In 2012, two previous Forum films will be screened again: Shirley Clarke's THE CONNECTION (1961), which showed in a jazz series in 1985, and Tom Kalin's SWOON, which premiered in 1992.
Both the Forum and Forum Expanded strive to make their new discoveries accessible even after the festival, resulting in a unique collection of films at the Arsenal–Institute for Film and Video Art.
Starting in 2011, over 30 scholars, curators, artists, and filmmakers have been working on the films they found in this archive, developing new projects from them. The goal has been to create a present in order to understand history and project it into the future. The boundary between festival and archival politics is fluid–and will be discussed among festival organizers, filmmakers, participants, and scholars.
with Ellen Blumenstein (Salon Populaire), Vinzenz Hediger (professor for film studies at J.-W. Goethe University Frankfurt/Main), Angela Melitopoulos (artist, Forum Expanded), Constanze Ruhm (artist, Forum Expanded), Christoph Terhechte (director of the Forum), Entuziazm (filmscholar-collective), and other participants of the project Living Archive
Moderator: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus