Rencontres

September 15  – September 17, 2017 | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg
Rencontre I - The luxury you gain, when you’ve got nothing to lose

November 10 – November 11, 2017 | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg
Rencontre II - Until we begin to see something

“Before watching their films, it is useful to recall that Straub is a trained grammairien. This is a discipline which presupposes a special, typically French love of language; the audacious idea of fathoming the nature of language in a methodically extra-linguistic manner. All their films may be grasped this way: as stories on a threshold, as undertakings of the in-between”, the film critic Frieda Grafe wrote on the occasion of a Huillet/Straub retrospective at the Munich Film Museum in 1997.

Speaking with the grammar of images and sounds, Frieda Grafe also gives a name to a particularity which underlies the notion of an encounter, a rencontre. What happens here is always inbetween; between language and the image, the gesture, the spoken word, the gaze, and everything that is not said. What occurs with a film through the encounter; what it does and how it can be realised through theory and action – this technique, this adventure is closely linked to the films of Huillet and Straub, and has also always stood in contradiction to the relatively sporadic visibility of these films themselves.

To talk about the films collaboratively, to argue and discuss them, and to travel with them, always formed an important part of the practice of Huillet and Straub. It had nothing to do with the limited discourse of the interpreters. On the contrary. “We made the Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach for the farmers from the primeval Bavarian forest; (…) Our dream would have been to make films anonymously; just as they are, but not to write: ‘Straub, Huillet: Caution – rigorous, taxing! Watch out! You’ll fall asleep! Boring, long takes!’ (…) And they might have said: ‘History Lessons (1972): There are texts by Bertolt Brecht. You don’t know what Bertolt Brecht is? Alright, here’s a sample.’”

With the international presence of the films by Huillet/Straub and their release in digital media, references to them have also multiplied. During the Rencontres days at the beginning and end of the exhibition period, diverse ways of speaking, forms of debate, and questions will be taken up. Participants include: their long-standing cameraman Renato Berta; former assistant, actor, and filmmaker Manfred Blank; friend and filmmaker Peter Nestler; and artists of a new generation like Ala Younis, Luisa Greenfield, Oraib Toukan, Louis Henderson, Elke Marhöfer, Mikhail Lylov and many others. At the conclusion on 11th November, the New Composers Collective (a spin-off project by Mouse on Mars), together with Astrid Ofner, will perform their remix of Antigone.

Sep 15 2017 | 6:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Studio (Saal)
Rencontre I - Sicilia!

Sicilia!, D: Huillet/Straub, 1998, 66´, OmU
Introduction: Peter Kammerer DE

Sep 15 2017 | 8:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Studio (Saal)
Rencontre I - Der Tod des Empedokles oder Wenn dann der Erde Grün von neuem Euch erglänzt (Rome Version)

Der Tod des Empedokles oder Wenn dann der Erde Grün von neuem Euch erglänzt [The Death of Empedocles or When the Green of the Earth Will Glisten for You Anew], D: Huillet/Straub, 1986, 132´, „Rome Version“, OV
Guest: Renato Berta EN

Sep 16 2017 | 2:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Foyer
Rencontre I - Looking Inward – from Behind

Zur Kunst des Dialogs bei Pavese und Vittorini
Lecture: Manfred Bauschulte DE

Sep 16 2017 | 3:30 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Foyer
Rencontre I - Resistance, Work, Peasants

Talk about Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet and Heiner Müller
with Peter Kammerer and Patrick Primavesi, DE

Sep 16 2017 | 5:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Foyer
Rencontre I - Filming Landscapes

Talk by Rinaldo Censi and a conversation with Armin Linke, Renato Berta EN

Sep 16 2017 | 7:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Studio (Saal)
Rencontre I - Toute révolution est un coup de dés // Zu früh / zu spät

