Berlin 2020 Programme
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Friday

Aug. 28
2pm

Exhibition + Live online
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: lines S5, S7, S9, S75, station: Hauptbahnhof
Exhibition from 2pm to 8pm. Free admission at HKW (without registration)
To fulfil the distancing sanitary measures, you need to bring your own headphones to watch the works shown in the lobby. In case you forgot, headphones will be provided at the counter.
Live streaming in free access (without registration)

"Communities"

Yulong zhou: Searching the One | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 11:0 | Chine | 2017 see more
Louis-cyprien rials: Faith Rocks | Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 18:0 | Ethiopie | 2019 see more
Marion tampon-lajarriette: Natura Naturata | Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 8:34 | Suisse | 2018 see more
Yulong zhou
Searching the One
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 11:0 | Chine | 2017

Both my parents and grandparents had told about their experiences of witnessing dragon and strange astronomic as kids. These things became part of my childhood memory which I still hold onto deeply. I believe there are some kind of lives and energy that are beyond human existence. They are totems which evolved into symbols throughout thousands of years. Whereas modern science , under the coverage of logic, made every one of us a superstitious bystander. Truth is like an enormous broken flower fading on earth. How do these incidents relate to casual bystanders? The mystery of these beliefs is best understood by peasants, who have intermingled with the land and nature for thousands of years. But are they still there, or are they hidden in a secret way? This is what I have been looking for. It is unique and belongs to everyone. As Nietzsche wrote in “Also sprach Zarathustra”: “You and I even in the mountains we seek something different. I came here to seek more safety, because it is still the strongest tower and will”.


ZHOU YULONG photographer & Artist b. 1978 2000: Worked as Art director of Ogilvy&Mather Co. 2002: Founded DTMPHOTO studio Based in Shanghai

Louis-cyprien rials
Faith Rocks
Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 18:0 | Ethiopie | 2019


Marion tampon-lajarriette
Natura Naturata
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 8:34 | Suisse | 2018

Dans la continuité d’un ensemble de projets réalisé au sein de musées d’art, d’archéologie et d’Histoire naturelle, l’artiste poursuit son travail de déplacement du visiteur et des collections qui basculent dans un registre fantastique souvent inspiré de la science-fiction. Natura Naturata met en scène un groupe de gymnastique pluri générationnel au sein des collections de cristaux, d’animaux et de coraux du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Genève. Sur des fragments de texte murmurés ou chantés extraits de l’ouvrage Monadologie et Sociologie écrit par le philosophe et sociologue Gabriel Tarde en 1893, les images mettent en rythme ce qui constituait, selon Gilles Deleuze, une "dialectique de la différence et de la répétition qui fonde, sur toute une cosmologie, la possibilité d’une microsociologie". Ainsi s’agence en équilibre précaire une vision tardienne de l’univers mettant en relation les "sociétés animales, cellulaires, atomiques, et stellaires". L'ensemble des images a été réalisé dans les galeries permanentes du Muséum d'histoire naturelle de la ville de Genève. Merci pour leur soutien et participation.

Marion Tampon-Lajarriette (b.1982 in Paris) lives and works in Geneva. She received an MFA from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (France) in 2007 and an MA in Arts and New Media from the Haute École d’Art et de Design de Genève (HEAD) in 2008. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, including: Museo Villa Pia (Lugano, 2019); Les Brasseurs (Liège, 2015); Mois de la Photo Festival (Paris, 2012); Loop Art Fair (Barcelona, 2008). Her work has also been shown at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; MAMCO, Geneva; Swiss Institute, New York City; Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver; and is part of the permanent collection at MAMCO, Geneva; MEP, Paris; NMNM, Monaco; the Francois Pinault Foundation; among others. In 2016-2017 she was awarded a residency at the Swiss Institute in Rome, and took part in the Swiss Art Awards in Basel. In 2013, she was awarded the Société des Arts grant and the FCAC-Geneva grant and residency in New York City. The artist’s second monograph, Echos, will be edited in March 2020 by Casa Grande (331 pages, texts by Mark Lewis, Lucille Ulrich, Valeria Venditti). She is represented by Galerie Laurence Bernard in Geneva.


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Yulong Zhou observes villagers in their common pursuit to bring ancient stories and thousand-year-old astronomy to life. Louis-Cyprien Rials visits Yemrehanna Krestos, a 12th century Ethiopian Orthodox church, located within a cave. Marion Tampon-Lajarriette features a group of gymnasts of all ages within the crystal, animal and coral collections at the Natural History Museum in Geneva. A vision of the world is laid out, a delicate balance, connecting the human community and minerals. The images give tempo to what constituted, according to Gilles Deleuze, a ‘dialectic of difference and repetition that creates, over an entire cosmology, the possibility of a microsociology’.


Friday

Aug. 28
3pm

Exhibition + Live online
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: lines S5, S7, S9, S75, station: Hauptbahnhof
Exhibition from 2pm to 8pm. Free admission at HKW (without registration)
To fulfil the distancing sanitary measures, you need to bring your own headphones to watch the works shown in the lobby. In case you forgot, headphones will be provided at the counter.
Live streaming in free access (without registration)

"State of play"

Derek taylor: Scenes from the Periphery | Film expérimental | super8 | noir et blanc | 2:50 | USA | 2019 see more
Gavin hipkins: The Valley | Vidéo | hdv | couleur et n&b | 14:18 | Royaume-Uni / New Zealand | 2019 see more
Miriam martÍn: La espada me la ha regalado | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 18:6 | Espagne | 2019 see more
Dirk peuker, Bettina Nürnberg: Elephant Bearing an Obelisk | Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 14:0 | Allemagne | 2018 see more
Rossella nisio: The Silent Ray | Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 18:1 | Pays-Bas | 2019 see more
Jorge jÁcome: Past Perfect | Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 23:0 | Portugal | 2019 see more
Derek taylor
Scenes from the Periphery
Film expérimental | super8 | noir et blanc | 2:50 | USA | 2019

An aerial survey of the filmmaker’s place of origin, the film is a frame intensive search for home, place and direction. Edited in camera on Super 8, changing position two frames at a time, the movements of lines and masses offer a renewed look at this once lost but now rediscovered locale in a continuing quest for a sense of provenance.


