Ute Aurand

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Born 1957 in Frankfurt/Main, grew up in Berlin. 1979-1985, studied filmmaking at the Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). Since 1985 producing her own films. 1990-95, presented the series "Filmarbeiterinnen-Abend" at the Arsenal cinema, Berlin, featuring films made by women, mostly experimental. 1995-96, organised "Sie zum Beispiel" (Her, for Example) at the Arsenal and Babylon cinemas, in which 12 women filmmakers /artists selected and presented a personal selection of films by other women filmmakers. 1997, founded "FilmSamstag" (Film Saturday) together with Renate Sami and Theo Thiesmeier, later joined by Bärbel Freund, Karl Heil, Milena Gierke and Johannes Beringer, to present a monthly film programme in Kino Filmkunsthaus Babylon Mitte until 2007.

1991: Research project and book „Frauen machen Geschichte – 25 Jahre Studentinnen an der dffb“ (Women make History-25 Years of Women Students at the dffb), together with Maria Lang.

Teaching (selection): 1989/90 Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb): "Jonas Mekas seminar"; 1990 Academy of Arts Hamburg: "experimental film class"; 1992/98 Academy of Arts Bremen: "Haiku film seminar"; 1997-99,2002/03 lecturer of Experimental Film at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Zürich; 2005/06/07 dffb: "Filmdiary".

Since 1981 curated filmprograms e.g. "Lichtgedichte/Light Poems", "Hyacinths" and "Poetinnen mit der Kamera/Women Poets with the Camera" and monographic programs of films by Marie Menken, Margaret Tait and Utako Koguchi.

In 2001, 2002 and 2004 extended periods in Pune, India, where I filmed India.

October 2008 U.S. film tour to Penn University Philadelphia, Princeton, Harvard Filmarchive, Mount Holyoke College, Anthology Film Archives New York together with Renate Sami and Milena Gierke.

May/June 2009 film tour in Japan, (i.a. Waseda University Tokio, Museum of Modern Art Yokohama, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa).

April and November 2010 filmed in Japan, "Young Pines".