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Something Between Us
KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION, Düsseldorf

The exhibition „Something Between Us“ focuses on both our contemporary lives and the anthropological constants of interpersonal dealings: love, empathy, security, care and safety on the one hand, and hate, role fixation, dependency, reprimand and exclusion on the other. Something Between Us asks how these structures of togetherness are changing in our digital era.
Thomas Taube OCCIDENT, 2020

REFRACTED REALITIES at VIDEONALE.17

In optics, “refraction” refers to the bending of a beam of light, a change in direction which occurs at the moment when it passes from one medium to another. Through refraction, the light wave alters course, changing the way we perceive the objects it illuminates in the process. This optical deviation requires us to repeatedly correct our gaze, comparing the beginning and end points of our perception with reality, and bringing the object we see clearly into focus. In its figurative sense, refraction refers to a critical reflection on the means and channels of visualization, and by extension the possibility of a rearticulation of our view of things – how they are, were, or apparently always have been.
Image: © Sohrab Hura

Fuzzy dark spot
Video art from Hamburg

The exhibition FUZZY DARK SPOT curated by the Hamburg-based video artist Wolfgang Oelze, at the Falckenberg Collection brings together 56 video works by over 30 mostly Hamburg-based artists ranging from the 1970s to the present day, featuring historical and contemporary productions in both thematic and monographic groups.
image: © Stefan Panhans

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What do you like? Over the next few months, we will be showing here selections of works, compiled by you, as a blinkvideo user.

Nasim Weiler: Hello, there are many absolutely wonderful video works on Blinkvideo - here are my three favourites of today, March 26 - a day spent in quarantane in Paris.

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Federico Adorno
La estancia, 2014

Federico Adorno’s film La estancia was awarded the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen at this year’s International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. In its statement the jury said: “Through a succession of subtly constructed tableaux, this powerful film is a profound critique of systematic oppression. Instigated by a massacre amidst a land-rights conflict in Paraguay, this haunting work transcends the local context to voice the struggle for essential freedoms.”Many years ago, while he was working at the Swiss NGO “Helvetas Paraguay”, Adorno travelled long distances into the countryside to film short documentaries with peasants, whom he taught how to use a camera and write short stories, which they then shot together. His last two short films are about land rights and property, and how the extensive ownership of land by just a few landowners gives rise to serious conflicts and problems in rural communities. Isla Alta is about the tensions that surround a community when a wealthy rancher goes missing; La estancia depicts the aftermath of a massacre and is based on true events that happened in Paraguay in 2012.

Tobias Yves Zintel
Breed and Educate, 2018

The Film Breed and Educate is based on a collaborative performance with a class from the Hector-Peterson-Schule Berlin Kreuzberg and the HAU. In numerous task based rehearsals eight pupils between 11 and 13 years explored the possibilties of self-education. Based on various materials from found footage to documentary and staged scenes the film circles around the relationship of controlling and self-empowerment in educational systems. Breed and Educate is circling around the question of how lessons should be organised in times of network and algorthim-based learning. Algorithms and neuronal networks have to master problems only once, after they achieved their goal, results can be duplicated and copied any number of times. Kids on the other hand side have to learn everything step by step, the accumulated knowlede can’t be transfered from on kid to the other by „copy and paste“. An allopoetic system is a trivial system, which can be potentially fully explored, controlled and operated by an observer. With a similar theory in mind, the Prussians started to organise schooling in 1717, to prepare pupils for the Prussian Military Academy. What happens almost 300 years later in a school in Berlin, when the relationship between control and self-empowerment is inverted by postmigrant pupils who breed robots, are educated by them and vice versa? “ In Breed and Educate an automated dionsaur is introduced by a twelfe year old boy: “It’s easily trainable”. While he explains the mode of operation, one sees the parallels: the school wouldn’t have any problems with pupils equipped with a suitable operating system downloaded from the internet. Sounds like an uncanny utopia.” (Katrin Bettina Müller)

Lene Markusen
Grad, 2004

Dieter Kiessling
60 Minutes 360 Degrees GK 2010, 2010

A boy is portrayed with a video camera for an hour on a tennis court.During this time the camera turns through 360 degrees. Meanwhile, the whole space is recorded piece by piece. The boy follows the camera movement slowly thus remaining constantly in the centre of the picture.