Derek Taylor?s moving image work focuses on the intersection of documentary and experimental filmmaking, particularly as it relates to history and landscape. His work has been screened at a number of festivals both nationally and internationally. He studied film, video and new media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives and works in Connecticut (USA).

Gavin hipkins
The Valley
Vidéo | hdv | couleur et n&b | 14:18 | Royaume-Uni | 2019

Devon’s moors are the backdrop for this hybrid film that constructs an imaginary community and frames sentiments of belonging at a time when parochialism and nationalism are globally prevailing. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, Hipkins grafts portraits of his forebears across Devon?s uncanny landscapes. A subtext of Doyle’s classic novel negotiates yearnings for a homecoming and a mythical ancestral land.


Gavin Hipkins (b. 1968) is a New Zealand-based artist. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. He is currently Associate Professor at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. His work explores the nation state, particularly in colonised countries in an era of re-imagined communities and ideas of social and political utopia. His recent moving image works engage film as a cinematic art that blurs conventional genres of essay film, documentary and experimental narrative structures. His work has been exhibited widely over the last two decades. His solo exhibition The Homely will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney in July 2020. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Videoex, Switzerland (2019); 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2018); International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018, 2015); International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2017, 2016); The Jewish Museum, New York (2015); Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York (2014); City Art Centre, Edinburgh Art Festival (2014); Armory Film, New York (2012); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011); Austrian Museum of Applied Art and Contemporary Art (MAK), Vienna, (2011).

Miriam martÍn
La espada me la ha regalado
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 18:6 | Espagne | 2019

La Casa de Campo est l'un des plus grands parcs publics du monde, une forêt en réalité. Pendant des siècles, ce ne fut que pour les rois et les reines. Dans les images, c'est 2019 : le vert de la terre qui brille à nouveau pour nous ou les restes des tranchées comme endormies ou l'usage imprévu des ponts et des bassins par les enfants. Dans les sons, 1936, la forêt coupée en deux, la défense de Madrid : « bourdonnements et explosions, rafales de mitrailleuses, claquement sec des fusils » ou le feu d'artillerie qui massacra la ville depuis les collines ou les mots de ceux qui inventèrent une révolution et un goût pour la vie bonne au milieu de tout ce vacarme.

Miriam Martín a consacré toute sa vie adulte et une partie de la précédente au cinéma. D'abord comme spectatrice, puis comme programmatrice dans diverses institutions. Et en organisant, de novembre 2012 à juillet 2018, le ciné-club Chantal, une expérience esthétique et politique à périodicité hebdomadaire.

Dirk peuker, Bettina Nürnberg
Elephant Bearing an Obelisk
Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 14:0 | Allemagne | 2018

Marbled paper blue, a book’s illustrations, the flicker of film’s materiality: these are just a few of the narrative devices that punctuate Bettina Nürnberg and Dirk Peuker’s essayist film tracing the atmospheric efects of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa’s significant buildings, including the Brion family cemetery. As homage the work continues the filmmakers’ interests in documenting architectural histories. What is significant about this more poetic rendering is how it follows the rhythm of the spatial forms and motifs of their subject: Scarpa took an apolitical stance and refused to make architecture during the reign of fascism in Italy (1922–43); in the years that followed however, he produced Venice’s modernist exemplars, arguably the most beautiful architectural works of modernism for how they create mental spaces embedded in and indebted to his phenomenal city. With awareness of their medium, Nürnberg and Peuker capture both the structure and freeforming style of Scarpa’s architecture: their camera is equally focused on the mood of the city, the flow of water, the mandala as dichotomous form—light casts shadows. In turn, the film oscillates between document and experimental realism. The punctuating book pages that were an inspiration for Scarpa and ofer a structuring means for the sensuality of the recorded images come from the Venetian treatise of 1499 ascribed to Poliphili, which loosely acts an inventory of life-forms and classical humanist thought while following the story of courtly love. The act of ceremony is important to the book and so it is to the film as it mediates on Scarpa’s constructions, anachronistic zones that cross life with death, only to return to life once more: the film flickers, the paper is left wet, a hand all blue rises from the ruins … (Laura Preston)


Bettina Nürnberg www.bettinanuernberg.de Bettina NÜRNBERG (1976, Germany) was educated in art and film in Hamburg and Berlin. The work of the Berlin-based artist has been screened and exhibited worldwide. Dirk Peuker www.dirkpeuker.de Dirk PEUKER (1970, Germany) studied film and art in Berlin and Vienna. The work of the experimental filmmaker and artist has been screened and exhibited worldwide.

Rossella nisio
The Silent Ray
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 18:1 | Pays-Bas | 2019

The man’s presence lingers in the room that for years served as his study. Present and past intertwine as he follows threads of his memory and recalls events from the time of his participation in the colonial war against Ethiopia in 1935-36.


Rossella Nisio [IT] is a visual artist based in Rotterdam whose work has a strong focus on notions of memory, imagination and space. She has a background in the theory of cinema and performing arts; she pursued her practical training first within the field of documentary photography, eventually moving towards a more autonomous approach to still and moving image-making. She completed the advanced photography studies in Ar.Co in Lisbon in 2017 and earned an MA in Fine Art and Design at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in 2019.

