Workshop / Lecture

Milena Gierke in conversation with Federico Rossin

Practices of production, curatorship, and collaboration in experimental cinema.
90 min.

Participants: max. 30
No prior experience or equipment necessary
Free of charge

The workshop will take place at the ACUD Kunsthaus Studio on Saturday afternoon, November 25. It will be part of the 7th edition of Fracto, an experimental film encounter, the only festival of its kind in Berlin entirely dedicated to the practice of experimental and avant-garde film. Fracto organizes a focus dedicated to particular filmmakers or countries as contemporary film programs.

The discussion will be addressed to a broad audience, focusing on young artists and the next generation of programmers who would like to learn about experimental film production and curatorship criteria, which should easily find an echo in Berlin, given its rich cultural scene.

The encounter with Berlin-based filmmaker Milena Gierke and the Paris-based film historian and internationally known curator Federico Rossin, together with the French-German students and international participants, will focus on experimental film, its history linked to the specificity of Gierke's filmmaking, and the fruitful exchanges of this practice between France and Germany - two countries that represent a crucial production center in Europe and the world in the field of avant-garde film. They will also review the different professions linked to the distribution and promotion of this type of approach to filmmaking through Gierke's experience of more than 30 years. The filmmaker will express her mutual collaboration with the Parisian Light Cone and Berliner Arsenal distributors and promoters. Finally, Federico Rossin will discuss her work as a filmmaker concerning the program of her films that FRACTO is preparing for November 2023 as part of its festival.

Participants: max. 30
No prior experience or equipment necessary
Free of charge

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The event will follow the following pattern:

1. Brief introduction to experimental cinema, history, and perspectives of this type of filmmaking;

2. Presentation of the work of Milena Gierke, evolution over time (the filmography sweeps through 30 years of film practices), cutting of sequences, and sharing of film techniques, particularly around the issue of film development;

3. Screening of Milena Gierke’s film extracts ;

4. Presentation of the work Federico Rossin and his curatorship criteria, focusing on the red line between films and human, philosophical, and empirical approaches to film selection and programming, focusing on the program of the upcoming Fracto edition;

5. Screening of the overall curatorship of Federico Rossin in the form of extracts;

6. Open questions and exchange with the public.

Sat 25 Nov

16:00 - 17:30 / ACUD STUDIO

Milena Gierke, born in Frankfurt am Main in 1968. 1989-94 studies at the Frankfurt Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, in Peter Kubelka’s class “Film + Kochen” (film & cooking). In 1994, she studied sculpture at the Cooper Union in New York City with Hans Haacke and film history with James Hoberman. Other faculties were representatives of the US film avant-garde, such as Ken Jacobs or Robert Breer. In 1995 Jonas Mekas, who inspired Gierke for her diary films, screened a three-hour retrospective of her work at Anthology Film Archive. Since 2001, she has been a member of the curatorial group “Filmsamstag” at the Filmkunsthaus Babylon, Berlin. The artist has lived in Berlin since 1998.

Federico Rossin is a Paris-based film historian. After studying literature, art history, and philosophy, Federico Rossin became a film historian, lecturer, trainer, and image mediator. His research focuses on experimental, documentary, and animated cinema. Since 2007, he has worked as a freelance programmer for numerous festivals in Europe (États généraux du film documentaire de Lussas, Cinéma du Réel, DocLisboa, Filmmaker in Milan, Ivac in Cyprus, etc.) and film archives (Film Museum in Vienna, Cinémathèque Française, Cineteca Italiana, etc.). He also works as a trainer in popular education networks (in France with Peuple et Culture) and in university settings (Créadoc d'Angoulême, École documentaire de Lussas, SoundImageCulture de Bruxelles, École nationale supérieure d'art de Limoges). He has published three books and dozens of essays in magazines, books, and newspapers in France and Italy.


Thu 23

21.00 / ACUD KINO
Selection #1
Study of an Island

Fri 24

20:00 / ACUD KINO
Selection #2
Cartography of Littleness

22:00 / ACUD KINO
Selection #3
Liminal Space

Sun 26

20:30 / ACUD KINO
Milena Gierke

Part 2