Berlin Documentary Forum 2

new practices across disciplines
2012, May 31, Thu — 2012, Jun 03, Sun

Joachim Koester | The Barker Ranch, 2008 | Courtesy Jan Mot, Brüssel

Joachim Koester | The Barker Ranch, 2008 | Courtesy Jan Mot, Brüssel

The second Berlin Documentary Forum sets out to present new understandings of documentary in a program specially devised by international artists, filmmakers, cultural historians and theoretists.

The project seeks to explore the documentary as an art form capable of constructing and reshaping realities and histories. Encompassing cultural studies, philosophy, and diverse artistic practices, the festival accentuates the critical potential of documentary work and distinguishes it from today’s excessive production and distribution of visual documents.

New documentary practices are cross-disciplinary, dialectical and above all performative, regarding documentary as the staging of particular relationships between documents, authors and spectators. The second Berlin Documentary Forum sets out to present these new understandings of documentary in a program specially devised by international artists, filmmakers, cultural historians and theoretists. A group exhibition of contemporary art entitled “A Blind Spot” complements the four days of events at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.