2015, Fri, Feb 27

Thinking with Farocki 4

With Christine Lang, Doreen Mende, Constanze Ruhm, as well as Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar (The Otolith Group, London)

Filmmaker, mentor, and teacher: this day is dedicated to Harun Farocki. Long-standing friends, companions, and associates will trace his work and influence in an intensive series of presentations and reflective discussions.

Moderation: Michael Baute (writer, curator, Berlin)


7.30 pm – 8 pm
Arbeit an der Natur: Der Wald als Dunkelkammer, die Lichtung als Bühne
Christine Lang (filmmaker, cultural theorist, Berlin) and Constanze Ruhm (video artist, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

8 pm – 8.30 pm
Embarking on Farocki's Infinite Flights of Words in Images
Doreen Mende (curator, theorist, Berlin)

8.30 pm – 9 pm
Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar (The Otolith Group, London)


Michael Baute is an author, lecturer, and media worker. Since 1992, he has published writings on cinema in various books, catalogues, and magazines, as well as the blog newfilmkritik.de, which he cofounded in 2001. He published Minutentexte: The Night of the Hunter (2006) jointly with Volker Pantenburg and coauthored the associated radio play Minutentexte (2008). In 2008/2009 he served as artistic director of the project Kunst der Vermittlung. Aus den Archiven des Filmvermittelnden Films (kunst-der-vermittlung.de), which dealt with the research, collection, and distribution of audiovisual forms of education on film and cinema. Since 2010, he has regularly held seminars and workshops on film education, as well as on film itself as a means of film education, including the production of video essays.

Kodwo Eshun is an artist and theorist. He studied English literature at University College, Oxford University, and is Lecturer in Aural and Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2002 Eshun cofounded The Otolith Group, which was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010. The Otolith Group’s work explores the potentials of liberation struggles, speculative futures and science-fictions. He is coeditor of The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective, 2007, with Anjalika Sagar; Harun Farocki: Against What? Against Whom?, 2009, with Antje Ehmann; and The Militant Image: A Cine Geography, 2011, with Ros Gray. He is the author of Dan Graham: Rock My Religion, 2012.

Christine Lang Since 2009, she has been an artistic research associate at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in the department of dramaturgy and aesthetics. Cultural studies, art history, and literature were her focuses at Humboldt University, Berlin (MA 2002 under Friedrich A. Kittler), after which she studied film and television direction at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Diplom 2006). In addition to her film work (including Kalte Probe with Constanze Ruhm, 2013, and As if we were somebody else, 2015), she conducts research on film dramaturgy and aesthetics. Publications: Breaking Down Breaking Bad. Dramaturgie und Ästhetik einer Fernsehserie (with Christoph Dreher, 2013) and Come and play with us. Dramaturgie und Ästhetik im postmodernen Kino (with Kerstin Stutterheim, 2013).

Doreen Mende is an independent curator and theorist, currently living in Berlin. Her concept-driven projects often begin with archival research in connection with economics, anti-colonial thinking, non-aligned trajectories, the paradoxical forms of socialist internationalisms, solidarity, and geopolitics in contemporary exhibiting processes. Her recent curatorial engagements include A Triple Timeline for Qalandiya International Encounters 2014 in Ramallah; the exhibition and publication KP Brehmer Real Capital – Production (2014) for Raven Row in London; the research exhibition Travelling Communiqué (2012-2014, coauthored with Armin Linke and Milica Tomić) in partnership with the Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade, Netsa Art Village in Addis Ababa, the Dutch Art Institute, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Since 2010, she has served on the faculty of the Dutch Art Institute. In 2011 she received a research fellowship from the Arab Images Foundation in Beirut while working on her PhD, awarded by Goldsmiths, University of London in 2014.

Constanze Ruhm was a professor of film and video at the Merz Akademie Stuttgart from 2003 to 2006. Since 2006, she has held a professorship in the art and media department at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her film, installation, and curatorial works and projects focus on contemporary forms of a feminist art praxis that engages questions of identity and representation with an emphasis on the relationship between film (history), new media, and the visual arts. Her most recent projects are Invisible Producers / Panoramis Paramount Paranormal (with Emilien Awada, 2014/2015), Kalte Probe (with Christine Lang, 2013), and My_Never_Ending_Burial_Plot (with Christine Lang, 2010). Her publications include Coming Attractions (edited by Rike Frank, 2012) and Utopia of Sound (with Diedrich Diederichsen, 2010).

Anjalika Sagar is an artist. She studied social anthropology and Hindi at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Sagar is coeditor of The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective, 2007, with Kodwo Eshun. In 2002 she cofounded The Otolith Group with Kodwo Eshun. Nominated for The Turner Prize in 2010, The Otolith Group’s work explores the potentials of liberation struggles, speculative futures and science-fictions.