Online MFA Fine ARt Exhibit Belrin 2011


All screenings from “Trans-ideology: Nostalgia” are  free and open to the public @ Supermarkt, Brunnenstr. 64, Berlin

“Trans-ideology: Nostalgia” short fim festival curated by Ming Turner
Trans-ideology: Nostalgia aims to show a selection of new video works from international artists that cover a wide range of ideas surrounding the concept of nostalgia. Fabio DaSilva and Jim Faught suggest in their article ‘Nostalgia: A Sphere and Process of Contemporary Ideology’ (1982) that nostalgia isolates and mythicises selected objects from the past so that we feel we are enjoying a more tranquil and conflictless past. This nostalgic past is somehow not completely the reality, rather, it is ambiguous and is purified. DaSilva and Faught indicate that the past is usually perceived as more tranquil than the present. The nostalgic past ignores real material conditions and tensions, and embraces an emotional utopia.

“Edge of Berlin”  film screenings curated by Stephan Takkides
To supplement the workshop The Edge of BerlinStephan Takkides will present a short series of feature-length films that are set in the suburbs, edgelands and liminal zones of Berlin. In addition to these, he will show a couple of documentaries dealing with related spaces on the outskirts of Mersin in southern Turkey and the periphery of London.

Monday, August 5
19:00 – 20:00 “Trans-ideology: Nostalgia” shortfilm festival begins (curated by Ming Turner) 

(Director/Film Title/Year/Duration)

I-CHUN Chen Goodbye Little Factory 2012 10 min
Sarah Bliss The Beautiful Strange Land 2013 11 min 15 sec
George deChev The Visitor 2012-13 8 min 30 sec
Eleni Kolliopoulou Nostalgia / Liquid Life 2011 2 min 13 sec
Dennis Hlynsky Tales of a Digital Immigrant 2013 18 min 7 sec

20:00 – 21:30 ”Edge of Berlin” film screenings begins (curated by Takkides) 
Insel der Schwäne (Swan Island)
Director: Herrmann Zschoche
German language (English subtitles or live translation)
85 minutes

A fourteen year old moves with his family from an idyllic countryside town to Marzahn, a developing prefab housing project on Berlin’s eastern outer edge. Despite being made by the state-owned East German film studio (DEFA), the film was controversial in its dystopian portrayal of life in high-density social housing at a time when the apartment blocks were still under construction.

Tuesday, August 6
19:00 – 20:00 “Trans-ideology: Nostalgia” short film festival continues

(Director/Film Title/Year/Duration)

Tara Mahapatra Always Elsewhere 2012 13 min
Jeca Rodríguez Colón Fue, es, sera 2013 7 min 38 sec
Christopher Steadman The invisible Wallpaper 2012 7 min
Sarah-Mace Dennis Mondo Ghillies 2010 5 min 47 sec
Marion Wasserman Ellipsis 2012 2 min 57 sec
Katze und Krieg The Adventures of Sissi and Sissi 2012 21 min

20:00 – 21:30 ”Edge of Berlin” film screenings continues
Director: Michael Klier
German language (English subtitles)
84 minutes

Set just after the fall of the wall, the film centres on Elfie and her unemployed mother, living in a complex of shipping containers in the former no-man’s land between East and West Berlin. In her struggle to earn enough money for a deposit on a new home in the west, Elfie gets involved in petty criminality and finds herself alienated from her mother and her new partner.

Wednesday, August 7
19:00 – 19:30 “Trans-ideology: Nostalgia” short film festival continues

(Director/Film Title/Year/Duration)

Rosie Carr The Allure of Objects 2012 12 min 6 sec
Julia Morgan-Leamon Apollo Risen 2013 (re-edited) 7 min 3 sec
Margaret Rorison Gowanus Haze 2012 6 min
Kevin Logan To Have & To Have Not 2011 3 min 50 sec
Sydney Southam Ice Cream 2010 3 min 47 sec
Hulda Rós Gudnadottir Keep Frozen Part Zero 2012 46 sec
Tzu-Chuan Lin Swing 2013 9 min 41 sec
Paul Goodfellow A repeated walk from Senefelderplatz to Kino Babylon via Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 2011-2013 2013 15 min

20:00 – 21:30 ”Edge of Berlin” film screenings continues
Flight to Berlin (Fluchtpunkt Berlin)
Director: Christopher Petit
Road Movies Produktion / BFI / Channel Four
English language
90 minutes

A little-known film by Chris Petit set in 1980s West Berlin with an elliptical plot about a woman hiding out in a strange city. The film was chosen for the series for its liminal location shots (much of the movie is set in cars, airports, railway stations, police stations, elevators, hotel rooms) and for the way it portrays Berlin as a place of escape, a sort of edgeland in itself.

Thursday, August 8
19:00 – 19:30 “Trans-ideology: Nostalgia” short film festival continues

(Director/Film Title/Year/Duration)

Shannon Brunette The Blue of Distance 2012 10 min 12 sec
Anna Binta Diallo Negotiations 2012 6 min 33 sec
Shu-Jung Chao Floating Cities 2011 8 min 14 sec
Natalia Jordanova The Secret Road 2012 3 min 16 sec
Darko Taleski Nostalgia for Art- Art is Dead 2013 1 min
Noura Al-Salem What I Ended up With 2011 3 min 28 sec
Klaus Thymann Mnemosyne 2009 2 min 13 sec
Toni Thomas One of Us 2013 17 min 16 sec

20:00 – 21:30 ”Edge of Berlin” film screenings continues 
Am Rand der Städte (On the Outskirts)
Director: Aysun Bademsoy
Harun Farocki Filmproduktion
Turkish/German language (English subtitles)
83 minutes

This documentary by Aysun Bademsoy features interviews with former Turkish immigrants in Germany, who have returned to their homeland and are living in tall apartment blocks on the outskirts of Mersin. Known as “Deutschländer”, they find themselves unable to fit into the local way of life, culturally on the edge of two countries, as well as geographically on the edge of the city.

Friday, August 9
19:00 – 20:00 “Trans-ideology: Nostalgia” short film festival ends

(Director/Film Title/Year/Duration)

Sharelly Emanuelson Moments 2013 13 min
Damon Ayers Templehof 2012 12 min 13 sec
Jeff T. Byrd Texas 2011 7 min 40 sec
Basmati Aemilia 2011 6 min 30 sec
Guli Silberstein Disturbdance 2012 3 min 25 sec
Surbhi Dewan Time Will Tell 2009 14 min

20:00– 21:30 ”Edge of Berlin” film screenings ends 
The London Perambulator

Director: John Rogers
Vanity Projects
English language
45 minutes

Nick Papadimitriou – and his wanderings around London’s edgelands – are the subject of this 2009 documentary. Papadimitriou describes his practice of walking and archiving as ”deep topography”. His extensive and eccentric writing has formed research for books by Will Self and Iain Sinclair.