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The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen | Oberhausen, Germany

In its 2017 Theme programme the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen looks at the history of utopian hope universally pronounced to be dead in our present day and age

“Why we’re losing the Internet to the culture of hate”, the cover of the August 2016 issue of Time magazine read. Ever since Donald Trump won the US elections, the prevalent topic of discussion is whether the internet is a failed utopia. But exactly what kind of utopia is this and what types of participatory media existed before the internet? In its Theme programme ‘Social media before the internet’, curated by Tilman Baumgärtel, Oberhausen will look at pre-digital forms of media by everyone for everyone and ask whether current developments were already foreshadowed in the early media experiments and what these can contribute to a re-assessment of our current situation.

Curated by Tilman Baumgärtel, including works by Yi Cui, Chai Siris, Zhong Su, Ayo Akingbade, Amber Bemak, Nadia Granados, Boris Poljak, Ivan Jose Murgic Capriotti, Sofia Lena Monardo, Zhong Su, Ico Costa, Hao Jingban, Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann, Katie Davies, Jovana Reisinger, Ulu Braun, Laurentia Genske, Uriel Orlow, Tim Nowitzki, Kerstin Honeit, Markus Mischkowski, Kai Maria Steinkühler, Moïra Himmelsbach, Eszter Jánka, Dean Ruddock, Aude Cuenod, Martin Turk, John Sheedy, Antoneta Kusijanović, Naghmeh Farzaneh, Claire Randall, Egil Pedersen, Christoph Girardet, DJ Hell, Zeljko Vidovic, and Mariola Brillowska


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Re-Imagining the Past | Musée Théodore Monod, Dakar

Reimagining the Past departs from the imaginary as a means of rethinking current realities. The project proposes a future from a precolonial perspective to open our eyes to a polyperspective narratives and conceptual approaches. Artists and researchers from the African continent, the diaspora and Europe, will collaborate and theorise together in “LABoratoires”, exploring the poetic power of artistic practice and imagination.

“Ré-imaginer le passé” is both a laboratory and exhibition project. The German-Senegalese curatorial team, comprised of El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, Mahret Ifeoma Kupka, Isabel Raabe and Ibou C. Diop, will host labs in Dakar and in digital space. The results will culminate in exhibitions at the Musée Théodore Monod in Dakar and the KINDL Center for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

With works by Nikita Dhawan, Viyé Diba, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, Elsa M’Bala, Ibrahima Thiam, Caroline Gueye, Alibeta, Fatou Kandé Senghor and María do Mar Castro Varela.


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Listening to the Plants | Kunsthalle Bratislava

Screening of the films Imbizo Ka Mafazuke (Mafazuke’s Tribunal), The Crown Against Mafazuke and Learning from Artemisia as part of the Listening to the Plants Symposium curated by Judit Angel and Lydia Pribisova, organized by tranzit.sk within the Art Connected 2023 subprogram and Kunsthalle Bratislava, within the framework of A Plant programme. Screening along side works by Daniela Brasil, Lucie Králíková, Barbora Lungová, Jana Zatvarnická and Zuzana Žabková.


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Thrill Me The Power & Magic of Music in Video Art

Screening of the film In Concert at the international screening programme Thrill Me – The Power & Magic of Music in Video Art.

The video art platform VIDEO WINDOW will be staying as a guest in Lucerne, Zurich and Basel in October and November 2023. In cooperation with Kunsthalle Luzern, stattkino Luzern, Kunstraum Walcheturm and Stadtkino Basel, it presents Thrill Me. The Power & Magic of Music in Video Art, an international screening programme with three parts and one video each by 23 well-known positions, twelve from Switzerland and eleven from abroad. The fascinating multifaceted programme sheds light on the fundamental importance of music in video art and shows an exciting arc with works from the 1990s to the present. The screenings take place in the presence of some of the artists, in Lucerne followed by artists’ talks.