Jorge jÁcome
Past Perfect
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 23:0 | Portugal | 2019

"Many cities or countries have a distinct malaise. They are places that could be Portugal, so sunk in a painful longing of the past, and where each tension of the present is only the tip of an iceberg that is explained in successive retreats that can go straight until origin of the species, at least. This feeling common to many latitudes is often presented as a diagnosis, a denial of a painful present as opposed to the desire to return to a glorious past." Pedro Penim


Jorge Jácome was born in Viana do Castelo (Portugal) in 1988 and spent is childhood in Macau. He completed is degree in cinema in 2010 at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema and in 2016 graduated with ‘felicitations du jury’ from Le Fresnoy - Studio national des Arts Contemporains. His work is based on a strongly intuitive and sensorial process resulting in films made of narrative drifts, unexpected relationships and unusual encounters. His short films have been shown at film festivals in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Slovenia, Poland and Israel, and in retrospectives at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, CalArts - California Institute of the Arts and at Georgetown University.


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Derek Taylor explores and rediscovers his place of origin from the air. Aerial views are the basis for reflection regarding the home, place and origin. Gavin Hipkins questions the sense of belonging to a land, to a period prevalence and return to notions of nationalism and national identity. On the Devon moors, mysterious landscapes fuelling the imagery of romantic English countryside, he reconstructs an imaginary community, where his ancestors lived prior to their immigration to New Zealand, while recreating a story based on extracts from Conan Doyle’s novel “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. In Madrid, Miriam Martín visits “La Casa de Campo”, one of the biggest public parks in the world. She contrasts contemporary images with sounds from 1936. The forest was divided into two at the time to defend the city, and artillery fire reverberated. Dirk Peuker and Bettina Nürnberg film Venice and Carlo Scarpa’s architecture. The latter refused to work during the fascist period and, subsequently, built significant post-war modernist buildings, mental spaces embedded in the city. These images are coupled with prints of a Venetian treaty published in 1499, “The Dream of Poliphilus”, a humanistic inventory of human achievements as well as a battle of love. Rossella Nisio examines her family history. In an office, an album of photographs taken in 1935 looks back on her grandfather’s past, a voluntary member of the fascist militia in Ethiopia. Jorge Jácome examines a modern malaise, common to several countries, that of descending into painful nostalgia for the past. The nostalgia is the denial of a painful present, as opposed to a desire to return to a glorious past.


Friday

Aug. 28
5pm

Exhibition + Live online
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: lines S5, S7, S9, S75, station: Hauptbahnhof
Exhibition from 2pm to 8pm. Free admission at HKW (without registration)
To fulfil the distancing sanitary measures, you need to bring your own headphones to watch the works shown in the lobby. In case you forgot, headphones will be provided at the counter.
Live streaming in free access (without registration)

"Revolution"

Rudolf herz: Szeemann and Lenin Crossing the Alps | Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 18:46 | Allemagne | 2019 see more
Guillaume aubry: Courser le soleil (Sunbound) | Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 0:1 | France | 2019 see more
Ariane loze: Nein weil wir | Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 18:11 | Allemagne / France | 2019 see more
Mona vatamanu, Florin TUDOR: Fire is Always the Same | Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 19:27 | 0 | 2019 see more
Johan grimonprez: Three Thoughts on Terror | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 5:0 | Belgique / Brussels | 2018 see more

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Rudolf herz
Szeemann and Lenin Crossing the Alps
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 18:46 | Allemagne | 2019

An unusual cooperative project between curator and artist was set in motion by Harald Szeemann and Rudolf Herz in the summer of 2003. Their ultimate goal was to produce a film. Now – more than ten years after Szeemann's death – the film is ready to be shown. Harald Szeemann had invited Rudolf Herz to present the project “Prologo sul Lago Maggiore” at the exhibition “G 2003. Mostra internazionale d'Arte all'aperto” in Ascona, Switzerland: a mobile monument consisting of granite busts from the dismantled Lenin monument in Dresden (in former East Germany), which is tied down on a semitrailer. It was a preliminary project for the “Lenin on Tour,” a Europe-wide monument touring event Herz staged the following year under the motto “I show Lenin to my contemporaries. And the 21st century to Lenin. Who will explain it to him?” In turn, Rudolf Herz suggested to present a performance together: He invited Harald Szeemann to join him in the driver's cabin on the long “Prologo” trip and express his thoughts on Lenin. Both Szeemann's discourse on the topic and the journey across the Alps were filmed. The videotapes were long lost and only recently rediscovered. The concept of the film is an interweaving of the surreal and yet very real slow-moving Alpine crossing of the huge vagabonding monument and Szeemann's contemplations on whether or not Lenin had ever been on Monte Verità, the mythenshrouded hill, the center for society's dropouts, back-to-nature lifestyle reformers and Anarchists at the Lago Maggiore around 1900. Szeemann, whose grandfather had been Lenin’s barber in Bern, talks about today at the beginning of the new millennium: about art and politics, about the world situation after the Fall of the Berlin Wall and about the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. This was one of the last lengthy talks Szeemann delivered that was recorded before his death in February 2005. Harald Szeemann (1933–2005) was a Swiss curator, artist, and art historian. Having curated more than 200 exhibitions many of which have been characterized as groundbreaking, such as Live In Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (1969), Happening and Fluxus (1970), Documenta 5 (1972). Szeemann is said to have helped redefine the role of an art curator.


