The center piece of the Kassel Dokfest is the film program, divided into three sections:


Up to 16 contemporary media installations and sculptures by up-and-coming as well as well-known artists will be presented at the exhibition Monitoring.

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The DokfestLounge is not only the location for audiovisual performances by international artists, VJs and DJs but also the nocturnal meeting point for our guests after 10.30 pm.

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The Workshop symposium interfiction offers lectures, presentations and workshop-sessions concerning a yearly changing topic, which takes a closer look at the political, social and artistic aspects of the medium internet.

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This educational side program is aimed at school students from the 7th till the 13th grade as well as teachers. The project consists of special film programs as well as workshops about film analysis and criticism under the guidance of media educators.

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The DokfestForum offers panels, lectures and screenings that raise questions about the interfaces between film and art. During the daytime the DokfestForum as a festival meeting point will provide a café with a video library for accredited guests.

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With the Hessian University Film Day, the presentation of a European Film College and hands-on workshops and lectures, the Kassel Dokfest offers possibilities for further education, information on education opportunities and access to professional networks for (Hessian) up-and-coming filmmakers.

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DokfestForum 2016

DokfestForum was founded in 2010 in cooperation with Fridericianum. As a venue for lectures, artist talks and screenings located at the intersection of film and art, the DokfestForum extends the spectrum of the festival to include the fine arts.


The DokfestForum will take place in cooperation with the Fridericianum. With lectures, artist talks and screenings, which thematically range in the intersection of film, documentary and art, the DokfestForum broadens the spectre of the festival to include the fine arts. Over the course of two evenings the Fridericianum will present guests who, based on the cinematic work of artist Loretta Fahrenholz, will dedicate themselves to the theoretical discussion of the boundaries between documentary-film and fiction. In our, through media perceived and mediated, present, the camera is only one of many recording mediums, and is itself a part of the reality depicted. The transition between real life and activities in networks is hardly detectable, connection and mediation are omnipresent, everyone works on their self and the image of that self. The resulting change of cinematic picture, among other things, is currently discussed under the heading “post-cinema”. With the film scholar Selmin Kara and the philosopher and media scholar Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, and as part of the exhibition by Loretta Fahrenholz, focus is directed towards the theory of the documental. Loretta Fahrenholz can currently be seen in the solo exhibition “Two A.M.” in the Fridericianum. With her films, she examines our, by collective fictions, self-staging and media-mediation characterized, present times.


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