Aus 4 Tagebüchern, 2024, Luka Kühn, Hannah Hiltensperger, Kristin Kritzinger, Hannah Walter
Echos of Now, 2024, Elena Kracker, Ilkyaz Salmanli

Artistic Research:

Chewing the Phone Archive

June 22, 2024

What if our smart phone archives are history before they are lost? How can we process memories using a smart phone archive? What do collected recordings of moments from our daily lives reveal about the state of society?

Inspired by Anna Spanlang's experimental and feminist filmmaking, theater, film, and media studies students took a semester-long dive into their own smart phone archives. They discussed this archive's connection to community and (pop) culture and studied the subversive potential of smart phone videos. They also questioned to what degree recordings of particular moments not only document such moments, but are also actively involved in their creation.

Out of this examination, the students produced their own experimental, filmic exercises that summarize these complex questions. The films combine travel videos, concert footage, impressions of parties, and artistic interventions with everyday situations. From lively scenes to contemplative shots of nature: Out of the combinations of these multifaceted short videos result new levels of meaning and associative possibilities. An homage to the smart phone archive as a personal diary and time capsule that not only captures essences of a particular time period, but also provides glimpses into a generation’s collective experience. (Katharina Müller / Translation: Ted Fendt)

With works by Hannah Walter, Hannah Hiltensperger, Luka Kühn, Kristin Kritzinger, Ilkyaz Salmanli, Elena Kracker, Roslana Tsvetanova, Aristotelis Goetzlof
Since the fall of 2018, the Film Museum has been developing a special focus on the field of Artistic Research in cooperation with universities and art colleges. The decisive factors for our focus on Artistic Research are the vast possibilities for the examination of the film medium in all its dimensions – historical, contemporary, and in respect of its continuation in other media and art forms. Research into our collection can only take place by sharing and transforming it – these are central concerns of our work, together with the valorization of analog film. The results of these research and teaching activities are presented to the public at the "Invisible Cinema" once per semester, with free admission.