Clemens von Wedemeyer
Silberhöhe, 2003

In Halle-Silberhöhe in East Germany, the camera records peri-urban area architecture, prefabricated buildings that are deserted and destined to be demolished. The commentary evokes a film editing technique used by Michelangelo Antonioni in his film, L’Eclisse (1962).

Janet Biggs
Fade to White, 2010

In Fade to White, Biggs delves into the desire to explore remote lands. To create this work, the artist embarked on an expedition in the high Arctic, traveling aboard an ice-class, 2-masted schooner, built in 1910. During the voyage, Biggs filmed Fade to White, focusing on a crew member as he navigated the ship through iceberg filled seas, and paddled a kayak past glacier walls and polar bears. As she photographed the explorer, Biggs tested her own will and endurance. The visual tension of her uncompromising imagery bespeaks their mutual struggle to maintain balance and purpose. Yet, the video also reveals the myth of the solitary white male explorer. Biggs explains, "The desire to hold onto the notion of the 'great white north' as a blank space awaiting interpretation only reinforces the idea of the colonial polar hero. The 'virgin' north has now been mapped, surveyed, and mined, but increased knowledge has not replaced endless fantasies of discovery." Loss and change are implicit in the video's title, Fade to White, which refers to an editing technique used to evoke death or transcendence. Biggs integrated her Arctic imagery with sound and video footage of counter tenor John Kelly, whose age, androgyny, and mournful voice parallel the vanishing Arctic landscape and signal the waning of male dominance.

Rebecca Ann Tess
The Tallest, 2014

The »The Tallest« shows pictures shot on-site of the currently tallest buildings in the world. The high-rises are shown as set pieces of global capitalism, visually disappearing into abstraction. The reduced images are reminding of 3D rendering. The simulated image of these buildings circulates in the media for representational and advertising purposes, becomes a substantial object and the actual spatiality becomes a mockup. The narration is undertaken by a computer voice, it describes the competition for the tallest tower at such divers places as Chicago, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mecca, Nanjing, New York City, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Songdo and Taipei.

Johanna Reich
LIGHT ON BLACK ON WHITEHOMAGE TO MALEVICH, 2015

A moving digital light drawing illuminates a white wall. A hand painting a black square on the white surface becomes visible. At the same time the light drawing is painting a light square. In the end the light of the digital light square illuminates the finished black oil painting.

Critics’ Pick: Vienna by Nicole Büsing + Heiko Klaas

The group show “Antarctica. An Exhibition on Alienation” was presented in Vienna during the past winter season. Departing from a note written by the Italian cult director Michelangelo Antonioni referring to a potential glacier melting in the Antarctica and a hint to a film, the two curators from the Kunsthalle Wien, Vanessa Joan Müller and Nicolaus Schafhausen, conceived an exhibition on the topic of alienation and contemporary art. The focus was on the latest contemporary photography and video art by the younger generation of artists.
Image: © Isabella Fürnkäs

Expanding Bauhaus.
New Reflections on the Bauhaus Movement in Time-Based Media Art / Goethe Institute Netherlands

A screening series selected by Elke Kania (Cologne), Julia Sökeland (Hamburg) and Ludwig Seyfarth (Berlin)

With its combination of various arts such as painting, photography film, architecture, fashion, product and interior design and textile art, the Bauhaus is still considered the epitome of a technologically advanced modernity. Last but not least, the attempt to create the whole society aesthetically, inspired many artists worldwide.
Image: © Adnan Softic

Johan Grimonprez

Johan Grimonprez’s critically acclaimed work dances on the borders of practice and theory, art and cinema, documentary and fiction, demanding a double take on the part of the viewer. Informed by an archeology of present-day media, his work seeks out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalization. It questions our contemporary sublime, one framed by a fear industry that has infected political and social dialogue. By suggesting new narratives through which to tell a story, his work emphasizes a multiplicity of realities.
image: © Johan Griminprez

