With the participation of alumni Marc Teuscher (2000-2009), Klemens Czurda (2012-2019) Sophia Schiller (2015-2021) and Philip Lawall from the Film Archive

It is pretty clear what you have to do to get into HfG Karlsruhe: submit an application. But how do you get out?

According to HfG Karlsruhe’s current examination guidelines, in order to graduate from the school, a copy or the documentation of your graduation project or master’s thesis must be submitted to the relevant department secretary. Archiving therefore becomes the last necessary step to leave the institution. Without providing the archive with a copy of your work or its relative documentation, it is not possible to graduate. This begs the question: if archiving and documentation are part of the study and practice of art, how can we deal with this?

The panel series Documenting the Moment departs from this essential question, which defines and concretizes our present work. How can we document and archive the various flows of our practices and bodies of work? What is worth saving and keeping? Which media are suitable for this endeavor? How can we counter conservation problems? What will happen to these documentations and recordings in the long run?

For the opening session of DtM we will discuss film as a historical material and a form of media archeology in the context of HfG. With contributions by alumni whose graduation projects involved making films, Marc Teuscher (2000-2009), Klemens Czurda (2009-2019), and Sophia Schiller (2016-2021), together with the curator and programmer of the Film Archive, Philip Lawall, we will open up a dialogue on filmmaking as a way of history writing.

The panel will be held in English and documented for archiving and publication purposes.