Berlin Underground 80
Friday, April 3, 2009 – 8:30pm
Maison Pop’ de Montreuil
In the late 70s and early 80s, West Berlin experimental filmmakers from the Alle Macht der Super 8 (Super 8 power!) movement invented a punk cinema in Super 8, attacking American capitalism and communism in turn, against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall’s ridiculous partition of Germany at the time.
This movement, little-known in France, gave birth to a unique, virtuoso and dreamlike imagery. It’s a style; an attitude that explores the poetics of the city in the heart of underground Berlin, whether feverish, melancholy or poisonous. Stemming from the Berlin avant-garde and the culture of clubs and nightlife, this sumptuous, flamboyant cinema blends rebellious youth with strident post-punk, synthetic music and airy jazz, using experimental techniques (scratching, painting on film, fast-paced editing) that they transcend with vitality and creative freedom. This meeting of Berlin filmmakers, artists and musicians gave rise to a very special alchemy, conducive to all kinds of visual experimentation, a precursor of the video clip and a sharp grasp of the energies of the counter-culture, which made these years – no longer those of revolutions in progress – rebellious.
by Gordon Matta-Clark (1976-2007, 15 min)
A selection from the DVD Berlin Super 80, a panorama of Berlin’s avant-garde scene in the late 70s and 80s, published by Monitorpop and distributed in France by Lowave.
Yana Yo – Sax (1983, 6′)
Markgraf & Wolkenstein – Craex Apart (1983, 5′)
Brand & Maschmann – And then ? (1981, 3′)
Christoph Doering – 3302- Taxi Film (1979, 14′)
Maye & Rendschmid – Without love there is no death (1980, 5′)
Walter Gramming – Hammer und Sichel (1978, 5′)
Hormel/Bühler– Money (Malaria Clip) (1982, 4′)
Notorische Reflexe – Fragment Video (1983, 12′)
Ika Schier – Wedding Night (1982, 4′)
Curating & texts : Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quiros