• Wed 20​ 06​ 2018 •
Speculative Feminist Cine Geography Nicole Wolf & Madhusree Dutta


Venue: Academyspace, Herwarthstraße 3, 50672 Cologne
In English
Free admission

How does an archive go from a mere repository to a living resource that facilitates a speculative political practice in the present? NICOLE WOLF, a cultural producer and senior lecturer for visual culture at Goldsmiths College, University of London, explores this question through the collection of the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin. Her lecture invites us to make connections between various archives of political cinema, and thus speculate on the filmic proximity of locations of radical change that are temporally and spatially distinct. Examples of feminist narrative are set in relation to one another in order to plumb their potential for the present-day and future creation of worlds both real and fictional. Fiction and collective aesthetic experiences can thereby not only expand political thought, but also have an influence on political practice.

MADHUSREE DUTTA, Artistic Director of the Academy, introduces her extensive Project Cinema City, which she developed over a period of five years, from 2008 to 2012, in her hometown of Mumbai and documented in a large-scale publication. At the center of the project is the question of how two realities relate to each other – the reality of the real city of Mumbai and the filmic reality in which Indian cinema imagines the city. Both influence one another continuously, as Project Cinema City impressively illustrates through a tremendous richness of collected photos, graphics, recordings, work notes, information, texts, and commentary. In her lecture, Dutta outlines her archive of cinema culture from Bollywood and also places a special emphasis on women’s reception of cinema. A discussion between the two presenters follows the lectures.

NICOLE WOLF is a senior lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London, as well as a curator of various film projects. In her research work, she focuses on international histories of political cinema and is especially interested in the varied views of documentary practices in South Asia. Currently she is engaged in restoration and research on the work of the feminist film collective Yugantar (1980–83, India) as part of the project Archive außer sich, a cooperation between Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.

MADHUSREE DUTTA (* 1959 in Jamshedpur, India) is a filmmaker, curator, and author. Her films have been shown internationally at film festivals and art events; retrospectives of her work have also been shown internationally as well as in Germany. In the years 2008 to 2012 she realized her extensive curatorial work Project Cinema City, on which numerous fine artists, photographers, architects, filmmakers, and historians collaborated. From this project, an anthology emerged under the same title, which was recognized in 2014 as the year’s Best Printed Book by Publishing Next Industry Awards. Since March 2018, Madhusree Dutta has been the Artistic Director of the Academy of the Arts of the World / Cologne.