Transferred Memories – Embodied Documents (2014, 14 min)
by Ana Hoffner
Followed by a discussion with Antke Engel and Ana Hoffner
Transferred Memories – Embodied Documents explores the possible impact of a different understanding of performativity on the politics of memory. The video deals with Omarska, the infamous death camp run by Bosnian Serb forces in 1992, but does so by creating a queer relation between two performers who join to confront images of the atrocities and articulate their own memories. They both describe their perspective on these images and observe each other’s reactions, making room for the recognition of the affective responses the images elicit. This recognition, however, does not depend on an identification with the bodies shown in the footage nor an identificatory relation between the two performers.What does it mean to look for queerness in the very process of remembering, to take this dimension of memory as a call for a rethinking of affect and temporality in the cracks between memory and neglect, knowing and not knowing?
Antke Engel is director of the Institute for Queer Theory in Berlin and works on queer visual culture, poststructuralist philosophy, and cultural politics.
Ana Hoffner is an artist engaged in an art practice that excavates conflictual moments in history and politics and searches for queer aspects of their visual representation.
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016
18:00 – 20:30
ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Christinenstr. 18/19, Haus 8
Tel: +49 30 473 72 91 10
U-Bhf Senefelder Platz (U2)