Christoph Faulhaber: Revolution & Architecture

With "Revolution & Architecture" Christoph Faulhaber (* 1972 in Osnabrück, lives in Hamburg) conceives, builds, designs and opens a whole series of very different rooms in the Kunsthalle Osnabrück. In order to discover the revolutionary aspect of these "architectures", one has to look at the social implications of interior design in general. In the forum the visitor then enters Faulhaber's cinematic autobiography "Every Picture is an Empty Picture" as in the eye of the cyclone: The work is split into 15 individual films and surrounds the visitor in a circle.
Image: © Christoph Faulhaber

Stiftung imai – inter media art institute

The Düsseldorf based foundation imai – inter media art institute was founded in 2006 in order to establish an institution in Germany dedicated to the distribution and preservation of media art and associated activities.
Image: © Marcel Odenbach

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Seline Baumgartner

Works


Biography

Born 1980 in Switzerland
Lives in Zurich and New York

Education

2014
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Residency, Maine USA
2013-2014

Visiting Artist, School of Visual Arts, New York
2000-2005
Fine Arts, University for Art and Design, Zürich/ Diploma of Arts
2007
Arts & Signs Research Project, Neuropsychology University of Zurich


Awards and residencies

2015
Residency Artist Studios, Jerusalem, Dr.Georg and Josi Guggenheim Foundation
2014
Dr.Georg and Josi Guggenheim Foundation Prize, Switzerland
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Residency, Maine USA
Dance Movie Commission, EMPAC Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, NY
2013-2014
LMCC Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Workspace Residency, New York
2012-2013
Residency, Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia, India
2010
Grant, City of Zurich
Foundation Gegenwart, Scholarship of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern
2009
Grant, Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation
2009-2010
New York Studio Residency and Grant, City of Zurich

2007
Residency, Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia, Gdansk PL

Solo exhibitions

2015
„Nothing Else“, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
„Before the Future“, Walcheturm, Zurich, Guggenheim Foundation Prize Exhibition
„Time to Lose“, Art Cube, Jerusalem

2011
„One and Others“ Art Fair, Kunst 11 Zürich, solo-booth, ZKB Art Award nominee
(with Gallery SCHAU ORT. Christiane Büntgen, Zurich)

2010
„Not Yet“, SCHAU ORT. Christiane Büntgen, Zurich
“Trial”, Final Fish ,Videotank

2008
“shake hands with the devil”, kleiner Wartesaal, Perla-Mode Zürich
“it depends…”, WYSPA INSTITUTE OF ART, Gdansk, Poland

2007
"Now no Longer", Room 202, Kunsthalle Luzern

2004
"Voici/ Parc-là", Alter Botanischer Garten, Zürich (mit/with Niels Vije)

Selected group exhibitions

2014
“Swiss Art Awards” Art Basel, Switzerland
„Open Studio“ LMCC (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) New York, USA
„Fearfulawesome“ Temp Gallery, New York, USA
„Blackboard“ Kantonsschule Zurich Nord, Oerlikon, CH
“Werk-und Atelierstipendien der Stadt Zürich, Helmhaus Zürich, CH

2013
„Transformationen: Mythos Alter“ Museum Haus für Kunst Uri, CH
„The Movement“ KOLUMBA, Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums Köln, DE
„Alternativa“ Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, PL
„Ich bin dein Nachbar!“ Bromer Art Collection, BAC, CH
„What happened 2081“, Goethe Institute, New Delhi, IN
„Videos, Cows & Poetry“, 1 Shanthiroad Bangalore, IN
„ON AIR“ ikonoTV Festival, Berlin, DE
Art Rotterdam, NL

2012
„La jeunesse est und art“, Anniversary Manor Art Award, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
"Social Body", Palazzo Ducale, Genova IT
„Werk-und Atelierstipendien der Stadt Zürich“, Helmhaus Zürich
Artissima, Artfair, Torino, IT „La Terra Vista Dalla Luna“, Galerie Zimmermannhaus der Stadt Brugg, CH

