Utopian thinking often encompasses the escapist vision to leave behind the civilized world as the troubled and hopelessly contaminated place of modern living. The travel either leads into peaceful isolation of a space capsule or into the purifying spectacle of the apocalypse. The program collects science fiction films and video essays by artists and other courageous futurologists.
16MM / 00:19:00 / UNITED STATES / 1974
Kuchar’s imagination flies off the handle as he speculates on the year 600.000.000 A.D. when a divided human race is brought together to confront a state of affairs that include galactic empires, cybernetics, evolution, nature worship, and the biggest atomic explosion the forces of heaven can let loose, all filmed in beautiful color and abundant in visual effects; so, fasten your seat belts for a journey into the far exotic future and the stars beyond.
35MM / 00:13:00 / GERMANY / 2000
A cubo-futuristic portrait of the physicist Illobrand von Ludwiger and his transcendental imagination of the six-dimensional, unified quantum field theory in the area of serious research into UFOs.
EXCHANGE PROGRAM: GALACTICA/LIFE SPACE
Torsten Z. Burns
VIDEO / 00:14:00 / UNITED STATES / 2002
A fusion between sculptural bodies and space time bodies. Re-imagining one’s life abroad an improvisational space station.
DAVID BOWIE – SPACE ODDITY
VIDEO / 00:05:00 / UNITED KINGDOM / 1969
David Bowie’s space rock classic about astronaut Major Tom’s eerie experiences in orbit.
IMITATIONS OF LIFE
VIDEO / 00:20:00 / CANADA / 2000
Mike Hoolboom pillages all of cinema for this epic meta-science fiction, in which future and present are conceived as an endless parade of images. Science fiction as a realm od displaced fears and dreams, a place to imagine the future that is already here.
Florian Wüst― Curator
Florian Wüst is a Berlin-based film curator, artist, and publisher. He has curated film programmes for international art institutions, cinemas, and festivals. From 2016 to 2020, Wüst was the film and video curator of transmediale. His latest curatorial projects include two exhibitions at the Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea Tabakalera, San Sebastián: Zin Ex. From Abstraction to Algorithm (2020) and Zin Ex. Body and Architecture (2021). He is also co-founder of the Berlin Journals—On the History and Present State of the City, an ongoing series of publications that address the social, cultural and economic changes in Berlin and other cities.
Romeo Grünfelder― Artist
Grünfelder develops and realizes film projects in the field of aesthetics and media philosophy, like [desi‘re:] The Goldstein Reels (2006) and The ghost who refuses to play dead (2007). His films are shown on diverse international film festivals as well as in art and exhibition contexts.