BLONDE COBRA SPECIAL FESTIVAL 2021

FRIDAY, DEC 10th 2021

17:00 – 18:30

FEMINIST AVANTGARDE: THE CRUEL WOMAN

SEDUCTION: THE CRUEL WOMAN (Verführung: Die grausame Frau), Monika Treut & Elfi Mikesch, D 1985, 84’, german OV

Wanda, the heroine of ”Seduction: The Cruel Woman,” goes around smashing sexual stereotypes and social taboos with icy self-possession and a mysteriously satisfied smile. A businesswoman as well as a dominatrix, Wanda purrs at a male journalist who has come to interview her about the opening of her new ”gallery,” where flesh is whipped in public performances and private, slavish fantasies are fulfilled. Monika Treut and Elfi Mikesch’s feature film tells the story of Venus in Furs anew, contextualizing it in the history of perversions on the one hand and contemporary cinema and performance art on the other. The film represents a striking appropriation of masochistic aesthetics in a discourse of feminism and lesbian sexuality of the mid-1980s.

19:00 – 20:30 

MIRROR OF ERISED 

In cooperation with dfi Dokumentarfilminititative / Filmbüro NW

The mirror ERISED reveals a burning desire. Its reflection unveils our deepest fears, inner conflicts and temptations. We feel attracted and repelled. The mirror manifests a magical threshold of the different layers of reality, making us pass between perception and illusion, the documentary and the staged.

VERY SIMILAR TO, Peter Miller & Alexander Stewart, D 2009, 3’, no dialogue

APEX, Stefan Ramírez Pérez, D 2018,15’, german OV

DESERT MIRACLES, Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann, D 2015, 11’ engl OV

LIFE AFTER LOVE, Zachary Epcar, US 2018, 8’, no dialogue 

HÁ TERRA!, Ana Vaz, F 2016, 13’ OV engl subs 

SOUVENIR, Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann, D/NL 2019, 21’, engl OV, german subs

21:30 – 22:15

EBB AND FLOW 

Ebb and flow_performance, 4x16mm projectors, 40min, 2021, Image: Lichun Tseng | Sound: Robert Kroos

‘Ebb and flow’ is inspired by the I-Ching, the book of change, Chapter 42 – Yi (Increase). Yi is a message about expansion and fullness. It is simply another cycle of life as it flowers, decays, and achieves rebirth. Ebb and flow, darkness and light, life and death… ‘What is’ springs from ‘what is not. The end of the world is also the beginning of something new. Lichun and Robert use 16mm film projectors and analog generated waveforms to create an immersive, trance-inducing journey. Through layering, constructing, and deconstructing visual and auditory textures they strive for a sense transcending experience where the spectator is no longer consciously watching nor listening. Just being. 

22:15 – 23:00

Screening of Super-8-films Live/Art Class Phil Collins, Academy of Media Arts Cologne  Music: Polypixa, SMILE, DĖUTZ // Films by Blanca Barbat Soler, Felix Bartke, Cătălina Bucos & Ada Kopaz (Allegories from Another Space), Rubee Fegan, Luise Flügge, Miriam Gossing, Rike Hoppe, Polina Korovina, Felix Zilles-Perels, Miriam Rieck, Julian Quentin, Feline and more…

Live Performance POLYPIXA supported by ACCENT TRÉMA (Carl Noë)

Polypixa (Polina Korovina), was born in a cold December night *-40°C* in St. Petersburg. Member of the label @Baumusik, known for experimental dreamsynth-aggro-rap journey through feminism, chronical confusion and gender terror based on a solid fundament of postpunk and traditional Russian music. Musically supported by ACCENT TRÉMA, an electronical composer from soft city Cologne. Together they mutate into certain conventions of bedroom punk, dream pop and rap.

SATURDAY, 11th DEC 2021

14:00 – 15:30 

THE MAGICAL DIMENSION 

Short films in cooperation with Internationales Frauen* Film Fest Dortmund+Köln // Curated & presentend by Jessica Manstetten & Nicole Rebmann

YOU WERE AN AMAZEMENT ON THE DAY YOU WERE BORN, Duke & Battersby, USA 2019, 32’, engl OV

SUZZANNA VAN OSCH, Katharina Duve, D 2019, 10’, engl OV

TWO BODIES ON A BEACH, Anna Paavilainen, FIN 2019, 20’, finnish OV engl subs

THE CUP IS ALREADY FILLING UP, Debora Elgeholm, SWE 2018, 8’16’’, engl OV, engl subs

THE MAGICAL DIMENSION, Gudrun Krebitz, D 2018, 7’, engl OV

I HAVE A SONG TO SING YOU, Aiano & Tatić, Serbia/UK 2019, 5’40’’, serbian OV, engl subs

You can be in two places at the same time: Dive with us into the realm of dreams and into the deepest ocean. Follow us to the underworld, we will guide you to the darkest crypt. States of trance will lead you to meditative loneliness. We don’t have logical explanations for everything, but we know that everyone’s life is special and unique.

