Frankfurt am Main | 13. – 20. Oktober 2024

Highlights 15. Oktober

 © Daniel Canogar

Daniel Canogar in Conversation with Dr. Sebastian Baden

11:00 am -12:00 pm at ASTOR Film Lounge

Spanish Artist and B3 Honorary Laureate 2023 in the Category of Art, Daniel Canogar, in Conversation with the Director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Dr. Sebastian Baden

Daniel Canogar is a pioneer of interactive art. He creates artworks that blend traditional media with modern technology. His installations explore the connection between humans, nature, and technology in fascinating ways. In his Master Class, he offers insights into his work and creative process, and engages in a conversation with Dr. Sebastian Baden about art, the impact of societal trends and cutting-edge technologies on his artistic practice, art in general, and what this signifies for artistic creation in the future.

Visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience Canogar's fascinating artworks and learn from a pioneer of media art at the ASTOR Film Lounge MyZeil.

© Katarzyna Perlak

Happily Ever After

10.00 am - 8.00 pm at Steigenberger Icon Frankfurter Hof
By Katarzyna Perlak

An installation premiered at the Detroit Art Week – part of ‘Wish Landscape’ solo show, curated by Kasia Sobucka. The work was developed upon performances and public spaces interventions realised during the ‘Illusion of Residency’ residency (Nov 2017) in Wroclaw, Poland. A performative, fictional lesbian wedding that was exercising utopian strategies for ‘world imagining’ and ‘world building’. As a further development the work documentation was reactivated in a film essay contesting the utopian attempt, with the dystopian reality of homophobic outbursts taking place on streets of Poland. The video is presented as an installation, on a TV screen – in a hotel room turned into a honeymoon suite.

Wolfgang M. Schmitt © Robert Sakowski

AI-Generated Influencers and Avatars, and Their Impact on Film, Moving Images, Storytelling and Society

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm at ASTOR Film Lounge

With Wolfgang M. Schmitt (Filmkritiker und Autor, Germany)

AI technologies are not only being used increasingly in the field of influencer marketing to automatically generate influential personas and content. AI avatars that can deceptively mimic human appearance, personality, and behaviors are also emerging in the metaverse and other artistic immersive mixed realities.

The newly created personalities are generated by algorithms, thereby changing or even completely replacing human creativity and the ability of authentic communication.

What consequences does this have, for example, for film, marketing, for storytelling, and for the psychological authenticity and credibility of culturally significant figures and role models? How biased, one-sided, and infused with ideology are these AI influencers or avatars? 

The keynote aims to not only provide a societal context of influencers but also raise awareness about the magnitude of consequences related to the latest AI-based transformative capabilities.

© Adrian Wootton

Kurosawa and Shakespeare, Adaptation and Reinvention

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm at ASTOR Film Lounge
An Illustrated Lecture by Adrian Wootton (GF, Film London and British Film Commission UK)

Adrian Wootton CEO of Film London and film historian will explore the career of legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (1910-1988).

Focusing particularly on a remarkable trilogy of films, Throne Of Blood (1957) , The Bad Sleep Well (1960) and Ran (1985), adapted from the classic Shakespeare plays Macbeth, Hamlet and King Lear, Kurosawa translated them into unique highly influential cinema that also drew deeply on Japanese history and artistic traditions of painting and theatre. Lavishly illustrated with clips and slides Adrian will go behind the scenes and reveal the stories of the making of these extraordinary films and set them in the context of Kurosawa’s incredible canon of movies made over a 50 year period.

© Choreografx


21:00 pm at ASTOR Film Lounge

A grounded romantic comedy set in an absurd world, “Molli and Max” takes the character-driven romance of a movie like "When Harry Met Sally" and combines it with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink sci-fi universe found in shows like “Futurama or “Rick and Morty." Through a combination of old-school practical visual effects (hand-built models, miniatures, puppets, stop-motion animation, and rear-projection) and cutting edge technology (Unreal Engine and LED Volumes) the filmmakers have created a universe like no other. Tentacles! Robots! Glorp!