Masterclass Artistic Research in Film and Philosophy

Fabulation for Future

13 – 23 September 2021

Convergent Crises

We are living in a time of multiple crises confronting the beginning consequences of the Anthropocene. The various concerns regarding the climate change as well as the new corona virus are provoking debates about the future on planet Earth. We are challenged by a change of world perception recognizing the intertwining of three global and convergent factors: the ecological crisis, the corona crisis and the new digital proximity among humans. The sudden visibility of the far-reaching interdependence has not only led to a change in collective consciousness, but also to a shift of our physical lives into the digital: biosphere, ecosphere, and technosphere are entangled. We are increasingly operating through digital immersion and audiovisual processes while keeping physical distance. How can we meet the current ethical and ecological challenges with artistic and philosophical means? 

Critical Rethinking

Fabulation for Future invites to a collective critical rethinking of the human condition and contributes to the development of a post-anthropocentric worldview for a sustainable future on planet Earth, where human and non-human species coexist. Reimagining the future on Earth can only happen together, in sympoiesis, involving diverse perspectives, ethics and agencies. The goal thus is to build a worldwide sympoietic network of thinkers, artists and filmmakers. These participants will collectively develop artistic actions, fabulative concepts, speculative narratives and audiovisual projects challenging the recently emerged digital platforms. To conclude Fabulation for Future, a collectively developed online exhibition will take place in spring 2022.

Further Information

The Masterclass Artistic Research in Film and Philosophy Fabulation for Future is an international summer school and takes place online 13th to 23rd of September 2021. It is hosted by the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in Potsdam, Germany.

The Masterclass is divided into several parts: first a public symposium (14th – 18th of September) and second an exclusive workshop (19th – 23rd of September) headed by a team of international mentors. The selected international participants are at Master, PhD or Postdoc level from the humanities, film studies, philosophy, literature, media art and film practice.  They have been invited to stage a fictive International Committee to Save the Earth through Speculative Fabulation. Its deputies will meet during the symposium, exchange in form of reports, and later work together in project groups. The projects will culminate half a year later into an online exhibition.

Head of Project and Curatorial Team

Christine Reeh-Peters (filmmaker, PhD philosopher, Junior Professor for Theory and Praxis of Artistic Research in Digital Media at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)  

Fee Altmann (art historian and freelance curator in the field of artistic research and creative production in audio visual media, executive chairman and director of the Institute for Artistic Research Berlin (!KF), Director of Digitale Bühne gGmbH) 

Organization

Monika Richter (Head Filmuni Summer School, Film University Babelsberg) 

Christine Reeh-Peters (Junior Professor for Theory and Praxis of Artistic Research in Digital Media at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)

Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf – Filmuni Summerschool

supported by

zem – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften
DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – German Academic Exchange Service