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Bilder Denken #7 Assem Hendawi about Simia and Simiyaa


Bilder Denken #7

Assem Hendawi about technology as magic, metaphors for surveillance and the value of labour. 

In the current Berlinale Forum podcast, Valie Djordjević talks with Assem Hendawi.

He is an artist and researcher who works with videos, computer-based media, and text. His work uses worldmaking techniques to generate speculative models that question contemporary conditions. His work questions historical and sociopolitical events around planetary computation, critical posthumanities, and the way in which technology constructs subjectivity.

Through heuristics that extend from the abstract and philosophical to the imaginary and the absurd, Hendawi explores the manipulations that accompany late capitalism’s technologies as the site of rewriting narratives, identities, and traditions. His film SIMIA: STRATEGEMS FOR UNDESTINGING is part of the 2023 Forum Expanded program. 

About the podcast

The Forum and Forum Expanded podcast “Bilder Denken” – thinking with images and thinking about images – is talking about the big screen and small displays, what is changing today when making films and watching films and what it means: for our lives and for the cinema. 

It is hosted by Valie Djordjević. She is a social media editor for the Forum and Arsenal–Institute for Film and Video Art, as well as a writer, photographer and translator. Most recently she translated the book “Die Berliner Schule im globalen Kontext. Ein transnationales Arthouse-Kino” edited by Marco Abel and Jaimey Fisher (Transcript Verlag 2023).


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