SAVVY | How does the world breathe now? Session N°29: 50 Minutes @ Archive Kabinett, Berlin [28. Juni]

SAVVY | How does the world breathe now? Session N°29: 50 Minutes

19:30 - 22:00

Archive Kabinett
133 Müller Straße, 13349 Berlin
SAVVY Contemporary — Weekly film series
Session N°29: 50 Minutes presented by Sînziana Păltineanu
June 28, 2017 | 7.30pm
Archive Kabinett | Müllerstrasse 133 | 13349 Berlin
Free entry — donations welcome!

For our 29th screening, Sînziana Păltineanu presents an encounter with a film by Moyra Davey. A work of autofiction, 50 Minutes approaches the world first and foremost through the personal archive.

In 50 minutes we see and almost feel cyclical collections of semi-classified (or clustered) photographs and negatives, of dusty books, magazines, newspapers, notes, postcards, correspondence as intersections of personal timelines, of physical traces of selves, of memory sheets left blank etc. At times, the objects open up as potential escapes, offering a fleeting relief – “the ritual is about creating a lacuna, a pocket of time into which I will disappear.” (26:48-55) But objects are never hold onto. They're seemingly kept at a nostalgic distance through steady pacing in front of the camera, recitations of diary-like entries or readings of scripts with lost and found objects, conversations with authors and fragments. Surrounded by flat surfaces, folds, objects – a fictionalized self, its shadows, and companions are meandering through this collection in what appears to be an intellectual and experiential game of “lost and found” performed indoors, almost exclusively in the quotidian of the private sphere with bright windows. NYC after 9/11 lurks outside.

After the screening I would like to place Moyra Davey's film in conversation with a poetic experiment that blends in documents and images mostly drawn from the Mundaneum Archives – the current repository of an early 20th century universalist project of collecting all world's knowledge as envisaged and pursued by Paul Otlet and Henry Lafontaine. I will read from “An experimental transcript” a fictional text I wrote in autumn 2015 for Mondothèque. A project initiated by Femke Snelting and other artists associated with Constant, a Brussels-based association for art and media, Mondothèque grew first as a semantic media wiki and then it turned into Mondothèque::A radiated book. This collective project zooms in and around the Mundaneum and the digitization project undertaken by Google in Otlet's archives. “An experimental transcript” engages with archiving as obsession and triggers questions about entering an archive that is not one's own, about inhabiting one's own archive, and about Google's archive fever.

Moyra Davey is a Canadian artist, whose work spans photography, video, and writing. She's based in New York City and teaches at the Bard College International Center of Photography Program.
Film – courtesy the artist.

Sînziana Păltineanu is a writer, historian, and librarian based in Berlin. Sînziana graduated from the Babeș-Bolyai University, in Cluj (Romania), with a BA in Philology. In 2013, she earned a PhD in the Comparative History of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe, from the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary). In 2014, she was awarded a fellowship for literature at Akademie Schloss Solitude, in Stuttgart (Germany), where she finished writing her first novel, Elephant Chronicles, published with Fiktion, in 2015. Among recent publications: “The Woman Without a Mouth” (in Daisy Atterbury, Tarek El-Ariss, and Mirene Arsanios, eds., Makhzin, Issue 2: Feminisms, Beirut: 98weeks, September 2015) and “An experimental transcript” (Femke Snelting et al, eds.,Mondothèque::A radiated Book, Brussels: Constant, 2016).
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