Khalid Abdalla is a British-Egyptian actor, producer and filmmaker. He studied at Cambridge University and École Philippe Gaulier in Paris. His work in Cairo centres on three collaborative spaces which he has participated in founding: Zero Production, Mosireen and Cimatheque, working respectively on independent film production, alternative citizen based media, and film education and screening. Credits as an actor include Paul Greengrass’s Oscar nominated United 93, Marc Forster’s THE KITE RUNNER and Green Zone, in which he stars opposite Matt Damon. Executive producer credits include Hanan Abdalla’s In the Shadow of a Man, which premiered at the 2012 Berlinale, and Red Line, her next documentary with Cressida Trew. Upcoming films as an actor include Tamer El Said’s In the Last Days of the City, Faruk Sabanovic’s 3D animation film Birds Like Us, and The Narrow Frame of Midnight by Tala Hadid. Khalid is a fellow of the Serpentine Gallery's Edgware Road project, and on the board of the UK National Student Drama Festival, and no.w.here, an artist run organization combining film production with critical dialogue about image making. He lives and works in Cairo and London.
(11) Film as Practice
(12) Experiment ↔ Institution
Thom Andersen has lived in Los Angeles for most of his life. In the 1960s, he made short films, including Melting (1965), Olivia’s Place (1966), and "--- -------" (1967, with Malcolm Brodwick). In 1974 he completed Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer, an hour-long documentation of Muybridge’s photographic work. In 1995, with Noël Burch, he completed Red Hollywood, a videotape about the filmwork created by the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist. Their work on the history of the Blacklist also produced a book, "Les Communistes de Hollywood: Autre chose que des martyrs", published in 1994.
In 2003 he completed Los Angeles Plays Itself, a videotape about the representation of Los Angeles in movies. In 2010, he completed Get Out of the Car, a short 16mm portrait of Los Angeles. In 2012, he directed Reconversão, an HD video about the work of Portuguese architect Eduard Souto Moura. He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts since 1987.
(8) Urban Cultures
Ronald Balczuweit, born in 1964, lives in Berlin.
Studied theater, film and television studies, Portuguese philology, and Latin American studies at the Free University in Berlin. Researcher in the program of Portuguese cultural studies at the University of Trier and at the dramaturgy program at the Film and Television University (HFF) Konrad Wold.
Since 2004 lecturer in the art and media program at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Publications on film theory, experimental film, and Portuguese and Brazilian cinema.
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Madeleine Bernstorff, Film curator, film researcher, author, Super-8 filmmaker and lecturer, was born in Munich in 1956 and lives and works in Berlin. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions and curatorial projects as well as bringing out a large number of publications both as an editor and author. A selection of some of her most recent projects includes "Frühe Interventionen: Sufragetten – Extremistinnen der Sichtbarkeit", Zeughauskino Berlin (2010), "Small Paths, Complex Stories", a film series put together with Brigitta Kuster about the (Visual) Colonialism Archive to accompany the ‘"In the Desert of Modernity" exhibition at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2008). She has held teaching positions at a range of different institutions, including the Berlin University of the Arts (including a guest professorship 2004–2006, receiving the prize for good teaching in 2005), the HBK Braunschweig, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.
(10) Film as Theory
Christa Blümlinger is professor of film studies at the Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis. Previously she was a university assistant (1999-2002) and visiting professor (2008/09) at the Seminar for Film Studies at the Free University Berlin. Member of the advisory board to Forum Expanded. Has served as a curator and jury member on various occasions, including the Documentary Film Festival Duisburger Film Week, Berlin's Arsenal Cinema, and the Austrian film festival Diagonale. Numerous publications, particularly on film theory, documentary and avant-garde film, as well as media art. Selected publications in German: "Schreiben Bilder Sprechen. Texte zum essayistischen Film" (edited with Constantin Wulff, Vienna: Sonderzahl 1992), "Das Gesicht im Zeitalter des bewegten Bildes" (edited with Karl Sierek, Vienna, Sonderzahl, 2002), "Kino aus zweiter Hand. Formen materieller Aneignung im Film und in der Medienkunst" (Berlin, Vorwerk 8, 2009).
(2) New Footage Found
Arianna Borrelli works within an interdisciplinary research cluster on the "Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)" funded by the German Research Foundation at the University of Wuppertal. The LHC - the world's largest particle accelerator - started operating in the spring of 2010 at CERN (Geneva) and recently announced the discovery of the Higgs boson. The interdisciplinary project follows how the dialogue between theory and experiment about and around present and future LHC- results unfolds. Born in Rome (Italy) Borrelli has held research positions in various fields and countries: theoretical high energy physics in Italy, U.K and CERN, history and philosophy of science at the University of Braunschweig and at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science (Berlin). Apart from particle physics and its historical and philosophical aspects, her research interests include medieval cosmology, early modern meteorology and premodern and modern mechanics.
