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Talk with filmmakers Anthea Kennedy and Ian Wiblin about their work followed by a screening of their film.

The View from Our House (2013) 76 mins. Tuesday 10th November 2015.
5.00pm Talk; Screening at 6.00pm followed by Q & A & Refreshments.
Room EB1.37. Docklands Campus.


A woman, unseen in the film, witnesses the ordinary oppression and fear of the early years of National Socialism. She describes the sound of screaming she regularly hears on passing a military barracks whilst walking from her house to the station. Images of the barracks recur throughout the film, suggesting the routine tyranny that precipitates the woman's increasing fear and eventual journey into exile. The film's structure of repetition and retelling foregrounds the way in which her life is stunted by increasing marginalisation and terror. "I’m only just eighteen but sometimes I already feel so old that I think of dying," she writes in a letter to her would-be lover. The View from Our House is based in part on the memories, unsent letters and notebooks of a young photographer who lived in Berlin-Tempelhof. Aspects of her life are interpreted and mapped out within this small area of Berlin through a succession of haunted images and sounds that imbue place with a sense of memory and history.
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QUESTIONS is the working title of a film featuring the curator, writer and interviewer Hans Ulrich Obrist. Johannes Maier will present this film as a work yet to be completed. Suisse born Obrist is the co-director of the Serpentine Gallery in London. Obrist has curated numerous exhibitions including the 1st Berlin Bienale, Manifesta 1, Cities on the Move and 2nd Guangzhou Biennale. In the last 20 years he has conducted more than 1700 interviews with artists, architects, writers, musicians, designers, philosophers, curators and scientists. Obrist’s curiosity about the world, about practitioners and intellectuals of all kind culminates in this film project with the focus on the questions that he once asked his interviewees. 

Johannes Maier’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in group and solo shows. He has taken part in major exhibitions in the UK and abroad such as Timewarp CRAC Alsace (France, 2009), tainment/haltungen NGBK, Berlin (Germany, 2004), East International (Norwich, 2001) and New Contemporaries (Milton Keynes, Edinburgh, Manchester, 2000). Many of his films are presented in video and film festivals, such as the Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (2005) and two of his films are archived online on ubu.com (http://www.ubu.com/film/maier.html).
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Two visiting filmmakers are invited to present at the centre each semester.
Previous speakers include:
  • Peter Strickland, Dir. Berberian Sound Studio, (Golden Bear winner, Berlin Film Festival)
  • Anna Lucas, Artist-Filmmaker, (previous exhibitions include FACT Liverpool and Chisenhale Gallery London)
  • Stuart Croft, Artist-Filmmaker, (RCA, previous exhibitions include Bloomberg Space, Fred Gallery)
  • Nick Gordon Smith, Director of Photography
  • Angela Melitopoulos, Artist and Filmmaker from Germany, discussed her work processes and showed a selection of her recent work, including Zone B and the feature documentary film Antonio Negri.
  • Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Filmmaker and Video Artist from USA, discussed his working methods and showed a selection of recent work as well as his Made Over In America (2007).
  • Avi Mograbifrom, Documentary filmmaker from Israel, screened his latest film Z32 and discussed the ethics and aesthetics of the film.
  • Gaelle Lindingre, Artist, showed her recent work and discussed the working process of Art Directors and Designers in film.
  • Avner Faingulernt, Filmmaker from Israel, showed his three-part documentary feature Following in my Father’s Footsteps.
  • Asher Tlalim, Filmmaker, (NFTS) showed his work in progress Puzzled Jerusalm - a documentary feature, to be released in 2010.
  • Said Adrus, Video Artist, showed his current work Pavillion Recaptured on Muslim cemeteries in Britain and India, combining a range of media.
  • John Smith, Filmmaker, screened and discussed his recent work Hotel Diaries (2008).
  • Kwodo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar, Filmmakers from the group OTOLITH, screened and discussed a retrospective of recent films, Otolith 1 and Otolith 2.
  • Ed Fletcher (Soda Pictures)
  • Jason Wood (Curzon Cinema group)
For further information please contact: Dr Steven Eastwood (eastwood@uel.ac.uk)
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