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diagrams of friction #7: hallucination

reading by Ariane Müller and screening by Leslie Thornton

26.09.17, 7pm at Naunynstrasse 53, 10999 Berlin


7pm: reading by Ariane Müller

Food for Oil Program

I’m standing in front of conference room number Two, the conference room that’s used for drafting. To draft means to formulate resolutions. We, the whole world, we peoples, are working together to write a text. For that reason, we’re sitting in a semicircle, arranged alphabetically according to the names of the countries we represent, one country to a room, that is to say with countries with which we share nothing more then the first letter. We’re sitting in pairs, alone, or not at all, because it seems that, day by day, what’s going on here is becoming less important to most of the countries and their representatives. Kenya is appealing, though, and if the UNO is holding a meeting at their headquarters in Kenya, it’ll be crowded in the beginning, until everybody has left to go on Safari. Conference room number Two is quickly emptying out, and the only people left are those who are working on this text. For me, it’s the most interesting going on here.

8pm: “The Great Invisble”, screening by Leslie Thornton (German Premiere)


You could describe The Great Invisible as a hallucinatory performance: Following Isabelle Eberhardt’s path as she sets out to become the great 19th century adventurer/writer/explorer, Thornton’s film is a re-enactment of her moving to Algier, dressed as a man. And as much as Eberhardt converts to Qadiriyya, a Sufi order of islam, the film performs a hallucinatory journey against the long tentacles of exotism.

In her combination of found footage, enacted “historical” scenes, and “documentary” scenes of the present of the film’s making, the legendary experimental filmmaker Leslie Thornton reflects about the status of images in their relation to technologies of representation: Performing against the fetish of the reliving.


Ariane Müller is a Berlin based artist and a founding editor of Starship magazine and editor of Artfan. She published in Texte zur Kunst, Spike, Artforum amongst many others. Between 1996 and 2013 she has been part of the Austrian delegation to UN-HABITAT, the settlement development organisation of the United Nations. Her first book: Handbuch für die Reise durch Afrika has been published in 2013 by Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel.

Leslie Thornton is an US-American avant-garde filmmaker. Thornton’s films and media works have been exhibited worldwide, in venues including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Biennial Exhibition; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Rotterdam International Film Festival; New York Film Festival; capcMusée, Bordeaux; Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley; and festivals in Oberhausen, Graz, Mannheim, Berlin, Austin, Toronto, Tokyo and Seoul, among many others. Her ongoing work Peggy and Fred in Hell was cited in several “Year’s Best” lists, including the Village Voice and The New York Times, and she was included in Cahiers du cinema’s “60 most important American Directors” issue. Thornton is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.