Exhibition and ciné-club on films by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub

12 November to 20 December 2009
Extra City Antwerp

OF A PEOPLE WHO ARE MISSING is a ciné-club to discuss the aesthetical and political significance of the films by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub for contemporary image production. Huillet/Straub are among the most controversial, uncompromised and yet widely unknown filmmakers of both the presence and the history of cinema. Their films span over five decades and cover a wide range of topics, references and materials from arts, literature, theatre, and music. From November 12 to December 21 2009 OF A PEOPLE WHO ARE MISSING will open as a platform for both, the viewing and making of films. The exhibtion space in Extra City, Antwerp, is structured by five studios which will act as showrooms as well as independent production spaces. Each studio is used in a different configuration of archive material, film excerpts, actual footage and the critical discourse around it. Every Thursday to Saturday one studio will host invited guests and contributors for a series of screenings, lectures and debates.  » read more

The work of art as resistance against communication

In an interview with Robert Schoen that was published in a film magazine in Giessen Jean-Marie Straub is explicitely referring to Gilles Deleuze: "Deleuze knows a lot of films by us but only 15 years later he was speaking at a conference in the film school in Paris, when he said: 'Art is resistance against communication'. And he talked only about our films. I think, this is true -- at least as a provocation, if not more... We knew exactly that our films, each of them, was a little war machine against esperanto."

Of a people who are missing

The "Straubs", as Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub are oftenly referred as, are among the most controversial, most inspiring, uncompromised and yet widely unknown filmmakers of both the presence and the history of cinema. Their films span over five decades and cover a wide range of topics, references and materials from arts, literature, theatre, and music.  » read more