THE NEGOTIATION

A diverse group of actors come together on a film set analogous to the architecture of the UN Security Council – a roundtable. The script: an unnamed visual/textual three-act drama concerning an undefined revolutionary situation. Within the working process there is directing, reading, rehearsal and embodiment, through which the actors interpret their real and scripted characters. The borders between fictional and factual histories, individual and collective desires, projections and biographical backgrounds become increasingly blurry. Only commented from afar by an authoritarian narrator, the actors discuss, improvise and negotiate between language and the need for action.


Length: 38 Minutes
Screening Formats: ProRes Quicktime
Version: English
2010

Cast: Jeff Burell, Laila Gray, Stephen Patrick Hannah, Hening Kober, Julia Kratz, Erol Shaker

Narrator: Nil Wach


Writer, Director, Editor: Azin Feizabadi, Kaya Behkalam
Director of photography: Osama Rashid
Production: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Commissioned on the occasion of On Rage, 2010.

Screenings:
House of World Cultures, Berlin, 2010
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York, 2010
Queens Museum, New York, 2010
Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 2011
Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, 2012
Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin, 2014
Optica centre d'art contemporain, Montreal, 2015
Framer Framed, Amsterdam, 2016


Related articles:
Reloading Images, ON RAGE Catalog, 2010, © HKW, Valerie Smith (Extract)

How To Do Things With Words, BOMBlog, November 2010, © BOMB Magazine, Thom Donovan