September 2021, arsenal cinema

Archival Assembly #1


The festival Archival Assembly #1 marks the (temporary) conclusion of the five-year project „Archive außer sich“, a series of interdisciplinary research, presentation, and exhibition projects dealing with film cultural heritage and its archives. Participating institutions are Harun Farocki Institut, SAVVY Contemporary, pong film, silent green Film Feld Forschung, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and the masters program “Film Culture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation” at the Goethe University Frankfurt. From September 1 to 8 film archives and film archival projects will meet for a public exchange. At the same time, the plan is for a festival that will take place biannually, understanding archival work – as well as the cinema – as an artistic, social, and political practice.

"Some of them hold to the idea of the national legacy (or genre, or historical time period), others are resistant to such ideas. Some of them are easily accessible as state archives or are closed off to the world, others have never made any inroads at all into the writing of film history. Archives and counter-archives: It seems as if neither can do without the other. But when film archives are seen, not as closed entities, but as the setting for negotiating a transnational practice, forming new alliances, perhaps the old idea of so-called 'world cinema' can shake off its power structure, allowing us to rethink both, the world and the cinema." (Stefanie Schulte Strathaus)

Four intertwined parts form the festival’s contours. At Kino Arsenal and in the HKW’s Westgarten there are daily film screenings, presentations of restorations and other projects, as well as podium discussions. The exhibition "How to find meaning in dead time" at SAVVY Contemporary, curated by Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis, and the two symposia, "After the Archive" (in collaboration with the Goethe-University in Frankfurt) in the Kuppelhalle at silent green and "The Right to a Public II" at the Filmhaus, complete the program. In addition, every morning in the Kuppelhalle at silent green and in Sinema Transtopia there will be presentations on precarious archival projects under the title "Found Futures", organized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, with the goal of networking and mutual support. This will also be the context for a discussion of the collectively produced paper “Call for Action and Reflection on Decolonising Film Archives.”

An overview of the festival program can be found here. A selection of the films will be presented on arsenal 3 starting the day after each screening. The two symposia will also be available via live stream. Tickets for all events at Arsenal Cinema can be reserved from August 23. For all tickets at HKW, please see here.

Link to the program

arsenal cinema: Reading Labels in the Dark – Flux and Other Films from the Arsenal Archive

08:00 pm Cinema 1

Zen for Film (Fluxfilm No.1)

Eye Blink (Fluxfilm No. 9)

Four (Fluxfilm No. 16)


Disappearing Music for Face (Fluxfilm No. 4)

Super Smile


One (Fluxfilm No. 14)


Shout (Fluxfilm No. 22)

The Evil Faerie (Fluxfilm No. 25)

Flying Saucey

Faire un effort (Fluxfilm No. 40)

33 Yo-Yo Tricks

*Zen for Film (Fluxfilm No.1) Nam June Paik
USA 1964 16 mm silent 8 min
*Eye Blink (Fluxfilm No. 9) Yoko Ono
USA 1966 16 mm silent 1 min
*Four (Fluxfilm No. 16) Yoko Ono
USA 1966 16 mm silent 6 min
*Syncpoint Isabell Spengler & Larry Peacock
D 2007 Digital OV 4 min
*Disappearing Music for Face (Fluxfilm No. 4)
Shiomi Chieko USA 1966 16 mm silent 11 min
*Super Smile Effie Wu D 2007 DCP silent 5 min
*Waiting Nan Hoover USA 1979 16 mm OV 10 min
*One (Fluxfilm No. 14) Yoko Ono
USA 1966 16 mm silent 5 min
*Fuses Carolee Schneemann
USA 1965–68 16 mm silent 22 min
*Shout (Fluxfilm No. 22) Jeff Perkins & Anthony Cox
USA 1966 16mm silent 2 min
*The Evil Faerie (Fluxfilm No. 25) George Landow
USA 1966 16mm silent 1 min
*Flying Saucey Marie Losier USA 2006
Digital file without dialogue 9 min
*Faire un effort (Fluxfilm No. 40) Ben Vautier
USA 1969 16 mm silent 2 min
*33 Yo-Yo Tricks P. White USA 1981
16 mm without dialogue 8 min

Introduced by Uli Ziemons