Toute révolution est un coup de dés, D: Huillet/Straub, 1977, 10´, OmE
Zu früh / zu spät, D: Huillet/Straub, 1980/81, 100´, english version
Introduction: Manfred Blank, Lecture: "That has more to do with coincidence", DE

Sep 17 2017 | 2:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Foyer
Rencontre I - Off Screen

About Danièle Huillet’s multifaceted contribution to filmmaking.
Talk by Luisa Greenfield and Giulio Bursi EN

Sep 17 2017 | 4:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Foyer
Rencontre I - Excavations – until We Hear History

In conversation: Ala Younis, Louis Henderson, Oraib Toukan, EN

Sep 17 2017 | 5:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Foyer
Rencontre I - From the Resistance to the Clouds

On Panning to the Sky
Talk by Nida Ghouse, EN

Sep 17 2017 | 6:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Foyer
Rencontre I - Franco Fortini: Voice, Reading, Text, Position.

Talk by Paolo Caffoni, EN

Sep 17 2017 | 7:30 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Studio (Saal)
Rencontre I - Fortini/Cani

Fortini/Cani, D: Huillet/Straub, 1976, 83´, OmE

Sep 17 2017 | 9:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Studio (Saal)
Rencontre I - Dalla nube alla resistenza

Dalla nube alla resistenza, D: Huillet/Straub, 1978, 105´, OmE

Nov 10 2017 | 4:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Studio (Saal)
Rencontre II - For Peter Nestler : For Straub/Huillet

Die Nordkalotte, D: Peter Nestler, 1990, 90´, GV
Warum ist Krieg?, D: Peter Nestler, 1969/70, 18´, GV
Guest: Peter Nestler, DE

Nov 10 2017 | 7:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Studio (Saal)
Rencontre II - Itinéraire de Jean Bricard // Une Visite au Louvre // Cézanne, Dialogue avec Joachim Gasquet // L’Aquarium et la Nation
Guests: Peter Nestler and Christophe Clavert

Itinéraire de Jean Bricard, D: Huillet/Straub, 2007, 40´, OmU
Introduction: Mikhail Lylov, Elke Marhöfer

Lecture: "Das Primitivismus-Problem", Florian Schneider, DE&EN
Une Visite au Louvre, D: Huillet/Straub, 2003, 48´, OmE
Cézanne, Dialogue avec Joachim Gasquet, D: Huillet/Straub, 1989, 51´, OmE 
L’Aquarium et la Nation, D: Jean-Marie Straub, 2015, 31´, OmE
Nov 11 2017 | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Foyer
Rencontre II - Framed, Unframed

Public seminar with Florian Schneider and interventions by Mikhail Lylov, Elke Marhöfer, Patrick Primavesi, Ute Holl and others, EN

Nov 11 2017 | 4:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Foyer
Rencontre II - Soils - Habit - Plants

Soils - Habit - Plants, D: Mikhail Lylov/Elke Marhöfer, 2017, around 10´, special 16mm screening

Nov 11 2017 | 5:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Foyer
Die Gewalt der Kritik

Zwei Versuche einer Einleitung zu Huillets/Straubs Antigone

Nov 11 2017 | 7:00 PM | Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg, Studio (Saal)
Rencontre II - Musical interpretation of the Antigone script by Huillet/Straub // Die Antigone des Sophokles nach der Hölderlinschen Übertragung für die Bühne bearbeitet von Brecht 1948 (Suhrkamp Verlag)

Musical interpretation of the Antigone script by Huillet/Straub. New Composers Collective and Astrid Ofner. World premiere
Voice / choreography: Astrid Ofner
Music / choreography: Andi Toma, Jan St. Werner, Michael Rauter, Matti Gajek
New Composers Collective is a project by Mouse on Mars, Michael Rauter and Matti Gajek

Followed by:
Die Antigone des Sophokles nach der Hölderlinschen Übertragung für die Bühne bearbeitet von Brecht 1948 (Suhrkamp Verlag), D: Huillet/Straub, 1991, 100´, OV