Film screening

• Fri 11 – Sun 20 12 2020 / 2:15 – 6:30 pm •
Now Online: Tactility of Skills and Goods

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Due to new governmental decisions to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, the Academyspace of the Academy of Arts of the World will not be open from 02 11 2020 until 20 12 2020. The exhibition Ghosts, Traces, Echoes: Works in Shifts cannot be visited during this period.


This package is about surviving alienation from work and urbanscape. The two films, made across the span of 32 years, are stylistically and ideologically very different. But together they make a vast spectrum of urban melancholy, public place culture and working-class fantasy.

Showtimes: Fri–Sun, 14:15–16:15 + 16:45–18:30
Venue: Academyspace, Herwarthstr. 3, 50672 Cologne
Free Admission | seats in the cinema room are limited to 3 *

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2009 | 60‘ | Dokumentation | Germany, France, Switzerland, India, Burkina Faso
Director: Harun Farocki

Bricks are manufactured in Africa, India and Europe and used to erect clinics, children’s homes, schools and residential buildings. Harun Farocki observed the different steps of the manufacturing process. Bricks are cast, fired or pressed by hands, machines or robots. Depending on the country of production, this involves a single worker or a large group. The film’s title communicates a decisive aspect: Farocki merely offers material to the viewer, who has to draw the actual comparisons between traditional, early industrial, and fully industrialized societies herself. The brick is the smallest unit and the sole focus of the film. The interconnecting elements are title cards displaying some brief information about the place and the construction method.

Script: Matthias Rajmann, Harun Farocki
Camera: Ingo Kratisch
Award: Arte Documentary Award

2018 | 34’ | Documentary, Fiction | China, Europe
Director: Solveigh Suess
Language: Chinese, English, Russian with English Subtitles

AAA Cargo, a part-fiction documentary into the New Silk Road across vast regions between China and Europe, is mapped through footage, interviews, field recordings and found WeChat videos. It traces the speculation of infrastructure and trade on a planetary scale. Along its route in Western China, geographies are being reformatted for logistical movements, which ease flows of capital and commerce. Yet, government efforts to speed up the movements of trade collide with more-than-human choreographies of sand, people and goods. The ‘paralogisticians’, a new generation of precarious workers, hack infrastructural spaces through transnational guanxi (networks) and friendships. Desert sands, made restless by westerly winds, disrupt roads, railways, sometimes engulfing whole cities.

Script: Ming Lin, Solveigh Suess
Camera: Solveigh Suess
Editing: Solveigh Suess
Music: Josh Feola

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