Residing in the Borderlands
MONTHLY FILM SERIES: TAKE X
04.03.2020 19:00 (Doors) // 19:30 (Screening)
WITh Eli Cortiñas
ENTRY Free – donations welcome
LANGUAGES Event in English
The Electronic Diaries. Lynn Hershman Leeson. 1984-1996. 76 minutes.
Followed by a discussion with Eli Cortiñas.
For TAKE IX of our year-long, monthly film series RESIDING IN THE BORDERLANDS, we are excited to have Eli Cortiñas with us for the screening of this iconic video diary and experimental film documenting personal and world changes over more than a decade.
Eli explains her choice of films as follows: “What strongly resonates with me is Hershman’s ability to translate the fragmentary self into a visual code that seems highly fictional, staged and controlled, and incredibly intimate and sincere. The Electronic Diaries is a wonderful and long-term search for personal identity. Hershman’s proto-avatar breaks and defies the infamous fourth wall, addressing us in an almost confessional manner, and switching its aspect from the expected and imposed image of what a woman is ‘supposed’ to represent to the self-representation of a woman’s interior. The persistent engagement with the surface of the female face finds its analogy in the surface of the medium itself. These diaries unfold a simultaneous double archaeology of personal and technical developments over the course of twelve years.”
Eli Cortiñas is a video artist of Cuban descent, born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Her artistic practice can be located within the appropriation tradition, using already existing cinema to de- and re-construct identities as well as narratives according to new discourses. Her collage-like video essays and installations mix found imagery with documentary strategies. She was a guest professor at the Art Academy Kassel and the Art Academy Mainz and is currently a professor at the University of Art Braunschweig. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at museums such as Museum Ludwig, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, and Centre Pompidou, as well as in international Biennials and festivals such as the Riga Biennale and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. She lives and works in Berlin.
Our monthly film series RESIDING IN THE BORDERLANDS intends to create a new cartography of Berlin through diasporic perspectives. As part of our diasporic place-making, we will explore different film-worlds, considering both the visual and the auditory. Through the cinematic experience, we aspire to reach another way of being present, thinking of film as a form of movement that can also propel us into previously unthought of futures.
To this end, we will invite twelve speakers, each from a different diasporic community, and with occupations within and beyond the cultural sector, to choose a film that represents their experience moving through the city. As we unearth the diasporic polyphony in which we live, spaces that may be just a facade at the edge of our peripheral vision, become concrete places embodied by the experiences of the individuals who inhabit it.
CURATORS Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein, Eirini Fountedaki
COORDINATION Jörg-Peter Schulze
COMMUNICATION Anna Jäger
GRAPHIC DESIGN Ola Zielińska
The film series is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.