Arne Bunk - Eure Orte

Arne Bunk - Eure Orte


Monday, 14th July, 2014, 19.00

Eure Orte, 2014. Still. Arne Bunk in collaboration with Tanja Bächlein

Arne Bunk in collaboration with Tanja Bächlein:
Eure Orte, 2014. Still


Gitte Bohr − Club für Kunst und politisches Denken presents an evening with works by the artist and filmmaker Arne Bunk (Hamburg).

Eure Orte. Skizzen zur deutschen Kolonialarchitektur in Namibia.
15 min. 2014, Arne Bunk in collaboration with Tanja Bächlein.
Afterwards, Arne Bunk will present an essay about the photo film "Der Tag eines unständigen Hafenarbeiters" (1967) by Hubert Fichte and Leonore Mau:
Wir können ihn sehen, aber wir können ihn nicht haben!

In his new work, Arne Bunk engages with Hubert Fichte (1935-1986), the author and ethnographer from Hamburg. Fichtes filmic and literary work, often made in collaboration with the photographer Leonore Mau, occupies a unique position in the field of ethnofiction, ethnographic films that use fictional elements. Fichte called his own approach "ethnopoetry." He adopted the ethnographic method of participant observation, learned creole dialects and understood innately the local sociolects in the "Palette" − the meeting point of down-and-outs, artists and beatniks − , or in the seedy streets around the central station or the harbour.

"During the 1960s and 1970s, Fichte and Mau made four short films. The places are clearly outlined: the harbour of Hamburg, the portuguese fish market in Sesimbra, the spanish steps in Rome, and Agadir after the earthquake in 1960. The visible and the sayable are combined through the montage into a multi-levelled, porous space between sensuous experience and political meaning."

Eure Orte. Skizzen zur deutschen Kolonialarchitektur in Namibia.

Arne Bunk and Tanja Bächlein, shows a preview of their previously unpublished film Eure Orte, in which they engage with the colonial past of Germany in Namibia. Bunk and Bächlein have collaborated on a film project that takes its starting point in the engagement with these aspects of Fichtes practice. Here, they draw an idiosyncratic portrait of post-colonial Namibia, collect voices from different milieus and investigates architecture as dispositives of ways of life and politics.

Bunk's film is a "search for traces in and exploration of the post-colonial space in Namibia, conducted by the means of buildings built by German settlers between 1884 and 1915. Also autobiographical texts written by the settlers are drawn in to the investigation. Reading personal written reports and testimonies, quickly a certain complicity in the colonial practice becomes clear. The ruins tell of the development of a German nationality, in which not only a segregation of the races, but also a separation of the sexes, is inscribed."

Wir können ihn sehen, aber wir können ihn nicht haben! is an essay about the photo-film Der Tag eines unständigen Hafenarbeiters (1967) by Hubert Fichte and Leonore Mau.
"One works, when one needs money − if not, one preferably just lets it be. And no one would ever get the idea to build an identity around these jobs − be they constantly changing or monotonous, be they agreeable or dreadful." − the former dock worker Marc Rugenstein in Palette revisited, Bandel/Hempel/Janßen, Hamburg (2005), S.39-40.

Arne Bunk is artist and filmmaker. Since 2010, he is working on a PhD with a filmic and a written part at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg. He has benn a guest student in Vienna (Akademie der Künste) and Paris (Université de Paris 8). His films have been shown at international film festivals.