On the notion of the political in postmarxist theory.

Screenings

08.12.2011
Samuel Beckett's "Quad II" and "The Ghost Trio"
Repeating, exhausting

07.11.2010
Remembering Kronstadt
Maggots and Men

05.10.2010
Politics, poetics and popular education in Brazilian cinema
'Stronger are the powers of the people' III

04.10.2010
Politics, poetics and popular education in Brazilian cinema
'Stronger are the powers of the people' II

04.03.2010
Fassbinder's own private Nietzsche
Satan's brew

04.02.2010
A comme animal
Abécédaire

01.09.2009
Portray of a precarious survival
Screening Dardenne's Rosetta

09.04.2009
Screening of a film by Claire Denis
The Intruder

06.05.2008
The cool despair of young creatives. Discussion with the filmmaker S. Geene
After effect

06.03.2008
Screening + Discussion with the filmmaker Angela Melitopoulos
The cell - Toni Negri and the prison

04.03.2008
Happiness (1934) by Aleksandr Medvedkin + Cine-Train excerpts (Medvedkin and others)
The body of the worker as paradoxical machine and teaching aid

08.02.2008
Workers' autonomy in the Veneto in the 1960s and 70s
Porto Marghera: the last firebrands

05.02.2008
Politics of montage
Kuhle Wampe

06.12.2007
Video seminar with S. Dillemuth
A visual genealogy of bohemia

05.12.2007
Remembering Fassbinder
Politics of Bohemia

04.12.2007
Adam Curtis' documentary on consumerist subjectivity
The century of the self

30.06.2007
A selection of movies presented by Tsila Hassine
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

30.05.2007
A movie by Peter Watkins
La Commune. Paris 1871 Part II

29.05.2007
A movie by Peter Watkins
La Commune. Paris 1871 Part I

08.03.2007
Winterbottom and Whitecross's image of exception
Road to Guantanamo

Politics of montage
Kuhle Wampe

Kuhle Wampe (Kuhle Wampe oder Wem gehört die Welt) is a German feature film, released in 1932, about unemployment and left wing politics in the Weimar Republic. The title refers to a tent camp for the dispossessed set up in the countryside near to Berlin. Kuhle Wampe is still a “real existing” place and is located in near the Müggelsee, a huge lake on the East of Berlin. Kuhle Wampe signifies “cool belly”, but in Berlin dialect it means “empty belly”.

Kuhle Wampe is an extraordinary cultural product by the collective that has been deeply involved in the »formation« of Weimar cinema. Members of this collective were Slatan Dudov, who participated in Fritz Lang’s production of Metropolis (1927), Hanns Eisler, who composed music for Walter Ruttmann’s Berlin, die Sinfonie der Groβstadt (1927), while Ernst Ottwald was a distinguished novelist and a screenwriter. Bertolt Brecht did not have major experience in film production, although he collaborated with Karl Valentin in the preparation of film Mysterien eines Frisiersalons (1923).

Kirn, Gal, Kuhle Wampe: Politics of demontage, demontage of politics. In: Film-philosophy, 11 (1). Liverpool, GB:
http://www.film-philosophy.com/2007v11n1/kirn.pdf

Silbermann, Marc (1995): “The Rhetoric of Image: Slatan Dudov and Bertolt Brecht’s Kuhle Wampe or Who Owns the World”, in: German Cinema: Texts in Context, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 34-48.