Light Reading’s 2008 series continues with a conversation between film curator Tobias Hering and artist and curator Rachel Anderson. A screening of selected works will inform the discussion.
Tobias Hering is a film curator and writer based in Berlin. The programme will act as a critical introduction to his curatorial practice and to inform the scope of a larger project which will take place at the Cinema Arsenal in Berlin in March 2009, called 'Der Standpunkt der Aufnahme / Point of View: A Programme on Political Film and Video Work'. Hering’s practice engages with politically motivated film and video activism as an independent practice within the broader range of contemporary film and video making. It interrogates their different forms of reception and examines its critical and actual potential for social change. Equally integral to Hering’s practice and to the structuring of Point of View is the desire to foster a continual debate around the issues which motivate current activist film and video work. Its overarching aim is to debate and interrogate what it means and entails to take up an explicitly political stance when making films and videos. Film and video makers contributing to the programme are among others, Hito Steyerl, Joanne Richardson, Elke Marhöfer, Charles Heller, and the activist collective kanalB.