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From 14th April onwards

 

 

 

Every Thursday evening events


July:

7th July, 7pm – Strukturanpassungen - Stuctural Adjustment / Introduction

The human being and the unique questions of our existence are the main focus of Wolfgang Reinke's work as a documentary director. We will present you two short documentaries: Victory Day, shot on 9th May 2012, Victory Day, in Berlin’s Treptower Park, reflects on the condition of our world today, almost 70 years after the end of World War II. The Song Of The Germans, shot during the 2014 Football World Cup, tells the story of an African and his protracted experience, lasting 26 years, of adjusting to German society. In addition we will introduce you to Structural Adjustments, Wolfgang's current documentary in progress. The film tells a story about unconditional solidarity in times of crisis and human catastrophes. It is the portrait of three people involved in organizing a Solidarity Clinic, a neighbourhood project to support people without health insurance or money. Due to EU and IWF austerity politics such collective efforts have become a life-saving necessity in Greece. This commitment can teach us how we could create a real European community instead of continuously damaging one of the biggest peace projects ever.

Wolfgang Reinke: I've been living in Berlin and working as a freelance author and director of documentaries for 16 years. For two years I've been father of twins, Nadia and Wanda. Even though it’s hard to have both this profession and a family, I can't imagine doing anything else.


14th July, 7pm – The Physicality And Performativity Of Bordering Processes / Lecture

'Home is not where you were born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease.' (Naguib Mahfouz)

Theatre scholar Kristin Flade’s work and thought are concerned with the interdependencies between situations of violent crisis/conflict and work in the performative and visual arts. In dialogue with works of Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar, she describes the radical ways in which an artist opens up to and engages with their political environment. Brought into focus are the physicality and performativity of bordering processes. What kind of knowledge and tools do movement and physical experience provide in order to understand, represent, legitimize, challenge, rehearse and aestheticize borders? How do presence and effect, discipline, empathy and sensing come into play, and how are they used and displayed in bordering processes? How is identity physically created, rehearsed, recognized and destructed? It could be our task together to delineate in which ways our imagined worlds are bordered/limited, how they could be moved, how they have an impact.

Kristin Flade is an author, theatre scholar and PhD student at the Freie Universität Berlin
Khaled Jarrar is a filmmaker and artist, lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine


Sunday 17th July, 7pm – In addition to our July Thursday evenings, Between Bridges will host a reading and research group by the organization, The Future Left, on two Sunday evenings.

The Future Left is a new and growing international activist group currently with platforms in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Sao Paolo. Given the current geopolitical urgency, locally and globally, the Sunday evenings will connect the platforms for shared dialogue via live conferencing. Their topics will complement our Thursday evenings, focusing more generally on the challenges of global politics, and more specifically on addressing the need for more complex systematic forms of activism.

Critiquing Contemporary Activism: The End of Protest?

Reading List:

These Sunday events are joint meetings between TFL LA and TFL Berlin with synchronous streaming participation. For those based outside LA and Berlin, you are welcome to participate via “Google Hangout.” We will publish a link shortly before the event starts.
http://www.thefutureleft.xyz/the-future-of-activism/


21st July, 7pm – Letters To The Editors / Select readings

A Journal by Anna M. Szaflarski with contributing authors

By way of word games and schematics, Anna M. Szaflarski searches for the ‘emergent properties’ that materialize between texts. This book compiles the issues from Letters to the Editors: a self-printed black and white bi-weekly journal dedicated to text-based practices, written and distributed by Szaflarski between October 2014 and November 2015. Each issue combined Szaflarski's texts with contributions from artists, writers, family, friends, librarians, and colleagues, ranging from poetry and fiction to essays and manifestos. As the project progressed the letters came together and the body of LTTE formed: it had arms and legs, perhaps a brain but above all, a heart and a stomach, often aching, rarely satisfied.

With contributions by
Ayami Awazuhara, Salvador Bautista, Aleksandra Bielas, Ilaria Biotti, Maggie Boyd, Mariana Castillo Deball, Santiago da Silva, Michele Di Menna, Kasia Fudakowski, Eva Funk, Florian Goldmann et al., Blanca Gomila, Anna Herms, Rodrigo Hernández, Valentina Jager, Tiziana La Melia, Maryse Larivière, Steve Paul, Barbara Plater-Szaflarski, Natalie Porter, Post Brothers, Ayumi Rahn, Stephen Remus, Malte Roloff, Gabriel Rosas Alemán, Manuel Saiz, Max Stocklosa, Peter Szaflarski, Stanislaw Szaflarski, Peter Wächtler, Till Wittwer, and Jacob Wren



28th July, 7pm – Film screening: Sevmek Zaman? (Time To Love / Zeit zu Lieben)
Metin Erksan, TR 1965, Türkçe, english subtitles, 85 dakika/min (proposed by Yusuf Etiman)

Halil, a painter making a living painting the walls of luxury villas on the Princes' Islands near Istanbul outside the summer season with his master. In one of those villas, he encounters a giant photography of the daughter of the owner, and madly falls in love with it. No, not with the woman who is pictured. Halil is in love with her image, and won't give up on this also after the coincidental encounter with the real Meral (this, as we find out, is the name of the girl in the picture). The universal theme of loving the image, the icon – in the context of anatolian sufism even deeper through the belief, that all we see is a protrait of Allah – is the driving force of the film Sevmek Zaman? (Time To Love, TR 1965) by Metin Erksan, who also wrote the script. Shot in a nostalgically empty and calm Istanbul and surroundings, the film from the (also internationally) most successful time of its maker (his previous film Susuz Yaz (Summer Without Water) had just won the Golden Bear in Berlin the year before) was a commercial failure from the beginning: it never got a distributor, and only by the decades of cult following it was saved from being totally forgotten and eventually got its deserved place in the history of Turkish cinema. Dragging its confusing power from the melancholy of the footage from Istanbul in the 60ies, the elements of (italian) neorealism as well as the animistic power attributed to an image, Sevmek Zaman? is a very special film, that in spite of its nostalgical impression still manages to take those contradictions ad absurdum, that even today continue to keep the Turkish society in limbo: the breaking points between East and West, poor and rich, deep and shallow. The focus into one's own inner life, the perception of the outside as a threat. Love as that very internal phenomenon, as what the beloved triggers within one, and not a that, what/who it is in reality. "I am in love with your image, not with you. You are not your image, are you? Your image belongs to my world. It's not you I know, it's your picture. Maybe you would destroy all my beautiful thoughts. (…) If I was in love with you, and not your image, what would happen then`Maybe you would not look at me a single time. Maybe you would laugh at my love. Your image though stared at me smilingly forever."


Sunday 31st July, 7pm – In addition to our July Thursday evenings, Between Bridges will host a reading and research group by the organization, The Future Left, on two Sunday evenings.

The Future Left is a new and growing international activist group currently with platforms in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Sao Paolo. Given the current geopolitical urgency, locally and globally, the Sunday evenings will connect the platforms for shared dialogue via live conferencing. Their topics will complement our Thursday evenings, focusing more generally on the challenges of global politics, and more specifically on addressing the need for more complex systematic forms of activism.

Which forms of activism may enable social movements for a future left.

Reading List:

These Sunday events are joint meetings between TFL LA and TFL Berlin with synchronous streaming participation. For those based outside LA and Berlin, you are welcome to participate via “Google Hangout.” We will publish a link shortly before the event starts.
http://www.thefutureleft.xyz/the-future-of-activism/




 

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