2011
„Halbzeit“, Vögele Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon
„Kompositionen des Zufalls“, Project Madonna and Edgar Frei Private Gallery
„Immersive Surfaces“, public video projection during Dumbo Arts Festival,
Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn
Werkschau 2011, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, F+F, Zürich
Swiss Art Awards 2011, Basel
“Social body”, Palazzo Ducale, Genua
“Halbzeit”, Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon
“Get up and run away with it. About love and the impossible”, Palais Bleu Trogen
Art Brussels 29 contemporary art fair, with Schauort gallery
„komm tanz mit mir“ Benzeholz, Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst

2010
„Lust und Laster. Die sieben Todsünden von Dürer bis Naumann“, Museum of Fine Arts Bern
„In Between“ USEGO-Gebäude , Olten
Benzeholz, Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Luzern
Swiss Art Awards 2010 Art Basel
K10,Oxyd Winthertur
Grant Exhibiton , Helmhaus Zürich

2009
"Sixtoe" Red House Gallery, New York
"unter 30 VII" Museum of FIne Arts Thun (CH)
Swiss Art Awards 2009, Art Basel (CH)
Walk on the light side, Zürich
„Neid“ Gunststiftung, Habsburg, Zürich

2008
„Besetzt“(inoffizielle Ausstellung) Galerie Hauser& Wirth, Zürich
„Average“ Museum of Fine Arts Langenthal (CH)
Swiss Art Awards, Art Basel (CH)
Helmhaus Grants, Zurich (CH)
5th International DADA festival, D.I.V.O Insititut, Kolin ( CZ)
Art Bingo, Leimbach, Zurich (CH)
Mini Super Art, Atelier Friesenbergstrasse, Zürich (CH)
"Autyzm / Artyzm." Modelarnia / Fundacja Wyspa Progress, Gdansk (PL)

2007
MID_E 07, Arteleku & KM Kulturunea, San Sebastian (Spain)
Basement ARI, Fiskars, (Finnland)
4. International One Minute Film & Video Festival, Aarau (CH)
"Voyeur artist", Smith Street Gallery, (Australia)
"Minimal", Whitespace, Zürich (CH)

2006
PROCES, International Symposium for the Interdisciplinary Process in Contemporary Art, Prag(CZ)
Swiss Art Awards, Art Basel (CH)
Videoscreening, Amberg & Marti, Show Room, Basel(CH)

2005
Gallery Plattformelf, Zürich (CH)
Diploma exhibition, University for Art and Design, Zürich(CH)
Blindspot, Kurzfilmfestival/ Shortfilmfestival, Kino Abaton, Hamburg (DE)
„Unwichtige Wichtigkeiten“ Kunstpanorama, Luzern (CH)

Collections

Collection Goetz, Munich, DE
Kunsthaus Zürich, CH
Aargauer Kunsthaus, CH
Collection Kanton Zürich, CH
Collection Bosshard, CH

Bibliography

Exhibition catalogs

“La jeunesse est l’art”, Jubiläum Manor Kunstpreis,, Aargauer Kunsthaus Kunstmuseum Bern / Zentrum Paul Klee
Lust und Laster. Die sieben Todsünden von Dürer bis Naumann 2010
Kantonale 10, Visarte, 2010 Exhibition catalog
"unter 30" Ausstellungskatalog, Kunstmuseum Thun, 2009
Swiss Art Award , Bundesamt für Kultur, Kunst---Bulltin, Bern, Switzerland, 2009
„Average“ Museum of Fine Art Langenthal, 2008
„Unwichtige Wichtigkeiten“ Zürich 2007
„Ohne Titel“ Diploma publication, 2005
University for Art and Design Zürich, edition fink

