2019 Berlin Programme
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Aug. 21

Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Audifoyer
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry

Get together

We invite you to come for a coffee and listen to the invited artists who will discuss their work, research and ongoing projects with the Rencontres Internationales programming team. This is an informal and ideal opportunity to address the work of the artists in the programme before the screening.

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Aug. 21

Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Vortragssaal
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry

"Peripheral Exhibition"

In the presence of Mauricio Freyre, Marie Ouazzani and Nicolas Carrier.

Mauricio freyre: Movimiento continuo | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 14:36 | Espagne | 2018 see more
Tommaso donati: Monte Amiata | Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 22:29 | Suisse | 2018 see more
ouazzani carrier: Exposition périphérique | Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 52:0 | 0 | 2018 see more
Mauricio freyre
Movimiento continuo
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 14:36 | Espagne | 2018

The history of an experimental housing project in Lima, conceived as an international competition, is the starting point of an exploration on the nature of transformation and hybridization in the context of the project of modernity in Perú. The unfinished housing complex designed in the late sixties gathered the architectural avant-garde of that time, incorporating notions of self-construction, metabolism and progressive growth to its architecture. Juxtaposing the briefing of the project, together with archival material of three sources, the film explores different sequences of formal procedures. Transfers, cuts and superpositions, in a sequence of permanent transformation, operate as transcriptions that explore various relations and configurations of the material, to displace a fixed point of view.

Mauricio Freyre (1976, Lima) is an artist and filmmaker, his projects revolve around structures and systems of ideas between the constructed and the projected, focusing on blind spots, dark areas, accidents and distortions, in the search of invisible narratives, metaphors, dimensions and forms of consciousness that were excluded and silenced. He is currently working on a project that studies the role of botanics, its agency within the colonial sciences, along with its role within the modern project in Peru; exploring the political and subversive dimension of the plant world in relation to a western epistemology. His films and installations have been part of different programs and exhibitions including FIC Valdivia, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, TENT Rotterdam, Unforseen Festival, Nederlands Film Festival, Film Museum Amsterdam, Fundación Telefonica.

Tommaso donati
Monte Amiata
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 22:29 | Suisse | 2018

Le Monte Amiata est un complexe résidentiel dans le quartier Gallaratese de Milan, conçu par les architectes Carlo Aymonino et Aldo Rossi à la fin des années 1960. Leur intention était de créer un microcosme paralléle, une sorte de ville alternative du futur. Ses habitants, en référence à sa couleur et à sa forme insolite, le surnomment le dinosaure rouge.

Né en 1988, son travail se partage entre le documentaire, le cinéma expérimental et la photographie où il explore les relations entre l’homme et le milieu naturel dans lequel ils vivent.

ouazzani carrier
Exposition périphérique
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 52:0 | 0 | 2018

"Exposition périphérique" est un voyage en voiture autour du périphérique extérieur parisien et des villes qui le bordent. Tel un inventaire des plantes qui habitent ce paysage de proche banlieue en pleine transformation du Grand Paris, cette fiction suit des jardiniers qui prennent soin des mauvaises herbes et plantes en pot, comme autant de propositions de résistance à l'urbanisation, et qui vivent dans les interstices laissés par la densification urbaine.

Vivant ensemble depuis 2015, Marie Ouazzani & Nicolas Carrier sont attentifs aux détails et aux ressources du quotidien. Qu`ils séjournent en Asie de l'Est, au Moyen-Orient ou en Europe, ils explorent chaque contexte à la recherche de fictions où se mêlent pollution, fantômes, ruines et économie. A partir de gestes et de situations simples, leurs vidéos et installations confrontent environnement et urbanisation afin de rééquilibrer les tensions de ces paysages. Récemment, leur travail a été présenté aux centres d'art de Mains d'Oeuvres, de la Villa Arson et du 3 bis f, au 61e Salon de Montrouge, à la 5e Biennale d'Odessa et à Darat al Funun en Jordanie.

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Mauricio Freyre tells the story of an experimental modernist social housing programme in Peru at the end of the 1960s. This cutting-edge and utopian project incorporated the concepts of metabolism, progressive construction and autonomous constructions within the architectural project. Tommaso Donati filmed Monte Amiata, a residential complex in the Gallaratese district of Milan, designed by the architects Carlo Aymonino and Aldo Rossi at the end of the 1960s. Their intention was to create a parallel microcosm, an alternative town of sorts for the future. Its inhabitants, in reference to the unusual colour and shape of the district, nicknamed it the red dinosaur. Ouazzani Carrier proposes a car journey around the Paris ring road. Through an inventory of the plants growing in this rapidly changing landscape, this observation of gardeners tending to the weeds is a resistance proposal.


Aug. 21

Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Vortragssaal
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry


In the presence of Daniel Laufer, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak.