Rudolf Herz (born 1954) is a German sculptor and media artist living in Munich. He was awarded several art prices and grants including the renowned Villa Massimo scholarship in Rome in 1995. Herz’ artistic interest focuses on highly sensitve historical topics and their relation to the present time. In 1997 he was a laureate in the competition for the "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe" (1997). Herz is most renowned for his installation “Zugzwang” which was internationally exhibited, including at The Jewish Museum, New York in 2002. One of his most recent works is a radio play (“Desperados or Hitler goes tot he movies“) about a lost anti-revolutionary film from 1919 which Herz could produce with the national broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Guillaume aubry
Courser le soleil (Sunbound)
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 0:1 | France | 2019

“Courser le soleil (sunbound)” est une animation vidéo de 24 images de coucher de soleil (liste ci-dessous) dans l'histoire de l'art faisant partie de mon corpus de recherche dans le cadre de mon doctorat.

Artiste et architecte, Guillaume Aubry a étudié aux Beaux-Arts de Paris (La Seine) et à l’Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-LaVillette (DPLG). Son travail a notamment été montré en France à la Villa du Parc, à Mains d’œuvre, aux Beaux-Arts de Paris, au Centre d’Art Chanot à Clamart, à la Cité des Arts, à la Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, à la Friche de la Belle de Mai et à l’étranger au Casino du Luxembourg, à Singapour, à Yérevan en Arménie, à Vaasa en Finlande, à Skagaströnd en Islande… Il a également été invité à participer à des manifestations évènementielles comme Nuit Blanche à Paris, la Biennale de Lyon, la Biennale de Lulea en Suède, le Salon de Montrouge, Jeune Création, la Biennale de Bourges… Aujourd’hui artiste-chercheur du doctorat de création RADIAN, il prépare une thèse sur l’expérience esthétique des couchers de soleil. Il est futur résident de la Villa Médicis à Rome (programme Médicis) et travaille actuellement à une adaptation scénique libre de La psychanalyse du feu de Gaston Bachelard qui sera créée à Nanterre-Amandiers en mai 2020.

Ariane loze
Nein weil wir
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 18:11 | Allemagne | 2019

La conscience collective s'est forgée à travers les siècles, mais le navivre de la société vogue à toute allure sur les mers de la mondialisation. Des voix parfois très anciennes nous mettent en garde sur les risques qu'encourent les hommes, livrés à la démesure. Le film fait entendre des fragments de ces discours, qui de génération en génération, ont porté la ferveur et l’espérance citoyenne, devant une salle vide, symbole de notre désertion devant les réalités, signe de notre capitulation progressive, expression de notre renoncement. Dehors, il pleut de plus en plus et un vent terrible se lève. Le changement climatique est à l'horizon... Augmentez la vitesse!

Ariane Loze, Belgique 1988. Vit et travaille à Bruxelles, Belgique Ariane Loze étudie le développement d’une narration à partir d’images apparemment sans rapport. Dans cette série de vidéos, elle joue tous les rôles : elle est tour à tour actrice, réalisatrice et camera woman. Par le montage, ces images mettent en relation deux (ou plusieurs) personnages et l’architecture. Les videos d’Ariane Loze proposent au spectateur de prendre part à la création de la narration grâce aux principes du montage cinématographique: le champ / contre-champ, la continuité de mouvement, et la suggestion d’une narration psychologique. Le tournage de ces vidéos a été rendu public devenant donc une performance. Ariane Loze a étudié la mise-en-scène au RITCS de Bruxelles et a participé à a.pass (Advanced Performance And Scenography Studies) à Bruxelles. Elle était résidente au HISK (Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts) à Gand en 2016-17. Les expositions récentes incluent Videoformes Clermont-Ferrand (2015), Traverse Vidéo Toulouse FRAC Midi-Pyrénées (2015), Medienwerkstatt Berlin (2016), S.M.A.K. Etcetera Gand (2016), Fondation Boghossian Bruxelles (2016), De Appel "You are such a curator !" Amsterdam (2016), "Kunst om de lijf" Emergent Veurne, New York Anthologie Film Archive AXW projection (2017), Watch this space Biennale # 9 Lille-Bruxelles (2017), "Gemischte Gefühle" Tempelhof Berlin (2017), Salon de Montrouge Paris (2018), RIBOCA Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018), Moscow Biennial of Young Art (2108) KANAL Centre Pompidou Brussels (2018), solo exhibition au Centre d’Art Contemporain Chanot, Paris, exhibition at Gallery Michel Rein Paris (2019, Urbane Künst Ruhr – Ruhr Ding : Territorien, commissaire Britta Peters Oberhausen (2019), Solo exhibition De Vereniging S.M.A.K., Ghent (2019), Solo exhibition Gallery Michel Rein Brussels (2019). Les vidéos d'Ariane Loze ont été sélectionnées pour le Prix Movimenta Video Art à Nice (2017) et le Prix Médiatine Brussels (2016) et récompensées au Art Contest Brussels (2015), par la Art For All Society de Macau (2016), Côté Court Festival Pantin (2017), Watch this Space Biennale #9 (2017) and Salon de Montrouge (2018) Ariane Loze sera résidente au ISCP New York sur l’invitation de la Foundation Salomon de janvier à juin 2020.

