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August 19, 2019 - silent green - Karrabing Film Collective
August 19, 2019

silent green / Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art

Karrabing Film Collective, The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland (still), 2018. 

Karrabing Film Collective
August 20–25, 2019


silent green Kulturquartier 
Gerichtstr. 35 
13347 Berlin

Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art
Potsdamer Str. 2
10785 Berlin

August 20, 6pm

silent green Innenhof
Installation: 24 Hours (outdoor preview)
with Ethan Jorrock, Angelina Lewis, Elisabeth A. Povinelli and Kieran Sing in person

August 20, 8pm

silent green Kuppelhalle
Screening: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland / Night Time Go
with Ethan Jorrock, Angelina Lewis, Elisabeth A. Povinelli and Kieran Sing in person

August 21–25, 11am–8pm
silent green Innenhof
Installation: 24 Hours (outdoor preview)

August 21, 8pm
Arsenal Cinema
Screening: The Jealous One / Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams
with Ethan Jorrock, Angelina Lewis, Elisabeth A. Povinelli and Kieran Sing in person

August 22, 8pm
Arsenal Cinema
Screening: Windjarrameru (The Stealing C*nt$) / When the Dogs Talked
with Ethan Jorrock, Angelina Lewis, Elisabeth A. Povinelli and Kieran Sing in person

The Karrabing Film Collective (est. 2010) is an award-winning media collective of some 30 filmmakers and artists who use their aesthetic practices as a means of self-organization and social analysis. Most Karrabing are indigenous and live in a rural community in northwestern Australia. In the Emiyengal indigenous language Karrabing means “tide out.” It refers to a time of coming together, as well as to the coastline that connects the Karrabing Film Collective as an extended family group across social lines.

Stoffwechsel is a project by silent green Film Feld Forschung. Together with Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, it presents a video and sound installation as well as films by the Karrabing Film Collective.

With Stoffwechsel, a series of events, workshops, and exhibitions dealing with the materiality of film as a medium of memory and earth as an archive, Film Feld Forschung pursues its goal of using the interior and exterior spaces of silent green for theoretical and practical research into the medium of film. The silent green is an event venue and an independent project, which has found a unique home in the historic premises of the Wedding Crematorium in Berlin.

24 Hours (2019) presents an outdoor preview of a Karrabing audio and video project exploring the ordinary obstacles Indigenous families face as they move through an ordinary day. Four video panels are arranged to follow the path of the sun. Voices from the past rise from the ground and merge with lyrics written by the collective and music directed by its younger members, becoming a sonic landscape. 24 Hours dramatizes and satirizes the settler forms of governance and extractive capitalism that Karrabing members encounter over the course of a day.

The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland (2018) is a powerful intervention in contemporary debate about the future present of climate change, extractive capitalism, and industrial toxicity from the point of view of indigenous worlds.

Night Time Go (2017) is an exploration of the settler state’s attempt to remove indigenous people from their lands during the Second World War using truck, train, and rifle.

The Jealous One (2017) is based on a traditional story that connects the traditional lands of the Karrabing, but asks who is the contemporary jealous one, the land, the men, or the settler state?  

Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams (2016) is the most surreal and near-psychedelic of the Karrabing Film Collective’s productions to date. It explores how the collective’s indigenous filmmakers experience the containments of missionary-Christian moral codes as well as settler-colonial rule-of-law.

Windjarrameru (The Stealing C*nt$) (2015) blends indigenous storytelling with modern worries over environmental degradation and substance abuse in a story about a group of young indigenous men hiding in a chemical swamp after being falsely accused of stealing beer.  

When The Dogs Talked (2014) mixes nonfiction and fiction in a thoughtful yet humorous drama about the difficulties Indigenous communities have living within the strictures of modern white culture while maintaining a sense of their own traditions and relationship to the land.

From August 22 to 24 members of the Karrabing Film Collective will contribute to the Arsenal Summer School under the topic “Film as a Political Practice.“ For further information, click here.

Contact: stoffwechsel [​at​] silent-green.net

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