María molina peirÓ: One Year Life Strata | Installation vidéo | hdv | couleur | 0:0 | 0 | 2018 see more
Daniel laufer: Colour Memory | Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur et n&b | 13:13 | Allemagne | 2016 see more
Julie murray: Untitled (time) | Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur et n&b | 15:30 | USA | 2018 see more
Ranko paukovic: 90 Seconds in North Korea | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 14:57 | Croatie / Pays-Bas | 0 see more
Azar saiyar: Monument of Distance | Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 6:57 | Finlande | 2018 see more
Sherko abbas: The Music of the Bush Era | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 7:3 | Iraq | 2017 see more
Lisa steele, Kim Tomczak: The Afternoon Knows What the Morning Never Suspected | Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur et n&b | 21:0 | Canada | 2018 see more
María molina peirÓ
One Year Life Strata
Installation vidéo | hdv | couleur | 0:0 | 0 | 2018

During one year María Molina Peiró carried a wearable camera taking a photo every 30 seconds. The enormous collection of photos collected by the camera are shown in an online archive that instead of "remembering" creates a creative forgetting of the vast photo archive. One Year Life Strata proposes a visual metaphor of forgetting by transforming the digital images into what is likely the ultimate memory trace that will remain from us: The geological record. The project, in a sort of digital geology, mines the data from the strata and invite viewers to investigate one year of Maria Molina's life through an AI vision system, not concerned about personal memories but the collection of patterns and numbers they contain. In a society obsessed with recollection, data and monitoring One Year Life Strata addresses the disturbing territory of forgetting. Today that we have the tools to remember and archive almost everything, forgetting has become a term very close to death raising very similar fears. One Year Life Strata wants to overcome this fear and embrace forgetting in a game of time scales, where the speed of Digital Time is buried into a time difficult for us to grasp, the slow Deep Time.

María Molina is an audio-visual artist and filmmaker with a background in fine arts. She works in an open format mixing film, digital media and experimental animation. María Molina´s films and art works have been showcased in international museums like Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam), MACBA (Museum of Modern Art Barcelona), Hong-Gah Museum (Taipei), Centre de Cultura Contemporània Barcelona (CCCB), MATADERO (Madrid) or Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina (Serbia) among others. Her works has been featured in festivals like Rotterdam Film Festival, Art Futura (Barcelona), Taiwan Video Art Biennial, MADATAC (Madrid), VISS (Vienna International Film Festival) or Forecast Forum (Berlin). In her work she explores the increasingly blurred boundaries between material and digital realities. She is particularly interested in the convergences between different memory systems (from Geology to Digital Memory) and how the ubiquity and pervasive nature of Digital Technology is reframing our spatial and temporal perspective. Her films and installations often use metafiction, postproduction and geo-tools to unfold layered realities that connect humans, technology and nature. Her current research focuses on humanity's constant struggle with its temporal and spatial limitations, and how this struggle has driven civilisation and technology to change our relation with nature, time and our understanding of life itself.

Daniel laufer
Colour Memory
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur et n&b | 13:13 | Allemagne | 2016

The protagonists in the film move through spaces like the desert, the city and the gallery space. All are production spaces of the film and combining different layers of time and contexts with each other. The Film follows the history of the gaze. The focus is on the phenomenon of the afterimage. This so-called phi-effect makes film sequences following a strong color stimulus appear in a complementary color. The effect is based on the fact that the retina continues to briefly perceive an image after the light stimulus and merges it with the following image. The sound sometimes refers to the previously perceived film still in some instances, letting the words speak at a different position. The brain requires a moment to connect what is heard with what is seen. Furthermore, the afterimage links different levels of time, the past with the present moment, which in the next instant is already the past again.

Daniel Laufer is an artist, filmmaker and curator, lives and works in Berlin. He has studied at the HBK-Braunschweig. Laufer is a recipient of the grant of the Arthur Boskamp Foundation for Space concepts, Stiftung Kunstfonds and the Berlin Senat among other awards.His exhibitions include: Artists Space, NYC; KM Gallery, Berlin; Galerie Kamm, Berlin, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg; Schaufenster, Kunstverein f. d. Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Fridericianum, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Jewish Museum Berlin, Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Julie murray
Untitled (time)
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur et n&b | 15:30 | USA | 2018

Various reels of found 35mm movie film are pulled over a light box under the fixed gaze of video capture. Through veils of apparent motion, the movements of characters can be discerned and their motivations artfully speculated upon. An oblique tribute to Pere Portabella`s Vampir-Cuadecuc, narrative and plot in Untitled (time) are progressively subsumed in a switching and swaying abstraction to percussion rhythms crashed out on cymbals.

Julie Murray was born in Ireland and lives in the US. Her work has been included in many festivals including the New York Film Festival, Images, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial and more recently at Irish Film Institute/ AEMI Dublin. Her films are in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive, LA The Museum of Modern Art`s Film Archives, NY as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art. Prints of her 16mm films are also to be found in the Public Library`s Special Collections, New York. She likes this fact. Murray`s early super-8 films were selected for a National Film Preservation Foundation Award in 2014.