(6) Spacetime I: Theoretical Physics and Film
Born April 13, 1965 in New York. Filmmaking and music composition since 1972. Studied cognitive science at the University of Rochester, NY, and film semiotics at the University of Paris, France. Work in film distribution - previously Orion Classics, NYC; UGC, Paris; Light Cone, Paris; and, currently, Re:Voir Video, Paris, which he founded in 1994 to publish experimental films on video, and The Film Gallery, the first art gallery devoted exclusively to experimental film. He is also co-founder of L'Abominable, a cooperative do-it-yourself film lab in Paris, and the moderator of the internet-based forum on experimental film, FrameWorks. He works for the American Pavilion of the Cannes film festival since 1989. His films, which range from animation (especially animating photographs) to diary films, chemical experiments or optical or contact printer effects, are characterized by a sense of humor and a consciousness of self, rather than by lyrical or structural concerns or by the imagination.
Screening: Traité de bave et d'éternité
Christoph Dreher studied philosophy and political science (Free University, Berlin) as well as film at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB). He made numerous recordings with the band "Die Haut" (The Skin) between 1980 and 2000. Since the late '80s he has written and directed many documentary films and series, music videos, and other artistic film projects. Since 2001 Christoph Dreher has been professor of film and video at the Merz Academy.
(5) The Edge of Narration
Madhusree Dutta is a filmmaker, producer and curator. Gender, citizenship and urban scapes are her chosen areas of work. Her films have been screened widely in India and abroad in film festivals, art events and retrospectives. Dutta is also the executive director of "Majlis Manch", a centre for rights discourse and inter-disciplinary arts initiatives in Mumbai, India. The centre is engaged in campaigning for cultural literacy among students and other youth groups, facilitating interfaces among practices of different disciplines, and producing plays, films and multidisciplinary art works. Her current curatorial project "Cinema City: Research Art and Documentary Practices, 2008-2012", explores the joints between the city and its cinema in the context of Bombay / Mumbai and engages with more than hundred artists from different disciplines, genres and registers.
(8) Urban Cultures
Egyptian filmmaker, writer and producer Tamer El Said lives and works in Cairo. He studied Film Directing at the High Institute of Cinema, graduating in 1998 with Honourable Mention, and received his Diploma in 2002. He has worked as 1st AD on some of Egypt’s bigger feature films, directed commercials, taught and worked as a producer for a number of production companies. He has directed numerous award winning shorts and documentaries. Work on his first feature, In the Last Days of the City, started in 2008. The film was shot in Cairo, Alexandria, Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin and brings together many upcoming talents from the Arab world. In 2007 he founded his own company Zero Production, an independent production company in Cairo. Zero Production supports independent filmmakers in Cairo and the region whether directly producing, lending equipment or offering work space. El Said is currently in the process of setting up, with Khalid Abdalla and others, Cimatheque, an alternative film centre that will offer services and space to help develop and incubate the independent film movement in Cairo through building networks, sharing resources and building an infra-structure for the alternative film platform.
(8) Urban Cultures
(14) Re-defining Production and Distribution
Born in 1948 near Bremen in Germany, Heinz Emigholz trained first as a draftsman before studying philosophy and literature in Hamburg. He began filmmaking in 1968 and has worked since 1973 as a filmmaker, artist, writer, actor and producer in Germany and the USA. He released more than eighty short and long films which are all still in distribution. In 1974 he started his encyclopaedic drawing series "The Basis of Make-Up". In 1978 he founded the film production company Pym Films. He looks back on numerous art exhibitions, film retrospectives, lectures and publications in books and magazines. In 1984 he started his film series "Photography and beyond". He has held a professorship in Experimental Filmmaking at the University of the Arts Berlin since 1993, and co-founded the Institute for Time-based Media and the program Art and Media, there. In 2003 Filmgalerie 451 started an edition of all his films on DVD. Since 2012 he is an elected member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. More at:
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(3) Image – Sound – Text
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John Erdman was born in 1948 in New York City where he still lives and works. In 1968 while studying at Tufts University in Boston he saw Yvonne Rainer’s "The Mind is a Muscle" and Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls. This inspired him to move back to New York and begin working with visual artists who were exploring performance. Throughout 1970 he worked with Joan Jonas, and in 1972 after having participated in many of Yvonne Rainer’s large group pieces, she cast him as the male personas in "This is the story of a woman who…". As part of this piece Erdman performed Rainer’s seminal dance "Trio A". The "non-dancer" doing technical dance was a trademark of her work. From 1975-1978 he worked with Richard Foreman in his Ontological-Hysteric Theater, which utilized many acting styles, most notably Farce, Kabuki and Bertolt Brecht’s "Dialectical" approach. In Robert Wilson’s "Edison" 1979, Erdman’s small precise gestures were contrasted against Wilson’s operatic visions. In 1983 he was one of two actors driving the narrative within a company of ballet dancers in Karole Armitage’s "Paradise". His last stage performance was in Hope Gillerman’s "Family in the Works" 1992. Throughout his performing career, from 1971 till the present, Erdman has worked with many filmmakers and videographers, most notably: Yvonne Rainer, Peter Campus, Sheila McLaughlin, Charles Atlas, Gary Schneider and Heinz Emogholz.
(7) Spacetime ll: Space - Body - Language