Film Screening, Reading, Conversation
In the framework of Archival Assembly #1
Time 05.09.2021 18:30
Film Skip Norman. On Africa. 1970, Original Version with English subtitles, 35min, presented by Harun Farocki Institut in collaboration with SAVVY Contemporary
AT Arsenal Kino 1
Ticket Free Entry
In the framework of Archival Assembly #1 – the (temporary) end of the five-year project and extended international collaboration “Archive außer sich” – and together with the Harun Farocki Institute, we cordially invite you to the premiere of the digitization of Skip Norman's On Africa:
On the image we see tracking shots through West Berlin, information detailing the economic gains of colonialist exploitation, and photographs from West Africa, while the soundtrack shares facts about the continent’s conquest and decolonization. “The starting point is the relationship between Europe’s prosperity and Africa’s poverty; Europe’s destruction of societies and cultures, and the simultaneous use of Christianity and racial theories as justification for a massive exploitation of the colonized.” ON AFRICA was first shown at the Festival in Mannheim in 1970 and then broadcast on television by WDR in 1972. In the autumn of 2020, the Harun Farocki Institut was able to digitize a 16mm print from the archive at the WDR. At Archival Assembly #1, the film will be discussed in a conversation with SAVVY Contemporary, preceded by a reading of selected texts by Skip Norman.
Archival Assembly #1 is a festival of the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art within the framework of "Archive außer sich" in cooperation with the project partners silent green Film Feld Forschung,, Harun Farocki Institute, SAVVY Contemporary, pong film, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and the Master's program "Film Culture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation" at Goethe University Frankfurt. "Archive außer sich" takes place as part of the HKW project "The New Alphabet".
FUNDING Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag.
Visual Still from On Africa