Art and Power / Kunst and Macht - A four part Film Screening

Art and Power / Kunst and Macht

Overview: Four screenings of Lutz Dammbeck's documentary tetralogy Kunst and Macht / Art and Power at the University of Melbourne's Arts West Building.
Convened by Giles Simon Fielke (Writer, Artist Film Workshop www.artistfilmworkshop.org/ ) and Nicolas Hausdorf (Curator, Writer, Arena - Australian Magazine for Political, Social and Cultural Commentary -  www.arena.org.au in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, the University of Melbourne and the Artist Film Workshop.

With Francis Plagne, Claudia Sandberg, Justin Clemens and David Homewood

Summary: Art and Power
How and when do artists become complicit in power, entangled in its strategies that sometimes surpass their awareness? German filmaker Lutz Dammbeck's perspective is a unique one. Perhaps it is the result of DAmmbeck being part of a minority of artists that were able to leave Socialist East Germany in 19816 for the Western liberal-capitalist part of the country? The director allows us to share his viewpoint which, although highly subjective, appears nonetheless cautiously observing, impartial and even strangely ahistorical at times. From 1992 -2003, Dammbeck created a four -part series in which he traces the ways in which art merges with power, talking to artists and intellectuals who, after the heights of their careers, sometimes abruptly find themselves marginalised and sidelined by an unforeseen historical change. In the process, he uncovers a complex of creators, institutions and a legacy of ideas from Nazi to GDR art, Viennese antimodernist actionism, to Silicon Valley Hippies and cybernetics, and invites us to step outside, to estrage ourselves from our own historical context. This is why Australian audiences ill want to engage with Dammbeck's simple premise, which examines how far these powerful images can be transmitted across time and place, and what remains of their influence at the end of the 20th century and beyond.

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When: 4 Screenings in August 2018.

Dates:

  1. Time of the Gods: 2nd August, 2018 – 6.30pm
    353 (Interactive Cinema Space)
    Arts West Building 148,
    Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052
  2. Durer’s Heirs: 9th August, 2018 – 6.30pm
    353 (Interactive Cinema Space)
    Arts West Building 148,
    Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052
  3. The Master’s Game: 16th August, 2018 – 6.30pm
    353 (Interactive Cinema Space)
    Arts West Building 148,
    Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052
  4. The Net: 23rd August, 2018 – 6.30pm
    PAR-Arts West North Wing-153 (Forum Theatre)
    Arts West Building 148,
    Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052