Listening-session and film screening

• 12​ 07​ 2017 •
Achim Lengerer Soundtracks on the Radical Left

ACHIM LENGERER on his film and the documentary This Strike Was Not Planned (1982)

Venue: ACADEMYSPACE, Herwarthstraße 3, 50672 Cologne
Free admission
In German

In cooperation with the Temporary Gallery – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst e.V./Centre for contemporary art

Achim Lengerer’s listening session and film screening concern a blank spot in the public discourse in Germany: namely, the important role played by politically active migrants on the left in the labor struggles in West Germany during the 1970s and 1980s. At a time when German industries first fell into decline and trade unions went into retreat, migrant workers from Southern Europe and Turkey were heavily involved in political actions on the radical Left, for example in the so-called “wild strikes” of 1973 at Ford in Cologne. These activists made an indelible mark on the political landscape, in the left-wing and the conservative press. Moreover, there are filmic documents, such as the short documentary This Strike Was Not Planned by Thomas Giefer, Yüksel Uğurlu und Karl Baumgarten, 1982. Achim Lengerer offers insight into his first findings in an extended research for a new film, supported by the Academy in the context of its Open Call, which will be presented in 2017 at Temporary Gallery – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst e.V./Centre for contemporary art.

Artist ACHIM LENGERER works on political questions of speech and language that he thematizes in his radio plays, installations and publications. He runs the publishing house and showroom Scriptings where he invites artists, writers and performers to join a conversation on political and collective text formats. Currently, Lengerer is working on a PhD at Goldsmith, University of London.