The first ever Arsenal cushion is now available! As with our t-shirt collection, the design is taken from a series of sketches entitled "The Basis of Make-Up" by Berlin artist and filmmaker Heinz Emigholz. Both the cushion and the t-shirts can be purchased at the box office or ordered via our website.
Vaginal Davis, a performer and curator whose main interest is early cinema and queer film, has been inviting guests to her monthly screenings at Arsenal for five years. In her own unforgettable way, she presents rare films, classics and gems from the silent era. These are always accompanied by live music and all the screenings are followed by drinks. Now, a reader that contains most of Davis's fascinating introductory texts has been published to celebrate five years of "Rising Stars, Falling Stars." It costs five euros and can be ordered from Arsenal or bought at the box office.
On the occasion of the "Performing Documentary" film and discussion series that was programmed by Birgit Kohler at the Arsenal Cinema at the beginning of June, a publication with texts by the invited filmmakers has been released (only available in German).
Over the past 10 years, a new, experimental variant of documentary has emerged in Austrian and German filmmaking: Films that work with explicit mise-en-scènes, alienation effects and performative appearances to literally set the stage for researched documentary material that forms their basis. The "Performing Documentary" program brings these documentary films together and sets them in a discursive context for the first time.
The publication not only includes texts about the films but original contributions by the filmmakers in which they reflect on current patterns of documentary representation and introduce their own approaches.
With texts by Birgit Kohler, Tina Leisch, Anja Salomonowitz, Gerhard Friedl, Calle Overweg, Volko Kamensky, Thomas Fürhapter, Stefan Landorf, Andres Veiel and Romuald Karmakar.
"Poor Man’s Expression" is based on the eponymous exhibition that took place at Arsenal in 2006. The project’s original hypotheses are revised in both text and image-based contributions. The examination of Arsenal’s experimental film archive plays a central role.