16:30 – 18:15 

NO ONE IS AN ISLAND 

Curated by Lena Mrachacz

A program about hopes and desires, isolation and community and the question: How does our social background define us. 

ISLANDS, Chris Todd, D 2020, 5’30’’, english subs

“It’s an island far away from me” – ISLANDS is a short film that questions the importance of our heritage. How much do we actually identify with it? And even more so: How much are we shaped  by the way others see us?

I OFTEN THINK OF HAWAII (Ich denke oft an Hawaii), Elfi Mikesch, D 1978, 85’,  german OV

Elfi Mikesch’s documentary shows the life of 16-year-old Carmen in West Berlin’s Gropiusstadt in richly camp aesthetics. Her mother works as a cleaning lady, her father has left the family. Dressed in gorgeous clothes and adorned with make-up, Carmen expresses her dreams in front of the camera. She wants to become a dancer, she dreams of a great love. Her fantasies form a “tropical” counter-world to Carmen’s everyday life.

19:30 – 21:15

ALIENATED FUTURES

“I am not a man. I am not a woman. I am not heterosexual. I am not homosexual. I am not bisexual. I am a dissident of the gender-sex binary system. I am the multiplicity of the cosmos trapped in a binary political and epistemological system, shouting in front of you. I am a uranist confined inside the limits of technoscientific capitalism.” In the program „Alienated Futures“ the recent short film THE FAMILIAR by Julian Quentin meets queer classic GENDERNAUTS by famous queerfeminist filmmaker Monika Treut.

THE FAMILIAR, Julian Quentin, D 2021,11′, no dialogue // An alien crashes on an inhospitable planet and tries to contact their home planet. 

GENDERNAUTS, Monika Treut, D 1999, 86′, english OV, german subs 

In this early documentary Monika Treut shows the avangardist upcoming of the trans and genderqueer scene of San Francisco in the 90s. A beautiful, touching portrait of a rising subculture in the US and the courage to live your truth.

22:00 – 23:30 

PERPETUAL PERVERSION 

Lecture by Kamala Dubrovnik & Porn Film Program 

Kidnapped by a leatherdyke we set off into the desert of L.A. Passing a remote cruising site, polishing varnish in plushy outifts, moaning with the sounds of engines, flirting with snails and refreshing in body liquids. This program is about fucking and frolicking, indulging in audiovisual perversions. Outstanding hostess of the night is Kamala Dubrovnik, charming us with her hypnotic voice and words. 

TOUCH ME, Kenzi Crash, USA 2020, no dialogue 

CANDELARIA Y CREEP, Mimi Mookhiif, Ev Echoviia, & Tiffany Saint Bunny, USA 2020, no dialogue 

VASELINE, Malic Amalya & Nathan Hill, USA 2016, 6’, no dialogue

FLYHOLE, Malic Amalya, USA 2017, 6’, engl OV

SLUG LIFE, Sophie Koko Gate, UK 2019, 6’30,  engl OV

LES ÎLES, Yann Gonzales, F 2017, 24’, french OV, engl subs

DEEP INSIDE, Camille Henrot, F 2005, 6’, no dialogue, music video

RISING SUN BLUES, Sura Hertzberg, USA 2019, 5’, no dialogue, music video

Date: Friday, 10th & Saturday, 11th December 2021  Where: Turistarama/Lupe 2, Mauritiussteinweg 102, 50676 Cologne Doors: Open 30 minutes before each program. Please be there in advance. No ticket reservations. Tickets: 5 € per program // Festival pass 15 €  Corona: 2 G+ (Vaccinated / Recovered AND tested) Please bring your certificates. Accessibility: Not barrier-free (staircase to cinema space); language and subtitling details in the program

Curated by: Miriam Gossing, Lena Mrachacz, Lara Nickel, Lina Sieckmann

Thanks to all the Artists, the Blonde Cobra Team and Supportees: Tarik Badaoui,  Felix Bartke, Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay, Nikolaus Christiansen, Phil Collins, Lisa Domin, Deren Ercenk, Jessica Manstetten, Moglii, Neele Nickel, Nicole Rebmann, Lenny Streit, Lukas Soboll, Chris Todd, [ku:] Köln e.V., dfi Dokumentarfilminititative, KHM Köln, Turistarama, Frauen* Film Fest Dortmund/Köln

Supported by Kulturamt City of Cologne 

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