expert Vaginal Davis and the music will be provided by John and Tim Blue. (Marc Siegel)
Short film program The German People:
*Gartenzwerge Wolfgang Urchs 1961 35 mm 10 min
*Machorka-Muff Jean Marie Straub 1962 35 mm 18 min
*Es muß ein Stück vom Hitler sein Walter Krüttner 1963 35 mm 12 min
*Arme Leute Vlado Kristl 1963 35 mm 8 min
*Marionetten Boris von Borresholm 1964 35 mm 11 min
*Portrait einer Bewährung Alexander Kluge 1965 35 mm 13 min
Klassenverhältnisse Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub FRG/France 1983 With Mario Adorf, Harun Farocki, Laura Betti, Alf Bold 35 mm GV 127 min
Strella Panos H. Koutras Greece 2009
35 mm OV/EnS 111 min