Mona vatamanu, Florin TUDOR
Fire is Always the Same
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 19:27 | 0 | 2019


Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, born 1968/1974, work together since 2000. Based in Bucharest, currently living in Berlin (DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm). Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2009 - Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, All Power to the Imagination!, Secession, Grafischess Kabinett, Vienna; Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Surplus Value, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht; 2003 - Living Units, Project Room, Ludwig Museum, Budapest. Selected Group Exhibitions : 2011 - Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennale), Istanbul; Call the Witness, Roma Pavilion Collateral Event, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice; Image projected until it vanishes, Museion, Bolzano; 2010 - Flying Down to Earth, FRAC Lorraine, Metz; Modern Dialect, M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; Shockworkers of the Mobile Image, 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg; Over the Counter, Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest; 2008 - 5th Berlin Biennial, When Things Cast No Shadow, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; 6. Gyumri Biennial, Transformation of History or Parallel Histories, Gyumri; Art as Gift, Periferic Biennial 8, Iasi; Like an Attali Report, but different, On fiction and political imagination, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; 2007 - 52nd Venice Biennial, Romanian Pavilion, Low-Budget Monuments, Venice.

Johan grimonprez
Three Thoughts on Terror
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 5:0 | Belgique | 2018

In Three Thoughts on Terror, investigative journalists Robert Fisk, Jeremy Scahill and Vijay Prashad approach the concept of terror from their respective angles. Fisk dismantles terror as a term that is rendered meaningless to alienate political movement from its origins: justice and injustice. Scahill points out that terror is a relative term, as its interpretation depends on which side of the bombing you’re on. Using the absurd example of the ‘The Hague Invasion Act’, he shows how the US sticks its thumb in the eye of international law: “Some republicans in the US Congress were discussing putting forward legislation that they referred to as “The Hague Invasion Act”, the idea that if US personnel were ever to be brought to The Hague on war crimes charges, the US could deploy military forces to The Hague to snatch those personnel and liberate them from the evil clutches of international law.” Vijay Prashad takes rather a philosophical approach, reciting Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz: “what you see around you, leaves you with no obligation but to feel something. And if that feeling cannot be controlled, you have to do something about it. You can’t refuse this world.”


Johan Grimonprez’s critically acclaimed work dances on the borders of practice and theory, art and cinema, documentary and fiction, demanding a double take on the part of the viewer. Informed by an archeology of present-day media, his work seeks out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalization. It questions our contemporary sublime, one framed by a fear industry that has infected political and social dialogue. By suggesting new narratives through which to tell a story, his work emphasizes a multiplicity of realities. Grimonprez’s curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and MoMA. His works are in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; and Tate Modern, London. His feature films include dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997, in collaboration with novelist Don DeLillo) and Double Take (2009, in collaboration with writer Tom McCarthy) and Shadow World (2016, in combination with journalist Andrew Feinstein). Traveling the main festival circuit from the Berlinale, Tribeca to Sundance, they garnered several Best Director awards, the 2005 ZKM International Media Award, a Spirit Award and the 2009 Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and were also acquired by NBC Universal, ARTE, and BBC/FILM 4. He published several books, including Inflight (2000), Looking for Alfred (2007) and a reader titled It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards (2011) with contributions by Jodi Dean, Thomas Elsaesser, Tom McCarthy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Slavoj Žižek. He lectured widely, among others at the University de Saint-Denis (Paris 8), Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics; Tate Modern; MoMA (New York); Columbia University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); the Parliament of Bodies of Documenta 14, and he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and is now on a research grant at HOGENT/KASK , Ghent. His recent film project (with investigative journalist Andrew Feinstein), Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, was awarded a production grant from the Sundance Institute, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca IFF (New York). It went on to win the Best Documentary Feature Award at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and premiered its US broadcast on Independent Lens on PBS in 2017. Currently Grimonprez is developing a feature film based on David van Reybrouck’s play The Soul of the White Ant. With Belgian actor Josse de Pauw in the lead, and also featuring Prime-Minister Patrice Lumumba, shuttle diplomat Dag Hammarskjold and Jazz Ambassadors Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie & Duke Ellington, in a harrowing tale of cold war intrigue and termite poop, that is about to run off-script. His artwork is represented by the Sean Kelly Gallery (New York), and gallerie kamel mennour (Paris). See johangrimonprez.be for more info.


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Rudolf Herz recounts a project carried out with Harald Szeemann in summer 2003: transporting busts from the dismantled Lenin monument in Dresden by trailer. In the driver’s cab Rudolf Herz encourages Harald Szeemann to express his thoughts about Lenin. This surrealistic journey across the Alps was filmed. Szeemann reflects on the presence or not of Lenin on Monte Verità, the mythical hill, a hub for outsiders, reformers of the return to nature lifestyle and Lake Maggiore anarchists around 1900. Szeemann, whose grandfather was Lenin’s barber in Bern, also speaks of the beginning of the new millennium: art and politics, the global situation after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. Guillaume Aubry presents 24 sunset images, compiled over a second, with the horizon as a fixed reference. Ariane Loze provides snippets of discussion, voices from a collective conscience, sometimes very old, that from generation to generation buoyed fervour and community hope and warn us about the risks that humans beings run. Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor use images of revolts and demonstrations accompanied by texts from ”Esquisse d’une théorie générale de la magie” by Marcel Mauss, or authors like Elias Canetti and Judith Butler. Johan Grimonprez examines three thinkers, who articulate three notions of terror, the true industry of the pervasive fear in our societies. They reflect on justice and injustice, respect for international law, and the need for suffering.


Friday

Aug. 28
7pm

Exhibition + Live online
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: lines S5, S7, S9, S75, station: Hauptbahnhof
Exhibition from 2pm to 8pm. Free admission at HKW (without registration)
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"Ghost Strata"

Ben rivers: Ghost Strata | Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 45:44 | 0 | 2019 see more
Ben rivers
Ghost Strata
Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 45:44 | 0 | 2019

Le terme “Ghost Strata” désigne les éléments manquants des strates rocheuses qui, malgré leur absence, offrent des indices de ce qui s’y trouvait autrefois. Le film est divisé en fonction des mois de l’année au cours desquels les images ont été filmées. Filmé en divers endroits du globe, retraçant les divers mouvements personnels du cinéaste, Ghost Strata explore les différentes échelles d’impact de la présence de l’humanité sur la terre dans le passé, le présent et l’avenir. Les sons et les textes trouvés créent une méditation sur le temps, la mémoire, les restes et l’extinction.

