With the non-profit society Film Feld Forschung, founded in 2016 by Jörg Heitmann and Bettina Ellerkamp, silent green is dedicated to the various fields of application of the audiovisual. The focus of this work is the former underground mortuary - the "Betonhalle" on the grounds of the silent green - as a centre for audiovisual research. Here, under laboratory conditions, the audiovisual can be broken down into its individual building blocks of image, sound and language, viewed analytically and reassembled with the means of free artistic experimentation. This creates a space for theoretical and practical research with and in the language of the medium of film. Where not only the finished product counts, but also the confrontation in the process of creating an artistic work.
Since its foundation, Film Feld Forschung has realised numerous exhibitions, film screenings and discourse formats, such as Edit Film Culture!, The Garden. Cinematics of The Soil and The Third Life of Agnès Varda. The interdisciplinary approach addresses acute societal issues around ecology, collective work and the promotion of female perspectives in art and culture.
With the kind support of the Goethe-Institut, Film Feld Forschung has already welcomed three scholarship holders to silent green: the Cairo-based media artist Maha Maamoun in 2016/17, the experimental film icon Shelly Silver, who completed her three-month residency in 2017, the artist and filmmaker Oliver Husain in 2021, and the artist duo XiuXiu in 2022.
Film Feld Forschung aims to address a broad art and cultural audience as well as local residents, artists and cultural actors from all sectors. A particular concern is the creation of synergies and the informal networking of audiences, artists and institutions. With the revitalisation of the formerly vacant, listed building by silent green, a sustainable creative infrastructure is to be created that is firmly anchored in the neighbourhood and at the same time a cultural attraction beyond Berlin.
Film Feld Forschung is a project by silent green under the direction of Bettina Ellerkamp, Jörg Heitmann and Linda Winkler.
Was anderes machen (The Home and the Movie)
silent green presents: A festival celebrating 60 years of Kleines Fernsehspiel. With a film series at the Arsenal cinema (June-December) and a festival in November (16-26) with a symposium, exhibition, performance, cinema on demand and research stations.
Kiss the Moment
With this first solo exhibition, silent green presents in an installative form the most important Super 8 films and pinhole camera photographs of the exceptional artist Dagie Brundert, who has always pursued a radically analogue, ecological and local aesthetic in her work.
The Third Life of Agnès Varda
silent green presented the most comprehensive solo exhibition in Germany to date on the last creative period of the French filmmaker, photographer and visual artist Agnès Varda, who died in 2019 and is considered one of the most influential creative personalities of our time.
The Garden. Cinematics of the soil
The exhibition was dedicated to the life and work of the British filmmaker, artist and activist Derek Jarman. His film The Garden and his legendary garden Prospect Cottage became the starting point for an artistic exploration of essential questions of our society.
Future Soundscapes Festival
While the narratives and images of the sci-fi genre are already ubiquitous and firmly anchored in the collective memory, Future Soundscapes makes sound tangible as an essential element in the design of future worlds - be it as noise, sound or music.
Female To Empower
Female composers, DJs and producers have always been part of the musical present. In the male-dominated narratives of music history, however, they are still hardly mentioned today. The concert and film series therefore wants to tell little-heard small and big stories about music from a female perspective.
The project M_Dokumente focuses on the explicitly female perspective of the all-female bands Mania D., Malaria! and Matador on the West Berlin music and art scene of the late 1970s and 1980s.
Edit Film Culture!
Over twenty years since the legendary film magazine Film Culture, founded by Adolfas and Jonas Mekas in 1954, ceased publication, this project returned to the magazine's history and explored what it means to edit film culture today through a festival of exhibition, film series, talks and performances.
A series of events, workshops and exhibitions dealt with the materiality of the memory medium film and earth as archive. How does cinema relate to its carrier material to the materiality of what is depicted? What is the physical relationship of body and landscape to the image and thus to the viewers and their surroundings?