Residing in the Borderlands
MONTHLY FILM SERIES: TAKE VIII
08.01.2020 19:00 (Doors) // 19:30 (Screening)
WITH Vaginal Davis
ENTRY Free – donations welcome
LANGUAGES Event in English and German
Velvet Goldmine. Todd Haynes. 1998. 118 minutes. (English with German subtitles)
Followed by a discussion with Vaginal Davis.
For TAKE VIII of our year-long, monthly film series Residing in the Borderlands, we are delighted to have Vaginal Davis to help us ring in the new year!
She explains her choice of film as follows: "The lure and lore of musicale Berlina of the late 70s and early 80s, when Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed made their way through the city is so stylishly referenced in Todd Haynes’s neglected musical fable Velvet Goldmine. A perfect celestial teaser for the dark days of winter."
VAGINAL DAVIS is the grande doyenne of intersectional intersexed arts and sciences. For over a decade she has been curating a performative film event under the auspices of the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art –first with Rising Stars, Falling Stars and now with Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome. She teaches the seminar / labzone Perverse Assemblages at the HEAD Ecole d’Art et de Design in Geneva (Switzerland) and in 2020 will mount an installation as part of the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea.
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.