Presentation and Film Screening on Babylonian Confusion in Film

Film Scholar Getrud Koch to Give Lecture on May 20, 2019 in Kino Arsenal Followed by Screening / In Cooperation with the Cinepoetics - Center for Advanced Film Studies at Freie Universität Berlin

No 131/2019 from May 15, 2019

Film studies scholar Getrud Koch from Freie Universität Berlin will discuss the significance of language in film theory in her talk on May 20, 2019 at Kino Arsenal. Her lecture "Sprache und Sprachen - zu den Babylonischen Verwirrungen im Sprachkonzept der Filmtheorie" [Language and Languages - On Babylonian Confusion in Film Theory’s Concept of Language] examines how film theorists deal with questions of language: Is film, as an audiovisual medium, a-linguistic, pre-linguistic, or a language all of its own? How do film theorists interpret speaking versus non-speaking characters in films, for example within French philosopher Edgar Morin’s theoretical work? After the lecture, the French-Swiss film Adieu au langage (2014) by Jean-Luc Godard and the French film C hronique d’un été (1961) by Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch will be screened. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held in German. Tickets for the films can be purchased from Kino Arsenal at their regular prices. The event is part of the Cinepoetics Lectures series put on by the Cinepoetics - Center for Advanced Film Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, and Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, which is organized in cooperation with Kino Arsenal.

Getrud Koch is a professor in the film studies department at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research deals with aesthetic theory, film theory, image theory, as well as feminist film theory. She also works on questions of political and historical representation. Her numerous publications include Die Wiederkehr der Illusion. Der Film und die Kunst der Gegenwart [The Return of Illusion: Contemporary Film and Art] (2016) and Breaking Bad, Breaking Out, Breaking Even (2015).

The Cinepoetics Lectures series invites distinguished film and media studies scholars to discuss a film of their choice and situate it within a specific context. The Cinepoetics - Center for Advanced Film Studies started its work in October 2015 with funding from the German Research Foundation. It is based at the Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. The researchers at the center study the idea that cinematic images fundamentally engage with and alter how we think and feel, even generating new forms of thinking.

Time and Place

  • Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Lecture from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Screenings: Adieu au langage (French with German subtitles) at 8:00 p.m. and Chronique d’un été (French with English subtitles) at 9:30 p.m.
  • Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin

Cilli Pogodda, Cinepoetics - Center for Advanced Film Studies, Institute of Theater Studies, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Freie Universität Berlin, Email: cipo [at] zedat.fu-berlin (p) de

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