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Living Pasts, Moving Present – 4th Annual Symposium
8 September 2016 @ 9:00 am – 10 September 2016 @ 6:00 pm BST
Three days of screenings, workshops and panel discussions exploring cinema as a resource for reshaping a crisis-ridden global present. The event begins at Queen Mary University of London on Thursday 8th September with an open research forum, followed by a workshop on Berlin Arsenal’s Living Archive project featuring special guests Senta Siewert (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Arsenal). The workshop sets the tone for an evening screening exploring experiments in film rhythm from Lotte Reiniger to Ruth Le Gear. Moving to King’s College London on Friday 9th September, panels and screenings showcase filmmaking projects that reanimate the lost heritage of archive and early silent film through historical documentary (Dreams Rewired/Mobilisierung der Träume, Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart, Thomas Tode, 2015); DIY cinema (Labor Berlin); and experimental short films including Florian Zeyfang’s Splicefilm (2013) and Susanne Sachsse’s Serious Ladies (2012). On Saturday 10th the focus shifts to the contemporary moment with panels and screenings on modernist explorations of film time (Straub-Huillet); on neoliberal future visions (Fictions and Futures #1. Happiness in the Abstract, 2013); and on activist projects including the short film compilation Research Refugees, and the Nigerian archive and curatorial project Reclaiming History, Unveiling Memory (Didi Cheeka, Lagos Film Society). The full programme is here.