Ute Aurand

Weekend of Film Screenings, Orkney 29.-30.3.2024

Sarah Neely invited Ute Aurand for her Weekend with Film Screenings in Stromness on the Orkney Islands around the opening of the Pier Arts Centre’s new exhibition highlighting the recent acquisition of Luke Fowler’s film Being in a Place: A Portrait of Margaret Tait 2022. (Still: Three Portrait Sketches by Margaret Tait, 1951)



Media City Film Festival, Windsor 7.-11.11.2023

Media City Film Festival in Windsor, Canada, shows in International Program six films by Nathaniel Dorsky, Robert Beavers, Ute Aurand (To Brasil) and Helga Fanderl.



Australia - Filmtour Oct/Nov 2023

"The Films of Ute Aurand, Robert Beavers and Gregory J. Markopoulos": Two programs by each filmmaker will be shown in Sydney (AGNSW), Brisbane (QAGOMA) and Melbourne (ACMI+ Melbourne Cienmatheque) between October 28 - November 8.
Curated and organized by Audrey Lam and Keegan O'Connor.



Archival Assembly #2 - 8.6.-2.7.23 Silent Green

Innerhalb der Ausstellung zum Syposium Archival Assembly #2 ist mein neuer Film Arsenal Filmarchiv (2023, 3min,16mm, stumm) vom 8.6.-2.7.23 im Silent Green zu sehen.
(Im Auftrag von Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Künstlerische Leitung des Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst.)



Open City Documentary Festival

TO BRASIL (Ute Aurand, 2023, 18min, 16mm) has it's world premiere on the 11th of September 2023 at OPEN CITY DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL in London
in a Combined Program.... (photo: To Brasil)



EXIS2023, Seoul, 20.-28.Juli 2023

EXIS 2023 in Seoul shows 3 programs with Ute Aurand in the section INDI-VISUAL: Program 1 (films by U. Aurand) / Program 2 (films by Aurand) / Program 3 (films by Ewelina Rosinska, Jeannette Muñoz, Maria Lang, Margaret Tait).
"Indi-Visual section invites two contemporary artists, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Ute Aurand presenting their essential body of works in person. Apichatpong Weerasethakul screens major short films, including the director's rarely seen short films. As a key figure in experimental film scene in Berlin, Ute Aurand screens her representative works on film. Also, she has been active as a programmer since the 1990s, and for this program at EXiS, she prepares the third program as a section introducing major works by fellow female directors."
Photo: Ute Aurand Halbmond für Margaret



Ute Aurand - Inner Dialogues, Scratch Projection, March 21, 2023, Paris

Ute Aurand - Inner Dialogues, Scratch Projection, March 21, 2023, 20:30, Luminor Hôtel de Ville, presented by Federico Rossin.



L’architecture vue par les cinéastes, 1.-7.Dec 22, Marseille

Curator Federico Rossin shows  IN DIE ERDE GEBAUT (Ute Aurand, 2008, 43min, 16mm) in his 5 programs L’architecture vue par les cinéastes  at Videodrome2, Marseilles.



Currents, NYFF Sept 30 - Oct 10, 2022

RENATE by Ute Aurand is shown at NYFF/Currents on SAT Oct 8 + SUN Oct 9 in programm #7 Ordinary Devotion next to films by Eva Giolo, Alexandra Cuesta, Pablo Mazzolo und Simon Lui. Article at Artforum.com: Battle Lines Tony Pipolo on “Currents” at the New York Film Festival. 


IMS, Sao Paulo + Rio, September 2022

Mutual Films (Aaron Cutler and Mariana Shellard) presents three film programs with films by Ute Aurand (Guest) and Margaret Tait in the IMS (Instituto Moreira Salles) in Sao Paulo (14./15. Sept) and Rio de Janeiro (17./18. Sept).



Art Festival, St Moritz 25.-28.8.22

Das 1. Art Festival in St Moritz zeigt RASENDES GRÜN MIT PFERDEN von Ute Aurand, 2019, 82min, 16mm am SA 27.8.2022 um 14:30




EXIS moving image forum, Seoul, 4.-21.7.2022

Exis - Moving Image Forum in Seoul shows two programs with films by Renate Sami. - including the short portrait "Renate" by Ute Aurand. (Photo: Japan März 2013, by Sami).



14. July 2022 Phoenix Cinema, Orkney

Margaret Tait: Origins and Influences | Screening and Q&A at The Pickaquoy Centre The programme includes work by Tait shown alongside a selection of films by other filmmakers, friends and collaborators. Works include ​La rose et le réséda’ (1947), a film Tait first saw in the 1940s which gave her the idea ​of using a known poem as the basis for a highly personal kind of film’, as well as films by artists and filmmakers, Peter Todd, Ute Aurand, Takahiko Iimura, Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart.
This screening is the final event of Margaret Tait 100, a programme celebrating the centenary of the birth of Scotland’s pioneering filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait (1918 – 1999). The programme launched in November 2018 on the occasion of Tait’s birthday, and included screenings, exhibitions, workshops, readings, new publishing, and commissioning opportunities for artists working with film and moving image.The Margaret Tait 100 programme was run in partnership with LUX Scotland, University of Glasgow, the Pier Arts Centre, and a number of event partners, supported by Creative Scotland.(Photo: Portrait of Ga by Tait)



Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, 19.6.-10.7.2022



(S8) XIII - 27.5.-3.6.22, A Coruña, Spain



F/O Fracto Film, 27.-29.Mai 2022, Berlin


This long century + Experimental Cinema


DFF+Kino Pupille, Frankfurt 3./10./24.3.2022

In der Werkschau mit Filmen von RENATE SAMI zeigen Gaby Babić (Kinothek Asta Nielsen) und Björn Schmitt (DFF) drei Programme: 3.+10.3.22 im Deutschen Filmmuseum Frankfurt in der Reihe Specials und am 29.3.22 im Kino Pupille. (Am 3.3. läuft u.a. das Porträt RENATE von Ute Aurand mit Renate Sami.)


Ficunam, Mexico City 10.-20.3.2022

RENATE von Ute Aurand mit Renate Sami (2021, 6min,16mm) läuft auf dem Festival FICUNAM 12, Mexico City in 10 Umbrales im Programm 6 zusammen mit Filmen von Margaret Rorison, Bärbel Freund und Rainer Bellenbaum, James Edmonds und Luke Fowler.



Gespräch mit Lawinia Rate

Lawinia Rate spricht mit Ute Aurand über die Anfänge ihres Filmemachens.
Veröffentlicht auf der Webseite von attaque(e)r le visible:
attaque(e)r le visible is an experimental film platform for projections, meetings, talks, book presentations and lectures.


Kinu#6, Bilbao, 9.12.2021

Usue Arrieta and Ainara Elgoibar from Kinu show at the Azkuna Zentoa in Bilbao: Kinu#6  IN DIE ERDE GEBAUT, Ute Aurand (2008, 38min, 16mm) and FOUR DIAMONDS, Ute Aurand (2017, 4.5min, 16mm).



attaque(e)r le visible, Berlin 6.11.2021

Lawinia Rate kuratiert Körperliche Interventionen #2: Berliner Experimentalfilme der 80er Jahre mit Filmen von Ute Aurand am 6.11.2021 im Raum für drastische Massnahmen in Berlin.



