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“Strange Culture” (Berlin)

Art Laboratory Berlin in cooperation with the Arsenal – Institute for Film und Video Art e.V. presents:

The film Strange Culture documents the Kafkaesque case of the well-known artist and art professor Steve Kurtz (Critical Art Ensemble).

When Kurtz called 911, following the unexpected death of his wife, emergency workers responding to the call found his artwork suspicious and informed the FBI. In the three-day raid which followed, federal agents seized his artwork, computers, books, etc. Initially accused of being a “bioterrorist,” he was eventually charged with “wire and mail fraud.”

Strange Culture, 2007, 75 Min. Director: Lynn Hershmann Leeson

Starring: Tilda Swinton, Peter Coyote, Thomas Jay Ryan, Josh Kornbluth and Steven Kurtz.

2. November 2009, 19:30 Uhr
Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Platz 2, 10785 Berlin
Eintritt: 6,50 Euro/ 5,00 Euro erm. (Studenten)

Film screening 19:30 Uhr
followed by a round table
on the case of Steve Kurtz from legal, cultural-political and curatorial perspectives, with
Eberhard Schultz (lawyer),
Mark C. Donfried (Institute for Cultural Diplomacy) and
Christian de Lutz (Art Laboratory Berlin).
Moderator: Regine Rapp (Art Laboratory Berlin).
This event takes place in the framework of the exhibition:
Seized – Critical Art Ensemble & Institute for Applied Autonomy
02 October, 2009 – 15 November, 2009
Art Laboratory Berlin
Prinzenallee 34 , 13359 Berlin
Open: Friday – Sunday  2-6PM; 30 October, 2-10PM
and by appointment: + 49 (0) 173 – 621 6347 


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