On the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Berlinale
The exhibition is curated by Atelier Impopulaire.
Conceived like a constellation of movements and acts, Theatre of Cinemas is a multi-media exhibition unfolding on two floors of the Volksbühne that aims to explore the dialectic and complex relationship between Alexander Kluge and the seventh art. If the Greek theatron is the designated space for viewing, offering the possibility to listen, watch and observe, kinema embodies the idea of movement, but also of a movement that can effect change. From the historical collaborations with Christoph Schlingensief to the ongoing monumental webseries The Eye of the Dragonfly, the Volksbühne represents a mutant “kinematic theatron” for Alexander Kluge that has challenged the main principles of his oeuvre - simultaneity, polyphony and montage - and contributes to define his artistic politics of time and to change the way we perceive and experience both art forms. Theatre of Cinemas gives the spectator a unique chance to inhabit the theatre’s common spaces such as its waiting rooms, salons, wardrobes and foyers, thus tracing a personal and surprising take on the history of cinema. that works like a machine à penser.
Born in the town of Halberstadt in 1932, Alexander Kluge is one of the leading intellectual voices in Germany today. His huge body of work, which includes film, fiction, social theory, television, and political action on various cultural fronts, can be regarded as a continuation of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and constitutes a unique venture in the cultural history of post-war Germany. The motives, themes, and formal strategies of Kluge’s radical cinema impur, raise questions on representation and gender, history and memory, theory in its relation to practice, and the ongoing vitality of modernism.
Produced in cooperation with the Volksbühne, Gorki Theatre, Akademie der Künste, Philharmonie and Deutsche Filmakademie, the full programme of events includes concerts, film screenings, panel discussions and exhibitions throughout the first half of February, serving as a countdown to the 70th Berlinale, which will celebrate its opening on 20 February.