July 2021, living archive

21 archives

THE ILLINOIS PARABLES, 2015

This summer, HKW invites audiences to attend evening open-air concerts, readings, performances, and films as part of their 21 sunsets program from July 15- August 15. Arsenal is involved once again: 21 archives grasps films and film programs themselves as archival spaces. Found footage, that is, the appropriation and editing together of previously discovered material, is a widely used cinematographic approach. In addition, 21 archives examines the possibilities that arises when this approach leaves its standard operating procedure behind: what if the material used is not found, but rather produced (perhaps because certain perspectives are not included in the existing material)? Or what if it’s not images and sounds that are appropriated, but other things (such as bodily experiences or linking strategies)? Archival practice thus becomes a practice of reorganization and the archive becomes a site of radical critique and lived design. The archive becomes cinema, cinema becomes an archive. The program is held together by 21 planetary events.

With films by Kenneth Anger, Vartan Avakian, James Benning, Sofie Benoot / Lisbeth De Ceulaer / Isabelle Tollenaere, Joshua Bonnetta, Dagie Brundert, Viera Čákanyová, Tom Callemin, Arthur & Corinne Cantrill, Anouk De Clercq / Tom Callemin, Madhusree Dutta, Susan Dyal, Martin Ebner / Thomas Fehlmann, Morgan Fisher, Juliane Henrich, Emily Jacir, Ken Jacobs, Evan Johnson, Salomé Jashi, Larissa Sansour / Soren Lind, Maha Maamoun, Guy Maddin, Marie Menken, Peter Miller, Avi Mograbi, Matthias Müller, Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, Bärbel Neubauer, Jonathan Perel, Walid Raad / The Atlas Group, Marta Rodríguez, Constanze Ruhm, Sharon Sandusky, Larissa Sansour / Soren Lind, Philip Scheffner, Deborah Stratman, Take to the Sea (Lina Attalah & Mohamed A. Gawad), Jerry Tartaglia, Clarissa Thieme, Nishikawa Tomonari, Celeste Vargas, Javier Fernández Vázquez, Anton Vidokle, Akram Zaatari. The screenings also include introductions, sometimes with the filmmakers in attendance. Philip Scheffner will be our guest at the opening on 15.7. On 1.8., Erika Balsom presents her book “Ten Skies” on the film of the same name by James Benning, which will be screened afterwards. (15.7.–15.8.)