Arsenal Summer School: REANIMATION & REENACTMENT – Forms of Cinematic Reencounter

Arsenal Cinema, Berlin, Germany
21 Aug 2014 - 23 Aug 2014

Arsenal Summer School: REANIMATION & REENACTMENT – Forms of Cinematic Reencounter

Since 2009 the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art has been running a Summer School, open to anyone interested in coming together for three intensive days to examine a topic at the interface of the theory and practice of film. The Arsenal Summer School provides a forum for an open-ended exchange, in which the participants’ questions and reflections can develop a dynamic of their own.

The Summer School, now in its sixth year, will be held from August 21–23, 2014. It will concentrate on the Arsenal’s important relation to its own archive, drawing from the ongoing project Visionary Archive. Under the title REANIMATION & REENACTMENT. Forms of Cinematic Reencounter, it will focus on the specific forms of re-seeing by which the past becomes present in the cinema.

As a central component of this Summer School, participants will come together to watch films from the Arsenal archive. The selection of films focuses on the diverse forms of re-stagings, re-enactments, and the encounter with spaces where the past lives on, transparently or covertly. Particular attention will be given to films from anti-colonialist, non-European cinema and the history of resistance remembered in them. In this constellation, the view to the archive falls on films that themselves act as an archive. They assemble and conserve images, sounds, and view-points, they fill in some of the gaps in knowledge and open up others. They allow us to get a view to cinema that faces up to history, collectively experienced, but remembered with contradictions.

The collective visualization of these different techniques of film memory in the Summer School is not meant as an innocuous, distanced view from the outside. Rather, we will make use of the pos-sibilities of reencountering that are inherent in each film, in which there is always something of the past involved in a possible future.

With films by Neïl Beloufa, Vincent Dieutre, Assia Djebar, Ruy Guerra, Philip Scheffner, Ousmane Sembène, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd. 

School conducted by: Marie-Hélène Gutberlet, Tobias Hering the artistic directors of the Visionary Archive project.

Forms of Cinematic Reencounter

(The presentations will be held in German)

at Arsenal Summer School
Arsenal Cinema,
Potsdamer Platz 2,
10785 Berlin


The number of participants is limited (30 persons).

Attendance fee: 125 Euro

105 Euro (members, students, Berlin-Pass)

85 Euro (members of the arsenal freundeskreis)

Registration deadline: 30 July 2014

attached: registration form (ANMELDEFORMULAR2014)  / further information and program (ArsenalSummerSchool2014_Program)

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