Seline Baumgartner
Born 1980 in Switzerland Lives in Zurich and New York Education 2014 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Residency, Maine USA2013-2014 Visiting Artist, School of Visual Arts, New York 2000-2005 Fine Arts, University for Art and Design, Zürich/ Diploma of Arts 2007 Arts & Signs Research Project, Neuropsychology University of Zurich Awards and residencies 2015 Residency Artist Studios, Jerusalem, Dr.Georg and Josi Guggenheim Foundation 2014 Dr.Georg and Josi Guggenheim Foundation Prize, Switzerland Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Residency, Maine USA Dance Movie Commission, EMPAC Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, NY 2013-2014 LMCC Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Workspace Residency, New York 2012-2013 Residency, Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia, India 2010 Grant, City of Zurich Foundation Gegenwart, Scholarship of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern 2009 Grant, Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation 2009-2010 New York Studio Residency and Grant, City of Zurich 2007 Residency, Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia, Gdansk PL Solo exhibitions 2015 „Nothing Else“, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris „Before the Future“, Walcheturm, Zurich, Guggenheim Foundation Prize Exhibition „Time to Lose“, Art Cube, Jerusalem 2011 „One and Others“ Art Fair, Kunst 11 Zürich, solo-booth, ZKB Art Award nominee (with Gallery SCHAU ORT. Christiane Büntgen, Zurich) 2010 „Not Yet“, SCHAU ORT. Christiane Büntgen, Zurich “Trial”, Final Fish ,Videotank 2008 “shake hands with the devil”, kleiner Wartesaal, Perla-Mode Zürich “it depends…”, WYSPA INSTITUTE OF ART, Gdansk, Poland 2007 Now no Longer, Room 202, Kunsthalle Luzern 2004 Voici/ Parc-là, Alter Botanischer Garten, Zürich (mit/with Niels Vije) Selected group exhibitions 2014 “Swiss Art Awards” Art Basel, Switzerland „Open Studio“ LMCC (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) New York, USA „Fearfulawesome“ Temp Gallery, New York, USA „Blackboard“ Kantonsschule Zurich Nord, Oerlikon, CH “Werk-und Atelierstipendien der Stadt Zürich, Helmhaus Zürich, CH 2013 „Transformationen: Mythos Alter“ Museum Haus für Kunst Uri, CH „The Movement“ KOLUMBA, Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums Köln, DE „Alternativa“ Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, PL „Ich bin dein Nachbar!“ Bromer Art Collection, BAC, CH „What happened 2081“, Goethe Institute, New Delhi, IN „Videos, Cows & Poetry“, 1 Shanthiroad Bangalore, IN „ON AIR“ ikonoTV Festival, Berlin, DE Art Rotterdam, NL 2012 „La jeunesse est und art“, Anniversary Manor Art Award, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau Social Body, Palazzo Ducale, Genova IT „Werk-und Atelierstipendien der Stadt Zürich“, Helmhaus Zürich Artissima, Artfair, Torino, IT „La Terra Vista Dalla Luna“, Galerie Zimmermannhaus der Stadt Brugg, CH 2011 „Halbzeit“, Vögele Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon „Kompositionen des Zufalls“, Project Madonna and Edgar Frei Private Gallery „Immersive Surfaces“, public video projection during Dumbo Arts Festival, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Werkschau 2011, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, F+F, Zürich Swiss Art Awards 2011, Basel “Social body”, Palazzo Ducale, Genua “Halbzeit”, Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon “Get up and run away with it. About love and the impossible”, Palais Bleu Trogen Art Brussels 29 contemporary art fair, with Schauort gallery „komm tanz mit mir“ Benzeholz, Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst 2010 „Lust und Laster. Die sieben Todsünden von Dürer bis Naumann“, Museum of Fine Arts Bern „In Between“ USEGO-Gebäude , Olten Benzeholz, Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Luzern Swiss Art Awards 2010 Art Basel K10,Oxyd Winthertur Grant Exhibiton , Helmhaus Zürich 2009 Sixtoe Red House Gallery, New York unter 30 VII Museum of FIne Arts Thun (CH) Swiss Art Awards 2009, Art Basel (CH) Walk on the light side, Zürich „Neid“ Gunststiftung, Habsburg, Zürich 2008 „Besetzt“(inoffizielle Ausstellung) Galerie Hauser& Wirth, Zürich „Average“ Museum of Fine Arts Langenthal (CH) Swiss Art Awards, Art Basel (CH) Helmhaus Grants, Zurich (CH) 5th International DADA festival, D.I.V.O Insititut, Kolin ( CZ) Art Bingo, Leimbach, Zurich (CH) Mini Super Art, Atelier Friesenbergstrasse, Zürich (CH) Autyzm / Artyzm. Modelarnia / Fundacja Wyspa Progress, Gdansk (PL) 2007 MID_E 07, Arteleku & KM Kulturunea, San Sebastian (Spain) Basement ARI, Fiskars, (Finnland) 4. International One Minute Film & Video Festival, Aarau (CH) Voyeur artist, Smith Street Gallery, (Australia) Minimal, Whitespace, Zürich (CH) 2006 PROCES, International Symposium for the Interdisciplinary Process in Contemporary Art, Prag(CZ) Swiss Art Awards, Art Basel (CH) Videoscreening, Amberg & Marti, Show Room, Basel(CH) 2005 Gallery Plattformelf, Zürich (CH) Diploma exhibition, University for Art and Design, Zürich(CH) Blindspot, Kurzfilmfestival/ Shortfilmfestival, Kino Abaton, Hamburg (DE) „Unwichtige Wichtigkeiten“ Kunstpanorama, Luzern (CH) Collections Collection Goetz, Munich, DE Kunsthaus Zürich, CH Aargauer Kunsthaus, CH Collection Kanton Zürich, CH Collection Bosshard, CH Bibliography Exhibition catalogs “La jeunesse est l’art”, Jubiläum Manor Kunstpreis,, Aargauer Kunsthaus Kunstmuseum Bern / Zentrum Paul Klee Lust und Laster. Die sieben Todsünden von Dürer bis Naumann 2010 Kantonale 10, Visarte, 2010 Exhibition catalog unter 30 Ausstellungskatalog, Kunstmuseum Thun, 2009 Swiss Art Award , Bundesamt für Kultur, Kunst---Bulltin, Bern, Switzerland, 2009 „Average“ Museum of Fine Art Langenthal, 2008 „Unwichtige Wichtigkeiten“ Zürich 2007 „Ohne Titel“ Diploma publication, 2005 University for Art and Design Zürich, edition fink

