urban research selection 2010
MAGISTRALE 2010 - NEUE BEWIRTSCHAFTUNG
urban symbols and interferences
Screening in public bar on Potsdamer Str., Berlin:
Sat. 9 October 2010
Potsdamer Str. 112
Under the Umbrella of:
MAGISTRALE 2010 - NEUE BEWIRTSCHAFTUNG -
Das Kurzfilmfestival in der Potsdamer Strasse
8., 9. und 10. Oktober
and together with many friends of Directors Lounge, this weekend there will be public screenings in pubs, cafés, galleries and shops on Potsdamer Straße.
Take a look at the artists's list and the full program:
urban research selection | urban symbols and interferences
Klaus W. Eisenlohr presents a selection his curatorial project "Urban Research 2010". The theme of the program is connected with how contemporary artists pursue a renewed discourse on urban developments.
The success of modern cities is connected with relative security and trust in the social contract between citizens. As Jan Philippe Reemtsma states: "If I happen to drop into a violent situation, I will neither be made responsible for not being armed, nor for having failed to defend myself." (memory-quoted). Although this unwritten contract is part of the production of modernity, urban myths and symbols often tell about violent situations. Therefore, films about urban symbols often deal with the uncanny. They thus touch the precarious balance between the violence of law enforcement and undisclosed threats of decay.
On the other hand, with urban interventions, artists try to play a more active role in society . Some artists see themselves as "political activist" and try to change politics and society; others just try to reach a different, more divers audience; or, they like to reach out for a seemingly impossible dream. All of them, however, share visions and ideas about urban life. And those inspirations may be infectious!
Urban Research has been a successful program both at Directors Lounge Festival and in screenings in London, Hannover, Poznan, Freiburg, Essen, Dordrecht, Senigallia, St. Petersburg and Berlin. International artists present their vision of public space and urban landscapes. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr, the program comprises a diversity of films from experimental to documentary.