August 2021,

The Garden. 
Cinematics of the Soil


In the midst of fishermen’s huts on a gravel beach of the south coast of English, in the direct vicinity of an atomic power station and a military basis, stands Prospect Cottage: the last residence of British artist, activist, and filmmaker Derek Jarman, who died in 1994 from the consequences of an HIV infection. “I waited a lifetime to build my garden. I built my garden with the colours of healing on the sepia shingle at Dungeness.” (Chroma: Book of Colour, 1993). The exhibition project The Garden. Cinematics of the Soil is dedicated to the life of Derek Jarman. His film of the same name THE GARDEN (1990), in which he examines the garden as a utopian place of collaborative coexistence of humankind and nature, but also as a liminal space between reality and fantasy, healing and destruction, hope and grief, as well as Prospect Cottage itself, form the starting point for a contemporary exploration of the essential questions of our society and its future: environmental pollution and disease, collectivity, and the power of resistance.

Following a first, open-air screening on 23.7., THE GARDEN will also screen at Arsenal (26.7., 2., 9. & 16.8.), where THE LAST OF ENGLAND and BLUE are also being shown, two further films in which Jarman turns the personal into cinematographic form. THE LAST OF ENGLAND (1987) is a rigorous settling of scores with the country of Margaret Thatcher, a flaming protest in which people lose themselves in old society rituals akin to horror events. (28.7. & 11.8.). For the entire duration of the film, BLUE (1993) shows an unchanging blue, while different voices, including Jarman’s own, tell stories, recite poems and deliver dialogues from his life following his infection with HIV (4. & 18.8.).

In the garden of silent green, we are showing two films that premiered at the Berlinale Forum the same year as THE GARDEN: Peter Adair’s ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE (1991) consists of conversations with eleven men and women who tested positive for HIV and are grappling with life, disease, and death. Beforehand, we’re showing AIDSWALK by Milena Gierke, which was made in Central Park in 1995. (8.8.) POISON (1990), the debut film by Todd Haynes, was inspired by texts by Jean Genet and is made up of three parts: Hero, Horror, and Homo. We’re accompanying the film with AUS DER FERNE – THE MEMO BOOK by Matthias Müller (1989), a farewell to a friend who died of AIDS (13.8.). To bring things to close, a little-known gem by Derek Jarman: GARDEN OF LUXOR (BURNING THE PYRAMIDS) (1973) is showing together with films by Matthias Müller, Maria Thereza Alves, Malak Helmy, and Mariam Mekiwi. (21.8.) (stss)

The exhibition by silent green Film Feld Forschung can be seen from 22.7. bis 22.8. in the Betonhalle of silent green. The artists involved include Mareike Bernien / Alex Gerbaulet, Kerstin Schroedinger / Oliver Husain, Inas Halabi, Philip Scheffner, Peter Cusack, Howard Sooley, Dagie Brundert, CHEAP Art Collective. Artistic director: Bettina Ellerkamp, Jörg Heitmann, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus. Talks: Marc Siegel. With support from James Mackay, Amanda Wilkinson Gallery and Keith Collins Will Trust. (stss)

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10:00 am Sinema Transtopia

Found Futures V

Found Futures V: Closing discussion and joint planning

Free entry
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03:00 pm Cinema 1

Reframing the portrait: Three films by Sara Gómez

Reframing the portrait: Three films by Sara Gómez
Una isla para Miguel An island for Miguel Sara Gómez Cuba 1968
DCP OV/EnS 22 min
Guanabacoa: Crónicas de mi familia Guanabacoa: Chronicles of my family Sara Gómez Cuba 1966
DCP OV/EnS​​​​​​​ 13 min
Iré a Santiago I’m going to Santiago Sara Gómez Cuba 1964
DCP OV/EnS 15 min
​​​​​​​Digitally restored by Vulnerable Media Lab, Queen's University

Introduction: Susan Lord (Queen’s University)
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06:00 pm Cinema 1

re-­selected #2: Finally Got the News – Ein Kopienvergleich

re-­selected #2: Finally Got the News – Two prints compared
Finally Got the News Stewart Bird, Peter Gessner, René Lichtman, John Louis zusammen with The League of Black Revolutionary Workers USA 1970
Digital file OV 55 min
Digital file von Icarus Films
Finally Got the News Stewart Bird, Peter Gessner, René Lichtman, John Louis zusammen with The League of Black Revolutionary Workers USA 1971
16 mm OV 32 min
shortened by Swedish TV Print from private collection 

Guest: John Sundholm (Stockholm University), Tobias Hering (Curator re­selected) Free entry
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10:00 pm Cinema 1


*Prater Ulrike Ottinger Germany/Austria  2007
DCP OV/EnS 107 min
Premiere of the digital restoration