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Bard College Berlin Presents
Friday, December 1, 2017

Lecture Angela Melitopoulos & Angela Anderson

Bard College Berlin Lecture Hall
In this lecture, Angela Melitopoulos and Angela Anderson will speak about the video installation Crossings (2017), which was presented at Documenta 14 and show excerpts from the work. Crossings composes a narrative about war, forms of slavery past and present, and ecological disasters. It charts a cartography of places, crystallising major stratifications and delirious conditions of realities emerging in the current state of the debt crisis in Greece, where capitalism forces neoliberal deregulations and a civil war against its populations. War, destruction, and the experience of a neoliberal traumatic reality is transmitted from body to body and from generation to generation, generating countless voices. These voices are intertwined "chaosmotically"­: they form new groups of expressions. They create a spirited and dynamic memory, become a refrain of resistance and counter-mobility, and newly actualise affects and narratives that migrate back to the capitalist centre of German industrial production. This lecture will be a chance to learn more about how the artists work with memory and time-based media as a form of political activism.

This open event is part of the dialogue and research of the Making History: Political Storytelling in Contemporary Art Practice class at Bard College Berlin. 

Angela Melitopoulos has realized experimental and philosophical video-essays, installations, documentaries and sound pieces since 1985. She studied Fine Arts with Nam June Paik. She teaches as a professor in the Media School of the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen. Her work focuses on mnemopolitics, duration, cartography, geography, and collective memory crossing machinic aspects of subjectivation in relation to electronic/digital media and documentation. Melitopoulos’ videos and installations have received awards and been shown in many international festivals, exhibitions and museums such as Generali Foundation, Vienna; Berlinale, Berlin; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Antonin Tapies Foundation, Barcelona; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Manifesta 7; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Whitney Museum, New York. Her latest video-installation project Crossings was shown at Documenta 14 in Kassel. Melitopoulos foregrounds the invention of new multi-screen formats, performance related expanded cinema screenings and lectures that link media-art and philosophy. Her installation ‘Assemblages’, co-realized with sociologist and philosopher Maurizio Lazzarato, initiated a series of debates around Félix Guattari’s ideas on the potential of machinicanimism for the decolonization of the mind in the societies of the Global North. In collaboration with artist Angela Anderson she has realized activist research projects within the anti-mining struggle in Northern Greece. 

Angela Anderson is an artist and filmmaker working at the intersection of the fields of philosophy, ecology, economics, migration, media and feminist & queer theory. She holds an MA in Film and Media Studies from the New School (NYC) and is pursuing her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with Angela Melitopoulos on the audio-visual research projects Unearthing Disaster, The Refrain and Crossings which was shown in documenta 14 (2017). In 2016 she produced her short film The Sea Between You and Me and is currently developing her feature film project Frostville. Recent exhibitions include Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco - 2017), Framer Framed – Amsterdam, Holbaek Images (2016), and the Thessaloniki Biennale (2015). She is the exhibition designer for Forum Expanded at the Berlin International Film Festival and has worked with many artists and filmmakers on the realization of performative, filmic, and installation projects.
 
Admission free

Contact information:  i.stelea@berlin.bard.edu

Location: Bard College Berlin Lecture Hall

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