May 2018, living archive

Re-Selected – Film History as Print History

(1) 1 & 2: NUIT ET BROUILLARD by Alain Resnais, 1956, below: ELEGIA by Huszárik Zoltán, 1965, RANGIERER by Jürgen Böttcher 1984

The “re-selected” project will be presented at the 64th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen on 4th May. It is a joint project with Arsenal as part of “Archive außer sich”. re-selected has taken three years to follow up on a perhaps unfashionable intuition: At the designated “end of the analogue era”, the project will devote itself to select films from the Short Film Festival’s analogue stock and examine film history as a history of individual film prints. Examining the particularities of a print throws up questions to do with a concrete development, with local audiences and historical constellations. What does the existence of a print in a particular place mean? Where and when was a film screened? Who saw it? What version? In what state? When special attention is given to a pool of about 80 films archived at Oberhausen and Arsenal, then it’s also a question of the curatorial practices of these two institutions and their impact over the years. Between now and 2020, there will be events of different formats, not only in Oberhausen and Berlin, but in other places that are connected to the impact of the concrete prints. The plan is for the project to close with a publication that will formulate experiences and results as a contribution to the writing of film history in the post-analogue age.

re-selected is a joint project between the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and Arsenal as part of “Archive außer sich”, in conjunction with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and promoted by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media” (BKM) as part of “Das Neue Alphabet” on the basis of a German Bundestag resolution. The curator Tobias Hering is the project manager, working with Lars Henrik Gass and Carsten Spicher.