re-selected

re-selected is a research project departing from individual film prints in the archive of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. It was initiated by the Oberhausen festival in collaboration with Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, is designed to run for three years, and is curated by Tobias Hering.

Filmstill Vozvrashenje (Return, USSR 1987), taken from a flatbed screen.

The project dedicates three years to follow up on an intuition apparently out of keeping with dominant trends: at what has been described as the ‘end of the analogue era’, it sets a focus on selected analogue prints from the archive of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and examines film history as the history of individual film prints. Instead of propagating the digital ‘rescue’ of a cinematic work as an ideal, the project is interested precisely in the unique characteristics and idiosyncrasies of a print, which are usually obliterated or homogenized during digitisation.

To look at film history as the history of film prints brings into focus coincidences and singularities in the biography of a print which might have been critical for a film’s history of reception while not necessarily having much to do with its “content”. They rather lead one to questions about specific itineraries of a film, its different versions, local audiences, and historical constellations influencing its impact.

The project was publicly launched during the 64th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen in May 2018. Since then re-selected programs have been hosted by the following venues:

| Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlin) – June, August, and October 2018

| 61st Dok Leipzig Festival – November 2018

| Kino Tuskanač (Zagreb) – December 2018

| Film and Video Festival “Alternativa” Belgrade – December 2018

| 30th January 2019 – Cinematek Bruxelles

| 10th March 2019 – Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlin)

| May 1st-6th, 2019 – 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Upcoming programs:

| June 2nd, 2019 – Cinema Arsenal, Berlin

re-selected is a joint project by the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art as part of “Archive außer sich” in cooperation with the House of World Cultures, Berlin.