© PRINTEMPS DE SEPTEMBRE
PHOTO: DAMIEN ASPE
© Alexander Kluge Brutalität In Stein, 1961, film
Vidéo – creation
Writer, film-maker and philosopher, Alexander Kluge has been active for over fifty years, and is now one of the “sacred monsters”: he was a close friend of philosopher Theodor W. Adorno, played a central part in the history of New German Cinema, was awarded a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for his second feature-film and today runs a daring audio-visual production company.
In order to present this abundant and varied work, Le Printemps de septembre's proposal is an exhibition spread across the city like a constellation whose anchor point is the screening of his first short film Brutalität in Stein (Brutality in Stone, 1961), at the Goethe-Institut. This film, in which Kluge stages the ways that Nazi past survives in its own ruins, already contains the program of his work: a committed cinema that questions dominant histori- ography.
Alexander Kluge has also imagined a new series of short films that echo the title of this year’s edition of the festival, Fracas et Frêles Bruits. In various spots around the city join us for video-graphic punctuations (at the CIAM – La Fabrique, the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, the Goethe-Institut, the isdaT and the Médiathèque José-Cabanis) that reveal the artist's many-centred interests, from music to literature, not to mention the history of thought.
Initially one of philosopher Theodor Adorno's students and a legal counsel, Alexander Kluge was Fritz Lang's assistant for his film The Indian Tomb before starting his career as a filmmaker in 1961. A signatory of the Oberhausen manifest that marked New German Cinema, he became its principal advocate among public authorities in order to encourage the funding of the kind of films the entertainment industry generally disdains. He has directed many documentaries, short and feature-length films and imposed himself as one
of the main German writers of fiction as well as social critique by the end of the 20th Century. Alexander Kluge was awarded the Theodor W. Adorno prize in 2009 and the Heinrich Heine prize in 2014. For his body of work, he was awarded the Georg-Büchner prize in 2003 and the Grimme Award in 2010. The French edition of the second volume of his Chroniques des sentiments will be released by P.O.L. in September 2018.
He was born in 1932 in Halberstadt and lives and works in Germany.
Exhibition realised in partnership with the Goethe Institut on the occasion of La Quinzaine Franco-Allemande en Occitanie.
You can also see Kluge's work at CIAM – La Fabrique, the Cinémathèque de Toulouse,
the institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse and the Médiathèque José-Cabanis
Acknowledgments: Aude Pierre.