FRACTO, Berlin 21.-24.10.2021

FRACTO, Berlin, shows Glimpses from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995 on Sun Oct 24th at 8pm, selection #5: The Personal is Radical 



Viennale, 21.-31.10.2021

Glimpses from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995 + RENATE zeigt die VIENNALE am FR 22.10.2021 um 16Uhr im Filmmmuseum Wien. Foto: Renate



Exis, Seoul, September 2021

Rasendes Grün mit Pferden / Rushing Green with horses: EXIS, Ex-Choice 7, 11.9.2021


Open City Documentary Festival, London 8.-14.9.2021

Maria Palacioz Cruz is the new director of the Open City Documentary Festival in London which "creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of non-fiction cinema". Together with Ricardo Matsos Cabo she curated IN FOCUS: RENATE SAMI.4 programs will give an inside in Sami's unique work. The short portrait RENATE by Ute Aurand (2021, 6min, 16mm) will have it's premiere in the retrospective.

Glimpes from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995 by Aurand (2020, 4,5min,16mm) is shown in the Combined Program 4 .



MIFF Melbourne 5.-22.August 2021

Streaming: 5–22 August / In cinemas: 13–22 August

GLIMPSES FROM A VISIT TO ORKNEY IN SUMMER 1995 (2020, 4,5min, 16mm) shown at Melbourne International Film Festival on the 17th+22nd August in Experimental Shorts.


exf f., Frankfurt Main 18.-22.August 2021

GLIMPSES FROM A VISIT TO ORKNEY IN SUMMER 1995 (2020, 4,5min, 16mm) is shown at the new festival exf f.in Frankfurt/Main in the opening program on the 12th together with films by Nazlı Dinçel, Laida Lertxundi, Elena Duque, Jeannette Muñoz, Erica Sheu.



Curtas Vila do Conde, 16.-23.July 2021

GLIMPSES FROM A VISIT TO ORKNEY IN SUMMER 1995 , Ute Aurand (2020, 4,5min, 16mm) shown at Curtas Vila do Conde, Portugal, in the Competion Experimental.


FICUNAM 11, Mexico City, 18.-28.3.2021

GLIMPSES FROM A VISIT TO ORKNEY IN SUMMER 1995 by Ute Aurand (2020, 4,5min, 16mm) shown at FICUNAM 11 in Mexico City in the section Atlas.


Punto de Vista, International Documentary Film Festival, Pamplona, 14.-19.March 2021

GLIMPSES FROM A VISIT TO ORKNEY IN SUMMER 1995 by Ute Aurand (2020, 4,5min, 16mm) shown in the Official Selection(Program 4) in PUNTO DE VISTA together with Liberty: An Ephemeral Statute, Rebecca Jane Arthur   Flowers Blooming in our Throats, Eva Giolo   Earth in the Mouth, Ewelina Rosinska   Surviving You, Always, Morgan Quaintance.

Photo: Flowers Blooming in our Throats, Eva Giolo



CGAI – Filmoteca de Galicia 3./5./7. November 2020

The three programs Punto de Vista: Renate Sami and Ute Aurand were shown at CGAI – Filmoteca de Galicia (A Coruña, Spain).

Photo: In die Erde gebaut, Ute Aurand, 2009




National Gallery of Art, Washington DC 7.-13.October 2020 (online)

Highlights from Punto de Vista, 2020: Every year in Pamplona, Spain, the Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra invites artists and audiences from around the world to discover innovative new nonfiction works through screenings, discussions, retrospectives, competitions, and presentations. Among those featured in 2020 are the distinctive oeuvres of four filmmakers who over the years have built an informal community through cinema. The festival publication Meditations on the Present: Ute Aurand, Helga Fanderl, Jeannette Muñoz and Renate Sami (2020, English/Spanish) portrays this constellation of intergenerational collaborators through their own reflections as well as through essays about their work, their mutual friendships, and influences. Selected here are three films from each artist. With thanks to the artists and Garbiñe Ortega, artistic director.

The accompanying festival publication is available to order through the Gallery Shop.

Foto: Wenn du eine Rose siehst, Renate Sami



NYFF, Currents (online) 25.-30.10.2020

New York Film Festival 's new section CURRENTS presented Program 3: Letter from Home, Luis Arnías's Malembe, Alexandra Cuesta's Notes, Imprints (on Love): Part I, Ute Aurand's Glimpses from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995, Carla Simón & Dominga Sotomayor's Correspondence, Ayo Akingbade's Claudette's Star, and Mathilde Girard's Episodes - spring 2018. (with a Q&A on the link to "Letter from Home")

Foto: Glimpses from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995, Ute Aurand



Ponrepo Kino + Academy of Fine Arts, Prag, 8.+9.September 2020

Eingeladen von ArtyzokTV zeigte das Ponrepo Kino am 8.9.20 in Prag:

5 films made between 1951 and 2020 by women experimental filmmakers. "The filmmaker/curator Ute Aurand speaks about her and the other filmmaker's experiences in making experimental films in (mostly) Germany, now and in the 80th and 90s. Aurand curated in the 90s at the cinema Arsenal (Berlin) exclusively women filmmakers: Filmarbeiterinnen-Abend 1990-95 / SIE ZUM BEISPIEL 1995-96."

Filme: Ute Aurand – Ulrike Pfeiffer, Oh! Die 4 Jahreszeiten, 1986-88, 20 min, 16mm. / Ewelina Rosinska, Erde im Mund, 2020, 20 min, 16mm/digital. / Margaret Tait, Portrait of GA, 195, 3 min, 16mm / Renate Sami, Die Schutzfolie, 1983, 8 min, 16 mm / Renate Sami, Venedig 2011,  2011, 5 min. (Gäste: Ute Aurand, Ewelina Rosinska)

9. September 2020, 19Uhe, Academy of Fine Arts: Rasendes Grün mit Pferden (Rushing Green with Horses, 2019) von Ute Aurand.

Foto: Erde im Mund, Ewelina Rosinska



États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas August 2020 (online)

Rushing Green with Horses is shown at États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas, France, - section Touch ups and repair - but this year online on the platform tënk August 23rd - October 25th.



Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, 9.3.2020

Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid presented Ute Aurand, Helga Fanderl, Jeannette Munoz, Renate Sami  - the first of the five programmes shown at Punto de Vista 2.-7.3.2020. Followed by a conversation between Helga Fanderl and Francisco Algarín. (Photo: Strom by Helga Fanderl)



Punto de Vista 2.-7.3.2020

The International Documentary Film Festival Punto de Vista in Pamplona, Spain, showed five film programs in relation to the publication of the book:

Ute Aurand, Helga Fanderl, Jeannette Muñoz, Renate Sami

Distribution of the book: La Rueda , Contact to order: info@laruedadistribucion.com

"The retrospective programme - and its accompanying publication- takes the hive of mutal support and appreciation that the relationship between these four filmmakers constitutes as a point of departure. The programme, curated in dialogue with the filmmakers, highlights their exchanges and correspondences; there are films dedicated to one another, sporadic collaborations. Whilst it can only offer a small glimpse into each individual filmmaker's work, it aspires to emphasize the importance of friendship and community. A friendship formed through cinema and encounters with and through each other's films." Maria Palacios Cruz, Garbiñe Ortega



15.12.2019 Kino Arsenal, Berlin



Porto/Post/Doc 23.11.-1.12.2019

UTE AURAND FOCUS - Two programs of nine short films at Porto/Post/Doc, Nov 25 /27. RUSHING GREEN WITH HORSES International Competition, Nov 26. (Photo: Zu Hause/At Home by Ute Aurand)




b-movie, Hamburg, 23.11.19

In der Reihe Jonas Mekas - Einfach immer weiter filmen im b-Movie (Brigittenstr. Hamburg, St. Pauli) am SA 23.11.2019 um 20Uhr

Ute Aurand zu Gast mit OH! Die 4 Jahreszeiten (U. Aurand, Ulrike Pfeiffer, 1986/88, 20min, 16mm

