WAHRSAGER IM FILM: PETER WATKINS

5. MAI - 30. JUNI IM WOLF / 5 MAY - 30 JUNE AT WOLF

Peter Watkins (*1935), Filmemacher, Kulturkritiker, Visionär und „Enfant Terrible“ des britischen Films hat in seinem außergewöhnlichen Werk seit den 1960er Jahren immer wieder den Status quo herausgefordert und mit seinen dokumentarisch anmutenden Filmen sein Publikum erschüttert. Die konfrontativen Arbeiten des bis heute in Deutschland wenig bekannten Regisseurs sind in ihrem Wesen auch immer kluge Medien- und Kapitalismuskritik. Sie führen uns eindrücklich die autoritären Strukturen westlicher Konsumgesellschaften und die Rolle, die die Massenmedien in ihr einnehmen, vor Augen. Dabei haben sie bis heute nichts an Aktualität verloren, in einer Zeit, in der autoritäre Tendenzen erstarken und in der der Verdruss über das politische System allgegenwärtig ist. Wolf lädt dazu ein, sein Werk neu zu betrachten und alte, neue und hitzige Debatten zu führen.

Das Programm umfasst eine komplette Werkschau seiner bis heute sehr selten gezeigten Arbeiten. Diskussionen, Einführungen, eine Ausstellung, ein filmisches Begleitprogramm, Vorträge und Workshops ergänzen die Auseinandersetzung mit seinem Werk. In Zusammenarbeit mit PogoBooks entsteht außerdem ein Buch mit neuen Reflexionen zu seinen Filmen, mit Texten von 14 Autor/innen und einem bisher unveröffentlichten Text von Peter Watkins.

Gefördert aus Mitteln des Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Kuratiert von Kristofer Woods, ko-kuratiert von Marcin Malaszczak.

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Peter Watkins (*1935), filmmaker, cultural critic, visionary, and “enfant terrible” of British film has, since the 1960s, continuously challenged the status quo of Western institutions and the role of media through his films. In May and June, Wolf will show a complete retrospective of his rarely shown oeuvre. Through introductions, lectures, an exhibition, a workshop and a side programme of films from other directors, we hope to open a space for discussion of issues contained within and around his diverse work. All films are either in English or with English subtitles.

Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Programmed by Kristofer Woods, co-programmed by Marcin Malaszczak

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TICKETS FILMPROGRAMM:
8 / 7€

TICKETS VORTRÄGE / DISKUSSIONEN:
8 / 7€

PETER WATKINS PASS (ALL EVENTS + BOOK):
80€

TICKET THE JOURNEY 1-19:
24/21€

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Diskussionen / Open Talks


workshop

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this workshop due to sickness. If you have already reserved a spot or have any further questions please get in touch with rudel@wolfberlin.org

In einem dreitägigen Workshop beleuchtet der Medienwissenschaftler German A. Duarte den durch Peter Watkins erfundenen Begriff der “Monoform”. Der Filmemacher, aber auch Medienkritiker Watkins versteht darunter die Manipulation und Verbreitung konventioneller Erzählformen durch audiovisuelle Massenmedien. Duarte wird sich in drei Vorträgen dem ästhetischen Wesen der “Monoform” filmhistorisch nähern.

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“Monoform is also a process, don’t forget, it’s not just a language form. It is an ideology, it is a concept, it is a process. It is not only a form. With the monoform comes a way you deal with human beings, a way you interview people on television, a way you treat the audience; it is also an ideology, a regard, a point of view a professional vision of how television should be.” - Peter Watkins

Monoform, as described by Peter Watkins, is usually understood as an inner dispositive that structures narratives spaces in the audiovisual field. It can be highlighted through montage, editing, narratives structures, effects, rhythms, and sounds that build the gamut of conventions of mainstream cinema and television.
This workshop aims to analyze the monoform in its different expressions. Particular attention will be paid to different technological contexts and the way in which media technologies influenced and transformed narrative structures in the audiovisual field. In order to better identify the flexible nature of monoform, the workshop will be divided into three parts corresponding to three different periods, each of which were shaped by major technological transformations within the audiovisual field.


AUSSTELLUNG / EXHIBITION

Die vierte Wand
1.–17. Juni
Öffnungszeiten: 12-17 Uhr, Vernissage: 1. Juni 19-22 Uhr
Wolf Studio, Wildenbruchstraße 6, 12045 Berlin

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The Fourth Wall
1 - 17 June
Opening Times 12-17h, Vernissage 1 June 19-22h
Wolf Studio, Wildenbruchstraße 6, 12045 Berlin


Die Ausstellung im Wolf Studio befasst sich in einer Videoinstallation mit Peter Watkins’ Medienkritik und insbesondere mit der Nutzung von Kamerablicken in seinem Werk. Ein fotografischer Teil widmet sich den Porträts, die Watkins’ Filme von seinen Protagonisten zeichnen. Eine Rückprojektion von La Commune auf das Schaufenster trägt sein Werk nachts auf die Straße und öffnet so den Raum, seinen gemeinschaftlichsten Film zusammen mit der Nachbarschaft zu erfahren.

