August 2014, living archive



The sixth Arsenal Summer School will be held from August 21–23, 2014. It will concentrate on Arsenal's important relation to its own archive, drawing from the ongoing project Visionary Archive. Under the title "REANIMATION & REENACTMENT. Forms of Cinematic Reencounter", it will focus on the specific forms of re-seeing by which the past becomes present in the cinema. As a central component of this Summer School, participants will come together to watch films from the Arsenal archive. The selection of films focuses on the diverse forms of re-stagings, re-enactments, and the encounter with spaces where the past lives on, transparently or covertly. Particular attention will be given to films from anti-colonialist, non-European cinema and the history of resistance remembered in them. In this constellation, the view to the archive falls on films that themselves act as an archive. They assemble and conserve images, sounds, and viewpoints, they fill in some of the gaps in knowledge and open up others. They allow us to get a view to cinema that faces up to history, collectively experienced, but remembered with contradictions. The collective visualization of these different techniques of film memory in the Summer School is not meant as an innocuous, distanced view from the outside. Rather, we will make use of the possibilities of reencountering that are inherent in each film, in which there is always something of the past involved in a possible future. The number of participants is limited. Please register by August 15.

Conducted by: Marie-Hélène Gutberlet, Tobias Hering

With films by Neïl Beloufa, Vincent Dieutre, Assia Djebar, Ruy Guerra, Philip Scheffner, Ousmane Sembène, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd.

The presentations will be held in German.

Arsenal Cinema, Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin

Attendance fee:
125 Euro
105 Euro (members, students, Berlin-Pass)
85 Euro (members of arsenal freundeskreis). 

More information and the application form can be found here