W. G. Sebald
Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
Xavier Le Roy
The first edition of the new biannual encounter at Haus der Kulturen der Welt features five days of thematic programmes, conceived by a group of international filmmakers, curators, artists and theoreticians. A key component of the encounter is the critical re-evaluation of historical processes in the light of the contemporary moment.
conceived by curator Hila Peleg
It is the documentary that inquiries into the means of image-producing practices. For the first time, an international meeting highlights documentary practices across disciplines. BERLIN DOCUMENTARY FORUM demonstrates the increasingly significant role of the documentary in the visual arts, performance, literature and cinema.
The first edition of the new biannual encounter at Haus der Kulturen der Welt features five days of thematic programmes, conceived by a group of international filmmakers, curators, artists and theoreticians. A key component of the encounter is the critical re-evaluation of historical processes in the light of the contemporary moment. Also at stake is the role that images and strategies of representation, subsumed under the term “documentary”, have acquired in present-day politics.
As the distinctions between reality and fiction, artifact and document are challenged today more than ever, the Forum engages with the documentary not as the picturing of reality but as a way to come to terms with reality by means of working with and through images and narrative. The BERLIN DOCUMENTARY FORUM thus seeks to explore new modes of reflection and media education in a world in which reality is never a static given, but a complex set of relations.
This new biannual encounter at Haus der Kulturen der Welt was conceived by curator Hila Peleg. BERLIN DOCUMENTARY FORUM 1 is structured around six unique programmes developed and realised by commissioned curators, artists, filmmakers and theoreticians.
DOCUMENTARY MOMENTS: RENAISSANCE - a programme of screenings and talks by filmmaker Eyal Sivan with Ayreen Anastas, Stella Bruzzi, François Bucher, Rene Gabri, Chris Marker, Marie-José Mondzain, Edgar Morin, Marcel Ophuls, Alain Resnais and Frederick Wiseman.
RULES OF EVIDENCE: TEXT, VOICE, SIGHT -- an interdisciplinary programme by curator Okwui Enwezor including readings and art installations with and by Emily Apter, Ecke Bonk, Eduardo Cadava, Tony Cokes, Philip Gourevitch, Thomas Keenan, Antjie Krog, Jacques Rancière, Walid Sadek, W. G. Sebald and Zinny / Maidagan.
MISSING IMAGE: MICHAEL MRAKITSCH - a programme of screenings and talks by filmmaker Florian Schneider with contributions by Michael Mrakitsch and Rick Prelinger.
MÖGLICHKEITSRAUM (The Blast of the Possible) - three screen-performances by video artist Angela Melitopoulos with Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Brian Holmes and Bettina Knaup.
AUTHORSHIP, AUTHORITY, AUTHENTICITY. RECENT DOCUMENTARIES FROM ELSEWHERE -- a programme of screenings and talks by curator Eduardo Thomas with João Moreira Salles, Uruphong Raksasad, Ben Russell, Lee Anne Schmitt and Eileen Simpson & Ben White.
A BLIND SPOT - a prologue to an exhibition by curator Catherine David and artist Joachim Koester.
The programme is further accompanied by a range of special performances and conversations by cultural historians Ariella Azoulay and Issam Nassar, theatre director Rabih Mroué, choreographer Xavier Le Roy and video artist Omer Fast.
View the full programme at: http://www.hkw.de/berlin.doc.forum
Image: Kevin Carter, Vulture Watching Starving Child
Opening: Opening Wednesday 02.06.2010, h 6:30 p.m. free admission
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Berlin
Opening hours: Mon - Sun 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Exhibitions: Wed - Mon 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.