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Cinepoetics Lectures

The Cinepoetics Lectures are a very special format in the center’s work since they stand for interesting talks by internationally acclaimed scholars that are in close contact with our work on the poetologies of audiovisual images. Besides different perspectives from the field of film studies, the lectures feature a wide range of influences from the humanities, most importantly from media studies and the arts.

The Cinepoetics Lectures are a collaboration with Kino Arsenal (Institute for Film and Video Art), open to the public and free of charge. Each lecture is accompanied by a film screening that complements the talk’s topic. For the film, Kino Arsenal will charge the usual admission fees.

Cinepoetics Lectures

Current Lecture

In his 1956 essay ‘Of Taste and Colours,’ filmmaker Éric Rohmer distinguishes between films that are remembered for their colour harmony as a general tonality and those, which highlight a “power of certain coloured objects.” Following this taxonomy, Catherine Wheatley’s lecture asks what it means to read a film from the perspective of colour, including hue, saturation and contrast. What are the ethical and political stakes of doing so?

Focusing on the different uses of the colour green in Kitty Green’s THE ASSISTANT (US 2019), Wheatley will examine the ways in which our subjective responses to and understandings of the ‘meaning’ of colour are interwoven with broader ideological forces. And, with Green’s film in mind, she also cautions against taking colour at face value. Billed as the first film of the #MeToo movement, THE ASSISTANT will be shown after the lecture together with the educational short film SEEING GREEN (US 1937).

June 11th 2024, 6:00 pm, Kino Arsenal am Potsdamer Platz

06:00 - Kino 1

Lecture by Catherine Wheatley

07:30 – Lounge


08:00 – Kino 1

Screening of SEEING GREEN (Jam Handy Organization, US 1937) & THE ASSISTANT (Kitty Green, US 2019)