silent green Film Feld Forschung


The exponential growth of visual diversity in film – to near-endless proportions – has revolutionized documentary film formats in cinemas and in the visual arts. Unfortunately however, there still is no place where this development is collected, reprocessed and reflected, in theory and in practice. To this day, institutionalised screening practices and exhibition culture differentiate between film and art.

The silent green project Film Feld Forschung (Film Field Research) offers what's missing: A centre for art film, with exhibition projects, discursive formats and performance formats. These should focus primarily on the forms and borders of the documentary narrative, question the prerequisites for artistic documentary work, and discuss the status of the image in our society – especially valid subjects in a contemporary world whose images have become far removed from their production contexts.

We, the Film Feld Forschung team, want to create a space that makes possible a theoretical and practical research of the language of film, and using the language of film. A space where the finished product is not the only thing that counts – where the examination of a subject, and the creative process that leads to an artistic work, are just as important. The focus is on the art film, freed from the limitations of category and genre, as an individual expression and subjective take on the search for new formats for changing societies.

Film Feld Forschung will soon take up residence in the subterranean concrete hall of the former crematorium in Berlin-Wedding. In the next two years, that hall will undergo a transformation into a center for moving picture art. The exhibition hall will be complemented by studio apartments for artists and scholars in residence. Parallel to the preparations in the hall, Film Feld Forschung is already organising screenings, lecture performances and workshop discussions with filmmakers and media artists such as Avi Mograbi and Maha Maamoun – who was also recently welcomed to silent green as Film Feld Forschung’s first scholar, funded by the Goethe-Institut. The residency programme is awarded annually to selected artists.

Film Feld Forschung is a silent green project.
Berlin 2016, Bettina Ellerkamp, Jörg Heitmann and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

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