Not only were geopolitical states being radically shaken and re-negotiated in the late Cold War and the early post-Soviet era of the 80s and 90s, but so were various states of art and art-making through the emergence of new technological media. During this time period, the Goethe-Institut was among the most prolific international cultural organisations that encouraged new tendencies in media production, most notably video art, experimental film, and documentary. The works produced through these Goethe-Institut co-productions often captured the social upheavals and turbulent politics in various locations they took place in the global majority. Credited to have produced pivotal works, even influencing key practitioners and initiating sustainable alternative film and media art scenes in their host cities, several of these works also toured festivals and institutions abroad. Yet some faltered or faded into obscurity.
This screening programme is part of Media Encounters, an ongoing research project that has resulted in the recovery of some of these works, while also challenging the assumption of a one-way influence of these encounters between local artists and their German collaborators.

Filmscreening & Discussion
Wed 29 11 2023 | 6:30pm
Cinema Alte Feuerwache
Melchiorstraße 3, 50670 Cologne
Free entry / on donation basis