About

SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA

From September 2020 on bi’bak will embark on a cinema experiment at Haus der Statistik.

SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA explores cinema as a space for social discourse, a place for exchange and solidarity. SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA brings together diverse social communities, links geographically distant and nearby places, the past, present and future, and decentres an eurocentric view through transnational, (post-) migrant and postcolonial perspectives. SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA is a transtopia, a place where “cross-border ties and connections converge, are reinterpreted and condense into everyday contexts” (Erol Yıldız). As part of the pioneering urban policy Initiative Haus der Statistik, the cinema experiment bridges the gap between everyday urban practices and film to create an alternative art form that connects different social perspectives.

SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA is funded by Haupstadtkulturfonds, Conrad Stiftung and the Programm NEUSTART KULTUR

bi'bakino

bi'bakino is a curated film program that focuses on transnational narratives, migration and mobility discourses in film and seeks to stimulate differentiated discussions and changes of perspective. The program highlights films from outside Europe that have often not been shown in Berlin before, as well as archive excavations and rediscoveries. Following the film screenings, moderated discussions take place with filmmakers and experts.

Past event series can be found in the archive.

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Curated by Popo Fan, Tobias Hering, Malve Lippmann, Branka Pavlovic, Can Sungu, Sarnt Utamachote and Florian Wüst

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Curated by Sarnt Utamachote, Popo Fan and Ragil Huda

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IMAGINING QUEER BANDUNG

“But what harm is in diversity, when there is unity in desire?” With this question, the Indonesian president Sukarno opened the 1955 Asian-African Conference in Bandung. Whilst being known as one of the earliest global alliances of people of color in non-alignment politics, these political acteurs represented only the interests of their own nation-states, at the cost of oppressing marginal queer and indigenous groups. Hence the absence of these perspectives in the linear and heteronormative historical narrative of anti-colonial struggles. Imagining Queer Bandung aims to draw a bridge between this “unity in desire” and LGBTQ+ social activism, decolonial knowledge, and cinematic imagination. How can we imagine alternative approaches in which queer bodies – across Asian, African, and Caribbean contexts – participate in, produce and reclaim these larger discourses for themselves, their communities, and their liberation, as neither national nor sexual objects?

Funded by Fonds Soziokultur and The European Solidarity Corps in cooperation with  ‘Queer’ Asia in Germany

Popo Fan, born 1985, is a Berlin-based Chinese diaspora filmmaker, curator and writer. His films include queer activism documentaries and scripted, sex-positive shorts. For more than a decade, he has organized the Beijing Queer Film Festival and founded the Queer University Video Training Camp in China. In 2019 he curated film series “More Than A Midnight Rainbow” about Chinese-made and Chinese-speaking queer films at bi’bak.

Ragil Huda (he/him) is an organizer, independent curator and graduate student at the Asien-Afrika Institut, Universität Hamburg. He is also one of the project coordinators of the international platform and network called ‘Queer’ Asia in Berlin and a fellow founding member of QTIBIPOC Hamburg. His community engagement and academic work specifically center on queerness, intersectionality, community building, critical pedagogy, and the social-political realities of marginalized communities through various methodologies and collaborative curatorial practices.

Sarnt Utamachote is a filmmaker, photographer and curator. He is a co-founder of un.thai.tled, a collective of Thai-diasporic creatives in Germany, through which he curated un.thai.tled Film Festival Berlin as well as Beyond the kitchen: Stories of Thai Park. His video installation I Am Not Your Mother (2020) was officially exhibited at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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Critical Conditions

Fields of action in the environmental crisis

Curated by Sarnt Utamachote, Malve Lippmann, Rosalia Namsai Engchuan and Pia Chakraverti-Würthwein & Eirini Fountedaki

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Workshop Leaders Ragil Huda

PODCASTING WORKSHOPS FOR QUEER BIPOC

Application deadline: 15th June 2021 23:00 CET
Participants announcement: end of June 2021

These workshops are designed to provide you with the knowledge, practical skills, and tools to produce your own podcasts, as well as knowledge of gender and sexuality, culture and history outside a Western/Eurocentric perspective. This workshop will cover audio storytelling basics, including concept, format, structure, the art of the interview (researching guests, forming questions, active listening, and how to prepare and conduct various interview types), sound-mixing, editing, distribution, and project sustainability. The workshops are suitable for those who have zero to basic knowledge yet have interests in podcasting. 

The selection criteria are your project’s conceptual potential, artistic originality, and logistical realizability. The applicants should also reflect on the visions of Imagining Queer Bandung and be willing to solidarize and create a safe space. We also aim for a well-balanced set of representations amongst the participants. 

How to apply?

For more information and details of the workshops and how to apply, click the links below: 

Imagining Queer Bandung Podcasting Workshop

If you have any queries or problems with using the forms, please email: hudaragil-at-gmail.com

Funded by Fonds Soziokultur and The European Solidarity Corps in cooperation with  ‘Queer’ Asia in Germany.

More Event times:

  • 14.08.2021 (11:00) - 14.08.2021 (13:30)
  • 15.08.2021 (11:00) - 15.08.2021 (13:30)
  • 21.08.2021 (11:00) - 21.08.2021 (13:30)
  • 22.08.2021 (11:00) - 22.08.2021 (13:30)

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Workshop Leaders Sarnt Utamachote

BASIC FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR QUEER BIPOC

Application deadline: 15th June 2021 23:00 CET
Participants announcement: end of June 2021

This workshop aims to facilitate both technical and intellectual conversations around decolonial queer filmmaking. It aims to provide basic tools for each participant to realize at least two small projects during the one-month intensive workshop. From the history of postcolonial queer cinema, decolonial aesthetics, basic storytelling to pitching, basic camera and documentary techniques to montage, the participants’ project conceptualization and production will be accompanied by the main mentor (Kit Hung). Throughout the process, participants will be inspired, provoked, and urged to reflect through sessions hosted by invited guests.

How to apply?

For more information and details of the workshops and how to apply, click the links below: 

Imagining Queer Bandung Filmmaking Workshop

If you have any queries or problems with using the forms, please email: hudaragil-at-gmail.com

Funded by Fonds Soziokultur and The European Solidarity Corps in cooperation with  ‘Queer’ Asia in Germany.

More Event times:

  • 17.07.2021 (10:00) - 17.07.2021 (18:00)
  • 18.07.2021 (10:00) - 18.07.2021 (18:00)
  • 24.07.2021 (10:00) - 24.07.2021 (18:00)
  • 25.07.2021 (10:00) - 25.07.2021 (18:00)
  • 31.07.2021 (10:00) - 31.07.2021 (18:00)
  • 01.08.2021 (10:00) - 01.08.2021 (18:00)
  • 07.08.2021 (10:00) - 07.08.2021 (18:00)
  • 08.08.2021 (10:00) - 08.08.2021 (18:00)