Oliver Ressler on 22 Oct 2000 12:50:20 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] info on the video "Rote Zora"

Rote Zora

a video by Oliver Ressler, 28 min., German/Engl., 2000

Rote Zora is a militant women’s group that carried out over twenty
attacks and various other offences in Germany in the eighties. They
fought against atomic, gene and reproduction technologies; the
corresponding targets of their attacks were companies such as Bayer,
Schering and Siemens, research institutes and property of the
"representatives of the patriarchal order" (RZ 1983). Rote Zora formed a
radical political opposition to the existing power which they carried
out through a politics of property damage. It was their principle to
avoid injuring anyone. Numerous texts and letters claiming
responsibility from Rote Zora show that they were an "armed group who,
however, battled often enough with the typewriter” (Oliver Tolmein).
Whereas some persecuted the women as "terrorists” and continue to do so
today, others consider them undoubtedly heroines. 

The central element of the video "Die Rote Zora” is an interview with
Corinna Kawaters that took place in summer 2000. Kawaters is the only
woman from the Rote Zora who was sentenced by a court for "membership in
a terrorist organization” (§129a). In addition, a conversation was held
with the social scientist Erika Feyerabend, who, like the other members
of the Gen-Archiv Essen, became caught in the whirl of police
investigations against the Rota Zora at the end of the 1980s. 
The video offers room for the personal stories and perspectives of the
women, allowing a picture of social revolutionary "terrorism” to arise
which distinguishes itself from the hegemonial medial representations
with their feigned objectivity. 

The video will be shown as part of the exhibition <hers> curated by
Stella Rollig at the Steirischer Herbst in Graz (Landesmuseum Joanneum,
Neutorgasse 45, A-8010 Graz. 28 October – 10 December 2000, Tue – Sun 9
– 7pm, Thu 9 – 9pm). 

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