Ranko paukovic
90 Seconds in North Korea
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 14:57 | Croatie | 0

How do you shoot a documentary when you know that filming is not allowed? In 90 Seconds in North Korea, Ranko Paukovic filmed in slow motion, shooting secretly in 2-second intervals on a hi-speed camera that everyone else around him believed was an ordinary tourist stills camera. Each 2-second fragment created 20 seconds of slow motion footage. The result is a dreamlike yet breathtakingly normal montage of everyday street, road and beach life in a state that strictly controls what outsiders are allowed to see. A child plays with a toy car in the park, adults enjoy a game of cards in the park's picnic area; trucks drive along an empty road, the rays of the setting sun lend warmth to lush countryside, and a shower of rain falls on the streets of Pyongyang… As it was impossible to record any interviews or ambient sound, the soundtrack features a haunting and evocative sound design composed by the director, an accomplished sound editor. The pragmatic, necessary decision to shoot in slow motion lends the film a poetic quality: in Ranko's own words, "the form is born out of need".

Ranko Paukovic studied film at the Academy of Dramatic Art in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia. After graduating, he worked as an assistant editor on large international co-productions. He moved to The Netherlands in 1991 and worked as a sound editor with prominent Dutch directors. In 1993 he set up his own sound studio, Editson, specialising in sound design, sound editing and film mixing for artistically ambitious projects. Still based in Amsterdam, Ranko is now in demand internationally. He has built up an impressive back catalogue of work including feature films, high-end television drama and documentaries. A few years ago, he made his debut as a director with the feature-length documentary Bijela Kuca (White House), about the unique white stone found on the island of Brac, Croatia and the people who earn a living from quarrying it. White House was shown at several international film festivals and broadcast by Croatian national television (HRT) and Al-Jazeera Balkans. His last documentary "The End of Darkness" about the last European female mine workers just premiered at Al-Jazeera Balkans Docs in Sarajevo. The film was supported by the Croatian Film Fund (HAVC). Ranko is also a visiting professor for the University of Zagreb, where he teaches sound design.

Azar saiyar
Monument of Distance
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 6:57 | Finlande | 2018

Googoosh, a popular and loved Iranian-Azerbaijani singer, performs a version of the song Ayrılıq – Separation. The performance is from a 1970s television show and it has been copied several times from one videotape to another. Ayrılıq could be a love song but it is told that composer Ali Salimi (who as a young man had to leave Soviet Azerbaijan, move to Iran and leave many of his loved ones behind) wanted to make music about his sense of longing.

Azar Saiyar is Helsinki-based filmmaker and visual artist whose art has been shown at film and media art festivals, galleries, exhibitions, museums and from television. Currently she is working with a short film project called The Story of a Badly Behaving Child and Monument of Distance – a found footage piece on immigration and memory. She often uses archive materials and plays with images and words of collective memory to look towards the ways of looking, speaking, remembering, growing, conforming and telling stories. She also does collaborative works with other artists.

Sherko abbas
The Music of the Bush Era
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 7:3 | Iraq | 2017

The theme of music is represented by work of Kurdish-Iraqi filmmaker Sherko Abbas: The music of the Bush era. in a split-screen video, using footage shot by his sister, a cellist in the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, he demonstrates how in 2003 the US administration, instead of helping the orchestra to properly re-establish itself in Iraq, militarily airlifted the entire orchestra to Washington to perform once at the Kennedy Centre before President Bush. his film is critical of this futile propagandistic gesture, enacted in the shadow of the invasion in March of the year to promote neo-liberal values, and escape censure. The work was partially inspired by Slavoj Zizek's analysis in his Pervert's Guide to Ideology of the widespread ideological use of Beethoven's Ode to Joy from his Ninth Symphony.

Sherko Abbas Born in 1978, in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdish Autonomous Region, Iraq. Lives and works in United Kingdom. He studied Fine Art in Sulaymaniyah and graduated with Master of Fine arts at the Goldsmiths University of London in 2015. He employs the media of video, performance, text and sound in his practice dedicated to the sonic and visual memory and geopolitical situation of contemporary Iraq and Kurdistan in Particular. He has participated in many exhibitions including his work THE MUSIC OF BUSH ERA was Shown in last Iraqi pavilion (Archaic) in Venice Biennale 57th, the Bagdad mon amour in ICI Paris, Vernacularity, Alternativa International Visual Arts Festival in Gdansk, Poland and the Estrangement in showroom London, Freedom at the barricades? Vaxjo Art Hall, Vaxjo, Sweden.

Lisa steele, Kim Tomczak
The Afternoon Knows What the Morning Never Suspected
Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur et n&b | 21:0 | Canada | 2018

The Afternoon Knows What the Morning Never Suspected. It is a 3-channel 22-minute work that opens with a brief history of the Vietnam War, assembled from historical documents and footage, and then proceeds to detail Canada's complicity in the conflict, drawing attention to the massive profit that Canadian companies made during this time. The work also references the American draft dodgers who settled in Canada in the late 1960s, creating a context for the connection to today with a mesmerizing drive down Yonge Street in 2017. It is an interesting time to re-examine Canada's self-view in relation to the Vietnam War: yes we took in the draft dodgers (the work makes ample reference to this) but we also profited from the war (in spite of the fact that these profits were strictly against our own laws). The work concludes with the on-screen presence of our two performers, each telling the other's life story: one a first generation Canadian, the child of a Serbian/Croatian marriage; the other born in Canada to Vietnamese immigrant parents.

Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak have worked exclusively in collaboration since 1983, producing videotapes, performances and photo/text works. In 2009, Steele + Tomczak were awarded an Honourary Doctorate by the University of British Columbia (Okanagan); in 2005, a Governor General`s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Visual & Media Arts; in 1994 they received both a Toronto Arts Award and the Bell Canada prize for excellence in Video Art. They are co-founders of Vtape, an award-winning media arts centre established in 1983 in Toronto. Currently Steele is Artistic Director and Tomczak is Restoration and Collections Management Director. Both teach at the University of Toronto in The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Major public art commissions include: Watertable (2009, and expanded in 2011) a light and sound installation under the Gardiner Expressway (a raised highway) that marks the original shoreline of Lake Ontario at the foot of historic Fort York; …bump in the night (Barrie) (2010) commissioned by McLaren Art Centre and installed in bus shelters; Falling Up (2006) a video work for the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Love Squared (2006) screened on the 2400 square foot video board at Yonge & Dundas Square in Toronto. A major survey of their work, The Long Time: the 21st century work of Steele + Tomczak, curated by Paul Wong (with a 84 page catalogue), opened at On Main Gallery and VIVO, Vancouver, BC in September 2012; the exhibition traveled to A Space Gallery, Toronto, ON (2013), the Art Gallery of Windsor, ON (2016-17), and Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS (2017). Legal Memory, their first feature-length work, has been shown in a number of film festivals since its release including: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Festival, the Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani (Turin, Italy), the Toronto Festival of Festivals and broadcast on TVOntario. In 1996, their work BLOOD RECORDS: written and annotated, received a world premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and toured across Canada with a bi-lingual catalogue published by The Oakville Galleries. Recent solo exhibitions of their works have taken place at Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, (2014); Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal (2011); WHARF Centre D`art contemporain, Herouxville-St. Clair, France (2010); Diaz Contemporary, Toronto (2009); Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, (2009); Dazibao, Montreal (2008); the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris (2003). Selected group exhibitions and screenings of their work include: Every. Now. Then. Reframing Nationhood, Art Gallery of Ontario (2017); Imago Mundi, Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, Venice, Italy (2017); La Biennale de Montréal, Musee d'art contemporain de Montréal (2014); Carbon 14: Climate is Culture, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (2013); STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward, Workshop, Toronto (2011); Empire of Dreams: phenomenology of the built environment at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2010); a focus screening at EXIS: Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, Korea (2010); the Berlin Film Festival, Forum Expanded (2009); Akbank Sanat, Istanbul (2009); TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Future Projections (2009); Sophia, Bulgaria at the Central Bath House (2008); a focus screening at Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid (2006); Beyond/In Western New York, organized by Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo (2005); Trivandrum Video Festival, New Delhi (2003); City of York Public Gallery, York, England (2000).

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María Molina Peiró has taken photos every 30 seconds for a year, creating a geological record focused not on personal memories, but on a collection of motifs, querying the fear of forgetting. Daniel Laufer films a protagonist in several places such as the desert, town and a gallery. The video alternates several levels of space and time, questioning the phenomenon of persistence of vision and the sense of the perceived. Julie Murray explores 35 mm film strips on a light box and videos them. Through veils that appear to be moving, movements are perceived, creating possible fictions. Ranko Paukovic prolongs several seconds of images filmed in North Korea. These snippets of everyday life seem to be from a dream. Azar Saiyar shows images of a famous Iranian singer in the 70s, Googoosh. She sings about love, separation and nostalgia. Sherko Abbas brings together fragments of video archives of his sister, a cellist, invited with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra to play before President Bush in 2003. Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak question the history of the Vietnam War and examine the paradoxical role that Canada played in the conflict. Although a refuge for conscientious objectors, the country has however been blind to war profits made by certain companies.


Aug. 21

Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Vortragssaal
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry


In the presence of Brit Bunkley, Birgit Johnsen and Hanne Nielsen.

