Berlinale Forum Expanded
The Boundaries between Art and Cinema
The Forum has always explored the boundaries between art and cinema. Forum Expanded, launched in 2006, presents film, video and installation works on various themes in locations around Berlin and ventures to provide critical commentary on and broaden the horizons of the cinematographic.
This year, the program of the 5th Forum Expanded extends beyond film installations and curated film and video screenings, turning its attention in addition to the relationship between screen and stage in a series of nine performances. A range of panel discussions will also be devoted to the relationship between exhibitions, cinema and performance. The wealth of forms within the program has been divided into three different curated sections called “Show”, “Screen” and “Perform”, which are complemented by a group of events entitled “Talk and Screen”.
Cinema City, for example, an installation project initiated by Indian filmmaker, curator and activist Madhusree Dutta will be on display in several cinema foyers, exploring questions about the relationship between urban space in the case of Bombay and cinema.
Michael Busch’s Das Elektrische Paradies (The Electric Paradise) is a personal trip through time back to the 1980s, reminiscing about punk, artistic interventions at the Wall and the slow transition from the old to the new Berlin.
“Talk and Screen” will be focusing on the influence of the geopolitical on artistic expression via a range of individual film and art projects. Artists from a broad spectrum of creative backgrounds will be invited to present and discuss their work, taking in the Bombay “Cinema City” project, Iranian artist Reza Haeri as well as the “The Tangier 8” omnibus project initiated by the Moroccan Tamaas foundation.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
All Restrictions End – The Politics of Clothes
Iran, Netherlands, 2009, 32 min, Farsi
Director: Reza Haeri
In his new experimental documentary Reza Haeri deals with contemporary Iranian history, focusing on the evolution of clothes and fashion. The film is structured like a collage, interweaving archival footage from Iranian cinema, imagery from various stylistic epochs in the history of Persian painting, graphics from the period of the Islamic Revolution, and works provided by various artists.
Screening and Talk on 19 February, more info here.
India, 2009, 60 min, English, Hindi
Director: Avjit Mukul Kishore, Renu Savant, Hansa Thapliyal, Srikant Agawane
Cities and cinema are the twins of the 20th century. Though in the first half of the century it was primarily the west that developed and produced cinema, since the 1950s Asian cinema has slowly developed a distinct identity. The postcolonial cities, the vast metropolises and the moving people of the region have evolved a certain discipline which is as much about city narratives as about a distinct cinematic convention of representation. Cinema City is a project to document, archive and re-read these cinema producing cities through images and narratives within cinema and its impacts and manifestations in the lived world; involving inter-disciplinary and collaborative research, pedagogy and art and media productions. Though the project aims to expand into an archive of post-colonial Asian metropolises that produce cinema, currently the work is being concentrated only on Bombay.
Screening and Talk on 16 February, more info here.
Das Elektrische Paradies (The Electric Paradise)
Germany, 2010, 210 min, German
Director: Michael Busch
The Electric Paradise is an aleatoric film in six parts. It’s an extensive film cosmos on the topic of limited space, in which hallucinated and remembered urban landscapes appear, thought plays, traumata, textual landscapes whiz by, self-encounters in dreams, wormholes leading to other times and realities; in which the first-person narrator is leading a ghostlike existence in his hideaway, the idea of a hollow earth, evil water, strange matter, Peter Hein recounting Plato’s cave analogy, a cinematic self-portrait, all of the above in palimpsest-like repainted images, oscillating between concrete and abstract vision…
Screenings on 18 and 21 February, more info here.
The Tangier 8
Morocco, France, 2009, 43 min, English, French, Arabic
Directors: Ivan Boccara, Carla Faesler, Akram Zataari, Liliane Gir
In June 2009, Tamaas, an international non-profit arts organization, invited eight poets and filmmakers coming from France, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, and the United States, to Tangier, Morocco. They had not met prior to their arrival in Tangier, therefore adding to the experimental nature of the project. The artists worked in pairs of one filmmaker-one poet each. These four poet-filmmaker pairs collaborated using Super 8 film and writing original text to create experimental “film-poems.” Working under tight time constraints, they had just four days to film, four days for sound, and four days for editing. The artists took inspiration from the city of Tangier, its history, architecture, people, politics, as well as from each other, to produce these short film poems.
films by Ivan Boccara,Carla Faesler, Akram Zataari, Liliane Giraudon, Natalia Almada, Peter Gizzi, Jem Cohen, Luc Sante
panel discussion (18.2., 12:00 Arsenal 1) with Natalia Almada, Akram Zaatari, Liliane Giraudon, Blaire Dessent, Sarah Riggs
Moderation: Brigitta Kuster
Screenings and Talk on 18 and 20 February, more info here.