august 2017, transfer

Analog Workshop

The more we are dedicated to preserving, rediscovering, and revitalizing archival films, the more we have to make sure that there is enough competence in dealing with analog film material in the future.

For this reason we are offering a six-day analog workshop for the first time from August 18-23. Arsenal members and partners will accompany the participants through the entire process: from producing a 16mm film, to digitizing it, then on to projecting it in the cinema, with added insights into archiving and caring for prints. The last day will involve a tour of the archive.

The workshop will delve into the various working areas, covering the basics with equal parts theory and practice. Starting in 2019 the Arsenal will be offering extended workshops in the specific areas.

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Arsenal Summer School: Curating the Archive

This year's Summer School takes place from August 24-26 at silent green Kulturquartier and the Arsenal cinema. Entitled "ONE PLUS ONE. Curating the Archive", it is focussing on questions of digitizing, restoring, and long-term archiving which are currently topics of great concern for the Arsenal.

Time is running short, since analog films are already threatened with disintegration, and the costs are so great that as a rule financing first has to be found for every effort. Despite the pressure to act quickly, we should not overlook that collective memory also contributes to how we engage with film history in the long term. Films live on in the memories of those who have seen them. The way that a film gets burned into memory is closely linked with the conditions of its reception. When, how, and under what conditions was a film seen? What other films or film events framed the screening?

One Plus One: The Summer School 2017 assumes that an archival film can only have significance in relation to the present, and cannot be remembered separately from the concrete situation of its presentation. The contributions and workshops are about the practice of curating. How do I create spaces for perceiving archival films, in which film history can become an experience of the present? How can exhibition and screening practice contribute to the formation of memory and thus to the processes of archiving?

april 2017, transfer

Arsenal Filmatelier: Big Cinema, Small Cinema #12

The next Arsenal film atelier "City rhythms" for children 8 years and older will take place on April 30, moderated by Anna Faroqhi and Haim Peretz.

City as a place of life is a popular film motif. It is sometimes depicted as being friendly, often as hostile and full of rejection, but almost always as fascinating. Our four short films show clearly how different city portraits can be and how a city's movement can be captured. In VORMITTAGSSPUK (Hans Richter, Germany 1928), objects (hats, cups, collars etc) become independent and rebel against people and daily routines. In SCHATTEN (BRD 1960), Hans-Jürgen Pohland tells the story of a city with light and darkness. WOCHENENDE (Walter Ruttmann, Germany 1930) uses found sound material to talk about the metropolis Berlin. DIE SPRACHE DER STADT (2016) makes a similar attempt when 15 children set out one afternoon with their cameras to see what is going on in the city. After the screening, viewers will have a chance to create their own city panoramas, using expressive shadows.

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Next Projection Room Tour on April 29

picture of projection room at Arsenal

What do 16mm, 35mm and 70mm actually mean? What is screen masking and what is it used for? How does a dissolve work? And what is actually happening when the image on the screen stops moving and begins to melt? If you’re interested in finding out how films get on to the screen, Arsenal would like to invite you to take a peek behind the scenes on one of our projection room tours. Our projectionist Bodo Pagels will show you round the projection room, tell you all about film formats, projectors and projection techniques, demonstrate how films are fed into the projector and provide a full introduction to the secrets of film projection. He will also be happy to answer any questions you might have about the cinema set-up and will adapt the tour to your wishes and interests as far as possible. The next scheduled tour will take place on Saturday April 29, at 4pm. Please register in advance. 

march 2017, transfer

Arsenal Filmatelier: Big cinema, small cinema #11

The next Arsenal Filmatelier will take place on March 26 and is for all childeren 8 years and older.

