Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer, Anton Vidokle

USA 2019

silent green Betonhalle
20.02.–01.03. 11:00–21:00, except 27.02. 11:00–17:00
03.–22.03. Tue-Sun 14:00–19:00

Special screening in the cinema:
24.02.2020 20:00 OV Kino Arsenal 2 (free admission)

Single-channel video installation, 30 min. English.

The distant future. An orbital facility of unknown origin. Here, the debt of taking a life will finally be repaid... through resurrection. The victims of military violence across time are systematically brought back to life and guided through the all-too-familiar facility. As a staff of identical ushers draws back layers of confusion and pain, the freshly resurrected gradually become aware of the reality of their corporeal reinsertion: perhaps the world of the living is not a world at all; to be alive in this place may merely be an exhibit. We, the resurrected, overwhelmed by a literal second life, will of course discover our one inevitable destination: a place to sit, have a drink, and talk it out.

Production Rezarta Seferi. Production company Rezarta Seferi (New York, USA). Written and directed by Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer, Anton Vidokle. Cinematography Jake Magee. Editing Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer, Anton Vidokle. Sound design Eli Cohn. Sound Dylan Hurley. Production design Naomi Ferber. Costumes Coco Campbell. Make-up Naomi Raddatz. Casting Geraldine Barón, Salome Oggenfuss. With Jim Fletcher (Artificial Intelligence).

Photo: © Rezarta Seferi, Courtesy of the artists

Anton Vidokle

Citizens of the Cosmos
USA, Japan, Ukraine 2019

21.02.2020 15:00 Engl. subtitles Werkstattkino@silent green
23.02.2020 12:00 Engl. subtitles Kino Arsenal 1

30 min. Japanese.

Citizens of the Cosmos is based on the manifesto of Biocosmism, written by Alexander Svyatogor in 1922. Shot on locations in Tokyo and Kyiv, in collaboration with a group of amateur actors, volunteers, and extras, the film presents an imagined community voicing the historical desires of Russian Cosmism – immortality, resurrection of the dead, and interplanetarism – all set in everyday life in contemporary Japan. Using urban shrines, cemeteries, a crematorium, tatami rooms, a bamboo forest, an industrial gas plant, and city streets as an open air stage, the film gradually narrates the text of the biocosmist manifesto while presenting a sequence of dream-like tableaus, featuring rejuvenation through blood transfusion, funerary processions and demonstrations, the Danse Macabre, the cremation bone picking ceremony (骨上げ), attempts to communicate with the dead using stethoscopes, and a theremin orchestra recital, among other scenes. Set to an original music score composed by Alva Noto, Citizens of the Cosmos is an experiment in defamiliarization: a speculative test of the universality implicit in Cosmism’s premise when projected outside of the sphere of Russian language, geography, tradition, and culture.

Production Koichiro Osaka, Mariko Mikami, Lyuba Knorozok. Production companies Asakusa (Tokio, Japan), Mariko Mikami (Tokio, Japan), Lyuba Knorozok (Kiew, Ukraine). Written and directed by Anton Vidokle. Cinematography Ayman Nahle. Editing Adam Khalil, Meggie Schneider. Music Alva Noto. Sound Eli Cohn. With Rie Sakai, Akiyoshi Nita, Takaaki Negi.

Adam Khalil (Ojibway), born in 1988 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA, is a filmmaker and artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Khalil’s work has been exhibited at art institutions, biennials, and museums and screened at film festivals internationally. Khalil received his BA from Bard College.

Bayley Sweitzer, born in 1989 in Boston, USA, is a filmmaker and camera assistant based in Brooklyn. His practice revolves around a dynamic, high-mobility engagement with the margins, as well as taking an earnest look at the chronomorphic qualities of narrative, specifically the camera’s ability to consolidate dimensions. His work has been shown at art institutions and museums worldwide. Bayley is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600.

Anton Vidokle, born in 1965 in Moscow, Russia, is an artist and editor of e-flux journal. He lives in New York and Berlin. His work has been exhibited internationally at museums, art institutions, and biennials and screened at film festivals.


Adam Khalil: 2016: INAATE/SE/ (with Zack Khalil, 75 min.). 2017: The Violence of a Civilization without Secrets (with Zack Khalil and Jackson Polys, 10 min.). 2018: Empty Metal (with Bayley Sweitzer, 85 min.). 2019: Culture Capture: Terminal Addition (with Zack Khalil, Jackson Polys and Bayley Sweitzer, 7 min.), A I O U. 2020: Never Settle (with Zack Khalil, Jackson Polys and Bayley Sweitzer, 38 min.).

Bayley Sweitzer: 2018: Empty Metal (with Adam Khalil, 85 min.). 2019: Culture Capture: Terminal Addition (with Adam Khalil, Zack Khalila and Jackson Polys, 7 min.), A I O U. 2020: Never Settle (with Adam Khalil, Zack Khalila and Jackson Polys, 38 min.).

Anton Vidokle: 2002: Salto de Agua. 2003: Nuevo. 2010: Guiding Light (with Liam Gillick, 21 min.), New York Conversations (64 min.). 2012: Two Suns (with Hu Fang, 24 min.). 2014: 2084: A Science Fiction Show/Episode 1 (with Pelin Tan, 68 min.), This Is Cosmos (31 min., Forum Expanded 2015). 2015: A Museum of Immortality (26 min.), The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun (33 min., Forum Expanded 2016). 2017: Immortality for All: a film trilogy on Russian Cosmism, (96 min.). 2019: A I O U, Citizens of the Cosmos (30 min.).

Photo: © Anton Vidokle