Location of African Migration in the Cinema and Visual Arts
Symposium: Goethe University Frankfurt, December 14-15, 2007

Migration is addressed in cinema and art not only in the composing of stories of people in motion, but also as an exhibition context and performance venue for volatile process of becoming. In addition, aspects of the market and structures for public profiling that circulate as goods, such as films and artworks, also have an influence. They also contribute to the ongoing transformation and defining of the concept of migration and media. The symposium takes up these issues and questions as eminent moments by positioning itself between political critique and aesthetic analysis, between political analysis and aesthetic critique.

Brigitta Kuster & Moise Merlin Mabouna, RIEN NE VAUT QUE LA VIE, MAIS LA VIE MÊME NE VAUT RIEN (NICHTS IST WIE DAS LEBEN, ABER DAS LEBEN SELBST IST NICHTS), 2-channel video installation, 24min., 2002/2003, IG-Farben Haus/Campus Westend, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Film programme
Mal Seh'n, 14.12., 6 pm
ARLIT, DEUXIÈME PARIS, Director: Idrissou Mora-Kpai, F/Benin 2005, 35mm, 78 min., French original with German subtitles, director present
TOURBILLONS, Director: Alain Gomis, F 1999, Beta Sp, 13 min., French original with English subtitles

Idrissou Mora-Kpai, author, director, and producer, Paris/Berlin/Cotonou
Alex Rotas, Dr. Visual Culture, University of the West of England, GB
Julien Enoka-Ayemba, critic and curator, "Remember Resistance", Berlin
Matthias Krings, Prof. Ethnology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Brigitta Kuster & Moise Merlin Mabouna, artist and filmmaker, Berlin
Heide Schlüpmann, Prof. film scholar, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Bärbel Küster, Dr. art historian, University of Stuttgart / Paris
Ulf Vierke, Dr. ethnologist and curator, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth
Barbara Korte, Prof. English Studies, University of Freiburg