• Wed 20 06 2018 •
Speculative Feminist Cine Geography Nicole Wolf & Madhusree Dutta


Venue: Academyspace, Herwarthstraße 3, 50672 Cologne
In English
Free admission

How does an archive go from a mere repository to a living resource that facilitates a speculative political practice in the present? NICOLE WOLF, a cultural producer and senior lecturer for visual culture at Goldsmiths College, University of London, explores this question through the collection of the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin. Her lecture invites us to make connections between various archives of political cinema, and thus speculate on the filmic proximity of locations of radical change that are temporally and spatially distinct. Examples of feminist narrative are set in relation to one another in order to plumb their potential for the present-day and future creation of worlds both real and fictional. Fiction and collective aesthetic experiences can thereby not only expand political thought, but also have an influence on political practice.

MADHUSREE DUTTA, Artistic Director of the Academy, introduces her extensive Project Cinema City, which she developed over a period of five years, from 2008 to 2012, in her hometown of Mumbai and documented in a large-scale publication. At the center of the project is the question of how two realities relate to each other – the reality of the real city of Mumbai and the filmic reality in which Indian cinema imagines the city. Both influence one another continuously, as Project Cinema City impressively illustrates through a tremendous richness of collected photos, graphics, recordings, work notes, information, texts, and commentary. In her lecture, Dutta outlines her archive of cinema culture from Bollywood and also places a special emphasis on women’s reception of cinema. A discussion between the two presenters follows the lectures.