What's ringing, scratching, rattling in the film? Ever since the first cinema screening in 1895, films have been accompanied by sounds and music. Before we conduct our own sound experiments and find ideas for a soundtrack for HORSE OVER TEA KETTLE and play it live, we will discover what can be seen and heard in seven shorts: FLUKE by Emily Breer (USA 1985) travels through air. HORSE OVER TEA KETTLE (USA 1962) by Robert Breer lets shapes and colors fly and lights spiral through the night in LIGHTS (Marie Menken, USA 1965). Machines dance in Len Lye's RHYTHM (USA 1957) and in 4000 FRAMES – AN EYE-OPENER FILM (Arthur & Corinne Cantrill, AUS 1970) the images speed up into a maelstrom. We listen in on a girl in Gunvor Nelson's MY NAME IS OONA (USA 1981). In Georges Méliès’ LE TONNERRE DE JUPITER (France 1903) a planet has unexpected problems with thunder.

february 2017, transfer

Think Film No. 5: Archival Constellations

Forum Expanded is presenting the 5th edition of the Think Film conference series on February 16, which is entitled "Archival Constellations" and takes place at the silent green Kulturquartier in Wedding. Eight archive presentations, three archive visits and a performance are planned. What role does the location of an archive play, whether as a shelter, repository, production facility or sometimes even as a danger zone? Archives are movable entities; they can make new connections which bring them to life. The film archive of the INCA (Instituto Nacional de Cinema e Audiovisual) in Guinea-Bissau thus also holds films from the former Soviet Union. Works from the Kiev School of Scientific Film ended up in a contemporary art context in similar fashion. The archive visits lead into Amos Gitai’s exhibition at SAVVY Contemporary as well as into the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art film archive, where concert footage (including that of Einstürzende Neubauten, Malaria, Nick Cave) from 1980s West Berlin can be seen that stems from the !K7 archive.

The day comes to a close with a special edition of the Rising Stars, Falling Stars series at which archivist and performer Ms. Vaginal Davis will be presenting a small 16mm excavation.

All lectures, panels and presentations will be held in English.

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Big cinema, small cinema #10

january 2017, transfer

School Cinema: The Future of Remembrance

As part of our School Cinema series on cinematic recollections of the Holocaust, in January we are offering two programs for school classes in the Arsenal:

Debbie Goodstein's films VOICES FROM THE ATTIC (USA 1988) and ECHOES FROM THE ATTIC (USA 2015, 23. & 24.1.) circle around an attic in the Polish village of Urzejowice in which a couple named Grocholski hid 16 members of the director's family from the Nazis. In two trips 25 years apart, Goodstein traveled to Poland to learn more about the history of her family and their rescuers.

WAS BLEIBT (WHAT REMAINS) (Gesa Knolle, Birthe Templin, Germany 2008, 25. & 26.1.) takes as its subject a family’s coming to terms with the Holocaust. Through the montage, a dialogue occurs between the relatives of a German-Jewish camp survivor and those of a camp overseer.

Please register in advance at by January 13.

january 2017, transfer

Big Cinema, Small Cinema #9 – Film Games

Play belongs not just to life, but also to film. The opening film in this program for children from the age of 5 on January 22nd is SHADOWPLAY (Germany 2016), made by Wedding Elementary School pupils in the film workshop "Light and Color" at the Arsenal Filmatelier. In the film SALLY (Luna Maurer & Roel Wouters, Netherlands 2005), marbles defy the laws of gravity: in the interior of a glass box, they effortlessly roll up the sides. The film 33 YO-YO TRICKS (P. White, USA 1976) contains just what the title promises: a yo-yo champion shows his tricks, which have great names like “walk the dog.” The silent film TOYING WITH STRINGS (Detel Aurand & Ute Aurand, Germany 1999) lets objects—sticks, threads, stones, and sand—come to life as though without human intervention. Following the film program, special guest Sebastian Holzkamp (German yo-yo competition runner-up and winner of the European Juniors 2016) will make his yo-yo fly for you. Bring your own yo-yo along and learn some new tricks!

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Language, sound, type, live scoring: starting with two words from their mother tongues and from German—which they either recently learned or will soon learn—pupils from a "welcoming class" at the Albert Gutzmann School were guided by the artists Eunice Martins, Laura Mello, Heidrun Schramm and Nicolas Wiese to design their own typefaces, based on their handwriting. Then, using stop-motion techniques, they put the typeface in motion and added a score to the brief film using spoken sound pieces. In a multimedia spoken word performance and accompanying exhibition in the Rote Foyer, on January 11 these schoolchildren will present the results of their work at the Arsenal.

A joint project of Tagscape and Sononolux, supported by Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung