HaFI 018 – Skip Norman: On Africa. Skip Norman. Harun Farocki Institut; Motto Books

Posted in Film, history, Motto Books, writing on November 17th, 2023
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HaFI 018 reprints a document containing the script of Skip Norman’s film On Africa (1970). Norman, born in Baltimore in 1933, had left the U.S. in the early 1960s to study German, theater, and medicine in Göttingen. In 1966 he moved to Berlin to join the newly founded German Film and Television Academy (DFFB). By 1969, he had made the films Riffi (1966), Blues People (1968), Cultural Nationalism (1969) and the graduation film Strange Fruit (1969). He shot On Africa together with Joey Gibbs after graduating from the school. The filmmaker about his film: “The starting point is the relationship between Europe’s prosperity and Africa’s poverty; Europe’s destruction of societies and cultures, and the simultaneous use of Christianity and racial theories as justification for a massive exploitation of the colonized.” On Africa was first shown at the Festival in Mannheim in 1970 and then broadcast on television by WDR in 1972.
The script is accompanied by images from the film, and followed by five short commentaries by Sónia Vaz Borges, Madeleine Bernstorff, Marie-Hélène Gutberlet, Tom Holert, and Volker Pantenburg.

Das Heft enthält das Skript für Skip Normans Film On Africa (1970). Norman, 1933 in Baltimore geboren, hatte die USA zu Beginn der 1960er Jahre verlassen, um in Göttingen Deutsch, Theaterwissenschaft und Medizin zu studieren. 1966 zog er nach Berlin, um an die neugegründete Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) zu wechseln. Bis 1969 entstanden die Filme Riffi (1966), Blues People (1968), Cultural Nationalism (1969) und der Abschlussfilm Strange Fruit (1969).
On Africa entstand gemeinsam mit Joey Gibbs nach Normans DFFB-Abschluss. In Normans Worten: „Der Ausgangspunkt dieses Films ist das Verhältnis zwischen Europas Wohlstand und Afrikas Armut; Europas Zerstörung von Gesellschaften und Kulturen, und gleichzeitiger Einsatz von Christentum und Rassentheorien als Rechtfertigung einer gewaltigen Ausbeutung der Kolonialisierten.“ On Africa wurde am 7. Oktober 1970 bei der XIX. Internationalen Filmwoche Mannheim in der „Informationsschau“ aufgeführt; 1972 lief der Film im WDR.
Das Skript wird begleitet von zahlreichen Bildern aus dem Film und kontextualisiert durch fünf Kurzessays von Sónia Vaz Borges, Madeleine Bernstorff, Marie-Hélène Gutberlet, Tom Holert und Volker Pantenburg.

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Dallol. Jeff Le Cardiet. Quintal Éditions.

Posted in photography, Uncategorized on January 26th, 2022
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‘Dallol’ series made in May 2016 in the Afar region of north-eastern Ethiopia.

Considered one of the hottest places on Earth, with temperatures reaching 50°C, the volcanic activity in the area forms surreal landscapes.

First Photography/Risography collaboration with Quintal Editions
Printed in the workshops of the Paris Print Club.
Graphic design by Oscar Ginter.
Thanks to Alexandra and Félix for their help with printing and finishing.

Signed and numbered on 150 copies

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ANZA #1: Making Our City

Posted in magazines, newsprint on October 22nd, 2011
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ANZA #1: Making Our City

Prologue to ANZA #1:

“Architecture, although we often don’t realize it, always played a central role in our culture and life: in our homes, places of worship, offices, and shops. The 21st century has brought much social-economic transformation to Africa, and it has been coined as the century of the cities. The African continent will most probably experience immense population growth – the United Nations estimates that Africa’s population may more than triple in the century. Most of this growth will take place in cities – and in architecture.

Therefore, both specialists and public need to openly discuss the urban and architectural issues connected with these growing cities. But there is no platform in the form of a magazine for such a discussion. ANZA is edited in Dar es Salaam, Africa’s fastest growing city. It is to be a vehicle for open criticism and a constructive exchange of opinions; a platform to launch innovation solutions; a place for the discussion of typical local phenomena, and as a source of information for decision makers.

To kick-start the magazine, a four-week workshop was setup by Camenzind Magazine, Zurich to train a group of young ambitious and vibrant university students and recent graduates to form a future editorial team for a magazine that will fill the void of an East-African architectural magazine. The workshop included training in text writing and editing, photography, art and production, and finally marketing and strategy to ensure the long-term existence of the magazine.

After a fun and loud discussion bouncing ideas back and forth, we finally came up with the magazine title: ANZA, a Swahili word meaning, “start.” We found this name suitable as it marks both the beginning journey of this East-African architectural magazine and the long journey of our hopeful East-African cities and their peoples. Aside from this name being subtly powerful, we all agreed that it was also typographically beautiful.

One may ask: “can a diverse multidisciplinary student-published magazine, dealing with issues concerning people and spaces, issued bi-annually, compete with newer, more interactive, and above all faster formats like blogs and online forums?” Answer: one can never know unless they ANZA!”

24 pages
Prologue / Editorial in Swahili and English
Articles in English

D 5€


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