The Kurzfilmtage Blog
66th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen Online, 13-18 May 2020
Oberhausen launches Kurzfilmtage Blog
Herbert Fritsch in conversation on the question "Can theatre be recorded?", Jörg Heiser on the question "What's so bad about corona art", the directors of the Austrian Diagonale and the Stuttgart Film Winter festivals on festival cancellations, Swiss media scholar Laura Walde leads a series of talks on climate and culture – the Kurzfilmtage Blog has been online since 3 April 2020.
With the blog, the International Short Festival Oberhausen is launching an experiment with which it responds to the current crisis, a forum in which many voices will speak up and many issues be discussed, with contributions on a variety of topics, sometimes in German, sometimes in English. The blog thus makes the process of the crisis visible, as well as those who are affected by it. Last but not least, the blog is intended as a prelude to and framework for the online festival in mid-May, in which Oberhausen expects to screen around 350 films online. Until the end of May, one or two posts a day are planned. The Festival cooperates with numerous institutions, from the Oberhausen Theatre to the New York art platform e-flux, all of which will contribute to the blog.
Lars Henrik Gass, festival director: "It is our task, even under greatly changed conditions and under massive pressure, to promote and uphold awareness of culture and artists and, above all, thinking about society. At the same time, the blog also poses the question of whether and how culture is even possible under these circumstances.
Film series and cooperations
From my window / From your window
Under the title "From my window / From your window", the Oberhausen Festival, together with the art platform e-flux, is publishing a series for which artists and filmmakers are invited to contribute a short video letter or statement, a small window on their current situation and how they are living through this time; to be presented together with a programme of films that are pertinent to the moment, and that are culled from material freely accessible online. The series is inspired by Józef Robakowski's legendary short film Z mojego okna (From My Window), Poland 1978-1999.
e-flux is an art information service, archive, artist project and curatorial platform started in 1998.
Can and should one make films now?
In addition, German filmmakers contribute to a series entitled "Can and should one make films now? The condition: the making of their films must not take more than one hour. So far, Oberhausen award-winners such as Max Linz, Brenda Lien, Alexandra Gerbaulet (the latter two also winners of the German Short Film Award), Franz Müller, Dietrich Brüggemann and many others have agreed to contribute.
Now is not the time for criticism
Under this title, the Oberhausen Theatre focuses on social areas that have become particularly burning issues in times of Corona and asks questions that are neglected in current news reporting. In each episode of the series, an expert will speak on a selected topic. What is the state of the German healthcare system? What does the crisis mean for people living in poverty? What consequences does social distancing have for women in violent relationships? From now on, these and other questions will be examined on a weekly basis.
The One Minute Healing Tool
Every day until the festival, the Festival, in cooperation with the Dutch The One Minutes Foundation, will present a one-minute film.
The blog is made possible with the kind support of ARTE
Initiator and chief editor of the blog is Lars Henrik Gass (festival director).
Regular members of the editorial staff:
Marina Fokidis is a curator and author living in Athens. She was director of the artistic office of documenta 14 in Athens and is founder and artistic director of the Kunsthalle Athena as well as founder and editorial director of the magazine South.
Dana Linssen is a philosopher, curator (for IFFR's Critics' Choice) and film critic from the Netherlands and founder of the Slow Criticism Project. She is a long term critic for NRC Handelsblad. From 1998 to 2019 she was editor-in-chief of the Dutch film magazine "de Filmkrant".
Petar Milat is chief coordinator of the Multimedijalni Institut/Klub MaMa in Zagreb, where he is responsible for publications, experimental music and film programmes. Since 2008 he is director of the Human Rights Film Festival in Zagreb, a festival of cinéma d'auteur engagé.
Rüdiger Suchsland studied history, philosophy and political science. Today he is working as a critic, curator and a documentary-filmmaker. His latest work is "Hitlers Hollywood. German Cinema in the Age of Propaganda; 1933-1945". He is also a long time editor of www.artechock.de - he presumes himself to be a "cultural activist"
Oberhausen, April 9, 2020
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