Seline Baumgartner
If it is as if it

Artist Seline Baumgartner
Year 2012
Duration 13:04 min
Edition 5 + 2 AE
Technical info 2 channel HD Video with sound
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About the video

This video was created for the 30-year anniversary exhibition of the Manor art prize “La jeunesse est un art” at Aargauer Kunsthaus (CH), 2012.

For “if it is as if it”, Seline Baumgartner cooperated with dancers in New York. Committed to elegance and the suppleness of the body, professional dance pays homage to an eternal cult of youth. For her installation, Seline Baumgartner asked several aged dancers, who used to be part of New York’s leading dance authorities, to preform a spontaneous choreography in the prestigious “Merce Cunningham Studios” – a place where some of these dancers spent more than half their lives. With her poetic video, Seline creates a counterpoint to society’s obsession with the perfect youthful body – as it is especially omnipresent in her new adopted home of New York.

Seline Baumgartner - If it is as if it
This video was created for the 30-year anniversary exhibition of the Manor art prize “La jeunesse est un art” at Aargauer Kunsthaus (CH), 2012.For “if it is as if it”, Seline Baumgartner cooperated with dancers in New York. Committed to elegance and the suppleness of the body, professional dance pays homage to an eternal cult of youth. For her installation, Seline Baumgartner asked several aged dancers, who used to be part of New York’s leading dance authorities, to preform a spontaneous choreography in the prestigious “Merce Cunningham Studios” – a place where some of these dancers spent more than half their lives. With her poetic video, Seline creates a counterpoint to society’s obsession with the perfect youthful body – as it is especially omnipresent in her new adopted home of New York.

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