Riccardo giacconi: Il corpo nero | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 5:37 | 0 | 2018 see more
Timo wright: Ex Nihilo | Doc. expérimental | 4k | noir et blanc | 8:20 | Finlande | 2018 see more
Benjamin tiven: The Mirrored Message | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 12:30 | Suède / USA | 2018 see more
Brit bunkley: Ghost Zone | Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 6:25 | 0 | 2018 see more
Andrew kotting: Their Randic Words Stagnate our Ponds | Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 8:40 | Royaume-Uni | 2018 see more
Yorgos zois: Third Kind | Fiction | 4k | couleur | 30:0 | Croatie | 2018 see more
Birgit johnsen, Hanne Nielsen: Outside is Present | Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 14:57 | 0 | 2017 see more
Riccardo giacconi
Il corpo nero
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 5:37 | 0 | 2018

In physics, a "black body" is an idealized physical body that absorbs all incident electromagnetic radiation, regardless of frequency or angle of incidence. An approximate depiction of a black body is a hole in the wall of a large cavity. Any light entering the hole is reflected indefinitely or absorbed inside and is unlikely to re-emerge, making the hole a nearly perfect absorber. The film has been edited as a palindrome, and it is composed of fragments from a conversation with particle physicist Alessio Del Dotto. The scientist outlines the concept of "black body" by narrating anecdotes about it: ultraviolet catastrophes, the first moments of the universe, Borges' Aleph and the double meaning of the Italian word "spettro".

Riccardo Giacconi has studied fine arts at the University IUAV of Venezia. His work has been exhibited in various institutions, such as ar/ge kunst (Bolzano), MAC (Belfast), WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims), tranzitdisplay (Prague), MAXXI (Rome), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin) and at the 6. Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. He was artist-in-residence at the Centre international d`art et du paysage (Vassivière, France), lugar a dudas (Cali, Colombia), MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome and La Box (Bourges). He presented his films at several festivals, including the New York Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Visions du Réel and FID Marseille, where he won the Grand Prix of the international competition in 2015.

Timo wright
Ex Nihilo
Doc. expérimental | 4k | noir et blanc | 8:20 | Finlande | 2018

Ex Nihilo is an experimental short documentary about life, death and our attempts to control them. It tells the stories of an advanced humanoid robot, a cryonics facility, where the brains of deceased people are held and of a ninternational seed vault, where crop seed from around the world are held frozen. The first film is about one of the most advanced humanoid robots, HUBO. It can walk on uneven terrain, drive a vehicle and operate different tools. The second film is about Oregon Cryonics, a cryonics organisation in Salem, Oregon, USA. At their facility human brains of deceased people are kept at very low temperatures. The third film is about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which s situated on the island of Spitsbergen midway between Norway and the North Pole. The vault holds seeds of more than 4000 different plant species at '18 °C. The crates of seeds from all around the world are kept side-by-side deep inside the frozen vault.

Timo Wright is a media artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Wright has graduated with MA degree from the Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki in 2014. He has participated in domestic and international exhibitions since the mid 2000s including Kunsthall Charlottenborg (2017&2018), Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie (2017), Galerie Anhava (2016), Helsinki Art Museum (2013), Helsinki Design Museum (2012), Amos Anderson Art Museum (2012), Kunsthalle Helsinki (2012, 2010, 2009) and Helsinki Art Museum's Kluuvi Gallery (2012), as well as festivals such as IDFA, Slamdance, Nordisk Panorama, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Japan Media Arts Festival. His films have been shown at over 70 festivals and exhibitions worldwide.

Benjamin tiven
The Mirrored Message
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 12:30 | Suède | 2018

The Mirrored Message documents two scientists as they prototype a new device that transfers data between wireless computer networks and living plants. Observing their work from within a sealed electronics facility near Stockholm, we follow procedural steps in the device's programming and fabrication. The initially alien laboratory space slowly reveals itself as a kind of photographic darkroom, and we watch the light-sensitive production of the device's specialized circuitry. From the artificial air of this controlled lab we move to a coastal forest near the Baltic Sea, where the transmitter is installed for testing. Weather impedes the work. As the humans slowly fade from the scene, a living specimen comes online, finally addressable by a local network.

Benjamin Tiven is a filmmaker and the co-director of Library Stack. His films have screened at FID Marseille, Viennale, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Courtisane, MUMOK, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Delfina Foundation, London, Fotografisk, Copenhagen, the Museum of the Moving Image, NYC, and Arsenale Kino, Berlin.

Brit bunkley
Ghost Zone
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 6:25 | 0 | 2018

Ghost Zone is an homage to Tarkovsky`s “Stalker” (1979) takes us on a journey to the original expedition into the ineffable aqueous “Zone” - where wishes may be granted to one’s detriment. Bunkley stitches together his own footage in such a way that the landscape and buildings resemble a magic realist post-apocalyptic wasteland. Photographic composites of two rural locations has been made a lot easier with the use of drone captured imagery in that they will accommodate points of view not accessible form the ground. From this data he uses photogrammetry 3D scanning to create his eerie works as “œislands of memory┝ - akin to the islands that feature in the science fiction film Solaris (1972) by Andrei Tarkovsky. (Photogrammetry uses multiple photographs placed within software that creates 3d printable meshes.) By extracting these images, the buildings are divorced from their surrounds while the videos resemble chunks of architecture and landscape made from an indefinable material floating in black cyberspace.Ultimately they refer to eschatology - the “end of time”.

