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Radical Art for Societies in Turmoil

Can radical film practices help to understand a disintegrating world? Can they have a healing effect? How can we maintain structures of solidarity in the field of radical media production for societies in turmoil and transition? Edited by members of the Berlin chapter of the International Radical Film Network, this collection investigates practices of audio-visual production that act on and struggle with the conditions of our time.

Andrea Ancira García, editor, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien
Ujjwal Kanishka Utkarsh, artist, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien
Moderation: Ursula Böckler, Julia Lazarus, Alexandra Weltz-Rombach, Radical Film Network Berlin

Ursula Böckler, Julia Lazarus, Alexandra Weltz-Rombach (eds.), Radical Film, Art and Digital Media for Societies in Turmoil, Berlin: K. Verlag 2023

Dislocated Democracies in the Caucasus

The Caucasus is a region of constant movement. Bearing in mind current trends in human migration, this roundtable considers how such dislocations affect the social and political reception of democracy. The conversation will explore how Caucasian exiles, refugees, migrant laborers, or cosmopolitan intellectuals navigated, contested, or reinforced democratic ideas and processes over the past century. How do memories of democratic pasts – such as the short-lived Caucasian republics of 1918–1921 – color conceptions of nationhood and belonging both among the Caucasian states and their diasporas?

Adrian Brisku, Charles University, Prague
Ketevan Gurchiani, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
Naira Sahakyan, American University of Armenia, Yerevan
Turkay Gasimova, CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest (via Zoom)
Moderation: Nino Aivazishvili-Gehne, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg

An event by the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna.
For online participation please register here.

Independent Space Index 2024

The 7th annual Independent Space Index Festival runs from 31. May until 2. June in the format of coordinated citywide open days. Visitors can see exhibitions and attend special events without pre-registration. The Independent Space Index was founded in 2017 with the aim of strengthening solidarity among like-minded cultural initiatives and highlighting their contribution to the Viennese art scene.

In cooperation with Independent Space Index.

Vienna Shorts

Best Practice Presentation and Discussion

When discussing festivals as safe or safer spaces, talk is cheap. But when it comes to implementation, expectations rise: awareness programs, demands for trigger warnings, navigating backlash in the event of political conflict, and much more. While meeting all needs may be impossible, we aim to explore how we can improve — or fail better — by sharing examples of festivals implementing guidelines for „safer spaces“. We address what works, how, and why, followed by an open discussion on the concept.

Panel Discussion and Film Screenings

Cinematic art serves as a powerful catalyst for shifting public perception and has been closely linked with activist causes since its inception. In the realm of short film, many artists are increasingly focused on challenging the status quo and addressing the current socio-political climate, driven by a yearning for change, one short film at a time. We encourage our guests to share films that have shown the activist potential of the moving image and, in doing so, have inspired their own work.

In cooperation with Vienna Shorts.
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Vienna meets Prague

Wer war Kafkas Verlobte Felice Bauer, die Generationen von Kafka-Fans nur als jene Frau kennen, die deftige Fleischgerichte liebte, schwere Möbel und genau justierte Uhren?
Die vielfach ausgezeichnete Schriftstellerin und Journalistin Magdaléna Platzová hat einen grandiosen Roman über diese Felice Bauer geschrieben. Kunstvoll verwebt sie darin verschiedene Ebenen und Perspektiven des Erzählens über das „Leben nach Kafka“. Entstanden ist ein Buch, das Felice Bauer in einem neuen Licht erscheinen lässt und zugleich von vielen anderen berichtet, die Kafka nahestanden: Greta Bloch, Ernst Weiss, Max Brod oder Salman Schocken.
Lesungen tschechisch und deutsch, Gespräch mit der Autorin in englischer Sprache.

Magdaléna Platzová, Autorin, Lyon
Lesung: Michaela Adelberger, Schauspielerin, Wien

Eine Veranstaltung von Vienna meets Prague.