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Stranger in the Village | Aargauer Kunsthaus

In his famous text Stranger in the Village, the US-American writer James Baldwin addressed the racism that informed his stay in Switzerland in the 1950s. Baldwin’s words continue to inspire many artists to this day. They hold up a mirror to us as a society and have lost none of their relevance. The group exhibition explores belonging and exclusion through current works by local and international artists, raising questions that concern us all.

With works by Igshaan Adams, Judith Albert, Joshua Amissah, Luc Andrié, Kader Attia, Maria Auxiliadora da Silva, Omar Ba, James Bantone, Sabian Baumann, Denise Bertschi, Notta Caflisch, Vincent O. Carter, Ishita Chakraborty, Marlene Dumas, Tatjana Erpen, Hanny Fries, Klaus Hennch, Jonathan Horowitz, Sasha Huber, Hans Josephsohn, Laura Kingsley, Vincent Kohler, Pierre Koralnik, Namsa Leuba, Glenn Ligon, André M’Bon, Gianni Motti, Sirah Nying, Senam Okudzeto, Uriel Orlow, Frida Orupabo, Ceylan Öztrük, Markus Raetz, Petri Saarikko, Niki de Saint Phalle, Lorna Simpson, Martine Syms, Olga Titus, Carrie Mae Weems.


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Beyond Water | Reconnecting Earth Biennial II, Geneva

The second edition of the (re)connecting.earth biennial of art and urban nature aims to (re)focus attention on the natural elements that make up our urban environment. After exploring urban gardens and eco-neighbourhoods in 2021, the 2023 biennial of art and urban nature is taking shape around the theme of lakes and water. Curated by Bernard Vienat with works by Maria Thereza Alves, Caroline Bachmann, Flurina Badel & Jérémie Sarbach, Mauren Brodbeck, Seba Calfuqueo, Luis Camnitzer, Gabo Camnitzer & Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Julian Charrière, Collectif Tchan-Zâca, Andreas Greiner & Takafumi Tsukamoto, Valérie Favre, Anne-Laure Franchette & Manon Briod, Marie Griesmar, Hans Haacke, Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller, Monica Ursina Jäger, Alexandre Joly, Diana Lelonek, Diana Lelonek & Denim Szram, Antje Majewski, Adrien Missika, Uriel Orlow, Carmen Perrin, Som Supaparinya, Raul Walch, Pinar Yoldas, Zheng Bo


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Future Plants | ETH Zurich

The future of our plants is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. How do 15 artists respond to this current discourse and the future of plants? What is the future of plants and their interaction under the drought conditions of climate change? Should plants and production systems be redesigned or diversified for climate adaptation? Will they lose their nutrients? Can our soil, seeds, and water be preserved? In this exhibition, 15 well-known artists reflect on these questions together with researchers in the greenhouse of the SAE Sustainable Agroecology Group at ETHZ.


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Film Undone | Silent Green, Berlin

Film Undone. Elements of a Latent Cinema gathers artists, filmmakers, curators, researchers, and archivists to present and discuss elements of a latent cinema: Film projects left unfinished. Films that remained unseen. Film ideas realized in non-filmic media.

With contributions by Carmen Amengual & Tara Najd Ahmadi, Annabelle Aventurin, Ali Essafi & Léa Morin, Concha Barquero & Alejandro Alvarado, Greg de Cuir Jr. & Petra Belc, Tobias Hering & Cornelia Klauß, Tom Holert & Volker Pantenburg, Katie Kirkland & Na Mira, Olexii Kuchanskyi & Oleksiy Radynski, Ojoboca (Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy), Uriel Orlow, Mathilde Rouxel & Éliane Raheb, Bunga Siagian, Akbar Yumni & George Clark, Elena Vogman & Uliana Bychenkova.

Introducing projects by Kianoush Ayari, Farouk Beloufa, Hartmut Bitomsky & Harun Farocki, Monny de Boully, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Sergei Eisenstein, Jocelyne Saab, Bachtiar Siagian, Felix Sobolev (Kyiv Studio of Popular Science Films), Bosko Tokin, Fernando Ruiz Vergara, Chetna Vora, amongst others


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