Brit Bunkley is a New Zealand based artist whose art practice includes the proposal and construction of large scale outdoor sculptures, discrete objects, installations as well as the creation of ”impossible” moving and still images and architecture designed using computer 3D modelling, video editing and image editing programs. His work explores an oblique sense of paranoid apocalyptic fear tempered with a sense of whimsy and irony. International screenings include the White Box gallery in NYC and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (2016, 2018, 2019), and at the Cité Internationale des Arts in 2018. He took part in the Athens Digital Arts Festival and File Sao Paolo 2017 and 2018. Bunkley screened his video, Ghost Shelter/6 at The Federation Square Big Screen, Channels Festival 2017, Melbourne and at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany in 2018. In 2012 Bunkley was an award winner at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art for the «Now&After» Festival, and he was again included in «Now&After» at Moscow’s Artplay Design Center February 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include Ghost Shelter 17 at Te Uru, Titirangi, Auckland, The Happy Place- Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland and the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand in 2018.

Andrew kotting
Their Randic Words Stagnate our Ponds
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 8:40 | Royaume-Uni | 2018

In a hinterland within the “elsewhere” a lone character meanders in search of meaning and understanding. Hither and dither doth he wander reflecting upon all things that came before and all things hereafter. The work is a companion piece to “ttingâ” latest feature film LEK AND THE DOGS and was shot in the Atacama desert in Chile. Produced to run on a loop in a gallery “space” or as a single screen the film exemplifies “ttings ability to take an idea and run with it until it spills over into the expanded cinematic “elsewhere”. With the beguiling presence of French performance artist Xavier Tchili and sublime cinematography by Nick Gordon-Smith the work is designed to be experienced within the pitch black and the sound up high.

Andrew ‘tting was born between the mountains and the sea in Elmstead Woods in 1959. After some early forays into market trading and scrap-metal dealing he travelled to Scandinavia to become a Lumberjack. He returned home in the 80’s to study for a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design and then graduated with a Masters Degree from The Slade, London. He currently lives and works between Hastings in England and Fougax-et-Barrineuf in the French Pyrenees. He teaches part-time at the University for the Creative Arts where he is Professor of Time Based Media. He has made numerous experimental short films, which were awarded prizes at international film festivals. Gallivant (1996), was his first feature film, a road/home movie about his four-month journey around the coast of Britain, with his grandmother Gladys and his daughter Eden, which won the Channel 4 Prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival for Best Director and the Golden Ribbon Award in Rimini (Italy). The film went on in 2011 to be voted number 49 as Best British Film of all time by the UK publication Time Out. In 2001 he directed the first of his Earthworks Trilogy; This Filthy Earth, in 2009 Ivul, and in 2018 Lek And The Dogs. All three films were released theatrically throughout the UK and France. As well as exhibitions of his work in the UK he has also presented retrospectives of his work in Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland and Switzerland. His twenty-eight year oeuvre to date has moved from early live-art inflected, often absurdist pieces, through darkly comic shorts teasing out the melancholy surrealism at the heart of contemporary Englishness to eight resolutely independent feature films that take biography, landscape and journeys as springboards into the making of visually striking and structurally inventive enquiries into identity, belonging, history and notions of the folkloric.

Yorgos zois
Third Kind
Fiction | 4k | couleur | 30:0 | Croatie | 2018

Earth has been abandoned for a long time and humanity has found refuge in outer space. Three archaeologists return to Earth to investigate the origin of a mysterious five tone signal…

Yorgos Zois was born in Athens. He studied applied Math and Nuclear Physics in N.T.U.A. and film direction at Stavrakou Film School, Athens and at U.d.K, Berlin. His debut short film, Casus Belli, premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival in 2010 and participated in the official competition of numerous international film festivals (Rotterdam, Clermont Ferrand, Tokyo Short Shorts, Palm Springs, LA Short Fest etc) winning multiple awards and distinctions. His second short film, Out of Frame, premiered at the 69th Venice Film Festival in 2012 and won the EFA award for the Best European short film and was nominated for Best Short film of the European Film Academy Awards 2012. His first feature, Interruption, premiered at the Orizzonti Competition of the 72nd Venice Film Festival

Birgit johnsen, Hanne Nielsen
Outside is Present
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 14:57 | 0 | 2017

Outside is present is based on the often stereotype and one-sided media images from the world`s many focal points and from provincial places far out in the countryside. In Outside is present blend these two confrontational media representations, so a small village in Denmark is hereby transformed into one of the world`s focal points. The small well-known facets of the village thus change character in fictionalization and can either occur as everyday realisme, idyllic or scary, depending on the eye that looks: whether it is the individual in relation to the village, the village in relation to the capital, the capital in relation to the country or the country in relation to the world. A similar superfictional view of the world led Miguel de Cervantes` famous madman Don Quixote.

