Phoenix Cinema: Meeting with Alexander Kluge

Phoenix Cinema: Meeting with Alexander Kluge

Phoenix Cinema: Meeting with Alexander Kluge

Admission starts at $5

June 13, 15, and 18, 2024
e-flux Screening Room
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

e-flux Film is very pleased to present Phoenix Cinema: Meeting with Alexander Kluge, a special series of events featuring works by and discussions with the filmmaker and author. The program 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, streaming new films each week from June 6–July 17, 2024 (watch them here).

Phoenix Cinema offers a unique opportunity to delve into the extensive body of work of Alexander Kluge, a renowned figure in post-war German cinema, literature, and cultural theory. This comprehensive program explores Kluge’s multifaceted legacy, tracing his influential roles in cinema, art, and theory over the past six decades and presenting new works. Born in 1932 in Halberstadt, Germany, Kluge’s creative career spans filmmaking, writing, criticism, and television production. In the 1950s, he pursued academic studies at the University of Marburg and later at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, where he became a student of Theodor W. Adorno. Adorno’s theory, particularly his critique of the culture industry and writings on negative dialectics, had a significant impact on Kluge, providing a theoretical foundation for his subsequent work in film and literature.

Kluge’s cinematic career began in the 1960s, and he played a pivotal role in the emergence of the New German Cinema movement. In 1962, Kluge was one of the filmmakers who signed the Oberhausen Manifesto, which called for a new kind of German cinema that challenged traditional storytelling and addressed contemporary social issues. In addition to his work in cinema, Kluge’s theoretical contributions are no less significant. His collaboration with philosopher Oskar Negt on Public Sphere and Experience (1972) explores the intersections of personal experience and public discourse. Beyond cinema and writing, Kluge has significantly influenced independent public television in Germany, founding the Development Company for Television Program (DCTP) and producing numerous programs that challenge mainstream media narratives and encourage critical thinking and public engagement. Kluge’s work is also marked by collaborations with modern and contemporary artists, bridging historical and contemporary artistic practices and highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of his work. His legacy, built on a foundation of intellectual rigor and creative experimentation, continues to inspire contemporary filmmakers and artists. Building on this rich and diverse legacy, Phoenix Cinema proposes an experimental format to engage with multiple sides of Kluge’s career, offering an interactive meeting with the artist rather than a traditional screening program. 

This series of events showcases selected film works by Kluge from the twentieth century, and also features a number of his short experimental films made with AI technology, which Kluge describes as films shot by “virtual camera,” ones that demonstrate his search for a new language to connect with contemporary audiences and reflect on techno-political transformations of the public sphere. Together with the short AI films, the program will present prerecorded and real-time discussions with Kluge, offering insights into his thoughts on history, art, technology, and the infinite potential of human imagination to process reality. This dynamic and interactive format of Phoenix Cinema invites people to engage with the past and present of Kluge’s multifaceted and rich body of work, creating a space for reflection and dialogue.

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Phoenix Cinema. Part IV. Alexander Kluge and the Art World
June 18, 2024, 7pm

Phoenix Cinema. Parts II and III. The Dragonfly’s Eye
June 15, 2024, 3pm

Phoenix Cinema. Part I. Alexander Kluge and Cinema
June 13, 2024, 7pm

Film, Critical Theory
Experimental Film, Artificial intelligence, Germany, Documentary, Television

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