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We invite you to the opening on 4.2 in the presence of Heinz Emigholz, Ala Younis, Constanze Ruhm, CHEAP, Lara Khaldi, Yazan Khalili and many more. It goes without saying that Arsenal will remain an important venue - with the Prinzessinengarten, b_books and the Marshall McLuhan Salon from the Canadian Embassy occupying the foyer once again. The title of this years program is "To the Sound of the Closing Door": If a door closes, this does not necessarily imply the end of a possibility. The works we have selected question this finality by tracing the echo of a door that has been closed. They ask at which moments new projects and utopias can emerge and how historical ruptures and upheavals can generate visions and expectations of the future. The movements and narratives that the closing, opening and walking through these metaphorical doors produce, however, always contain the possibility of exclusion and new projects failing - but how should success and failure be measured?The 17 works of the group exhibition produce parallel worlds, counter-narratives and - so as to remain with the language of cinema - rear and multiple projections. Wendelien van Oldenborgh's video installation BEAUTY AND THE RIGHT TO THE UGLYexamines a utopian construction project in the Netherlands: A community center that was originally planned without inner walls - and without doors. In THE NAMELESS, Ho Tzu Nyen spins a story full of ambiguities about a triple agent in Southeast Asia,and Constanze Ruhm and Emilien Awada's INVISIBLE PRODUCERS. KAPITEL 1: PANORAMIS / PARAMOUNT / PARANORMALtraces the ghosts and stories that inhabit the former premises of a French film studio.The film programs also explore the relationship between history that has already been written and as yet unwritten history productively. In CALAMITY QUI?Isabelle Prim brings the Western heroine Calamity Jane back to life in a kaleidoscope of filmic and historical references. In Marwa Arsanio's HAVE YOU EVER KILLED A BEAR? OR BECOMING JAMILA,a young actress works on the character of an Algerian resistance fighter she is supposed to play. In IEC LONG,João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata depict the story of a fireworks factory in Macao. All these films understand the past, the present and the future as spaces for possibility whose potential they explore through film.By screening the video work WIE SOLL MAN DAS NENNEN, WAS ICH VERMISSE?by Antje Ehmann and Jan Ralske,we pay our respects to Harun Farocki, who recently died. He was represented in the founding year of Forum Expanded with one work. "Think:Film"once again offers a platform for discussion: Participants from the "Visionary Archive" TURN project present archival strategies for re-writing the story of African cinema, guests from Syria, Egypt and Turkey subject video activism of recent years to a new analysis. Naum Kleiman, the former head of the Moscow Film Museum, speaks with Ekaterina Degot, the artistic director of the Akademie der Künste der Welt, who will hold a keynote speech on this year's theme, alongside Diedrich Diederichsen and Haytham El-Wardany.The filmmakers and artists in 2015: At the cinema - Leila Albayaty, Ammar Al Beik, Basma Alsharif, Marwa Arsanios, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Felipe Bragança, Nicolas Cilins, Kevin Jerome Everson, Mohammad Shawky Hassan, Mahdi Fleifel, Friedl vom Gröller, Eva C. Heldmann, -Pierre Huyghe, Ken Jacobs, Arvo Leo, Lyusya Matveeva, Mpumelelo Mcata, Elke Marhöfer/Mikhail Lylov, Jasmina Metwaly/Philip Rizk, Islam Safiyyudin Mohamed, Asem Nassar, Isa-belle Prim, João Pedro Rodrigues/João Rui Guerra da Mata, Hans Scheugl, Lior Shamriz, Fern Silva, Maciej Sobieszczanski/Lukasz Ronduda, Rania Stephan, Anton Vidokle, Julia Yezbick, Florian Zeyfang/Lisa Schmidt-Colinet/Alexander Schmoeger. In the exhibitions -  David Askevold, Frederico Benevides, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Jeamin Cha, Yu Cheng-Ta, Roy Dib, Martin Ebner, Antje Ehmann/Jan Ralske, Jeanne Faust, Mireille Kassar, Arvo Leo, Jen Liu, Eline McGeorge, Ho Tzu Nyen, Jenny Perlin, Constanze Ruhm/Emilien Awada, Michael Snow, Arthur Tuoto and Wendelien van Oldenborgh. Forum Expanded's curator is Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Head), Anselm Franke, Nanna Heidenreich, Bettina Steinbrügge und Ulrich Ziemons. (stss)

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