Né en 1972, Ben Rivers est un artiste britannique primé pour ses films dans de nombreux festivals. Il est notamment lauréat du Grand Prix à Art Basel pour son film Sack Barrow et a été sélectionné à la Mostra de Venise en compétition officielle pour Two Years at Sea en 2011. En 2013, il a fait l’objet d’un focus lors du festival Hors Pistes au Centre Pompidou. Ben Rivers tourne en 16mm et s’intéresse à des individus ou communautés vivant en marge de la société et propose un travail à la lisière du documentaire, frôlant l’ethnographie, doté d’une grande puissance visuelle. Ainsi, empruntant une voie plus picturale que narrative, son œuvre se place au cœur des enjeux contemporains où l'on constate l'émergence sensible d'une approche documentaire expérimentale, qui se nourrit d'apports artistiques multiples. Cette forme hybride lui a notamment permis de se déplacer de la traditionnelle salle de cinéma pour s'exposer dans les centres d'art à travers des installations.


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Ben Rivers examines various presences of humanity on Earth, the past, present and future, and proposes contemplation about time, memory and the risk of extinction. The term “Ghost Strata” refers to the elements missing from rock strata that are useful for understanding what they are a trace of despite their absence. The film is divided into chapters and by months, retracing the filmmaker’s travels around the world.


Friday

Aug. 28
8.30pm

Open air screening + Live online
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: lines S5, S7, S9, S75, station: Hauptbahnhof
Free admission at HKW, registration required. In case of bad weather, the outdoor screening will be cancelled and will only be broadcasted live online
Live streaming in free access (without registration)



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"Multitudes"

(la) horde: Cultes | Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 15:0 | France | 2019 see more
Clemens von wedemeyer: Transformation Scenario | Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 20:0 | Allemagne / Latvia | 2018 see more
Christof nuessli: Under The Skin | Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 16:40 | Royaume-Uni / Scotland | 2019 see more
Aude moreau: Less is More or | Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 11:33 | Canada | 2018 see more
Zeno van den broek: Paranon | Performance multimédia | 0 | | 20:0 | 0 | 2020 see more
(la) horde
Cultes
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 15:0 | France | 2019

Puissants terrains d’expérimentation, les corps se trouvent au cœur du nouveau film de (LA)HORDE, Cultes, imaginé comme une réflexion autour du phénoméne des festivals. "Peut-on encore vivre une expérience spirituelle dans ces nouveaux sanctuaires consuméristes ? Les spectateurs réussissent-ils à créer leur propre expérience subversive comme autant d'individus constituant une masse ?". Le film est un trip hallucine? au cœur d’une foule, d’une communaute? de corps soudés par leur amour de la musique, des corps qui dansent mais qui n’oublient jamais de ressentir.

Clemens von wedemeyer
Transformation Scenario
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 20:0 | Allemagne | 2018

In the background of blockbuster films, algorithms have been employed to replace extras in post-production. Since years we are used to scenes in which masses of automated characters fill the screen, animated by algorithms that let them interact, similar to computer games and agents in computational sociology. Such artificial masses are stepping in the foreground. Simulating life began in the movies and computer games, but is influencing many fields today. In architecture, city planning and traffic navigation as well as in predictions of markets and trade, virtual scenarios influence society and change the way we live. Transformation Scenario (2018) by Clemens von Wedemeyer creates a speculative narration on the impact of emulated group behaviour in society. It follows an idea that could be inspired by Jean Luc Godards film Le Gai Savoir: “To find the solution to a problem, be it a chemical or political problem, one has to dissolve it: dissolve hydrogen, dissolve the parliament. Therefore we will now dissolve images and sounds.“ The film is part of a long term project by the artist making reference to the work Mass and Power (1960) by Elias Canetti, shifting the view on imageries of society, crowd control and potentials of masses today. This is especially relevant in times of populism, when numbers are used to construct power, and demonstrations and mass events form moments of resistance.


Clemens von Wedemeyer, born in 1974 in Göttingen, Germany, currently lives and works in Berlin and holds a professorship for media art at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. The artist and filmmaker participated in group shows such as the 1st Moscow Biennale (2005), the 4th Berlin Biennale (2006), Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2007, the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008), and dOCUMENTA (13) (2012). He had solo shows among others at MoMA PS1, New York, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels, the Barbican Art Centre, London, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and Hamburger Kunsthalle. His works can be found in major collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Tate Modern, London.

Christof nuessli
Under The Skin
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 16:40 | Royaume-Uni | 2019

Zooming into two books containing mug shots from around 1880–1935, Under the Skin, draws lines from historical events to contemporary developments of control and surveillance. While describing what she sees in the books, the narrator intertwines subject areas like; how time changes perspectives on historical events, the role of archives as foundations for power and control, the possible brutality of bureaucracy, the current state of facial recognition and personal experience with the law enforcement. Under the Skin questions given structures of power and asks how we can take back the sovereignty of information.