(Foto: OH! Die vier Jahreszeiten von Ute Aurand und Ulrike Pfeiffer)



16.11.19 Thai Film Archive, Bangkok

FILM IS HER NOTEBOOK at Sri Salaya Theater, Thai Film Archive, 16.11.2019, 1pm + 3pm:

An afternoon of 16mm film screenings and discussion with Indonesian film programmer Lisabona Rahman (Films by Margaret Tait, Marie Menken, Utako Koguchi) and German filmmaker Ute Aurand (Rushing Green with Horses 2019, 82min, 16mm). Supported e.g. by Goethe Institut Thailand



8.Nov 2019, Jakarta

Three programs at Rubanah Underground Hub in Jakarta, Nov 8 + 9 2019    (Thanks to Lisabona Rahman & the Goethe Institut Jakarta)

Film is her Notebook: Ute Aurand Shorts, discussion with Ute Aurand - 8th Nov. 7pm

Film is her Notebook: Shorts curated by Lisabona Rahman, films by Marie Menken, Margaret Tait, Utako Koguchi - 9th Nov. 4pm

Film is her Notebook: Rushing Green with horses by Ute Aurand -  9th Nov. 7pm



DocLisboa 18.10.2019

RUSHING GREEN WITH HORSES, Doclisboa /New Visions, 18.10.2019


Anthology Film Archives, NY 15.Oct 2019 7:30pm

Anthology welcomes German filmmaker Ute Aurandfor a special screening of her new 16mm film RUSHING GREEN WITH HORSES, as well as OH! THE FOUR SEASONS, a 1988 film made in collaboration with Ulrike Pfeiffer.



Goethe Institut Glasgow, 24.9.2019

Margaret Tait 100:  Ute Aurand, RUSHING GREEN WITH HORSES + films by Margaret Tait. Goethe Institut Glasgow, Tue 24.9.2019

Aurand and Tait were in close dialogue in the last decade of Tait’s life, sharing an interest in the personal and poetic potential of 16mm filmmaking. In the 1990s Aurand visited the London Film-Makers Co-op where she connected with Tait’s work, bringing film prints back to Berlin to distribute across Europe. In the summer of 1995, Aurand visited Tait in her native Orkney.



Deutsches Filmmuseum Frankfurt 14./15. 9.2019

Filme von Ute Aurand (Rasendes Grün mit Pferden) und Robert Beavers (Ruskin, The Suppliant, Listening to the Space in my Room) im Deutschen Fimmuseum Frankfurt, SA 14.9.2019.

SO15.9.2019: Großes Kino, kleines Kino zu Gast im DFF - 5 kurze experimentelle Filme für Kinder, ausgesucht und vorgestellt von Ute Aurand und Robert Beavers: The Sun is Gonna Shine von Les Blank, Sommerregen von Franz von Lucke, New York near Sleep for Saskia von Peter Hutton, Doktor Dolittle von Lotte Reiniger, My Line von Theo Thiesmeier.


Cineclub15asientos x IFAL, Mexico City 9.7.19

En julio damos comienzo a un segundo periodo de colaboraciones entre el Cineclub15asientos y el Institut Français d’Amérique Latine - IFAL. Sesión 6: (en colaboración con el LEC Laboratorio Experimental de Cine):

Rasendes Grün mit Pferden Rushing Green with Horses  2019  82' 16mm by Ute Aurand


Pessaro, 15 - 22 July 2019

Rasendes Grün mit Pferden Rushing Green with Horses  82' Ute Aurand at

55a Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema, Pesaro


Filmadrid 12.6.2019

Rasendes Grün mit Pferden Rushing Green with Horses  82' Ute Aurand at Filmadrid    12.6.2019   18Uhr  

(Photo: Rushing Green)



Sheffield DokFilm 9.6.2019

Rasendes Grün mit Pferden Rushing Green with Horses  82' Ute Aurand at Sheffield Doc Fest    9.6.2019  16Uhr  Art Doc Award


Courtisane Festival 3.-7.4.2019, Gent

Rasendes Grün mit Pferden Rushing Green with Horses  82' Ute Aurand at Courtisane Festival.

"Two intimate films, both shot on 16mm, by former Artists in Focus Luke Fowler (2016) and Ute Aurand (2017). Whereas Fowler’s "Mum's Cards" is a portrait of an unseen subject, his mother, multiple friends and family members populate Aurand’s feature-length film, shot over a 19-year period, which spontaneously responds to life’s lived moments.(...)" Maria Palacioz Cruz



Punto de Vista - Pamplona March 11-16, 2019

Rasendes Grün mit Pferden Rushing Green with Horses 82' and LISA 6min by Ute Aurand at PUNTO DE VISTA / Official Competition   March 14, 2019 shown with Der Klang, die Welt by Robert Beavers, also shown in Special Screenings.

Paulina 5' Ute Aurand, shown in the retrospective (program 2: Nothing is Over) dedicated to Jonathan Schwartz curated by Irina Leimbacher.

Lisa  4,5' Ute Aurand in Official Competition Programm 9 together with Mum ́s cards 9’ Luke Fowler, Vever (for Barbara) 12’ Deborah Stratman, Instructions on how to make a film 13’ Nazli Dinçel, I hope I ́m loud when I ́m dead 20’ Beatrice Gibson



Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Tokio 8.- 24.2.2019

"The Art of Transposition"

On February 13/21/23 2019 the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions presents Ute Aurand ― Film as Movement in Everyday Life with: LISA / SAKURA,SAKURA / 4 DIAMONDS / PHILIPP'S 60th BIRTHDAY / ZU HAUSE / FADENSPIELE 1-3 in collabortation with Detel Aurand / DER SCHMETTERLING IM WINTER in collaboration tihe Maria Lang. Ute Aurand will be present on the 21st+23rd. (Photo: Fadenspiele 3, Detel and Ute Aurand)



Berlinale: Forum Expanded 8.+9.2.2019 + Retropsektive 12.+13.2.2019

Forum Expanded / Berlinale 2019 : World Premiere of RASENDES GRÜN MIT PFERDEN (Rushing Green with Horses) by Ute Aurand (2019, 82min,16mm). Rasendes Grün mit Pferden ist eine Sammlung kurzer Beobachtungen und Begegnungen, gefilmt zwischen 1998 und 2018, zu Hasue und unterwegs. Rushing Green with Horses ist a collection of brief observations and encounters, filmed between 1998 and 2018.

The Retrospektive / Berlinale presented 26 narrative documentary features and 20 short films in Selbstbestimmt.Perspektiven von Filmemacherinnen / Self-determinded-Perspective of women filmmakers. In Short Film Program 2, Feb 12 + Feb 13: UMWEG by Ute Aurand and Ulrike Pfeiffer (1982, 13min, 16mm) together with films by Dore O, Margarete Raspé, Christine Noll Brinckmann, Sieglinde Hamacher, Eva Heldmann.

(Photo: Rasendes Grün mit Pferden)



ICA London 14.11.2018

The Machine That Kills Bad People: The Ascent + Umweg

Selected by The Machine That Kills Bad People, this screening features two rarely seen black and white, 35mm and 16mm films. Larisa Shepitko’s feature The Ascent, set in the Eastern front forests of Belorussia during the second world war, is paired with Ute Aurand and Ulrike Pfeiffer’s Umweg, a travelogue through 1980s West Germany.

Larisa Shepitko, THE ASCENT, 1977, 35mm, black and white, sound, 109 mins
Ute Aurand and Ulrike Pfeiffer, UMWEG, 1981, black and white, sound, 16mm, 11 mins

The Machine That Kills Bad People is a bi-monthly film club programmed by Erika Balsom, Beatrice Gibson, Maria Palacios Cruz and Ben Rivers.

Foto: Umweg, Aurand und Pfeiffer 1981



11th November 2018, Brighton

WHERE I AM IS HERE Films from Margaret Tait and Friends

A poet, a defiantly independent filmmaker, an artist of unique and extraordinary vision – the great Margaret Tait would have been 100 on November 11th 2018. We’re celebrating her centenary with a special programme featuring new restorations of Tait’s film poems, alongside rare 16mm screenings from artists working in the tradition of intimate, first person cinema.

Notebook, Marie Menken, 1961 / Lisa, Ute Aurand, 2017 / Slides, Annabel Nicolson, 1971 / Aberhart's House, Joanna Margaret Paul, 1976 

Foto: The Leaden and the Golden Echo, Margaret Tait 1955



Filmforum, Los Angeles Oct 25+28 2018

Ute Aurand presents several of her films in Los Angeles for the first time, in dialogue with selected works by Margaret Tait. Stemming from the lyrical tradition of diary filmmaking and artisanal practices, her active and playful films emphasize the natural and social worlds through intimate forms of portraiture.  (Thanks to Brigid McCaffrey and Adam Hyman)

Oct 25, 8pm Filmforum: Nature Preserves What The People Forget: The Films of Ute Aurand Part 1 Paulina (Aurand) 2011, 5min / Portrait of Ga (Tait) 1951, 4min / Half Moon for Margaret (Aurand) 2004, 18min / Colour Poems (Tait) 1976 10min / To Be Here (Aurand) 2013, 38min

Oct 28, 7:30pm Filmforum: In and Around a House: Ute Aurand and Margaret TaitPlace of Work by Margaret Tait, 1976, 30min, 16mm + Terzen by Ute Aurand, 1998, 50min, 16mm

Photo: Halbmond für Margaret Ute Aurand)



Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley 17./18./21.Oct 2018

FIRST PERSON CINEMA: MARIE MENKEN, MARGARET TAIT AND UTE AURAND October 17/18/21 2018   Pacific Film Archiv, Berkeley

This October, in conjunction with our Alternative Visions series, we have the pleasure of a visit from Berlin artist Ute Aurand (b. 1957), whose lyrical films are part of the vibrant tradition of first-person cinema. Aurand’s expressive camera technique and editing style lend to the joyous spontaneity of her work. Her staccato-length shots flash like bursts of energy, adding a rhythmic dimension to the handheld cinematography. Her films reveal a wide range of interests, from the natural world to art, poetry, history, philosophy, and travel. As an independent curator and teacher, Aurand often presents the works of two women artists who have been highly influential on her filmmaking aesthetic, the American underground filmmaker Marie Menken (1909–1970) and the Scottish film poet Margaret Tait (1918–1999). Aurand joins us to screen and discuss several of their films alongside her own, offering personal insights into the arts of cinematography and montage. Tait once said of her films that they are born “of sheer wonder and astonishment of how much can be seen in any place that you choose . . . if you really look.” This wisdom informs Aurand’s work, too, in her pursuit of celebrating creativity, the visible world, and the fleeting moments of life.          Susan Oxtoby, Senior Film Curator


17 Oct: Happy Bees (Tait); Colour Poems (Tait); Half-Moon For Margaret (Aurand); Four Diamonds (Aurand); Lisa (Aurand)

18 Oct: A Walk/Im Park/Zuoz (Aurand); Arabesque For Kenneth Anger (Menken); Portrait of Ga (Tait); Maria and the World (Aurand); In the Garden (Aurand, Freund)

21 Oct: Dwightiana (Menken); Place of Work (Tait); Building Under Ground (Aurand)


Photo: Im Park Ute Aurand



Kunsthalle Mainz 3.10.2018

ShortCuts #4: Ute Aurand  Am Meer / Halbmond für Margaret / Fadenspiele 3 / Kopfüber im Geäst / Lisa / Sakura, Sakura / Four Diamonds

3.10.2018, 19:30, Kunsthalle Mainz auf Einladung des Fachschaftsrats Filmwissenschaft Mainz   (Foto: LISA Ute Aurand)



Kino Arsenal, DI 2.10.18 19:30

Di, 2.10.18, 19:30, Kino Arsenal: Auswahl und Präsentation Lisabona Rahman, Stipendiatin der Living Archive Residency im Arsenal.

A PORTRAIT OF GA (1952) und COLOUR POEMS (1974) von Margaret Tait, NOTEBOOK (1962) von Marie Menken, O-DE-KA-KE-DIARY (1988) von Utako Koguchi sowie DER SCHMETTERLING IM WINTER (2006) von Ute Aurand und Maria Lang. (Foto: Der Schmetterling im Winter)



Underdox Halbzeit, 14.6.2018

Underdox Halbzeit zeigt am DO 14.6.2018 im Filmmuseum München: Ute Aurand & Robert Beavers - Light & Shadows

Foto: The Suppliant, Robert Beavers



Prague, Ponrepo Cinema, 28.5.2018 + Interview

Artycok tv (Jiří Žák) invited Ute Aurand for a screening of  LISA, DER SCHMETTERLING IM WINTER and TO BE HERE at Ponrepo Cinema in Prague, May 28th 2018.

Interview with Ute Aurand by the artist Jiří Žák (artycok tv, Prague) is published on the website artycok tv (Prague) and You Tube.

Photo: To Be Here Ute Aurand




Early Monthly Segments + Images Festival, Toronto April 2018

Early Monthly Segments 101 invited Ute Aurand with TERZEN and FADENSPIELE (Detel and Ute Aurand) on the 20th of April.

Aurand records life’s small, ephemeral details on a handheld Bolex camera, later reworking them in a style that is at once energetic, rhythmic, playful and — unusually for experimental cinema — tender. She has described her approach as “a brief touch” — “like a swing, to go away and come back and go away and come back again.” Her films explore the lives of friends and strangers, the atmosphere of local and foreign places, and “the absolutely singular, exquisite textures of daily life around her.” – Michael Sicinski

Early Monthly Segments returns to the screen as an occasional series, hosted by the Revue Cinema at 400 Roncesvalles Avenue. We’re excited to host German filmmaker Ute Aurand in person, in town after screening a short film (LISA) at the Images Festival. We have shown Aurand’s films a few times over the last ten years and it’s a pleasure to host her in person to present her film, Terzen. (Chris Kennedy)

IMAGES FESTIVAL (page78) Toronto showed LISA (2017, 4.5min, 16mm) in "In Search of Likeness" on Fri, 19th of April with films by Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena Harold, Ute Aurand, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Rhayne Vermette, Nazli Dinçel, Mike Hoolboom, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Alexandre Larose.

(Photo: TERZEN)



Courtisane Festival 2018, Gent 28.3.-1.4.2018

LISA (Ute Aurand, 2017, 4.5min, 16mm) was shown at Courtisane Festival 2018, March 31st in a program curated by Maria Palacioz Cruz and Monica Savirón:

#10: Mónica Savirón, Jenny Okun, Barbara Meter, Julia Heyward, Joanna Davis, Lis Rhodes, Susan Stein, Ute Aurand, Alia Syed, Annabel Nicolson, Tanya Syed   (Photo: LISA Ute Aurand)



Do 21. - So 24.9.2017, Zeughauskino, Berlin

ZWEI FILME VON MIR ÜBER MICH - Werkschau der Filmemacherin Maria Lang.

Acht Filmprogramme im Zeughauskino, Berlin, ausgewählt von Ute Aurand.

Als Maria Lang im September 2014 ihr Leben selbst beendete, war sie 69 Jahre alt. Sie hinterließ ein schmales Werk sehr besonderer Filme. Nach ihrem Studium an der Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin war Maria Lang 1991 aufs Land zu ihrer Mutter gezogen, die sich alleine nicht mehr zurechtfand. In ihrem Text Zwei Filme von mir über mich schrieb sie: "Familiengruft berührt viele Menschen Frauen wie Männer sehr tief weil er mit einfachen Mitteln erzählt daß eine Familie eine sehr gefährliche Art von Verbindung ist. (…) Zärtlichkeiten erzählt etwas über Klischees und Höhepunkte und über Liebe und über Augenblicke des Innehaltens durch die eine sich selbst erlebt. (…) Das Wichtigste in meinem Film ist mir das Geheimnis also all das was er nicht erzählt das verlorengegangene Mosaik, dessen Zwischenräume Räume sind für unsere Phantasie“.

Anläßlich der Werkschau ist das Buch MARIA LANG : TEXTE ZUM FILM erschienen, über das Hans Helmut Prinzler schrieb: "(...) In ihren Texten beschäftigt sie sich mit Gertrude Stein und Hannah Arendt, mit Filmen von Frauen und über Frauen, mit der Ulmer Hochschule für Gestaltung und der dffb, mit ihren Gedanken, Gefühlen und Hoffnungen. Einige Texte sind Vorträge oder Filmeinführungen. Sie sind nicht chronologisch geordnet, sondern klug montiert und bekommen dadurch einen eigenen, assoziativen Fluss. Die Lektüre macht nachdenklich, zwischendurch traurig, aber am Ende doch auch glücklich. Denn es ist ein Buch, das einen im Inneren bewegt, weil der Tonfall der Texte reflexiv, zärtlich und sensibel ist. Mit einem Vorwort von Ute Aurand. Mehr zu Maria Lang, zur Filmreihe und zum Buch: taz.de/!5447079/. Das Buch bestellen kann man bei der Herausgeberin: uteaurand.de/kontakt.php. Es kostet 15 €."



Deutsches Filmmuseum Frankfurt, Werkschau Maria Lang 16./17.9.2017

Der Schmetterling im Winter - Werkschau Maria Lang  organisiert von der Kinotek Asta Nielsen in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Filmmuseum Frankfurt.

(Foto: Maria und die Welt Ute Aurand)




Media City City Film Festival, Windsor, Kanada, 2.-5.August 2017

Media City Film Festival 2017, Program 5 - Films by Luke Fowler, George Clarke, Peter Hutton, Helga Fanderl, Robert Beavers, Ute Aurand.

Four Diamonds, Ute  Aurand, 2016, 4.5min, 16mm (Photo: Four Diamonds Ute Aurand)



Light Movement #23 - 23. Juli 2017, Spektrum, Berlin

OPEN DOORS - curated by Ute Aurand (Berlin) and Peter Todd (London).

Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo   Margaret Tait, 1955, 6.5min, 16mm
Room Window Sea Sky    Peter Todd, 2014, 3min, 16mm, silent      
Among The Eucalyptuses    Robert Beavers, 2017,  4min, 16mm, silent
Venedig Dezember 2011    Renate Sami, 2012, 4,5min, colour, digital  
Napkins     Joanna Margaret Paul, 1975, 3,5mins, S8 to digital file, silent
For you     Peter Todd, 2000, 2mins, silent

Philipp's 60th Birthday    Ute Aurand 2014, 5,5min, 16mm
Mädchen/Girls    Helga Fanderl, 1995, 2 min, S8 to 16mm, silent
Envios 26  Jeannette Munoz,  2013, 6min, 16mm, silent      
Elegy   Anthea Kennedy, Ian Wiblin, 2001, 3min, digital  
Four Diamonds   Ute Aurand, 2016, 4.5min, 16mm

Light Movement by James Edmonds at Spektrum Berlin.

Photo: Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo Margaret Tait



Courtisane Film Festival 29.3.-2.4.2017, Gent

COURTISANE FILM FESTIVAL  - Artist in Focus: Ute Aurand.

 " (...) Rather than providing a comprehensive retrospective of Aurand’s work, this Artist in Focus offers insight into key motifs of her practice, with an emphasis on films made during the past 10 years. The first two programs are loosely structured around an artificial division between her diary films and her portraits, two categories that are impossible to differentiate and which inevitably merge in her work. A third program is centered around the collaborative film Kleine Blumen, kleine Blätter (1995), for which ten friends, filmmakers and non-filmmakers, were asked to make a film about the seasons (a recurrent subject for Aurand’s camera). This screening provides an opportunity to highlight Aurand’s network of friends and influences and also features work by Jeannette Muñoz, Renate Sami and Marie Menken. (...)" Maria Palacios Cruz     (Photo: LISBETH Ute Aurand)



Lumiere + Birdie Num Num, 13.11.16 Barcelona

Un corte es un movimiento: las películas de Ute Aurand       Programa realizado por la Asociación Lumière. En colaboración con Birdie Num Num

Schweigend ins Gespräch vertieft. Ute Aurand. 1980. 10’ .16mm.
Umweg. Ute Aurand, Ulrike Pfeiffer. 1982. 12'. 16mm.
Detel + Jón. Ute Aurand. 1988/1993. 33'. 16mm.
Oh! Die Vier Jahreszeiten. Ute Aurand, Ulrike Pfeiffer. 1986/1988. 20'. 16mm.

Bärbel und Charly. Ute Aurand. 1994. 35'. 16mm.
Am Meer. Ute Aurand. 1995. 3'. 16mm.
Sakura, Sakura. Ute Aurand. 2015. 2,5'. 16mm.
Four Diamonds. Ute Aurand. 2016. 4'. 16mm.

Photo: OH! Die vier Jahrezeiten Ute Aurand, Ulrike Pfeiffer



Werkschau Maria Lang, Liliom Kino Augsburg, 30.10.2016

Werkschau mit Filmen von und mit unserer lieben Freundin Maria Lang (1945-2014). Während ihres Studiums an der Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin entstanden ihre zwei wichtigsten Filme: Familiengruft – ein Liebesgedicht an meine Mutter (1981/82) und Zärtlichkeiten (1985). 1991 zog Maria aufs Land nach Zusmarshausen, pflegte ihre Mutter und schrieb viel. Mit zwei Filmprogrammen würdigen wir ihre außergewöhnlichen Filme. (Ute Aurand, Renate Meierhofer, Angi Schanung)

Video Nachrichten Nr. 3, Berlin: ICH SITZE IN MEINER KÜCHE UND ERZÄHLE Maria Lang, 1990, 60 Min, (Ausschnitt 25 Min)  /   MARIA  Ute Aurand, 2011, 2,5 Min, Blue Ray von 16mm, stumm  /  DER SCHMETTERLING IM WINTER Ute Aurand, Maria Lang, 2006, 29 Min, DCP von 16mm   /  FAMILIENGRUFT – EIN LIEBESGEDICHT AN MEINE MUTTER Maria Lang, 1981, 10 Min, DCP von 16mm.  /  ZÄRTLICHKEITEN Maria Lang, 1985, 28 Min, s/w, DCP von 16mm Abschlussfilm DFFB  /  MARIA UND DIE WELT Ute Aurand 1995, 15 Min, DCP von 16mm       

Foto: Familiengruft - ein Liebesgedicht an meine Mutter  Maria Lang



Doclisboa "Correspondence Films" 20.-30.10.16

DocLisboa zeigt in der Reihe "Correspondence Films - Lettres, Distances, Displacements" fünf Filme von Ute Aurand: ZU HAUSE; HALBMOND FÜR MARGARET; SUSAN+LISBETH; MARIA UND DIE WELT.
"From the epistolary film to the correspondence film there are elements that gain different places and meanings. This programme draws a small and partial map of the poetic (and political) forms with which some films renew the epistolary tradition in cinema. Letters, poems, movements thrown against the distance, intimacies offered as a political gesture. Love, longing, friendship, solitude, sharing – films that build community."    (Photo: Half Moon for Margaret Ute Aurand)



Robert Flaherty Film Seminar 2016: PLAY

Flaherty Seminar PLAY 18.-24.6.2016: "A cinema at play is a cinema that breathes—a cinema open to the shifting rhythms of the world. Play implies looseness, experimentation, chance, a suspension of judgment in favor of a child’s open-ended curiosity. Play allows cinema to be a vital, living thing, one that faces the world with innocence, hoping to experience rather than persuade.(...)" David Pendleton, programmer.

Invited filmmakers: Ute Aurand, Luke Fowler, Naomi Kawase, Saul Levine, Brigid McCaffrey, Luis Ospina, Joaquim Pinto, Kidlat Tahimik, Ana Vaz, Billy Woodberry.



Kommunale Galerie Berlin, 8.5.2016

"In diesen Augenblicken", Filme von Ute Aurand und Robert Beavers innerhalb der Ausstellung "Mikado / DAS HAUS", Kommunale Galerie Berlin:     Paul Celan liest / Am Meer / Susan+Lisbeth / Pitcher of Colored Light / Four Diamonds.  (Foto: Paul Celen liest Ute Aurand)




FOUR DIAMONDS, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 7.5.2016

FOUR DIAMONDS, 2016, 4,5min, 16mm läuft im Deutschen Wettbewerb 2, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.




Close Up, London, 6.3.2016

"That a thing once happened has happened for always" - Films by Ute Aurand, Margaret Tait and Peter Todd. CLOSE UP, London.

(Photo: Four Diamonds  Ute Aurand)




CONVERSATIONS, Parallel+ICO, 5.3.2016

CONVERSATION, kuratiert von Ute Aurand und Peter Todd, am 5.3.2016, Parallel+ICO Cinema Weekend, Bristol.

Filme von Ute Aurand, Robert Beavers, Nick Collins, Jeannette Munoz, Renate Sami, Peter Todd, Margaret Tait. "In CONVERSATION we have selected films, in which the filmmaker's camera transforms the filmmaker's feelings and observations into images, rhythm, movements and editing beyond obvious narration. The spectator enters in his/her own way and discovers - sometimes - the unexpected."

Foto: The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo by Margaret Tait



Light Movement 11, 29.1.2016

Light Movement 11 - Freitag 29 Jan - 20Uhr - SPEKTRUM : Aurand, Beavers, Fanderl, Kels, Muñoz, Schwarz, Rorison, Edmonds

"Light Movement 11 brings together a selection of filmmakers, most of whom have had screenings in the series over 2015. This is a great chance to see a selection of films which convey the general dirrection of the series so far, all shown in their original formats. We also welcome several of these filmmakers to the screening in person." James Edmonds

Foto: Helga Fanderl; For further details please see light-movement.blogspot.de



National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 10.+11.10.2015

Personal Space: Films by Aurand and Beavers          Programmer: Joanna Raczynska

Portraits of Place and Familiars: Ute Aurand and Robert Beavers in person, Sat Oct 10 (2:00) - A weave of six short films that mutually resonate: Robert Beavers’s First Weeks (silent, 2014); The Hedge Theater (1986 – 1990/2002, 35mm), filmed in Italy and featuring Francesco Borromini’s architecture, birdcages, and the sewing of a buttonhole; and The Suppliant (2010), a portrait drawn from a living space and a small sculpture. Aurand’s films include the silent triptych Im Park and A Walk (2008); Kopfüber im Geäst (Hanging Upside Down in the Branches, 2009), a montage of brief recollections filmed in the years before the death of the filmmaker’s parents; and Am Meer (At the Sea, 1995), the record of a sojourn on the Baltic Sea island of Hiddensee, edited in-camera.

Three Films by Robert Beavers: Sat Oct 10 (3:30)  - The first and second title in this program, both filmed in Greece, are included in Beavers’s epic seventeen-film cycle, My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure: The Stoas (1991 – 1997, 35mm), a painterly study of the Athens market district and Arcadian landscapes, and The Ground (1993 – 2011, 35mm), described by the filmmaker as “a rhythm, marked by variations in repetition.” Listening to the Space in My Room (2013) “summons up not only the memory but also the physical presence of the filmmaker’s life in the home of his Swiss friends.”

Recent Films by Ute Aurand: Sun Oct 11 (2:00) - Aurand’s program of her most recent work includes To Be Here (2013), filmed in New England, New York, and the southwestern United States; Sakura, Sakura (2015) filmed in Japan; and three short portraits of the filmmaker’s friends — Maria, Susan, and Lisbeth (2011 – 2012). “Filming portraits allows me to emphasize private gestures and moments beyond narration and documentation” — U.A.

Foto: Listening to the Space in my Room by Robert Beavers



L'AGE D'OR FESTIVAL, Brüssel, 2.-10.2015


L'Age D'OrSAKURA, SAKURA by Ute Aurand and films by Friedl vom Gröller, Helmut Völter, Claudio Caldini, Claudio Caldini, John Skoog  (8.10.15)

FADENSPIELE 3 by Detel Aurand and Ute Aurand on the 4.10.15 at EXPRMNTL FOR KIDS together with films by John Hubley, Faith Hubley, Lawrence Jordan, Guy Sherwin, Bert Haanstra. (Photo: Fadenspiele 3 Detel and Ute Aurand)



Media City Film Festival 28.7.- 1.8.2015

SAKURA, SAKURA 2015, 3min, 16mm

31st July 2015, International Program 4: Jonathan Schwartz | Peter Hutton | Helga Fanderl | Claudio Caldini | Ute Aurand | Rose Lowder | Saul Levine

Media City Film Festival in Windsor, Canada - one of the most dedicated Film Festivals. (Photo: Sakura, Sakura Ute Aurand)



Vancouver 8 July + 5 August 2015

DIM Cinema at the Cinematheque

8 July 2015 Ute Aurand: Eye Movement Stillness   

Programmed by Michèle Smith. (...) Aurand records life’s small, ephemeral details on a handheld Bolex camera, later reworking them in a style that is at once energetic, rhythmic, playful and — unusually for experimental cinema — tender. She has described her approach as “a brief touch” — “like a swing, to go away and come back and go away and come back again.” Her films explore the lives of friends and strangers, the atmosphere of local and foreign places, and “the absolutely singular, exquisite textures of daily life around her” (Michael Sicinski).
A Walk/Im Park/Zuoz. Kopfüber im Geäst (Hanging Upside Down in the Branches); To Be Here; Zu Hause (At Home)

5 Aug 2015 Toying with String: Detel and Ute Aurand, Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson

Programmed by Michèle Smith. Detel and Ute Aurand’s trilogy of films Toying with String I-III (Fadenspiele I-III) was made in a spirit of artistic spontaneity and improvisation with the painter Detel Aurand and the filmmaker Ute Aurand, between 1999 and 2013. Filmed inside the artist’s studio and outdoors in forests, fields, and mountains, they feature various natural and manmade materials invisibly manipulated to create images in a constant state of metamorphosis. This aspect of the sisters’ films serves as a bridge to the work of local artists Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson, who will show a selection of 16mm films from their collaborative and separate practices. 

(Photo: Im Park Ute Aurand)



5.+ 6.6.2015, Filmhaus Nürnberg

Filme und Videos an zwei Abenden im Filmhaus Nürnberg: "Filme von Maria Lang und Ute Aurand" und "Videoschwarmsichtung Maria Lang"

»....dann hörte ich auf zu arbeiten und begann damit, Film zu studieren ... jetzt wußte ich, daß ich eine Frau war die nicht gelernt hat zu verstehen und ich wollte jemanden der mich sehr tief etwas lehren konnte und ich fand ihn nicht und wurde immer hilfloser und trauriger und krank und zwischendurch hörte ich auf etwas zu wollen und hörte auf mit dem Lesen von Büchern und aus dem Innehalten wurde dann ein Film ... « (aus: Maria Lang, Zwei Filme von mir über mich)

Im September 2014 starb Maria Lang – Anfang der 70er aktiv in der Homosexuellen Aktion Westberlin und Mitbegründerin des Lesbischen Aktions-Zentrums. 1980, während ihres Studiums an der Filmakademie dffb, lernte sie Ute Aurand kennen. Sie arbeiteten zusammen an Filmen, an Programmen und Projekten wie »Frauen machen Geschichte – 25 Jahre Studentinnen an der dffb«. 1991 ging Maria Lang an ihren Geburtsort zurück, pflegte ihre Mutter und war rund ums Augsburger Frauenzentrum aktiv.  (Foto: Maria und die Welt  Ute Aurand)



Courtisane Festival 2015, Gent

COURTISANE FESTIVAL -  Delanghe / Aurand / Jiménez 5th of APRIL 2015:  "Maria und die Welt" (1995) and "Jón in Akureyri" (1993)

Thanks to Maria Palacios Cruz.  (Photo: Maria und die Welt  Ute Aurand)



Films of Place by Ute Aurand, Harvard Film Archive, 30.3.15

"Films of Place by Ute Aurand"  (INDIA, To Be Here, SAKURA, SAKURA): German experimental filmmaker Ute Aurand returns to the Harvard Film Archive with three films inspired by her immersive travels to distant lands—India, Japan and the United States. Completing the trilogy of “places,” To Be Here, journeys across the US, giving special focus to New England and the utopian promise still resonant in the spirit and song which Aurand discovers so perceptively. To Be Here counts among Aurand’s most insightful and playful films, buoyed by her sincere fascination with “America the Beautiful” and offering a refreshing tonic to the usual cynical detachment which has traditionally defined European perspectives and writings on the US. In India, meanwhile, Aurand turns to a more rhythmic and instinctual approach to give an almost musical structure and feeling to the textures and colors of her three trips. Completed for this program, Aurand’s latest short film Sakura, Sakura extracts an evocative glimpse of Japan from her Young Pines footage. – Haden Guest  (Photo: INDIA)



Light Movement 2: Ute Aurand -Thurs 19 Feb. 2015

FADENSPIELE 3, Detel Aurand, Ute Aurand 2013, 9min, 16mm + TO BE HERE, Ute Aurand, 2013, 38min, 16mm 

Another Vacant Space, Berlin-Wedding.

"The second instalment of Light Movement will be a solo screening from Berlin's own Ute Aurand,  from original 16mm prints from the filmmakers archive. The films of Ute Aurand are something of a journey into the cinematic resonance which she manages to capture and extend in her filming and editing. (...) The focus is on the everyday, although there is always a looking out and beyond in the shots and choices of subject, which is often dedicated to friends, sometimes strangers, always with a warm affection and sensitivity to the human spirit in things, balanced by a determined dedication to the constant development of rhythm and the crafting of formally significant impressions." James Edmonds



Brussels + Gent 27./ 28.10.14

Ute Aurand: Here and Now, curated by Maria Palacios Cruz. " (...) To Be Here, the title of Aurand’s most recent film, perfectly encapsulates the sense of immediacy, spontaneity and intimacy that characterises her filmmaking. Ute Aurand’s work celebrates the here and now, the people she meets, the places she visits, the very fact of being alive. Hers is an honest, warm and vibrant cinema, which eulogizes artistic spontaneity and improvisation. These two screenings in Ghent and Brussels mark the first monographic presentation of Aurand’s work in Belgium. (...)

WOLKE, Brüssel; OFFoff Gent



TO BE HERE Doclisboa 22./23.10.14

New Visions



Avantgarde ist keine Strömung IV, 12.-27.9.14, Leipzig

D21 Kunstraum Leipzig veranstaltet vom 12.09. bis 27.09.2014 in der  "Reihe Experimentalfilm" das Mini Festival »Avantgarde ist keine Strömung IV«. Einzelpräsentation: Ute Aurand (Gast) ist am Sa 13.9.14 um 19Uhr im Luru Kino und am Mi 24.9.14 um 20Uhr in der Cinémathèque Leipzig zu sehen.



18.8.14 TO BE HERE at Early Monthly Segments, Toronto

Early Monthly Segments (Toronto) shows TO BE HERE und My Name is Oona by Gunvor Nelson:

" (...) In To Be Here Aurand focuses her hand held Bolex on the USA via locations in New England, New York and Arizona. Near the start of the film she combines a series of close ups of the hand written lyrics for America the Beautiful with portraits of their author Katherine Lee Bates. Then, interspersed with landscapes and interiors Aurand goes on to show us vintage photographs of additional exceptional American women including Hester C. Whitehurst Jeffrey, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. At the heart of the film is a visit with the students of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, young women who appear to be poised to take on the mantle of their historic grandmothers depicted earlier in the film: strong, studious and confident. Aurand’s own ‘America the Beautiful’ provides us with glimpses of the landscapes and towns that these students will inherit. From the elegance of a shaker salon to the dusty neon of a desert truck stop, to gardens and oceans and a full moon over a bucolic field, To Be Here depicts an America abundant with poetry and promise.
Screening with Gunvor Nelson’s iconic 16mm portrait of her daughter My Name is Oona. In this masterpiece of layered images Nelson depicts her daughter at play while the soundtrack provides a musical affirmation of the girl’s own voice."    (Kate McKay)



Kunstverein in Hamburg: In die Erde Gebaut 13.7.2014

Im Kunstverein in Hamburg wird innerhalb der Ausstellung "A Paradise built in Hell", kuratiert von Bettina Steinbrügge und Stefanie Schulte-Strathaus, zwischen dem 27.7. und 7.9.2014 jeweils um 18Uhr ein Film projeziert. IN DIE ERDE GEBAUT läuft am 13.7.2014.



11.7.14 TO BE HERE at Media City Film Festival, Windsor, Kanada

I am very pleased, that To Be Here will be shown at the 20th MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL in Windsor, Canada, together with Listening to the Space in my Room  by Robert Beavers, A Study in Natural Magic by Charlotte Price and Rose by Shiloh Cinquemani. Thanks to Oona Mosna and Jeremy Rigsby.



"Ute Aurand - Lichtgedichte" VIDEOEX Zürich 30.5.2014

"(...) Die Kamera ist Tagebuch und Instrument der Bewahrung: Ute Aurand sammelt die in der Kamera geschnittenen Bilder und bringt sie manchmal Jahre später in eine neue zeitliche Reihenfolge. Daraus entstehen kleine Zeitminiaturen, die den Gesten und Erscheinungen des Augenblicks Raum geben. (...) VIDEOEX zeigt die wichtigsten Filme ihrer Karriere und spannt den Bogen vom 1980 entstandenen Erstlingsfilm "Schweigend ins Gespräch vertieft", hin zum 2013 fertiggestellten dritten Teil ihrer Trilogie "To be here"." VIDEOEX



Aurand / Muñoz / Sami 8.4.14 Kino Arsenal Berlin

Aurand / Muñoz / Sami

Zum zweiten Mal zeigen die drei Filmemacherinnen ihre Filme in einem gemeinsamen Programm. Ihre Stadt- und Landschaftsbilder sind Beobachtungen der Wirklichkeit von einem radikal subjektiven Standpunkt aus. In Am Lietzensee filmt Renate Sami von einer Bank aus mit einer kleinen HD Kamera die vier Jahreszeiten vom Sommer 2012 bis Frühling 2013. In Strata of Natural History sucht Jeannette Muñoz in Berlin nach den verbliebenen unsichtbaren Spuren der Kaweskar Ureinwohner aus Feuerland. To Be Here ist der dritte Teil von Ute Aurand's Ländertriologie. Nach Indien und Japan filmt sie in New England, New York und dem Südwesten  der USA.