Birgit Johnsen & Hanne Nielsen are educated from the Art Academy of Jutland from 1991 and 1990 They have worked and exhibited together with video, documentary and installations since 1993 . Latest exhibition can REVISIT at Overgaden 2018, Protect/Release at Røda Sten Kunsthall 2017 and Inclusion / Exclusion ARoS 2014. In 2016 /17 they were received Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens honorary award and with Eckersberg Medal, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

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Riccardo Giacconi engages in dialogue with an astrophysicist talking about black celestial bodies that are capable of absorbing any electromagnetic radiation. He describes catastrophes linked to ultraviolet radiation, the very first moments in time, The Aleph by Borges. Timo Wright’s documentary is about our attempts to control life and death. He films bizarre humanoid robots, a cryonics centre where human brains are preserved and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a vault containing over 4000 seeds from all over the world. Benjamin Tiven follows two scientists testing a device for data transfer between a computer network and plants, from their laboratory up to the Baltic coast. Brit Bunckley pays tribute to Tarkovsky, returning to the filming locations of Stalker where landscapes and buildings resemble a wasteland at the end of time. Andrew Kotting follows a character wandering in a deserted hinterland, void of any presence. Yorgos Zois films planet earth after man has abandoned it. Archaeologists return there to find the source of a mysterious signal. Birgit Johnsen and Hanne Nielsen pass through a Danish village examining central stereotypes and those on the periphery, universality and particularity.


Aug. 21

Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Vortragssaal
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry


In the presence of Nicolas Tubery and Tinne Zenner.

Nicolas tubery: Maquignon | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 17:54 | 0 | 2017 see more
Deborah stratman: Optimism | Doc. expérimental | super8 | couleur et n&b | 14:43 | 0 / USA | 2018 see more
Ben rivers: Trees Down Here | Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 13:56 | Royaume-Uni | 2018 see more
Tinne zenner: Translations | Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 20:20 | Groenland / Canada, Denmark | 2018 see more
Laura henno: Djo | Documentaire | 4k | couleur | 13:0 | France | 2018 see more
Nicolas tubery
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 17:54 | 0 | 2017

"Maquignon" se déroule à 80 kilomètres de Toulouse, aux Cammazes, une commune proche de la Montagne Noire. Là, il plonge dans l'atmosphère d'une foire aux chevaux en s'arrêtant sur les relations entre paysans et petits marchands de bestiaux "les maquignons", sur le langage des hommes et des animaux, parle? ou silencieux. Le film embrasse diffe?rents aspects de cet événement : aussi bien les négociations d'achat, la préparation et le soin des chevaux ou les moments de convivialité que les temps morts, quand la tension s'évapore.

Nicolas Tubéry est né en 1982 à Carcassonne. Il a étudié à l'Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Céramique de Tarbes puis à l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des beaux arts de Paris où il obtient le DNSAP. Sculpteur et vidéaste, Nicolas Tubéry conjugue les deux pratiques dans ses œuvres. Ses recherches récentes se concentrent sur le monde paysan d`où il vient : ses phénomènes atemporels, comme une foire aux chevaux, mais aussi plus conjoncturels comme les exploitations abandonnées par manque de repreneur. Quel que soit le sujet, il concentre son attention sur les gestes du travail, et sa fascination pour les détails est contagieuse. Observant tout en sculpteur, il adapte le matériel agricole en machinerie cinématographique, puis utilise les mêmes matériaux pour créer les structures monumentales dans lesquelles il projette ses films. Il parvient, avec affection et justesse, à donner une place à la ruralité dans l`art contemporain.

Deborah stratman
Doc. expérimental | super8 | couleur et n&b | 14:43 | 0 | 2018

Draw down the sun. Dig up the gold. The urge to relieve a winter valley of permanent shadow and find fortune in alluvial gravel are part of a long history of desire and extraction in the far Canadian north. Cancan dancers, curlers, ore smelters, former city officials and a curious cliff-side luminous disc congregate to form a town portrait. Shot in location in the Yukon Territory. The disc that appears in the film was part of "Augural Pair", a set of public sculptures created by Stratman and artist Steven Badgett by invitation of the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture "Natural and Manufactured" series. The works responded to ways value and speculation are connected to landscape and acts of removal.

Artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman makes work that investigates power, control and belief, exploring how places, ideas, and society are intertwined. Her themes range widely, as do the mediums she uses to question them. Recent projects have addressed freedom, expansionism, surveillance, sonic warfare, public speech, ghosts, sinkholes, levitation, propagation, orthoptera, raptors, comets, exodus and faith.  She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.

Ben rivers
Trees Down Here
Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 13:56 | Royaume-Uni | 2018

Trees are the silent characters, narrating the architecture and life of Churchill College (opened in 1960) through its natural history. 6’s Cowan Court (completed in 2016) inverted the spatial and material order of the picturesque Brutalism of the original college, shifting its mineral world of brick and shuttered concrete to timber. Cowan Court’s oak, both new and old, defines its structure and in turn encloses a central court filled with recently planted birch trees. The analogue materiality of Churchill College is matched by the film which, like the architecture and landscape, leaves traces of its own development. The human habitat is seen through nature ‘ swaying trees, lost animals, birds of prey, the seasons “ to create a new dreamlike environment in which any distinction between human life, architecture and nature is erased.

