Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen


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Film history as print history


In its third edition, re-selected, curated by Tobias Hering, continues its investigation into film history as print history with four programmes. The focus is on Peter Nestler and Amos Vogel and their relationship to the Oberhausen Festival, on Slovak films (in collaboration with the Slovak Film Institute) and, in conversation with John Sundholm, on a selection of archive films that can be attributed to a “Minor Cinema”.


ContactKatharina Schröder

About the project


Instead of propagating the digital 'rescue' of a cinematic work as an ideal, the project is interested precisely in the unique characteristics of a print, which are as a rule obliterated during digitisation. This leads to questions and insights connected with a print’s concrete history, specific target publics and historical configurations. Where and when was a film shown at all? Who saw it, in what version and within which structure?


Prints differ from one another; their specific impact histories take different courses and cannot simply be boiled down to the history of a particular film. Every print is an original – and not just when it turns out to be the only remaining print of a film, which is ever more frequently the case as negatives become lost and analogue media are withdrawn from service.


re-selected is a joint project headed by Tobias Hering and run by Oberhausen and Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art as part of “Archive außer sich” in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, supported by the BKM within the framework of “Das Neue Alphabet”, based on a resolution of the German Bundestag.