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Think Film No. 6: Archival Constellations

Thursday, 22.02.
, 10:00-21:30 At silent green Kulturquartier, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin

Once again this year we are dedicating a full day to international archival projects. Aging material, videos, paper documents, mobile phone footage, oral history, and seeds are the materializations of historical events and political movements, of pop culture and censorship, but also of natural disasters and future utopias. Just as archives serve as a resource for political and social discourses, they also emerge out of them. In their growth they are simultaneously marked by deterioration and loss. New concepts of time and spaces of the possible emerge from this double movement.

all panels, talks and presentations in English language

10:00–10:30 Welcome

10:30–12:00 Unpacking Histories: Film Archives and Their Consequences*
Christy Best, Esther Jemila Chukwuma (Jos), Didi Cheeka (Lagos), Vinzenz Hediger (Frankfurt am Main), and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Berlin)

12:00–13:00 The Worker Leaves the Archive... Documents, Material & Commentary But No Film*
Ali Hussein Al-Adawy (Alexandria) Moderation: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

13:00–14:15 Lunch Break and Guided Tour Jasmina Metwaly: WE ARE NOT WORRIED IN THE LEAST, SAVVY Contemporary

14:15–15:45 Tremors, Repairs And Ruptured Narratives: Post-Earthquake Film Archives in Mexico and Japan
Viviana García Besné (Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive, Tepoztlán) and Ayumi Hata (311 Documentary Film Archive, Yamagata)

15:45–17:15 Storing and Growing*
Vivienne Sansour (El Beir, Arts and Seeds, Beit Sahour/Bethlehem) and Jumana Manna (Berlin) Moderation: Nicole Wolf
(The panel is part of the project “Stoffwechsel” by Film Feld Forschung)

17:30–19:00 Qamra: Queer Archive And Visual Jurisprudence
T. Jayashree (QAMRA. Queer Archive for Memory, Reflection and Activism, Bangalore) and Siddharth Narrain (Delhi) Moderation: Nanna Heidenreich

19:15–20:45 Film Pedagogies And Archives Of Resistance: Subversive Film in Conversation with Mosireen*
Subversive Film, Ramallah (Reem Shilleh, Mohanad Yaqubi) and Mosireen, Cairo (Jasmina Metwaly, Salma Said)

20:45–21:00 Seeing History: The Augmented [Archive] Kaya Behkalam (Cairo, Berlin)

21:00–21:30 From the Archive* Harun Farocki Institut (Berlin)

*“Archive außer sich” is a project of Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt as part of “The New Alphabet”, a HKW project supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag. Think Film Film N°6 – “Archival Constellations” marks the start of the three year long project. Participating institutions are the Archive of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Film Feld Forschung gGmbH, Harun Farocki Institut, SAVVY Contemporary, pong film GmbH as well as the master degree course “Filmculture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation” at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Seminar for Film Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.



Christy Best
Esther Jemila Chukwuma
Didi Cheeka
Vinzenz Hediger
Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
Ali Hussein Al Adawy
Hata Ayumi
Viviana García Besné
Vivien Sansour
Jumana Manna
T. Jayashree
Siddharth Narrain
Subversive Film
Kaya Behkalam
Harun Farocki Institut

Free entrance


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