attaque(e)r le visible
Corporal Interventions #1 – Berlin Experimental Films from the 80s
Monthly from May to July 2021
Raum für drastische Maßnahmen / Oderstr. 34, 10247 Berlin
curated by Lawinia Rate
4 May, 8 p.m.
Monika Funke Stern
- Unding Undine, BRD 1981, 16 mm, 15 min.
- Zum Glück gibt‘s kein Patent, BRD 1985, 16 mm u. 35 mm, 14 min.
- Frankensteins Töchter, BRD 2016, U-Matic, 6 min.
online and window screening (the link to the films will appear here on 4 May)
Monika Funke Stern is a passionate storyteller. Figures from well-known myths and legends often appear in her films. However, they play according to her own direction so that they are hardly recognizable. Again and again, Funke Stern carries out critical and clever examinations of the known and the familiar by remounting old stories. No less often she invents plots, but never without allusions to contemporary events. Funke Stern is not only bold in her storytelling, she also experiments with technical means, jumping between 16 mm, video and computer animation. In her practice she is not bound to any technique, but—according to her reputation in the scene—she eagerly appropriates new technologies.
attaque(e)r le visible is an experimental film platform for projections, meetings, talks, book presentations and lectures. Older experimental films as well as the most recent developments of the genre find a place here. attaque(e)r le visible is dedicated to films which perturb the consistency and illusionism of the classical film by consciously referring to the technical embeddedness of the film, its incoherence and materiality. The works on display are marked by refusing stereotypical images and linear narration, their critical position towards the co-world, normative visibilities, forms and bodies. In short, it is about films which do not trust the self-evident, and for which the word ’normally‘ does not exist.
After stops in Paris, Kassel and Cologne, attaque(e)r le visible now continues in Berlin in collaboration with the Raum für drastische Maßnahmen. The series consists of two parts, Corporal Interventions and a Videofest. The main theme of the monthly film programme Corporal Interventions is the body, which is understood here in a broader sense. It is not only about the human body, but also about the body of film, its materiality, its photochemical envelope, and the working on films in collectives. In this connection attaque(e)r le visible looks back at the experimental film history of the 60s, 70s and 80s in Germany. You can look forward to films, among others, by Helga Faderl, Dore O., Margaret Raspé, Monika Funke Stern and Ute Aurand. The Videofest, which takes place on two weekends, focuses current tendencies in experimental film and video.