Filmforum NRW & Temporary Gallery – Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Köln
With contributions by Rheim Alkadhi, Basma Alsharif, Graeme Arnfield, Rosa Barba, Cynthia Beatt, Mareike Bernien & Alex Gerbaulet, Corinne & Arthur Cantrill, Manuel DeLanda, Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky, Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson, Sky Hopinka, Karrabing Film Collective, Martin Kohout, Steven Matheson, Rolando Peña, Charlotte Prodger, Lisa Rave, Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs, Camilo Restrepo, Francisco Rodríguez, Deborah Stratman, Malena Szlam and Ana Vaz.
This year's VIDEONALE.scope presents a selection of experimental films, talks, and performances on the theme of political landscape. These explore forms of representation in which landscape does not appear as the passive object of aesthetic contemplation or exaltation, but rather as a sensor of socio-political transformations and animated, contested space in time.
Since its invention as an artistic genre, landscape has served as a medium through which spaces are not only depicted, but also ideologically appropriated. Landscape not only presents an aesthetically condensed image of nature, but also projects and consolidates the political and social status quo as nature – as a timeless, cosseted sphere of peaceful coexistence, a fictional garden in which the traces of "progress" – the often violent processes of state building, industrialization, and colonization – remain hidden. Film, with its own representational means, has also made its contribution to this notion of landscape.
More recent filmmakers have not only sought to lay bare these traces and identify the political and economic forces behind the naturalization of landscape, but also to develop new strategies to portray other kinds of landscape or to depict landscapes otherwise – whether as fields of encounter, of conflict, or of collaboration between a multiplicity of actors working against the unifying, naturalizing myths.
The program brings together films from five decades that examine both the destructive impact and the utopian potential of earlier attempts to technologically "upgrade" the natural world. They investigate the long-term consequences of resource extraction and colonization while linking them to the struggle for indigenous land rights and representation. Others stage playful interventions into the symbolic cosmos of progress and prosperity projected by the modern city, or cast a critical eye on the unconscious gendering of urban and rural spaces. In this way, they make visible and audible those forces omitted from the tale of the garden of progress.
5 Euro / 3 Euro (reduced)
Combined ticket (2 programs): 8 Euro / 4 Euro (reduced)
Scope-Ticket (all events): 24 Euro / 12 Euro (reduced)
Program in the Temporary Gallery: 2,50 Euro