Magazine "Gegenüber": Issue #3 Being Kafka

Why does Franz Kafka’s spell remain unbroken a hundred years after his death? Why do we still perceive Kafka as so modern and contemporary? Because Kafka wrote such beautiful letters? Because we love drama queens? Because we feel that the world has never been more Kafkaesque than it is today? Join us as we step into Kafka’s world in this issue of the transatlantic magazine Gegenüber! Be Kafka!

Why do we still find Kafka so modern and current? Illustration by Roberto Maján

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From September to early February 2024, the Goethe-Institut Montreal, in cooperation with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), presented a screening programme of 20 video works from n.b.k Video-Forum’s extensive video art collection, curated by Anna Lena Seiser (Head of Collection n.b.k. Video-Forum).

On display were videos by renowned artists from Germany, such as Hito Steyerl, Alicia Kwade and Antje Ehmann, who are no strangers to Quebec - but also video works by international artists, such as Pilvi Takala, Richard Serra and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

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Monthly film series now at the Cinémathèque québécoise

Beginning in September 2023, the Cinémathèque québécoise (335 De Maisonneuve Blvd. East, H2X 1K1) will showcase the richness and diversity of contemporary German cinema once a month with feature films, documentaries, bold and entertaining productions by established and emerging directors.

This autumn's program highlights music and myths, as well as legendary operas. The films presented are distinguished by their soundtracks, which give these works a driving force, an individual and atmospheric rhythm, and become, through this conceptual quality, tools for creating images and imaginations.

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One hundred years ago, in October 1923, the very first German radio station went on the air in Berlin. On this occasion, we celebrate radio, in retrospectives and personal radio memoirs by international artists and authors!

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