Phoenix Cinema. Part IV. Alexander Kluge and the Art World

Phoenix Cinema. Part IV. Alexander Kluge and the Art World

Phoenix Cinema: Meeting with Alexander Kluge

Phoenix Cinema. Part IV. Alexander Kluge and the Art World

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June 18, 2024, 7pm
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172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Tuesday, June 18 at 7pm for Alexander Kluge and the Art World, the fourth and closing event of Phoenix Cinema: Meeting with Alexander Kluge, a special series featuring works by and discussions with the filmmaker and author. This evening focuses on Kluge’s participation in the modern and contemporary art world, highlighting his collaborations with, and homages to, Hans Richter, Sarah Morris, Katharina Grosse, Jonathan Meese, and Anselm Kiefer. The evening will feature Kluge’s short films, homages to his artist friends, personal stories, and moving-image collaborations, showcasing his interdisciplinary approach to filmmaking and his profound influence across artistic fields.

This event will present a selection of Kluge’s films, including pre-recorded commentary by Kluge and an in-person conversation with Sarah Morris.


With pre-recorded commentary by Alexander Kluge and in-person conversation with Sarah Morris

Four films produced for e-flux
Planetary Man / Commentary on Aby Warburg’s Bilderatlas Mnemosyne, Panel B, Picture 9 (3:40’)
The Dramatist Heiner Müller / …and His List of the Great Dead from Theory, Revolution, and the Workers’ Movement… (5:28’)
Our Ancestor and the Globe (3:19’)
Eomaia (Mother of the Dawn) / Homage to Francis Bacon and Georg Baselitz (3:41’)

Cinema installations by Jonathan Meese in collaboration with Alexander Kluge
Hagen von Trola Kinoz (2:29’)
Saint Just Kino 03 (3:45’)

Collaboration with Hans Richter
Zirkus, Richter’s Tango (2:24’)

Collaboration with Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röde
The Circus is Coming to Town / With glass panels by Kerstin Brätsch (6:40’)

From the Separatrix project with Katharina Grosse
L for Leibniz (3:01’)
Colors and Mathematics (1:37’)
Four Stages for Alexander Kluge (2:53’)

Films with Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter
For Anselm Kiefer – In the Rock of Signs (3:39’)
Homage to Anselm Kiefer / String Cinema – Mathematical Minute Opera (2’)
Happy Roots from Non-Identity / With the painter Gerhard Richter (4:01’)

Collaboration with Thomas Hartmann
The Luminous Power of Hand, Cosmos, and Thought / From the mini-cinema installation by the artist Thomas Hartmann (2:14’)

Films by Sarah Morris and Alexander Kluge, with Sarah Morris in person and Alexander Kluge on video call
The Mermaid (1:56’)
Mondrian Machine 1 (1:55’)
Cats in Space (5:30’)
Sarah Morris, Alexander Kluge, and Lukas Brasiskis in conversation

Phoenix Cinema: Meeting with Alexander Kluge unfolds in four parts taking place at e-flux Screening Room on June 13, 15, and 18, 2024, and in a six-part online screening on e-flux Film, with new films streaming each week from June 6–July 17, 2024. Read more about the series here. Watch the online screenings here.

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Film, Contemporary Art, Modernism
Experimental Film, Documentary, Germany
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Phoenix Cinema: Meeting with Alexander Kluge

Alexander Kluge (b. 1932) is an author, filmmaker, and lawyer. His research and practice revolves around film, literature, social theory, film theory, and political action on various cultural fronts. Kluge is credited with the launch of the New German Cinema movement, and his body of work can be regarded as a continuation of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School. His first feature film, Yesterday Girl, won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1966. In 1987, Kluge founded the television production company DCTP, which produces independent television slots on German commercial television. In 2008, he presented the almost-nine-hour-long News from Ideological Antiquity: Marx/Eisenstein/Capital—a reinvention of Eisenstein’s unfinished project of filming Capital by Karl Marx. Alexander Kluge’s major works of social criticism include Öffentlichkeit und Erfahrung (Public Sphere and Experience) and History and Obstinacy, both co-written with Oskar Negt. His exhibitions include The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied (Fondazione Prada, Venice, 2017), Pluriversum (Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2017; Belvedere 21, Vienna, 2018). Together with the New York poet Ben Lerner, Kluge published The Snows of Venice in 2018. Just in time for the e-flux program in June 2024, his books The Dragonfly’s Eye - My Virtual Camera (AI) (Spector Books) and War Primer (Seagull Books) will be published in English.

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