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<strong>Screening</strong>
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In the frames of Rundgang 2018, the Vilém Flusser Archive proudly presents its scholarship-holder Sasha Litvintseva’s film “Asbestos“, a critical reflection on this problematic material (or immaterial). 
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Mined, extracted, and woven, asbestos was the magic mineral. Towns became cities under its patronage, Persian kings entertained guests with its fireproof nature, and centuries of industry raked in the profits of its global application. We now live in the remains of this toxic dream, a dream that with the invention of electron microscopes revealed our material history as a disaster in waiting. Yet the asbestos industry has far from left us with extraction from the soil transforming to extraction from our walls. We are now faced with two options: to remove this material from our homes and start anew, or to build upon its residue. Removal is a dangerous and costly operation. So often we choose to live amongst it instead, choking out our walls with plastic tarping: the failed promises of modernism literally entombed all around us. Shot in the mining town of Asbestos,Quebec, home to the world’s largest asbestos mine that only stopped extraction in 2012, the film is a meditation on the entanglement of the fragility of bodies, the nonlinearity of progress, and the persistence of matter. 
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To enter a dialogue with the topic of the film, the visitors of the screening will also be able to read some of Flusser’s selected essays on the questions of responsibility, materialism and immaterialism. 
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<strong>Sasha Litvintseva</strong> is an artist filmmaker and researcher based in London and Berlin. Her work is situated on the intersection of geological, embodied, and historical temporalities and materialities. Her work has been exhibited worldwide including Berlinale Forum Expanded, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Videobrasil, The Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Wroclaw Media Art Biennale, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Kunstverein Gottingen, Union Pacific gallery, London, etc. <a href="http://sasha-litvintseva.com">More info.</a>
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<strong>Opening hours:</strong>
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- July 20 (Friday): 19.00-22.00
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- July 21 (Saturday): 11.00-22.00
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- July 22 (Sunday): 11.00-20.00
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<strong>Location:</strong> Vilém Flusser Archive
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Grunewaldstr. 2-5, 10823 Berlin
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Link to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/227538004380336/">Facebook-Event</a>

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»We "know" that there is nothing wonderful about the world, or about ourselves, (...) and still we produce wonder after wonder. Perhaps (...) what science is really about is not to explain wonders, but to create them.« – Vilém Flusser

Das Residency-Programm ist eine Kooperation zwischen dem Vilém Flusser Archiv der Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) und der transmediale, Festival für Kunst und digitale Kultur Berlin.
Mit dem Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research sucht das Vilém Flusser Archiv in Kooperation mit der transmediale künstlerische Forschungsprojekte, die aktiv die Möglichkeiten und Grenzen von transdisziplinären und transmedialen Situationen in unserer zeitgenössischen Gesellschaft untersuchen. In diesem Sinne verstehen wir die künstlerische Forschung als eine Untersuchung der Verbindungen zwischen Ästhetik, Materialität und Politik.
Mit dem Programm werden Projekte und Arbeiten unterstützt, die sich in einem konzeptionellen Stadium befinden und sich durch ihren prozessbasierten und unabgeschlossenen Charakter auszeichnen.
Theorie und Praxis sind für Vilém Flusser untrennbar miteinander verbunden. Sein nomadisches Denken war geprägt von einer Philosophie der Standpunkte. Im Vordergrund seines Denkens stand das experimentelle Austesten unterschiedlicher Denkwege und die Verknüpfung verschiedener Disziplinen und Methodologien. Nicht die Wahrheitserkenntnis, sondern das Spiel mit ihr und ihrer ästhetischen Konstitution prägte sein Denken, das er oft erst im Dialog mit und durch den anderen entwickelte. Seine Philosophie zeichnete sich durch den Dialog mit und zwischen den verschiedenen Disziplinen, Standpunkten und Methodologien aus.

Wissensproduktion als Dialog zwischen unterschiedlichen Standpunkten, zwischen Wissenschaft und Kunst, Labor und Praxis, alten und neuen Medien, globalen und lokalen Organisationsformen bildet daher das Leitmotiv für die Vorstellung von künstlerischen Praxis wie sie durch das Vilém Flusser Residency Programm for Artistic Research gefördert wird.

Der Call zur Bewerbung auf die Residency wird jährlich im Herbst veröffentlicht.

Artists in residence 2018: Viktorija Šiaulytė & Marta Dauliūtė http://lastproject.eu
Artists in residence 2017: Oliver Smith & Francesco Tacchini https://demystification.co/mmittee/
Artists in residence 2016: Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke http://additivism.org
Artists in residence 2015: Valentina Karga & Pieterjan Grandry http://www.marketforimmaterialvalue.com
Artist in residence 2014: Rosemary Lee http://rosemary-lee.com
Artist in residence 2013: Pinar Yoldas http://www.pinaryoldas.info
Artist in residence 2012: Georgios Papadopoulos http://georgiospapadopoulos.info

Annually, the Vilém Flusser Archive and Transmediale are searching for artistic researchers, who work toward exploring the capabilities and limitations of transdisciplinary and transmedial situations in contemporary culture, and further, aim at innovative approaches to link discipline of art to aesthetics, materiality, and politics.
The Vilém Flusser Residency Programme for Artistic Research supports projects and activities which are simultaneously conceptual and practice-based. The programme is intended for initiation of new research projects, as well as further development of existing projects.
For Vilém Flusser, theory and praxis are intrinsically tied to each other. His nomadic thinking was shaped by a philosophy of positions, experimental approach to different ways of thinking, as well as interplay of different disciplines and methodologies. Therefore, his philosophical thought was strongly characterized not by the search for absolute truth, but rather by playing with the aesthetic constitution of truth, often developed in dialogue with others.
A fundamental principle of his philosophy is the dialogue between the disciplines, viewpoints, and methodologies. The guiding principle of research supported by the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme for Artistic Research is knowledge production as a dialogue between various standpoints, such as between science and art, laboratory and applied research, old and new media and local and global forms of organization.
The call is published annually in autumn.

Artists in residence 2018: Viktorija Šiaulytė & Marta Dauliūtė http://lastproject.eu
Artists in residence 2017: Oliver Smith & Francesco Tacchini https://demystification.co/mmittee/
Artists in residence 2016: Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke http://additivism.org
Artists in residence 2015: Valentina Karga & Pieterjan Grandry http://www.marketforimmaterialvalue.com
Artist in residence 2014: Rosemary Lee http://rosemary-lee.com
Artist in residence 2013: Pinar Yoldas http://www.pinaryoldas.info
Artist in residence 2012: Georgios Papadopoulos http://georgiospapadopoulos.info

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