Program: Part 1 / July 2012

PART 1 (13th July – 12th August)

The project space of the Mindpirates in Berlin-Kreuzberg transforms into a growing library of video and film works, text, essays and documentation materials. Each of the invited contributors suggest a list of films and video works to be screened and displayed on monitors.

Works shown amongst others by Invisible Committee, Nima Esmailpour, Amen Feizabadi, Bani Khoshnoudi, Moyah Pravda, Edward Salem, Nine Yamamoto & Mirak Jamal, Hamed Yousefi, Sofia Uguccioni, Ahmed Hayman, a compilation of  international AD clips, recent documentary films on various local protest movements such as Pussy Riot, Yosoy 132 movement, Greek riots, Occupy NYC, No-nuke protests etc.

Installation and exhibition design in collaboration with Ebon Heath, Dalila Dalleas Bouzar, Neda Saeedi, Robin Wasch, Zazie Stevens and Kelsey Fish.


Friday, July 13th
18:00: Opening of the Global Revolutions / Local Contradictions Library
20:00: Journalistic Leftovers, Performance by Margarita Tsomou
22:00: Living Room featuring music by Bobby Chaos and Gabriel Acevedo.


Performances & Film Presentations
Wednesday, July 18th
21:00: A Selection of Political Video Art, Curated by Pauline Doutreluingne and Cynthia Iurinic with works amongst others by Oliver Ressler, Vladimír Turner, Marcantonio Lunardi, Max Hattler, Gabriel Acevedo and others.


A Collective Memory: Poetics, Politics & Love Letters
This is a list of works displayed as part the Visual Library during July/August. Please click here to see the program for Citizens Reporting, A Collective Memory (9th – 12th August)

“Paradoxes of Time: studies in memory #1″, (12:50min, 2012) & “Paradoxes of Time: studies in memory #2″ (10:30min, 2012)
By Bani Khoshnoudi
Working with archival images from a key historic moment, iconic images from a Revolution, these studies explore notions of duration (cinematic and historical), memory (virtual and image-based), and what effects these have on a sensorial level and on our emotions (affect) as historic and possibly “revolutionary” subjects.
Repetition, as a principle of memory, as an aesthetic device, a space for inscribing meaning.Repetition as historical mimesis, as an eternal return, as a possibility for reinvention.Repetition as a questioning of agency, as a part of human nature.As a work in progress, these studies are done gradually as the need comes forward to examine or excavate memory, and to repeat.

“Telling a story: Dancing Toranj”, (7:30min, 2011)
By Amen Feizabadi

I saw images when I looked into the hatch of the Toranj for the first time. These images were not just visionary. They were the truths, which I and thousands of other people have experienced from a distance. The truth of finding-yourself. The “Toranj” have been loosing throughout past time, but then, suddenly, he completed his color with the help the color of truths. The Toranj danced and danced, rotated and rotated, sang songs and shouted, as if a”Sufi”.

Now, I look at the Toranj, as if I am looking into my own Face in the mirror, I can not look away from the Toranj anymore. And I am hearing the Toranj, its tendering whisper echoes in my ear: circle with me, dance with me, “So you hear. So you see …”

“Reproduction of Revolution”, (9:10min, 2010)
By Nima Esmailpour

‘Reproduction of Revolution’ is a video documentation of the performance ‘Historio-Graphy’ as part of the exhibition titled ‘Date-Painting’ by Nima Emsailpour, appropriated from the Date Paintings of Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara. In this piece, the artist reveals the limited capacity of artistic practice by applying different media such as painting, photography, video and performance in order to exercise the very act of historiography.

‘Date-Painting’ bears selected dates throughout the political history of Iran- beginning at the Constitutional Revolution in 1906 until the Iranian Green Movement of 2009, printed horizontally in white across the center of a red canvas. It is accompanied by an eight-piece photo installation depicting how the date of revolution victory in 1979 is painted. By showing the artist painting the date of revolution victory, ‘Reproduction of Revolution’ is an inquiry into the act of artistic effort at a historical moment. It also points to the possibility of the (re)occurrence of a revolution after more than 30 years.

“Aesthetic of protest”, (28min, 2010)
By Hamed Yousefi

Hamed Yousefi’s recent project is a series of documentary films mapping an aesthetic history of Iranian politics from and since the revolution of 1979. ‘Aesthetics of Protest’ is the last episode of the series and it deals with processes of political subjectivation in the aftermath of the presidential election in 2009.

July 13th through August 12th, 2012
Open Wednesday through Saturday
13:00 – 19:00

Click here to read about Part 2, happening in August 2012.
Click here to read about Part 3, happening in September 2012.