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Jeroen Van Den Tempel: I'm fascinated by video's which invite me to watch out of my framework of daily existence, of my perception of time and space. Which remind me of the real nature of reality, which is streaming. All form is temporary. I’m really intrigued when a universal issue is combined with an issue from daily life. Jeroen van den Tempel

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Nadja Verena Marcin - OPHELIA
Stadtgalerie in Saarbrücken, Germany. 2019

OPHELIA is an interdisciplinary performance that is presented in the Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken as a live action and subsequently as a video installation. It reflects the human-induced destruction of nature and creates references to art, literature and science. Dressed in "Ophelia's" dress and equipped with a diving device, Nadja Verena Marcin will climb into an aquarium and try under water to read the text "The Werld" by Daniil Kharms about human perception.
Image: © Nadja Verena Marcin

Igor Simić - WELTSCHMERZ 
at Galerie Beckers, Frankfurt

The exhibition WELTSCHMERZ shows new works by Serbian artist Igor Simic, which he created in connection with his iOS game Golf Club: Wasteland. For this game he and his award-winning gaming and film company Demagog Studio developed a whole world — a storyline with characters and various landscapes — in a post-apocalyptic scenario. The eerie atmosphere of the carefully crafted visual scenery is accompanied by slow paced, nostalgic, sometimes almost chilling music that evokes the feeling of longing for something lost.
Image: © Igor Simić

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

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

Featured videos

Annegret Soltau
Schwanger-Sein I, 1977/78

"My pregnancies in 1978 and 1980 became an important theme for me. This personal experience yielded pictures in which I once again used myself as a model, this time myself in the process of being pregnant. The fear that my role as a mother could jeopardize my life as an artist inspired me to create a great many photos and videos. At this point I was preoccupied with the question of how women combine creativity and motherhood.“ (Annegret Soltau)

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 WHITE HOMAGE 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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Dimitri Venkov

Works


Biography

Education

2009-2012 Moscow Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, New Media
2004-2006 University of Oregon, Russian and East European Studies Center, MA in Film Studies, Thesis title «From spontaneous to official carnival : the role of humor in the Soviet film 1924-1941”
1998-2003 International University, Moscow, BA in linguistics

Selected group shows and film festivals

2018
Beat film festival, Moscow
Arquiteturas film festival, Lisbon
Other Shores, Manezh, St.Petersburg
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival

2017
GIBCA, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
Rencontres Internationales, Berlin
Documenta 14, Keimena, ERT2 Greece
10th Anniversary Screening Artists’ Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Kino der Kunst, Munich
First Russian Triennale of Contemporary Art, Garage museum, Moscow

2016
Artists’ Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Kasseler Dokumentarfest, Kassel
VII Permanent Collection Display Interaction: Contemporary Artists Respond to MMOMA Collection, MMOMA, Moscow
Zerkalo Tarkovsky Film Festival, Ivanovo
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
Trans-people. State of insecurity, Yermilov Center, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2015
Metageography, Tretyakov Gallery MoscowRodchenko School. Generation Next, Multimedia Art Museum Moscow
Forum Alanica, Vladikavkaz
Cannibal Manifesto: Mimesis as Resistance, Karst Foundation, Plymouth
Close and Far, Mead Gallery, Warwick Art Centre

2014
Great Expectations, Manezh, Moscow
Burning News, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London
Moscow. Barocco. 2014, Triumph Gallery, Moscow
Close and Far, Calvert 22 Gallery, London
Goeast Film Festival, Open Frame Award, Wiesbaden, Germany
Video#Russia!, PERMM, Perm, Russia

2013
Vth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art «More Light», Moscow
Bergen Assembly «Monday begins on Saturday», Bergen, Norway
«Reality is not Enough», Media Forum of Moscow International Film Festival
'Constructed Sceneries' - the film program of 'Scenographies' exhibition, SMBA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Voice and the Chorus,Russian video art in Museum De Hallen. Haarlem, The Netherlands
Kino der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Now and After, International festival of video art, Moscow
Start Making Sense!, H.E.A.D. Geneva, Switzerland

2012
Kandinsky prize exhibition, Moscow
31st Jean Rouch Film Festival, Paris
XI International Kansk Video Festival, Kansk
Days of Ethnographic Cinema, Moscow
The workshop vs. The Film Process, NCCA Moscow
No Exception, Moscow Art and Multimedia Museum
34th International Moscow Film Festival
Scinema Festival of Science Film, Australia
II and III Moscow Biennales of Young Art

