Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10. Workshop: Moving Common Images. Karam Ghossein

Karam Ghossein
Title: Moving Common Images
Dates: Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10
Time: 16:00 – 20:00

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How do we collaborate in the production of images, how do we communicate and implement visions of the commons? What is the role of the cinematographer in creating imagery and supporting other visions? This workshop will offer a range of practical techniques and strategies for understanding and implementing the sharing and co-constructing of moving images based on mutual aid. During the workshop, a selection of fragments of work by the speaker and other authors will be presented, followed by discussions about these scenes. Participants will then work in small groups on exercises that bring these ideas of mutual aid into practice.

Karam Ghossein is a cinematographer, director, and actor living between Berlin and Beirut. Since 2006, he has worked on numerous documentaries, experimental and short fiction films, as well as TV productions. His work has been shown at Berlinale, Venice, and MoMA, among others. His directorial debut “Street of Death” had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2017, where it was awarded the Audi Short Film Award. “All This Victory”, which was his debut as lead actor, won three prizes at the Critics Week Venice Film Festival in 2019.


Aurora vol. II. A Platform On Social Recipes, Filmmaking and Mutual Aid is a project of The Institute for Endotic Research (Shoufay Derz and Lorenzo Sandoval) in collaboration with Aouefa Amoussouvi with invited guests. It follows on from Aurora. A Platform on Ecology, Interdependence and Mutual Aid, initiated by Aouefa Amoussouvi, Benjamin T. Busch and Lorenzo Sandoval in June 2022.

“Aurora” is an interdisciplinary project that departs from the idea of mutual aid in order to better understand the connections between ecology and interdependence. Aurora, which stands for dawn, is among the most common symbols of hope. The project goes beyond criticism, proposing actionable strategies for imagining better futures. Aurora vol. II. hones in on the connections between methodologies of food culture, filmmaking and storytelling as much-needed tools for reshaping our present and future. It is a platform for our entangled narratives and the creation of commonalities with others across geographical distances and time.

As we move towards climate collapse at an accelerated rate, the practice of collaborative storytelling is a necessary response. Art historian Claire Bishop speaks about how filmmaking recognises the complexity of collaborative work by naming the various workers contributing to the realization of a project. Mutual aid is activated through the art practice of filmmaking both through its inherent organisational structures of production and through its narratives. In an age where screens are virtually ubiquitous, where devices enslave and entrap us in contemporary alienation, we are at the mercy of constant disinformation, emotional modulation and seduction so that capitalism can continue its metabolic absorption.

In this sense, Aurora Vol. II confronts screen culture through a programme of workshops, reading groups and seminars that seek to engender narratives of commonality, collaboration, interdependent working structures, mutual support and empathic spaces that allow us to develop strategies of solidarity. To find effective and sustainable responses, it is necessary to reimagine existing epistemological frameworks with an intersectional and interdependent approach. Presented from March to June 2023, the program prioritises collaborative production, therefore it facilitates the project’s aims of both understanding and practising mutual aid.

– These events are free of charge, but registration is essential as spots are limited
– If for any reason you cannot attend the event after registration, please cancel your tickets ASAP so that we can fill your place.
– The health and safety of our community is our priority. Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell.
– For the 2-day workshops: We recommend coming on both days. However, if you are only coming on one day, please indicate in your registration if you are only coming on one day and which one (day 1 or day 2).

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