Christof Nüssli (*1986, Zurich) is a visual artist, whose interdisciplinary approach involves moving images, photography, sculpture, installation, text and artist books. His work has been exhibited in various institutions and off-spaces. In 2019 his work was shown at Photoforum Pasquart (CH), Swiss Institute New York (US), Glue Factory (UK) and VideoEx (CH). Nüssli authored three artist books (Miklos Klaus Rozsa, Withheld due to:, googly eyes) which won international prizes. Since 2014 Christoph Oeschger and Christof Nüssli run the publishing project cpress, focusing on artist books. In 2018, Nüssli was an artist in residence at the Swiss Institute New York, the Andreas Zuest Library and in 2016 at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma. In 2013, Nüssli received a Master of Design from Werkplaats Typografie. Since 2018 he attends the Master of Fine Arts program at the Glasgow School of Arts.

Aude moreau
Less is More or
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 11:33 | Canada | 2018

La vidéo Less is More or documente l’intervention in situ réalisée à l’intérieur du Toronto Dominion Centre, complexe architectural conçu à l’origine par Mies van der Rohe. Revisitant l’aphorisme de l’architecte, ce projet procédait par une activation des lumières des bureaux à l’intérieur des édifices. Le tournage aérien, construit en deux plans séquences, joue sur le caractère hypnotique des images afin d’interroger les codes spectaculaires de l’industrie cinématographique. Depuis 2010, Aude Moreau développe un vaste programme de recherche qui part de l’hypothèse que si le rétrécissement de l’espace public passe par l’utilisation du vocabulaire économique pour décrire nos réalités quotidiennes, alors, la résurgence du politique passe par l’infiltration sémantique de l’architecture qui abrite cette construction du langage. Ce cycle de travail a mené à l’élaboration de quatre projets d’intervention in situ qui ont en commun d’agir à l’intérieur de l’architecture corporative du gratte-ciel, sur la lumière qu’elle émet dans la ville et d’investir la réalité géographique de l’activité économique et financière où circulent les flux déréalisés et dématérialisés de la production. Les projets d’intervention in situ Sortir, La ligne bleue, THE END in the background of Hollywood et Less is More or, sont autant de signes lumineux qui appellent à une reterritorialisation du politique dans la ville organisée comme spectacle.

Depuis les années 2000, Aude Moreau développe un corpus d’œuvres combinant sa double formation en scénographie et en arts visuels. Détentrice d’une licence en arts plastiques de l’Université Paris VIII, elle a complété une maîtrise en arts visuels et médiatiques de l’Université du Québec à Montréal en 2010. Son travail récent a été présenté à la galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal, Canada ; à la galerie The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada ; au Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg ; au Centre culturel canadien, Paris, France ; à Anthology Film Archives, New York, États-Unis ; au RISD Museum, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence, Etats-Unis; au Fresnoy, studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing, France. Ses oeuvres font notamment partie des collections du Centre canadien d’architecture, du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, du Musée d’art moderne du Luxembourg (MUDAM), et de la Banque d’art du Conseil des arts du Canada. Elle est récipiendaire du prix Louis Comtois de la Ville de Montréal, 2016, de la Bourse Claudine et Stephen Bronfman et du prix Powerhouse, 2011. Des comptes rendus critiques sur sa pratique ont été publiés dans les revues Esse, Espace et Art Le Sabord. Aude Moreau vit et travaille à Montréal.

Zeno van den broek
Paranon
Performance multimédia | 0 | | 20:0 | 0 | 2020

Paranon est constitué de deux compositions parallèles en contrepoint, l'une visuelle et l'autre sonore, fondées sur les propriétés des ondes sinusoïdales. Les générateurs d'ondes sinusoïdales programmés qu'utilise Zeno van den Broek permettent de générer des interférences, de décaler les phases et d'alterner les fréquences avec une grande précision. L'écriture en contrepoint crée une tension et des résultats inattendus entre l'onde sinusoïdale initiale et les répétitions qui suivent. Les deux compositions parallèles introduisent à une beauté du son pur et explorent la richesse des collisions d'ondes sonores, créant des événements visuels et sonores inouis.

Zeno van den Broek est compositeur et artiste, né aux Pays-Bas et basé à Copenhague. Il travaille de manière multisensorielle pour rechercher et interroger des notions physiques, sociales et acoustiques. Il utilise des moyens audiovisuels pour créer des œuvres spécifiques à un lieu et à un concept. Cette méthode transdisciplinaire a une base conceptuelle solide, issue d'une formation en architecture, qui permet à Zeno de comprendre et de révéler la richesse et la complexité de la perception spatiale, viscérale et physique. Il travaille avec un langage artistique caractéristique fondé sur des éléments minimalistes et fondamentaux tels que les sinusoïdes, les lignes, le bruit et les grilles. Il travaille avec des instituts de recherche tels que la Fondation Gaudeamus, la LIMA et la Old Church d'Amsterdam. Son travail est présenté à l'international dans des lieux et des festivals tels que le Festival international du film de Rotterdam, Sonic Acts, les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. Sa musique est distribuée par des labels tels que Moving Furniture Records, Unsounds et The Tapeworm.


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(la)Horde films numerous bodies occupying space, a community of bodies welded by their love of music, bodies celebrating, between disenchanted paganism and animal spirituality. Clemens Von Wedemeyer questions crowds, their representation and control, in a period when algorithms govern societies. In architecture, town planning, road navigation, as well as in market and trade forecasts, virtual scenarios influence and transform our way of life. Christof Nuessli films two books of photographs taken between 1880 and 1935, where the police documented the names and portraits of suspected criminals. He refers specifically to the history of repressive photography and Bertillon’s judicial anthropometry, examining the role of archives as a basis for power and control. Aude Moreau documents intervention in situ within Toronto Dominion Centre, an architectural complex designed by Mies van der Rohe, and revisits the architect’s aphorism ‘less is more’, with the challenge of reterritorializing the policy in the city. If the shrinking of public space goes hand in hand with economic vocabulary to describe our everyday reality, the revival of the policy entails semantic infiltration of architecture that accommodates this language development. Zeno Van Den Broek simultaneously develops two compositions in contrast, one visual and the other audio, based on the properties of sinusoidal waves.