Renate Sami's, Jeannette Muñoz's and Ute Aurand's three city- and landscape topographies are observations of reality while giving a central place to the subjective.



To Be Here: The Films of Ute Aurand Fri 21 February – Sat 22 February 2014, Tate Modern, London

To Be Here: The Films of Ute Aurand 

The playful and poignant films of German filmmaker Ute Aurand, a key figure in Berlin’s experimental film scene since the 1980s, emerge from her intimate relationship with people and places. Drawing on traditions of the diary film, feminism and artisanal practices, her handcrafted 16mm films are filled with joy at the small details of life – from observations of landscapes to friends filmed over many years. Her exuberant films reflect on memory as much as they celebrate the here and now. These screenings presented by the artist will highlight the range and breadth of Aurand’s filmmaking.

Curated by George Clark, Assistant Curator Film, Tate Modern

" (...) Unlike many contemporary artists using the moving image, Aurand works within the artisanal tradition, shooting and editing her 16mm films alone. She favours responsive handheld camerawork and a distinctive editing style that is at once energetic, rhythmic and tender. Though this process may be solitary, it is never self-involved; rather, Aurand’s films are marked by a disarming openness. Even when working far from home – in Japan for Young Pines (Junge Kiefern, 2011), in the United States for To Be Here (2013) – Aurand is a traveller not a tourist. She may not know personally the students of Mount Holyoke College who appear in To Be Here, but her empathy with them is palpable and moving.(...)  Erika Balsom

"Introducing the intimate films of Ute Aurand" by Erika Balsom



A camera of one’s own. Film portraits and diaries by Ute Aurand, Margaret Tait and Marie Menken 6.2.2014 CCCB, Barcelona

A camera of one’s own. Film portraits and diaries by Ute Aurand, Margaret Tait and Marie Menken 

A central figure on Berlin’s film scene, Ute Aurand makes her films in the tradition of the diary and the filmed portrait, strongly influenced by Margaret Tait, Marie Menken and Jonas Mekas. Films that explore the private lives of her friends, the beauty and sensibility of light and the textures of spaces, meticulously edited and structured “that evoke the specific rhythms and the personality of people and places captured by the camera”. This programme centres primarily on the recent filmed portraits of Aurand, whose work has just started to become known internationally in the last few years. It is brought together with that of Tait and Menken, with the presentation of a little-known film made on a trip to Spain with Kenneth Anger and left unfinished. Ute Aurand will be present at the screening.
A portrait of Ga, Margaret Tait, 1955, 16 mm, 4 min; Happy Bees, M. Tait, 1955, 16 mm, 16 min; Bagatelle for Willard Mass, Marie Menken, 1961, 16 mm, 6 min; Hanging Upside Down in the Branches, Ute Aurand, 2009, 16 mm, silent, 15 min; At Home (Zu Hause), U. Aurand, 1998, 16 mm, 2 min 50 s; Paulina, U. Aurand, 2011, 16 mm, 5 min; Franz, U. Aurand, 2011, 16 mm, 5 min; Maria, U. Aurand, 2011, 16 mm, 3 min; Susan + Lisbeth, U. Aurand, 2013, 16 mm, 7 min; The Gravediggers of Guadix, M. Menken, 1961, video, silent, 45 min.




TO BE HERE has it's premiere at VIEWS FROM THE AVANTGARDE at the New York Film Festival, October 5th 2013.

TO BE HERE, filmed in New England, New York and the South West of the US, is the last part of my trilogy with INDIA (2005) filmed in Pune and JUNGE KIEFERN / YOUNG PINES (2011) filmed in Japan.



Fragment of a filmmaker's work: Ute Aurand and Margaret Tait 21.8.2013


3 filmprograms curated by Federico Rossin (21.8.13)

at états généraux du film documentaire, Lussas, France, 18.-24.8.2013.

(...) How do you manage to be at the right distance with the people you are filming? I feel something like an ethics in your camera work: to be close to people but not too close. This is the secret of your intimate cinema for me.
I like the idea of a brief "touch", it's not necessary to stay long to get in touch with someone or something. My approach is sometimes like a swing, to go away and come back and go away and come back again. Often I don't know the people, but even when I know them quite well, I like brief moments of communication. The same with a sound, you don't have to listen to a whole piece of music, a bit of music is enough to evoke an emotion. Emotions are echoes of an image or a sound. They stay in us. Images and sounds disappear, emotion and memory stays. (...)  (Interview with Federico Rossin)



STILLS, Edinburgh, 2.8.2013

Film Screening and Artist's Talk   Friday 02 August 2013, 3pm

Introduced by film historian Dr Sarah Neely, artist Ute Aurand will talk about Film Portraits her acclaimed film series depicting family, friends, memory and personality. Followed by Q + A.

2 Aug 2013 - 31 Aug 2013

Initiated by The Modern Edinburgh Film School for presentation at Stills, FILME is a special programme of poetic and enigmatic moving-image works by experimental filmmaker Ute Aurand. The films, dating from 1980 to the present, address themes of intimacy, the ephemeral, the diary film, and the portrait.



SUSAN + LISBETH, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2013

Susan + Lisbeth von Ute Aurand sind am Sonntag, den 5. Mai 2013 im Deutschen Wettbewerb und am Dienstag, den 7.Mai 2013 im Internationalen Wettbewerb der Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen zu sehen.




O-DE-KA-KE-DIARY + OH! DIE 4 JAHRESZEITEN am 1.Mai 2013 im Filmclub 813, Köln

O-DE-KA-KE Diary von Utako Koguchi (auch "Filmarbeiterinnen Abend", Oktober 1994) und OH! DIE 4 JAHRESZEITEN von Ute Aurand und Ulrike Pfeiffer zeigt der Filmclub 813 am 1. Mai 2013 um 20:00 in Köln.



In Person: Ute Aurand; 6.+7. März 2013 Filmmuseum Wien

In Person: Ute Aurand

" (...) Ob Aufzeichnungen des eigenen Lebens, Porträts von Menschen, die ihr nahestehen (Patenkinder, Eltern, Künstlerfreundinnen), oder „filmarchitektonische“ Darstellungen von Orten in Entstehung (hier zwei Museen) – Aurands Filme sind stets improvisierte Zeitminiaturen, zusammengefügt aus Bildern, die über Tage, Monate, Jahre eingefangen wurden. Trotz des Elements der Dauer verfallen die Filme keiner befriedenden „Dramaturgie“ und geben statt­dessen den Gesten und Erscheinungen des Augenblicks Raum. Sie sind zuallererst der reine Atem des Kinos: Vergegenwärtigung. Die Vergangenheit(en) des Gefilmten und die Präsenz eines enorm ­aufmerksamen Kameraauges fallen in der Projektion, in unserem Blick zusammen.(...)" Filmmuseum Wien



....Ulrike Pfeiffer schickte mir 1995 diese schöne Karte...

it is a nice quote from a talk between Goethe and Heinrich Luden about Poetry....