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The exhibition in the Wolf Studio deals with Peter Watkins' media criticism in a video installation and in particular with the use of camera views in his work. A photographic part is devoted to the portraits that Watkins' films depict of his protagonists. A back projection of La Commune onto the window displays his work on the street at night, opening up the space to experience his most collaborative film together with the neighborhood.


Buch / Book

 
 

Wolf freut sich, sein allererstes Buch herauszubringen - “Future Revolutions: New Perspectives on Peter Watkins”, produziert von uns in Zusammenarbeit mit Outer Space Press und verlegt durch PogoBooks. Wir haben 14 Autoren eingeladen, über die Filme und die Medienkritik von Peter Watkins zu schreiben. Zu jedem seiner Filme ist ein eindringlicher Essay entstanden. Das Buch beinhaltet auch eine Einführung in seine Theorie der Monoform, verfasst von German A. Duarte. Und nicht zuletzt haben wir einen neuen Text von Peter Watkins, der als Einführung in seine Medienkritik dient. Wir hoffen, es gefällt euch genauso wie uns!

Die erste Auflage ist auf 250 Exemplare begrenzt und steht ab Mai zum Verkauf.

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Wolf is excited to present our very first book - “Future Revolutions: New Perspectives on Peter Watkins” produced by us in collaboration with Outer Space Press and published by PogoBooks. We have invited 14 authors to write about the films and media criticism of Peter Watkins. Each of his films are covered in dedicated essays. We also have an introduction to his theory of the Monoform written by German A. Duarte. And last but not least, we have a new text from Peter Watkins that serves as an introduction to his media criticism. We hope you like it as much as we do!

The first run is limited to 250 copies and will be available in May.

Autor/innen / Authors

Peter Watkins
German A. Duarte
Matthew Harle
Sulgi Lie
Carmen Gray
Charles Drazin
Tristan Priimägi
Toby Ashraf
Gareth Evans
Brigitta Wagner
Roxanne Panchasi
Lukas Ishar
Kodwo Eshun
Eva–Kristin Winter
Bert Rebhandl

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NEW MEDIA STATEMENT by Peter Watkins


Dedication from Peter Watkins


On the occasion of this important retrospective of my work, I want to thank three people who have done so much to help me over the past years, and without whom some of my work would not even have emerged. First, there is Oliver Groom, formerly of Project X Distribution, Toronto (Canada), who has personally funded the restoration of 'Edvard Munch' and prepared the DVD version of 'The Journey' including making the subtitles for this 14-hour film. Oliver has also worked on similar aspects of 'Punishment Park' and several other of my films. Patrick Watkins, my elder son, has since 2000, taken on the work of organizing 'Rebond pour la Commune' and the survival of this film, once the original producer had abandoned it shortly after its completion. Patrick and members of 'Rebond' have travelled all over France and visited a number of countries, screening 'La Commune' and organizing debates around the film. Finally, I want to acknowledge everything my wife Vida has done - which is immeasurable - to support and strengthen me over the past (often difficult) thirty years, not to mention ensuring that I survived the business of filming 'La Commune' in thirteen days! I cannot overstate my personal debt to Vida, Oliver and Patrick.



THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. THE GLOBAL MEDIA CRISIS
Peter Watkins, April, 2018


This statement is Part I of two parts. Part II, which should be available later this year (2018), will expand on the issues covered here, and include the role of the print media in the media crisis. It will also discuss alternative measures, and, as a balance to the information given here in Part I, will present a number of the important sources of support for my work over the past 50 years.

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By the ‘global media crisis’ I mean a composite of issues relating to the standardisation of the mass audiovisual media (MAVM), which began early in the 20th century with the development of the language form used by Hollywood to narrate and structure cinema films. This language form, which fundamentally has never changed, was adopted by international TV in the 1950s and is now taken on by the internet, Youtube, social media, etc.

In the mid-1970s, during summer courses at Columbia University in New York City, a group of students and I studied and specified the characteristics of this uniform and repetitive language form which frames almost the entire output of the MAVM. We called it the Monoform.

With few exceptions, the Hollywood Monoform has been adopted by virtually all creators of commercial films, most documentary films, and by all aspects of television production including news broadcasting. This global adoption of one language form - in effect a standardisation of the mass audiovisual media – is a central issue of the media crisis. It means, for example, that a documentary film can basically have much the same form and narrative structure as a Netflix drama series...