Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Podium 2017

From the authoritarian turn in Turkey to artist web series

The Oberhausen Podium series of discussions


With the Podium discussions Oberhausen offers a platform where scholars, artists, curators and writers discuss relevant questions concerning the short format – from an aesthetic, economic, political or technical point of view. This year an extra Podium on the authoritarian turn in Turkey will be added on Monday, 15 May, 12.30 pm.


12 to 16 May, 10 am to 12 noon

15 May, 12.30 to 2.30 pm

admission free


15 May 12.30 h

Extra Podium

The authoritarian turn in Turkey: When did it all start?

The recent intensification of oppression and the attempts at erasing Turkey’s cultural diversity are particularly damaging for the intellectual and artistic scenes. However, the situation in Turkey cannot be reduced to 'authoritarian rule.’ In fact, it is part of a universal crisis of neoliberal capitalism, and also has specific historical roots: In the 1990s, the 'grey' of neoliberal democracy gave way to the shrill colors of right-wing politics. This podium will discuss whether or not the arts can offer a critical medium through which to better analyze the constellation of acts that feeds political reflection of today’s politics in Turkey.

With: Cüneyt Cebenoyan, film critic (Istanbul); Banu Cennetoğlu, artist (Istanbul)

Erol Mintaş, filmmaker (Istanbul)

Presentation: Turgut Erçetin, composer (Istanbul)

In cooperation with Interkultur Ruhr, Essen, and the Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne



12 May

Social media before the Internet

The Theme programme will be augmented by a panel discussion with activists and practitioners who have accompanied the development of participatory media all the way from video activism to Web 2.0. Given the forms often taken by online dialogues today, the panel will ask the question of what kind of progress has really been achieved here – and how current developments may have been foreshadowed by the early, high-spirited media experiments.


With: Gerd Conradt, director, author, producer, cinematographer (Berlin)

Benjamin Heidersberger, artist, entrepreneur, artistic director of the "Produktionskunst" Festival (Stuttgart)

Mahide Lein, queer feminist film mediator (Berlin)

Presentation: Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel, curator of the Theme programme (Berlin)



13 May

Architectural icons and/or places for art?

The media frequently report on the latest icons of cultural architecture. But what happens once the grand opening is over? What is it like to work in these new buildings equipped with the same old budget for staffing and operations? How is artistic work evolving within the new architecture? The panel, moderated by Ulrike Rose, will discuss factors for failure or success between investments into hardware (concrete) and software (programmes).

With: Jochen Becker, author, curator (Berlin)

Marc Gegenfurtner, Department of Arts and Culture Munich (Munich)

Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, curator (Berlin)

Presentation: Ulrike Rose, cultural manager (Berlin)


14 May

In the expanded field

We are witnessing a renewed interest in elusive and temporary art practices by museums and galleries. Historical trajectories and recent developments in performance art or expanded cinema are being revisited, exhibited and collected. Led by Marta Popivoda, the Podium will ask how the exhibition of such works relates to different spaces, their institutional frameworks, histories and architecture? Does this enable a shift both in our perception and the cultural reprogramming of art institutions?

With: Ben Cook, founder and director of LUX (London)

Xavier Le Roy, choreographer (Montpellier)

Kathrin Rhomberg, curator (Vienna)

Ana Vujanovic, researcher, writer, dramaturg, activist (Berlin/Hamburg/Belgrade)

Presentation: Marta Popivoda, director (Belgrade)


15 May

Artist web series

TV is coming back big time, especially in the form of web series. A specific new sub-genre are artist web series that address the art world’s problems of inequality, commodification, institutional and structural shortcomings and the role of artists in all this, usually balancing between bitter mockery and visionary critical thinking. Led by Estonian curator and art critic Rebeka Põldsam, this podium will discuss the issues, contexts and production of web series with artists from Europe and America. Examples will be screened from 12 to 15 May at the Sunset theatre.

With: Casey Jane Ellison, comedian, video artist (Los Angeles)

Jaakko Pallasvuo, director (Helsinki/Berlin)

Presentation: Rebeka Põldsam, curator, critic (Tallinn)


Examples of artist web series will be screened daily from 12.30 pm to 9.30 pm.


16 May

Cold War politics revisited via pan-African magazines

The “Electronic Textures” research project at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art examines ways of reading history from the point of view of pan-African, tricontinental magazines. An electronic publication will be prepared in cooperation with filmmakers, artists and authors that will explore new ways of relating text, image and sound. Annett Busch will present the first results in Oberhausen.

With: Kodwo Eshun, artist, theorist (London)

Presentation: Annett Busch, curator, author (Berlin/Trondheim)


Accreditation deadline: 27 April 2017

Festival accreditation:


Oberhausen, 31 March 2017


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