PART TWO 07 – 08.12.2018

PART TWO 07 - 08.12.2018 Freiraum (“Free Space”) Freiraum (“Free Space”) is a project of the...

PART TWO 07 – 08.12.2018
Freiraum (“Free Space”)

Freiraum (“Free Space”) is a project of the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with 53 actors in culture and the arts, the research community and civil society. Some 40 cities in Europe will be thrashing out these questions till March 2019: What does freedom mean in present-day Europe? Where is freedom at risk? How can we shore it up?

Paired European cities are developing projects about current social issues and are grappling with the concept of freedom, exchanging points of view and forging new networks. n case of the paired cities Copenhagen and Skopje the question is: How can a city ensure social diversity and harmonious coexistence? How is the scope of freedom in the public realm negotiated and altered over time?

A robust civil society is the basis of a democratic and pluralistic community. In neighbouring countries and even right on our doorstep, we are suddenly resuming debates that many of us thought were over and done with. Institutions have a special responsibility here: to challenge supposed certainties and seek dialogue with one another – even where common ground is not self-evident.

The Goethe-Institut sees itself as an institution with a European mission. We advocate for a vision of European integration and a shared European cultural space based on cultural diversity and distinctiveness – and we are well aware of the crisis of that vision today. Not naïve enthusiasm, but the willingness to engage in productive dialogue should lead the way forwards.

Skopje – Changing Ideals, Renegotiating Space, Copenhagen Architecture Festival (DK) | ​​​19:00 – 19:45 Video screening​

​Nomadic Identities – wandering in the freedom within itself, Kontrapunkt-Skopje (MK) | 20:00 – 20:45 Video screening

FREIRAUM, Johannes Ebert (DE) | 20:45- 21:45 ​Keynote lecture followed by a discussion with Signe Sophie Bøggild and Johannes Ebert, moderated by Elena Veljanovska

08.12.2018 (Saturday)

20:00 – 21:00 Nika Autor (SI)(Artist’s presentation with a moderated discussion )
Newsreel Front- Aesthetics in politically engaged and committed artistic practice

The intention of the presentation is to give an insight into the art methodology and different types of representation employed in films from the Newsreel Front collective. In the presentation Nika Autor will examine the filmic devices and montage procedures that have been put to the test in order to convey the experience of the silenced and invisible historical narratives and to think about invisibilities of oppressive contemporary settings.

21:00 – 21:40 Nika Autor (SI),Newsreel 63-the train of shadows (2017), 38 min
Newsreel 63 follows newsreel-related practices and tries to position and understand a particular image – a shred of video taken on the once famous Belgrade – Ljubljana rail-line, where refugees now travel not in couchettes but between the train’s wheels. Newsreel 63 drifts into a visual investigation of railways and explores its historical, social and political narrative. The essayistic and associative elements of Newsreel 63 link this historical narrative to our pursuit of happiness, the idea of the voyage in the current social constellation, where our longing for happiness is all too often tied to the idea of traveling somewhere – or indeed the need to secure the means for mere basic survival.

Editing: Nika Autor, Ciril Oberstar

Music: Matevž Kolenc, Miha Šajina

Voice: Pia Nikolič

​Translation: Maja Lovrenov

Johannes Ebert has been Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut since 2012. He read Islamic Studies and Political Science in Freiburg and Damascus and thereafter worked as a journalist in Heilbronn. After periods as an instructor at the Goethe-Institut in Prien, as a language course consultant at the Goethe-Institut in Riga and as deputy head of the Public Relations division in the Munich head office, he was director of the Goethe-Institut Kiev from 1997 to 2002. From 2002 to 2007 he was director of the Goethe-Institut in Cairo and regional director for North Africa and the Middle East. Subsequently he served as director of the Goethe-Institut in Moscow and regional director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia from 2007 to 2012. In his work, Johannes Ebert focuses not only on advancing European collaboration and integration, but also on intensifying engagement in crisis-ridden regions and countries going through radical change, for example in Ukraine, North Africa and the Middle East. He is particularly dedicated to supporting refugees with cultural and educational projects in the neighbouring countries of Syria and in Germany. In addition, he has been campaigning for years for the expansion of digital offers in foreign cultural and educational policy, the introduction of global debates in Germany and the continual expansion of the worldwide network of the Goethe-Institut.

Nika Autor finished her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana (BA and MA) and finished her PhD in Practice at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her practice is primarily based on experimental videos and documentary films, film essays, newsreels and spatial video and film installations. The focus of her work is a research of the invisibilities/ inaudibilities dealing with concealed topics of the forgotten past and the silenced present. Her work focuses on the production of particular images, specific constructions of collective memory as well as on personal/oral narratives and examines asylum and migration policies, workers’ rights and politics of memory. She is part of the collective Newsreel Front (Obzorniška Fronta), an informal collective of workers coming from the field of film theory and art practice.

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