Friday

Aug. 28
10pm

Open air screening + Live online
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: lines S5, S7, S9, S75, station: Hauptbahnhof
Free admission at HKW, registration required. In case of bad weather, the outdoor screening will be cancelled and will only be broadcasted live online
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We remind that live streaming is free access, without registration. Please use the free booking system for the required registrations at HKW only.

"Exploitations"

Jaro minne: Da-Dzma | Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 17:25 | Belgique / Georgia | 2019 see more
Mate ugrin: Prazni Sati | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 10:54 | Allemagne / Croatia | 2019 see more
Hira nabi: All That Perishes at the Edge of Land | Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 29:48 | Pakistan | 2019 see more
Viktor brim: Dark Matter | Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 19:52 | Russie | 2019 see more
Charly nijensohn: El ciclo de la intensidad | Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 12:53 | Bolivie | 2018 see more
Jaro minne
Da-Dzma
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 17:25 | Belgique | 2019

L'hiver dans un village géorgien. Une fille de 15 ans tente de se rapprocher de son frère avant qu'il ne quitte le pays dans l'espoir de trouver du travail.

Jaro Minne (b. 1992) is a Belgian writer/director who frequently works on the East-West crossover. He studied at KASK Ghent, Helsinki Film School before completing a master degree at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels in 2015. His work combines intimacy with distance, often exploring rootlessness and family dynamics.

Mate ugrin
Prazni Sati
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 10:54 | Allemagne | 2019

Migrant shipyard workers on the Adriatic coast spend their daily routine in their dormitory. In the evening, one of them visits a nearby town.


Mate Ugrin (born 1986 in Pula, Croatia) graduated in Filmmaking from the Academy of Arts (Belgrade, Serbia) in 2012. He holds a Master of Arts from the University of Fine Arts Hamburg (Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg) and a “Meisterschüler” degree in Arts and Media from the Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin). He directed several shorts, among which Recent Places (2016) and Meanwhile (2017) which was premiered at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival and won the German FIRST STEPS Award.

Hira nabi
All That Perishes at the Edge of Land
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 29:48 | Pakistan | 2019

In this docu-fictional work, ‘Ocean Master’ a container vessel is anthropomorphized, and enters into a dialogue with several workers at the Gadani yards. The conversation moves between dreams and desire, places that can be called home, and the structural violence embedded in the act of dismembering a ship at Gadani. As the workers recall the homes and families they left behind, the long work days mesh indistinguishably into one another, the desperation that they carry with them like shackles rises to the forefront, and they are forced to confront the realities of their work in which they are faced with death every day. How may they survive and look towards the future?


Hira Nabi is a filmmaker and visual artist, based in Pakistan. Her work thinks through the value associated with labor, networked industrial practices, botanical migrations and their impact upon cultural identities, and notions of homemaking. She lives and works in Pakistan.

Viktor brim
Dark Matter
Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 19:52 | Russie | 2019

A trace of regularly ordered mounds of earth. In the twilight a dump truck is being loaded. A thick veil of mist hangs over the tops of the trees. Dark earth is excavated, loaded and transported off the scenery. In Dark Matter (2020), via the situative arrangement of different picture elements a visual friction surface is created, which is shaped by the figurations of a post-apocalyptic landscape. The images are determined by the processes of extracting raw materials. Without the mineral resources from the numerous diamond and gold mines in the so-called Russian Federation subject Yakutia, the Soviet Union would never have been able to exist until the 1990s. Technology and ideology go hand in hand and leave their mark. Military and economic efforts to secure power are inscribed in this landscape. The extraction of raw materials and the exploitation of nature show their planned economic and geopolitical consequences, which make up the character of the “subjects of the Federation”. Their designation as “subjects” was introduced in the USSR in order to equip and administer different categories of territorial units with different degrees of autonomy. Technological progress and ideological utopias constitute a processual and changeful network of relationships between subject definition and state apparatus.


Viktor Brim was born in 1987 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. From 2009 to 2011 he studied media art at the HGB in Leipzig, began directing studies at the Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and completed a postgraduate course at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, where he worked not only with fictional forms but also increasingly with documentary approaches.

Charly nijensohn
El ciclo de la intensidad
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 12:53 | Bolivie | 2018



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In Georgia, in an isolated village, Jaro Minne films a young girl who attempts to get closer to her brother, while he prepares to leave home to find work. The family had already left the mountainous regions to settle in the village, however the expected changes do not happen. Mate Ugrin films shipyard workers in Rijeka, Croatia. After their day of work, far away from their families and isolated, they spend time in their accommodation. In the past, the city, a prosperous industrial centre, had a multicultural status but tourism, now the main activity, makes these modern job market workers even more alienated. In Pakistan, Hira Nabi films the dismantling of a ship in Gadani, one of the biggest ship-dismantling yards in the world. The violence of the work is structural. The workers had to leave their families behind, and they face death every day. Viktor Brim films mining and diamond extraction sites in the Republic of Sakha, in Siberia. Technology and ideology, apparatus of the state, its military and economic attempts to secure power mark the landscape of Yakutia, an ideological field of experimentation for the Russian Federation. The dimension of the diamond mines represents a utopian volume, already at its peak during the Soviet era, and resumed by the Russian Federation. Charly Nijensohn proposes an act of resistance in the Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia. This salt pan is threatened by large mining companies looking for lithium, an operation that monopolises the water supply, thereby threatening the Coyas community.