Film history as a history of prints.
The project re-selected is giving itself three years to follow up on an intuition that is perhaps out of keeping with the times: at what has been described as the ‘end of the analogue era’, it will focus on selected analogue films from the collection of the archive of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and examine film history as the history of individual film prints.
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only remaining print of a film, which is ever more frequently the case as negatives become lost and analogue media are withdrawn from service.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.
Contact: Eva Hegge