In its 10th anniversary year, Forum Expanded will be presenting the group exhibition, together with the complete film programme and all performances and discussion events at the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg. This re-establishes the historical connection between the Berlinale and this particular location: the Akademie was one of the main Forum screening venues until 1999 and will once again screen films from the Forum programme in 2015. The venue will thus function as a resonance chamber for the myriad interrelationships between Forum and Forum Expanded.
For 10 years now, Forum Expanded has been consistently dedicated to continuing and expanding upon the discourse surrounding the relationship between cinema and the other arts. In the process, the programme has continually raised important questions relating to society and aesthetics and presented new film-artistic perspectives at a very early stage. Forum Expanded shows an awareness of the need to keep the history of film alive whilst looking to the present and future of its artistic and curatorial practice.
The title of this year’s programme is “To the Sound of the Closing Door”: when a door closes, it does not necessarily mean that a possibility ends. The works selected challenge this sense of finality by tracing the echo of the slammed door. They seek out the points at which projects and utopias are able to come into being and the way in which historical ruptures and upheavals generate visions and expectations for the future. Yet the movements and narratives created by closing, opening and stepping through these metaphorical doors also imply the possibility of exclusion and the failure of new projects – but how does one measure success or a lack thereof anyway?
The 17 works in the group exhibition create parallel worlds, counter-narratives and – to stick with the language of cinema – both rear projections and multiple ones. Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s video installation Beauty and the Right to the Ugly thus examines a utopian construction project in the Netherlands: a community centre originally designed without interior walls – and without doors. In The Nameless, Ho Tzu Nyen spins a yarn full of ambiguities about a triple agent in Southeast Asia, while Constanze Ruhm and Emilien Awada’s Invisible Producers. Kapitel 1: Panoramis / Paramount / Paranormal follows the trail of the ghosts and stories that inhabit the former premises of a French film studio.