RECLAIMING THE CITY, a film by Stefan Rusu
Utopiana.am creative-cultural NGO, in the frame of the EU project “SPACES”
invites you to a film screening and directors talk
that will take place
on 12 December 2012, at 18:30
at ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art)
address: Shara Talyan 8, Aygestan
a film by Stefan Rusu
Through field trips, archival footage, personal narratives, interviews and interventions in public spaces, the film reveals a number of sites in the New Berlin that uniquely exemplify the
contradictions and tensions of social memory and national identity in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It is conceived as a research documentary and a quest through dramatic socio-economic restructuring processes, the physical transformations of the city following the fall of the Wall, and the effects of gentrification on public space.The film is based on city walks with Svetlana Hagen, Erik Göngrich, Jochen Becker, Mathias Heyden, Berndt Langer, who, among others, guide the viewer through the districts of Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Prenzlauer Berg– areas that are trapped in a continuing cycle of gentrification. Alongside these trips, we re-visit theTempelhof Airport, haunted by the ghosts of the Cold War; and we climb to the top of Reichstag – transformed from a symbol of defeat into a temple of democracy.The journey continues as we visit a number of former and still existing squats, in order to compare them with more recent initiatives and models of urban resistance. Following this path, the film spotlights agents of change – cultural workers and activists, and explores the political dimension of public space.
Commissioned by the 7th Berlin Biennale and co-produced by KSAK Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau.With kind support from Goethe Institute, Bucharest; ERSTE Foundation,Vienna; and Romanian Cultural Institute, Berlin.
Stefan Rusu is a visual artist, curator, editor, and filmmaker based in Chisinau and Bucharest. His artistic/curatorial agenda is geared towards the processes of transformation and changes in post-socialist societies after 1989.
Stefan Rusu takes part in the social study meeting “Ensuring the Public Space for Citizens: Innovation and Inclusion”, taking place in Armenia from Dec.10 – Dec. 13 2012 in the frame of the EU project SPACES, funded by the “Eastern Partnership Culture Programme” and supported by OSF.
SPACES is a three year project for artistic and cultural action in public space, taking place in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.