UNITED SCREENS: ON CINEMA BEYOND THE BORDERS OF THE SCREEN
Within the framework of Edit Film Culture!, UNITED SCREENS opens its first chapter of a long term research including exhibitions, symposia, interviews etc to observe divergent film cultures and to enquire into the possibility of a decentralised ecosystem for cinema and film distribution powered by technology.
OPENING 05.07.2018 19:00
OPENING HOURS 06.–22.07.2018
Saturday & Sunday 11:00–19:00
INVOCATIONS 20. & 22. 07.2018
UNITED SCREENS is a long term research and exhibition project that chronicles, maps and archives various film distribution and screening sites presently active across the Global South, with the intent to create a platform through which independent filmmakers, exhibitors and distributors can activate a network of co-ordinated and programmed exhibition spaces. Consequently, we will propose a new platform opening gates to cross distribution of films produced across the Indian subcontinent, African and Asian continent at large, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
We also look back to revisit efforts made and claims raised in the process of decolonizing forms of film distribution, to furthermore engage with the formation of decentralized distribution channels of film beyond bodies of censorship, agencies of control and institutions in position of power, in cinema and film industries, around the world. Our aim is also to understand postcolonial ties with current formats of film distribution as only with historical register we will be able to pave path to a broader understanding of modes of censorship, control of screens, and processes of othering through cinema… We hope that with this research project, we can collectively propose and form a more inclusive and alternative understanding of film distribution beyond its normative socio–and geopolitical contexts and barriers.
In this first chapter of our research, many curiosities materialised into friendships, and friendships flourished into camaraderies. These interactions within a growing network were collected, as documented films, audio interviews and conversational memories.
The exhibition invites you to take a walk through a mapped research on parts of the Indian ecosystem, experiencing select video-interviews, notes, as well as informal conversations… Out of this research, we distilled seven key-nodes towards the understanding of this ecosystem. Namely they are: funds, aesthetics, infringement, archiving, spaces, collectivity and technology.
With this exhibition, we hope to engage the audience in a careful consideration on the evolution of divergent film cultures and reflect on a decentralised technology based infrastructure for alternative cinema.
Finally, it is also important to point to the process of handling the collected interviews towards the exhibition and it’s archiving. The collective spirit of SAVVY Contemporary team, offered itself, to watch each interview and add to it their own reflections through the annotations that accompany the exhibition. This collective process manifests itself in the following forms: annotation notes by SAVVY Contemporary team, mind-map representing relationalities between Cinema and Cinemas, specific to this phase of research which has been co-created with Trishla Talera, annotated online archive of the interviews hosted at pad.ma.
Further information under: savvy-contemporary.com/en/projects/2018/united-screens
T E A M
CURATOR Abhishek Nilamber
ASSOCIATE CURATOR Kamila Mohamed Metwaly
ARTISTIC DIRECTORS Antonia Alampi and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
COMMUNICATIONS Anna Jäger
GRAPHIC DESIGN Elsa Westreicher
MANAGEMENT Lema Sikod
EDITING Bona Bell and Laura Klöckner
ANNOTATIONS Karen Wong, Kelly Krugman, Beya Othmani, Jasmina Al-Qaisi, Raisa Galofre and António Pedro Mendes
INVOCATIONS CURATION Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein
MINDMAP ASSISTANCE Trishla Talera
ART HANDLING Mungai Wilson, Kimani Joseph, Clemens Leuschner, Behram Sidhwa
TECH Bert Günther
PHOTO DOCUMENTATION Raisa Galofre
LIVE STREAM Boiling Head Media
Edit Film Culture! is a project by silent green Film Feld Forschung gGmbH in cooperation with Jonas Mekas / Anthology Film Archives, Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V., SAVVY Contemporary e.V., Harun Farocki Institut, Spector Books and Lithuanian Culture Institute.
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. With the kind support of ifa––Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen and Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Centre, Vilnius.