September 2016, arsenal cinema

The Aesthetics of Resistance – Peter Weiss 100

The film works of the artist, author and playwright Peter Weiss, who turns 100 in November, mark a transition from a surrealist inner view to an examination of social realities in the divided world of the Cold War. In his meticulous work with facts and documents, Weiss does not create a closed visualization of history; instead, the actions of his characters are full of individual standpoints and contradictions. Against this backdrop, this program is dedicated to the relationship between aesthetic and political subjectivity in relation to oppression and inequality, resistance and social change.

The opening film DER HAMBURGER AUFSTAND 1923 (Hamburg Uprising, Klaus Wildenhahn, Gisela Tuchtenhagen, Reiner Etz, FRG 1971, 26.9., guest: Maurice Taszman) tries to listen to the men and women who participated in the last attempt at an armed socialist revolution in Germany. The three-part "newsreel" made at the dffb portrays the class struggle as a daily experience: hunger, strike, jail, concentration camp.

HÄGRINGEN (Sweden 1959, 27.9., guest: Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss) is an experimental feature film that combines surreal and subjective approaches with documentary. The film depicts a young man's encounter with a big city - Stockholm. He remains a stranger, never really able to form relationships or adapting to the dynamics of modern life. (fw)

Curated by Florian Wüst. A HAU Hebbel am Ufer project in cooperation with Arsenal. Supported by the Federal Cultural Foundation as part of the HAU Hebbel am Ufer "The Aesthetics of Resistance - Peter Weiss 100" festival.