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Event Date: 26th Oct 2019 | 14:00
Looking and Being Looked at: A workshop on Jürgen Böttcher’s Early Films
King’s College London: S.-1.04, Strand Building (first basement), WC2R 2LS
When: Saturday 26 October 2019; 14:00 – 17:00
Where: King’s College London: S.-1.04, Strand Building (first basement), WC2R 2LS; entrance from Aldwych (south side)
GDR filmmaker Jürgen Böttcher’s early works are extraordinarily diverse. In this afternoon workshop we will screen and discuss three very different films from the 1960s.
Barefoot and Without a Hat (Barfuß und ohne Hut, 1964, 26 mins, b&w) is an upbeat portrait of young people on the beach making music and thinking about their future. Seemingly innocuous, the film was not well-received by the censors, who felt its free-wheeling, faintly anarchic tone – at one point a car goes round and round in pointless, faintly absurd circles – was potentially subversive.
In the Pergamon Museum (Im Pergamonmuseum, 1962, 19 mins, b&w) is an atmospheric, wordless study of looking, of sculptures in the famous Berlin museum looking at the visitors and vice-versa.
Zoo Film (Tierparkfilm, 1967, 18 mins, b&w) is also about spectatorship – animals pace back and forth endlessly in their cages, birds fly free overhead, and the camera captures the visitors staring at the exhibits. All three films have remarkable musical accompaniment. We will discuss the ambiguous iconography of these beautiful and potentially subversive studies of looking and being looked at and the boundaries between the public and the private. The workshop will be informal and we look forward to a wide-ranging discussion.
Speakers: Franziska Nössig and Martin Brady
The workshop is part of “Conjuring up the Real: The Films of Jürgen Böttcher”, a film series at the Goethe-Institut London and Close-Up Film Centre from 23 October – 21 November 2019, and is being held in collaboration with King’s College London and the German Screen Studies Network. For further details see: www.goethe.de/ins/gb/en/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=21672031