Press release, Oct 1, 2021

Counter Gravity - The Films of Heinz Emigholz opens on September 15, 2021

Counter Gravity
The Films of Heinz Emigholz

Retrospective
Curated by Anselm Franke in cooperation with Heinz Emigholz
Oct 15, 2021 – Jan 3, 2022

Press tour
Oct 14, 2021, 4.30 pm
HKW foyer
Register with presse@hkw.de

Opening program
Screenings, discussions and Q&As
Oct 15-17, 2021
HKW auditorium

Publication
Counter Gravity
The Films of Heinz Emigholz

Edited by Anselm Franke, Heinz Emigholz, HKW
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, 2021
German and English edition, 20 x 26.5 cm, 352 pages, approx. 520 illustrations with an extensively illustrated filmography
Price: €36

In the Counter Gravity retrospective, Haus der Kulturen der Welt will show Heinz Emigholz’s collected architectural and more recent narrative films starting on October 15. During the three-day opening program, premieres of two new works by the filmmaker will be presented. The accompanying publication is the first comprehensive overview of Heinz Emigholz’s film oeuvre.

A pioneer of experimental architectural and narrative film: Since his early work analyzing cinematic movement formations in the 1970s, Heinz Emigholz has developed a unique formal film language. He uses it to explore the relationship between film time and spatial experience, between memory structures and consciousness and the gap between ideological horizons of expectation and materially formed conditions. Heinz Emigholz’s oeuvre today comprises more than 100 films. At HKW, his collected architectural films will be presented for the first time in a retrospective overview along with notebooks, photographs, production notes and objects. Begun in the 1990s, this series is dedicated to the “complicated spaces” of both canonical and marginalized modernist architects, translating their spaces into cinematic, imaginary “architectures of time.” To date, the series includes works on the architecture of Louis H. Sullivan, Robert Maillart, Bruce Goff, Rudolph Schindler, Adolf Loos, Frederick Kiesler, David Chipperfield, Pier Luigi Nervi, Auguste and Gustave Perret, Samuel Bickels Eladio Dieste and others.

The introductory discussion and film program (October 15-17, 2021) will focus on the more recent feature films with which Emigholz follows up on his earlier works going beyond narrative conventions, combining non-linear narrative forms with elements of architectural films. HKW will host the world premiere of his new film Berlin [Underground], in which Emigholz’s notebooks, which have formed a source code for his work since 1983, play the main role. The feature film The Lobby will be shown as a German premiere. Shot in the lobbies of various apartment buildings in Buenos Aires, it consists of a both sardonic and reflective monologue by a character named “Old White Male” (John Erdman) about human relationships, consciousness and death. Following the screenings, there will be discussions featuring Galia Bar Or, Arno Brandlhuber, Ludwig Koehne, Dennis Lim, Ulrike Lorenz, Mark Peranson, Wilfried Reichart, Andreas Reihse, Marc Ries, Zohar Rubinstein, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Bettina Steinbrügge and Ines Weizman.

The accompanying publication with picture essays by the filmmaker, extensively illustrated filmographies, conversations and essays by Heinz Emigholz, Anselm Franke, Gertrud Koch, Dennis Lim, Ulrike Lorenz and Andreas Reihse is the first comprehensive overview of Heinz Emigholz’s film oeuvre.

In cooperation with the retrospective at HKW, a second presentation of Heinz Emigholz’s films is planned for spring 2022 at the Techne Sphere Leipzig. The drawings from the series Die Basis des Make-Up will be shown there exclusively.

Register for the press tour:

Press photos: hkw.de/pressphotos

More information about the film program at: hkw.de/en/countergravity

Opening program:

Thu, October 14, 2021: Opening of the retrospective

7.30 pm
Welcome and introduction by Anselm Franke

8 pm
Film programs in the auditorium and in exhibition hall 2

Fri, October 15, 2021: Film and Architecture

11 am
Brief presentation Wilfried Reichart [in German]
Film: Schindlers Häuser, English, 99 min
Brief presentation Galia Bar Or [in English]
Film: Bickels [Socialism], English (German subtitles), 92 min
Followed by a panel discussion with Galia Bar Or, Heinz Emigholz, Anselm Franke and Wilfried Reichart

4.15 pm
Brief presentation Marc Ries [in German]
Film: Parabeton, no dialogue, 100 min
Film: Goff in der Wüste, German (English subtitles), 110 min
Followed by a panel discussion with Anselm Franke, Heinz Emigholz, Marc Ries

9 pm
Premieres:
Film: Zwei Häuser by Arno Brandlhuber (no dialogue, 13 min)
Film: WEISS hoch ZWEI (22 min)
Followed by a Q&A session with Arno Brandlhuber, Heinz Emigholz, Anselm Franke and Ludwig Koehne

Sat, October 16, 2021: A New Type of Storytelling

1 pm
Brief presentation: Ines Weizman [in English]
Film: The Airstrip, German, 108 min
Followed by a panel discussion with Heinz Emigholz, Anselm Franke and Ines Weizman

4 pm
Brief presentation: Zohar Rubinstein [in English]
Film: Streetscapes [no dialogue], English (German subtitles), 132 min
Brief presentation Dennis Lim & Mark Peranson [in English]
Film: The Last City, English (German subtitles), 100 min
Followed by a panel discussion with Heinz Emigholz, Anselm Franke, Dennis Lim, Mark Peranson, Zohar Rubinstein

9.30 pm
Brief presentation: Ulrike Lorenz [in German]
German premiere: The Lobby, English, 76 min
Followed by a Q&A session with Heinz Emigholz, Anselm Franke, Ulrike Lorenz

Sun, October 17, 2021: Symbols and Music

5 pm
Brief presentation: Bettina Steinbrügge [in German]
Film: 2+2=22 [The Alphabet], German (English UT), 88 min
Followed by a Q&A session with Heinz Emigholz, Andreas Reihse and Bettina Steinbrügge

7.45 pm
Premiere: Berlin [Underground] (104 min)
Followed by a Q&A session with Heinz Emigholz, Anselm Franke, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

Tickets available starting Oct 6 at hkw.de/tickets

At this time, the GGG rule (tested-vaccinated-recovered) applies for all events.

The latest information for visitors can be found at hkw.de/visit

In cooperation with filmgalerie 451, www.pym.de, Techne Sphere Leipzig

With the kind support of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Marburger Tapetenfabrik J. B. Schaefer

Themed wallpaper designed by Heinz Emigholz can be ordered online from Marburger Tapetenfabrik J. B. Schaefer starting October 14, 2021.

Part of The New Alphabet (2019-2022), supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media based on a ruling of the German Bundestag.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the Federal Foreign Office.

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