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FILM SCREENINGS & DISCUSSION | OUR HAUS
WEDNESDAY, JUN 27 2012, 07:30 PM
WochenKlausur Features, New York (USA), a project by Vienna-based group WochenKlausur, who are part of the Austrian Cultural Forum's tenth anniversary exhibition, OUR HAUS, focuses on contemporary positions and practices on the topic of housing and public space.
For the duration of the exhibition (which runs through August 26), nine New York-based organizations, associations, interest groups, and activists who deal with issues of housing and the urban built environment were chosen to use the ACFNY Gallery space for one week each. From June 25 to July 1, Change Administrationwill be the WochenKlausur "NPO-in-residence" at the ACFNY.
For this event, Change Administration will screen a selection of films in collaboration with Union Docs. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and other urbanists.
Selections from Living Los Sures
Experiments in Place and Collaborative Documentary
In the late seventies and early eighties, South Williamsburg was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. It was troubled by drugs and violence, full of abandoned real estate, and badly under-served. Los Sures, a documentary from 1984 by Diego Echeverria, skillfully represents the challenges of this time, while also celebrating a community that was connected, coherent and full of culture.
UnionDocs is in the midst of a project that revisits this film and creates a constellation of companion documentary works that will update, annotate, and spiral off from the original. The final result will be Living Los Sures, an interactive, multi-layer documentary that seeks not just to extract important and unusual stories from the place, but to also create new shared histories and relationships between neighbors.
Couchsurferz, Selections from a 12 part cycle (15 minutes)
by Emma Brenner-Malin, Josh Solondz, Stephanie Chang
A journey into the homes of friends and strangers, in search of significance in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sleeping on assorted couches, the surferz document the physical environments of their overnight stays, as well as the persons residing within them. Throughout the course of a year, the surferz explore relationships between themselves, their hosts, and the spaces they inhabit, as well as issues of representation, subjectivity, and agency in documentary filmmaking.
Before After (13 Minutes)
by Daniel Terna, Michael Kugler
We got to know this neighborhood by exploring it through a series of filmed experiments and encounters in the mostly Latino and Jewish communities. The camera is considered as a compass that gives direction to a variety of inquiries. Guiding our interactions with the neighborhood, both in terms of physical space and its inhabitants, we found ourselves approaching the neighborhood as one big playground.
The short sequences in this piece are the result of unexpected encounters with people, images, and local rituals. Objects were used as props to facilitate interventions with spaces and communications with people. The title, Before After, references a photography storefront sign along Lee Avenue in the heart of the Jewish neighborhood, and it reminds us that deciding when something is “over” or “finished” is easier said than “done.”
Of birds and boundaries (22 Minutes)
by Annie Berman, Laura Mayer, Matt Yoka
A filmmaker’s search for the Williamsburg’s Eruv (a string the defines the boundaries of the Chasidic neighborhood and redefines public space as a shared private space) leads her to ‘Marty,’ an anonymous Chasid who volunteers to help with research. The result is the development of an unexpected relationship, a cross-cultural exchange between two unlikely collaborators. (The image shown is a still from Of birds and boundaries)
Change Administration is a planning, design, and action studio based in New York City. They seek to use the process of urban planning and development as not only a method for preparing for a healthy future, but also as a way of building social networks and empowering people to address newly changing social, economic, and environmental realities in their community. Their process of research, outreach, design, and fabrication consists of using a variety of mediums and mechanisms in order to understand and strengthen the complex, deep, and dynamic nature of urban areas. Change Administration's core belief is that strong social networks are necessary for positive change to occur. From June 25 to July 1, Change Administrationwill be the WochenKlausur "NPO-in-residence" at the ACFNY.
UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art that generates and shares big ideas. They bring together a diverse community of experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, critical thinkers, and local partners on a search for urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future.