Berlinale screenings and book release Filipa César

On the occasion of the premier of the film Spell Reel by Filipa César within this year Berlinale Forum program, Archive Books releases the publication Luta ca caba inda. Time Place Matter Voice. 1967–2017. We cordially invite you to check out the screenings program and more details about the book.

Luta ca caba inda. Time Place Matter Voice. 1967–2017 by Filipa César

An archive of film and studio material in Bissau. On the verge of complete ruin, the footage testifies to the birth of Guinean cinema as part of the decolonising vision of Amílcar Cabral, the liberation leader who was assassinated in 1973. In collaboration with the Guinean filmmakers Sana na N’Hada and Flora Gomes, as well as many allies, Filipa César imagines a journey where in this fragile matter from the past operates as a visionary prism of shrapnel, with which to look through.

Politics of Memory
Documentary and Archive

The anthology Politics of Memory aims to investigate the document as such, as an objective trace left by events, as material proof or the creation of reality – the strategies with which they transform a state of memory into State memory, those by means of which a historical removal is enacted, those, ultimately, in which there is an attempt to challenge permanent or temporary amnesia, opening up to the future. The artists and filmmakers contributing to this publication represent the most advanced area on an international scale of a research that inaugurates a new relationship between artistic practices and the documentary.

Lieux de Mémoire and Desire by Maya Schweizer

The publication presents five cinematic works of Maya Schweizer and examines how the artist approaches the relation of montage editing techniques with the concept of film and memorial and film as memorial – a relation which traces back to both the very beginnings of montage and incorporates the research of French historian Pierre Nora. Recurring moments in Schweizer’s multiform art practice revolve around the examination of subtly treated processes of memory regarding historic-political events in public space. In the places, structures and situations she investigates, historical threads intersect.

Shape Shifting by Elke Marhöfer and Mikhail Lylov

Shape Shifting is the practice of a landscape by which it preserves and changes simultaneously. Shape Shifting is a film as well, akin to a living territory, both build themselves in response to a broader environment by transforming their internal composition. Being a landscape, or drawing a cartography of a landscape is to develop an attentiveness towards the doings of human and nonhuman forces. The book brings together the receptivity of images and the spontaneity of words, from there different theories emerge.

Prendas – Ngangas – Equisos – Machines
Each Part Welcomes the Other Without Saying by Elke Marhöfer

Transducing a single film into printed matter, this book addresses the question of how to connect the nonhumans, animals and plants to the postcolonial space without deepening inflicted violations on both people and nature? The film prendas – ngangas – enquisos – machines {each part welcomes the other without saying} gathers affects of plants and animals whose ancestors were moved to the new world, and ‘had to colonize the new land with the humans as a team.’ in present-day Cuba animals such as cows, horses, goats, pigs and chickens provide food and labor, and often move around freely. Much like extended family members some animals share close relations with humans. Some entered the intermediate state between domesticated and wild, others return to the forest to fully reverse their domestication and to become something else entirely.

Nobody Knows, When it Was Made and Whyby Elke Marhöfer

The publication takes a fresh look at Aby Warburg’s prominent Mnemosyne Atlas. Reflecting on the fact that research, be it art or science based, is a historical and anthropological procedure that is closely related to colonialism, the film and the two essays rethink how Warburg creates a relational and trans-cultural methodology. Inhuman and animating forces of images, things, animals, people, minerals, amulets and dices, solar and lunar eclipses, intestines, magic stones and starry heavens stemming from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Jordan suggest exploring Mnemosyne Atlas outside of European cultural history and the imagination of itself.

No, I Am Not a Toad, I Am a Turtleby Elke Marhöfer

The publication No, I Am Not a Toad, I Am a Turtle goes back to a three year long research and a film project by Elke Marhöfer on the Korean song form of ‘pansori’ music. Confronted with an animist ontology, growing from the research, the publication revisits discredited philosophies based upon believes on souls and spirits, and questions how modernity designed and conceptualized the relationships and boundaries between ‘humans,’ ‘animals,’ ‘plants’ and ‘things.’

Sunsets, Notes From Underground, Waves
by Lisa Tan

The publication serves as a guidebook of sorts to Lisa Tan’s eponymous video suite. Containing illustrated transcriptions of each video and texts by Mara Lee, Lauren O’Neill-Butler, Natasha Sadr Haghighian, and the artist, it both catalogues and responds, sticks to the facts and allows for hearsay.
The concept of the liminal permeates Tan’s videos: drifting between day and night, above and below ground, land and sea. An analogous transit is offered by this book, suspending the reader between the empirical and subjective, with the hope of fulfilling the promise held out by the liminal: transformation.

Anabases
by Eric Baudelaire

Anabases is a project initiated by the artist Eric Baudelaire and conceived as a conversation between his own practice and the research of the philosopher Pierre Zaoui and the cinema theorist Jean-Pierre Rehm. It revolves around the notion of ‘anabasis’, a topic that has been explored in various fields and times, from Xénophon to Alain Badiou, through the poets Saint John Perse and Paul Celan. Anabasis is used to describe a period of ‘uncertain wandering and without guide’ through unknown and dangerous lands that ends when one returns to the native land. Each chapter collects documentary materials which are at the root of projects: chronologies, archival photos, maps, pages from books and newspapers. These documents tell a story that becomes the starting point of forms and films that Baudelaire realizes.

Da Capo. Fifteen Films by Deimantas Narkevičius

This publication constitutes the first comprehensive overview of the filmic production by the video-artist and filmmaker Deimantas Narkevičius: over 20 years of production and more than 200 exhibitions all over the world. It contains the transcription in their integral version of the film’s dialogue list, and it is completed by the comments of 16 authors on the 15 films made by Narkevičius from 1997 through to today. Each film is introduced by the artist’s personal statement.