Ben Rivers studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, initially in sculpture before moving into photography and super8 film. After his degree he taught himself 16mm filmmaking and hand-processing. His practice as a filmmaker treads a line between documentary and fiction. Often following and filming people who have in some way separated themselves from society, the raw film footage provides Rivers with a starting point for creating oblique narratives imagining alternative existences in marginal worlds. He is the recipient of numerous prizes including: FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, 68th Venice Film Festival for his first feature film Two Years At Sea; the Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel 42, 2011; shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2010/2012; Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, 2010. Recent exhibitions include: Slow Action, Hepworth Wakefield, 2012; Sack Barrow, Hayward Gallery, London, 2011; Slow Action, Mattâ’s Gallery, London and Gallery TPW, Toronto, 2011; A World Rattled of Habit, A Foundation, Liverpool, 2009. Artist-in-focus include Courtisane Festival; Pesaro International Film Festival; London Film Festival; Tirana Film Festival; Punto de Vista, Pamplona; Indielisboa and Milan Film Festival. In 1996 he co-founded Brighton Cinematheque which he then co-programmed through to its demise in 2006 “ renowned for screening a unique programme of film from its earliest days through to the latest artistâ’s film and video.

Tinne zenner
Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 20:20 | Groenland | 2018

Nutsigassat reflects on the power of language as a colonizer of foreign landscapes. The Danish names imposed on Greenland’s spaces and landscapes have historically been a part of Denmark’s engagement in the vast country in the North. A process, through which the mountains of Sermitsiaq and Kingittorsuaq that surround Nuuk were detached from both their semantic and geographical meaning. But also the physical signs of the fatal interventions of the past are legible in the concrete high-rises that replaced the small communities of the bygds along the coasts which were closed down by the Danish government in the 1960s and 70s. Even the manual mass production of tupilaks (sacred amulettos made of bones and horns) describe a cultural mutation of the mythical figure into a tourist object. Through a complex juxtaposition of text, voice and her beautiful 16mm film imagery, Zenner has created a critical work in which the majestic and vast vistas of Greenland defy the history imposed on them

Tinne Zenner is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Copenhagen. She holds an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Working with analogue film, 3D-animation and spatial installation, her work explores the physical structures, in which layers of history, politics and collective memory are embedded. Her work has been shown at a number of international film festivals including Ann Arbor Film Festival, Projections at New York Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Courtisane, Image Forum Tokyo and EXiS in South Korea, and exhibited internationally at Reykjavik Art Museum, Nuuk Art Museum, Gothenburg Kunsthal, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Brussels as well as at Overgaden - Institute of Contemporary Art, Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen. Zenner is a co-founder and member of Sharna Pax, a film collective based in London and Copenhagen working between the fields of anthropology, documentary and visual arts.

Laura henno
Documentaire | 4k | couleur | 13:0 | France | 2018

Dans les Hauts de Mayotte, espace du secret, de la magie et de la fuite, hommes et chiens entretiennent un rapport filial, presque fusionnel d`espêces compagnes qui partagent un même territoire de transformation et d`autonomie. Smogi vit une relation particulière avec les chiens mais aussi avec la puissance des éléments, la nature et les esprits malins qui la peuple (les djinns). « Djo» croise différents régimes de croyance dans un syncrétisme sauvage à l`appel de la prière musulmane marque aussi le moment des retrouvailles avec les forces animistes et impures de la forêt.

Laura Henno a initialement une formation de photographe et sâinitie au cinéma au Fresnoy. Elle est lauréate du Prix Découverte des Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles en 2007. Depuis plusieurs années, Laura Henno appuie sa démarche photographique et filmique sur les enjeux de la migration clandestine, aux Comores, sur de la réunion ou à Calais. Elle se confronte à la situation des migrants et des jeunes passeurs, avec une ambition documentaire réinvestissant le réel de potentiels de fictions et de récits. Les images qui en résultent provoquent un trouble et puisent dans les codes picturaux et cinématographiques. Elle a obtenu plusieurs prix pour son film Koropa, dont le Prix Egalité Diversité 2017 du Festival de court-métrage de Clermont-Ferrand et le Grand Prix du court-métrage 2016 aux Entrevues de Belfort. Son travail a été montré dans des nombreux musées en France et à l’étranger. Son travail photographique est représenté par la Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire.

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Nicolas Tubéry observes a horse fair, scrutinizes work gestures and discussions, as well as the spoken or unspoken language of the men and animals. Deborah Stratman portrays the inhabitants of a town in northern Canada. In the permanent shadow of the valley, this community seeks both gold and the sun. Ben Rivers films Churchill College, 1960s Brutalism architecture revamped with wood structures. Architecture and nature forge their own development, distinctions between human life, architecture and nature disappear. Tinne Zenner reflects on the colonised landscapes of Greenland. Danish names given to the mountains distance them from their geographic foothold, buildings constructed in the 1960s replace small communities, manuals for producing sacred amulets transform them into souvenirs for tourists. Laura Henno films a secret place in Mayotte seemingly governed by magic where men, nature and spirits share a special connection.

    August 20-25, 2019
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