October 2018, arsenal cinema

Vibrant Matter


This series curated by Maria Morata takes place across four evenings and explores the idea of the body as material and as a covering of the self; material as a thinking and interwoven continuum of all biospecies and non-organic elements that is inhabited by a “vital materiality”, as Jane Bennett puts it in her essay “Vibrant Matter”. How can the human body and the female body in particular be re-conceived in the age of biotechnology, techno-science, and artificial intelligence? To what extent does its visual representation via digital image technologies require a new subjectivity which overcomes the dichotomy of culture and nature?

Vibrant Matter is inspired by Donna Haraway’s metaphor of the cyborg on the one hand, which as a plea for a new way of thinking politically about the body, science, technology, and feminism breaks through the rigid separation between human, animal, and machine. On the other hand, Rosi Braidotti’s interpretation of the post-humanistic condition forms another important theoretical foundation. In an age in which humans are losing their hegemonial position as the center of all thinking and knowledge in order to take on new, flexible, and multi-dimensional identities, Braidotti’s philosophy incorporates the feminine as an essential element of a new nomadic and non-individual subjectivity.

Vibrant Matter collects artistic positions that sound out new forms of female subject constructions via media interactions with plants, animals, mineral, machines, and possible depictions of organic and non-organic biomaterial. A dialogue between female body politics in the contemporary technology culture and the traditional feminist critique of body representation in the age of post-humanistic and non-anthropocentric thought.

Funded by the Female Artists’ Program of the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Cultural Foundation. (mm)
(4., 11., 18. & 25.10.)

arsenal cinema: Film:ReStored_03: The Festival of Film Preservation

05:30 pm Cinema 1


*Engelchen Helke Misselwitz Germany 1996
DCP OV/EnS 94 min

Welcome speech: Rainer Rother, Artistic director Deutsche Kinemathek Helke Misselwitz in person
arsenal cinema: Vibrant Matter

07:00 pm Cinema 2

Ofelia (Carmen, Inés)


Lost Astronaut


Warum es sich zu leben lohnt

Precarious Inhabitants

Technopoiesis: Erschütterte Materie
Ofelia (Carmen, Inés) Marina Núñez Spain 2015 Digital file 4 min
Pfauenloch Katrina Daschner Austria 2018 DCP 9 min
Lost Astronaut Alicia Framis NL/UK 2009 Digital file 34 min
Placebo Saskia Olde Wolbers UK 2002 Digital file 6 min
Warum es sich zu leben lohnt
Friedl vom Gröller Austria 2013 16 mm 2 min
Precarious Inhabitants Eva Papamargariti
Greece 2017 Digital file 13 min

Kathrin Peters (UdK), Kim Voss, Eva Papamargariti in person
arsenal cinema: Film:ReStored_03: The Festival of Film Preservation

08:30 pm Cinema 1

Die bleierne Zeit

Die bleierne Zeit Margarethe von Trotta FRG 1981
DCP 107 min

Margarethe von Trotta in person