Generating Visibility

Conference on the photographic and
cinematic work of Abbas Kiarostami

The meeting focuses on drafts and concepts of image and visibility in one perspective combining both media – photography and film. Furthermore, it is about the specific aesthetics of the Iranian auteur, which is hoped to be defined more precisely by exemplarily analysing works and cycles.

The Picture-Turn, which is stressed out thematically in the photography, pushes the documentarily inspired Film-Turn, seen in the cinematographic work, aside, yet next to it.

Picture, film and reality form a tense exchange, tearing down the borders between them and still generate an internal and external interlock – entirely in line with elaborated modern media aesthetics.

It generates cinematic visibility, which keeps the diversity of picture, non-picture, of fiction and document or of film, film-in-film, constantly rotating. The conference examines the films and photography of Kiarostami not only with means of art history and intermediality, but also looks at perspectives in analysis, theory and history of film.

The meeting is a cooperation of Stiftung Situation Kunst with the professorship in Film Studies with the main subject Film Theory and Film Aesthetics of the Institute of Media Studies (RUB).

Contact: Prof. Dr. Oliver Fahle


Thursday, 8 November 2012 

4 pm

Insight into the exhibition

Maria Schulte, Stiftung Situation Kunst, Bochum

5.30 pm

Film presentation Like Someone in Love (Director: Abbas Kiarostami, France/Japan

2012, 109 minutes, original with English subtitles)

7.30 pm

About ellipse in Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love

François Fronty, Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense


Friday, 9 November 2012 

9.30 am

Welcoming, Introduction

10.45 am

Verzögerung und Rekurrenz: Zur Ästhetik der Kontemplation in Kiarostamis Filmen

Ursula Frohne, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität zu Köln


Film als Agent: Abbas Kiarostamis Quer durch den Olivenhain

Lorenz Engell, IKKM, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

1.00 pm

lunch break

2nd part, presenter: Lorenz Engell 

2.15 pm

Unterwegs zwischen Fotografie und Film: Roads of Kiarostami

Silke von Berswordt-Wallrabe, Stiftung Situation Kunst, Bochum

3. 15 pm

In cooperation with the earth, wind and water: Das elementare Kino von Abbas Kiarostami im Hinblick auf seine Fotografie

Annette Urban, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

4. 30 pm

Close-up und das Dokumentarische

Oliver Fahle, Institut für Medienwissenschaft, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

6 pm

End of meeting


Participation fee: 5 Euros, discount 3 Euros and includes the entrance into the exhibition.

Students of the Ruhr University Bochum are free of charge