2011
Upward! Community shows Field of Silence and Nemi, Moscow
Auditorium Moscow
History of Russian Video Art, Vol.3

2010
Sense and sensibility, Moscow Photography Biennale


Solo shows

2017
October Overturn, Winzavod Art Centre, Moscow

2014
Time Shall Be No More, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow

2013
Getting There Together, Triumph Gallery, Moscow


Awards, fellowships, and residencies

FIPRESCI prize, 64th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, 2018
E-flux prize, 64th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, 2018
Kandinsky Prize 2012, Young Artist of the Year
Now & After '13, International Video Art Festival, special prize
Graduate Teaching Fellow, Russian and East European Studies Center, University of Oregon, 2004-2006
University of Arizona Biosphere 2, residency, May 2013
National Center for Contemporary Arts Nizhny Novgorod, residency, 2012«What if…» artist residency, Divnogor'e, Voronezh region, Russia, 2014
Oleg Vasiliev stipend, 2013
Forum Alanica, residency, Vladizavkaz, 2015


Works in the collections of

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
Sofya Trotsenko collection, Moscow
Gazprombank collection, Moscow

Dimitri Venkov
Education 2009-2012 Moscow Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, New Media2004-2006 University of Oregon, Russian and East European Studies Center, MA in Film Studies, Thesis title «From spontaneous to official carnival : the role of humor in the Soviet film 1924-1941”1998-2003 International University, Moscow, BA in linguistics Selected group shows and film festivals 2018Beat film festival, MoscowArquiteturas film festival, LisbonOther Shores, Manezh, St.PetersburgOberhausen International Short Film Festival 2017GIBCA, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary ArtRencontres Internationales, BerlinDocumenta 14, Keimena, ERT2 Greece10th Anniversary Screening Artists’ Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, LondonKino der Kunst, MunichFirst Russian Triennale of Contemporary Art, Garage museum, Moscow 2016Artists’ Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, LondonThessaloniki International Film FestivalKasseler Dokumentarfest, KasselVII Permanent Collection Display Interaction: Contemporary Artists Respond to MMOMA Collection, MMOMA, MoscowZerkalo Tarkovsky Film Festival, IvanovoOberhausen International Short Film FestivalTrans-people. State of insecurity, Yermilov Center, Kharkiv, Ukraine 2015Metageography, Tretyakov Gallery MoscowRodchenko School. Generation Next, Multimedia Art Museum MoscowForum Alanica, VladikavkazCannibal Manifesto: Mimesis as Resistance, Karst Foundation, PlymouthClose and Far, Mead Gallery, Warwick Art Centre 2014Great Expectations, Manezh, MoscowBurning News, Hayward Gallery Project Space, LondonMoscow. Barocco. 2014, Triumph Gallery, MoscowClose and Far, Calvert 22 Gallery, LondonGoeast Film Festival, Open Frame Award, Wiesbaden, GermanyVideo#Russia!, PERMM, Perm, Russia 2013Vth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art «More Light», MoscowBergen Assembly «Monday begins on Saturday», Bergen, Norway«Reality is not Enough», Media Forum of Moscow International Film Festival'Constructed Sceneries' - the film program of 'Scenographies' exhibition, SMBA, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsThe Voice and the Chorus,Russian video art in Museum De Hallen. Haarlem, The NetherlandsKino der Kunst, Munich, GermanyNow and After, International festival of video art, MoscowStart Making Sense!, H.E.A.D. Geneva, Switzerland 2012Kandinsky prize exhibition, Moscow31st Jean Rouch Film Festival, ParisXI International Kansk Video Festival, KanskDays of Ethnographic Cinema, MoscowThe workshop vs. The Film Process, NCCA MoscowNo Exception, Moscow Art and Multimedia Museum34th International Moscow Film FestivalScinema Festival of Science Film, AustraliaII and III Moscow Biennales of Young Art 2011Upward! Community shows Field of Silence and Nemi, MoscowAuditorium MoscowHistory of Russian Video Art, Vol.3 2010Sense and sensibility, Moscow Photography Biennale Solo shows 2017October Overturn, Winzavod Art Centre, Moscow 2014Time Shall Be No More, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow 2013Getting There Together, Triumph Gallery, Moscow Awards, fellowships, and residencies FIPRESCI prize, 64th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, 2018E-flux prize, 64th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, 2018Kandinsky Prize 2012, Young Artist of the YearNow & After '13, International Video Art Festival, special prizeGraduate Teaching Fellow, Russian and East European Studies Center, University of Oregon, 2004-2006University of Arizona Biosphere 2, residency, May 2013National Center for Contemporary Arts Nizhny Novgorod, residency, 2012«What if…» artist residency, Divnogor'e, Voronezh region, Russia, 2014Oleg Vasiliev stipend, 2013Forum Alanica, residency, Vladizavkaz, 2015 Works in the collections of Tretyakov Gallery, MoscowMultimedia Art Museum, MoscowSofya Trotsenko collection, MoscowGazprombank collection, Moscow

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