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The project THE GARDEN. CINEMATICS OF THE SOIL is dedicated to the British filmmaker, artist and activist Derek Jarman. His eponymous film "The Garden" as well as his legendary garden "Prospect Cottage" are the starting point for a contemporary artistic exploration of fundamental questions of society and its future: environmental pollution and disease, collectivity and resilience. The exhibition in the concrete hall of silent green connects in many ways to the special topography and utopian potential of Jarman's garden on the south coast of England.

THE GARDEN © José Délano

Film footage, objects, diaries, and paintings show fragments of his last residence Prospect Cottage, which the filmmaker, who died in 1994 as a result of an HIV infection, created in the immediate vicinity of a nuclear power plant and a military base. There he created a very special place of longing for the collaborative coexistence of people and nature, which offered him refuge from an increasingly destructive and discriminatory society and which to this day is a place of pilgrimage for thousands of visitors from all over the world.

The Garden (1990), created against the backdrop of AIDS activism and the anti-nuclear power movement, makes the contradictory nature of this place its central theme: between dream and reality, idyll and pain, beauty and transience, nature becomes an analogy for the creeping decay of the human body in the context of climate change, disease and destruction. Contemporary artists from various countries and companions of Jarman's deal with his visual worlds and themes in sound and media installations specially conceived for this project, as well as in accompanying discussions and workshops.

The film program shows further works by Derek Jarman. In addition, there are queer, feminist, experimental and political films from the 1980s and 90s and the present in the Arsenal cinema and in the garden of silent green.

THE GARDEN. KINEMATOGRAPHIES OF THE EARTH wants to develop new forms of image production with and for the earth. It wants to tell about its cycles of creation and decay, its resistance and ability to heal.

With: Derek Jarman, Mareike Bernien and Alex Gerbaulet, Dagie Brundert, CHEAP Art Collective, Peter Cusack, Inas Halabi, Philip Scheffner, Kerstin Schroedinger and Oliver Husain, Howard SooleyClub des Femmes (So Mayer, Selina Robertson), Heather Davis, Peter Fillingham, Bishnupriya Ghosh, David Lewis, Bhaskar Sarkar, Annie Symons, Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe, Mary Katharine Tramontana, Simon Fisher Turner, Rehana Zaman, Ed Webb-IngallWith the support of Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, James Mackay and Keith Collins Will TrustArtistic direction: Bettina Ellerkamp, Jörg Heitmann, Stefanie Schulte StrathausTalks: Marc Siegel
  • THE GARDEN is a project of silent green Film Feld Forschung gGmbH.
  • The accompanying film series is in cooperation with Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art e.V.
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Opening hours: Tue - Fri 2pm-8pm I Sat & Sun 11am-8pm