How can a new kind of cinema be collectively created within a transnational society? SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA, the cinema-experiment by bi’bak, explores cinema as a space of social discourse, exchange, and solidarity. The curated film series brings together diverse social communities and connects places both near and geographically distant; it links pasts, presents and futures and moves away from a eurocentric gaze towards transnational, (post-)migrant and postcolonial perspectives. SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA is a different kind of cinema, one simultaneously committed to local and international communities, that understands cinema as an important public sphere of sociality; it considers film history as crucial to the work of cultural memory and is committed to a diversity of film culture and film art. In Haus der Statistik at Berlin-Alexanderplatz, SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA builds a bridge between urban practice and film to create a space that opens access, stimulates discussion, educates, moves, provokes and encourages.
SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA is funded by Haupstadtkulturfonds, Conrad Stiftung and the Programm NEUSTART KULTUR
Past event series can be found in the archive.
Lecture and film programme by Erik Göngrich and Florian Wüst
On the occasion of the Super 8 workshop Kino, Kaffee, Kompostol by Dagie Brundert, this programme created by Erik Göngrich and Florian Wüst offers a historical insight into the models, connections and misinterpretations of the two construction phases of the Karl-Marx-Allee. How did it develop from the Stalinist confectionery style - "democratic in content and national in form" - to a modern, functional systematic construction with industrial concrete slabs? How do we deal with it today? The second part of the evening takes the urban situation around Haus der Statistik as a starting point to show the artistic possibilities of depicting the modern city. Selected examples of documentary and experimental film will be shown, including film clips by Cynthia Beatt, Matthias Müller and Herbert Vesely, among others.
Funded by the Berliner Projektfonds Urbane Praxis within the framework of the project SİNEMA HERE N’ THERE
Erik Göngrich is an artist researcher, political architect, producer-curator, discursive draughtsman, public-spirited cook and performative publisher. With the projects MITKUNSTZENTRALE, which he initiated, and SATELLIT, he has been running a workshop/exhibition space since 2019, one that addresses material cycles and art in times of climate emergency.
Florian Wüst is a film curator, artist and publisher living in Berlin. His work deals with European post-war history and the social and ecological changes in the process of modernising the living world. Wüst is co-founder of the Berliner Hefte on the history and present of the city.