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For artists we provide a platform for extensive presentation of media works, gallerists get a direct contact to international professional audiences, collectors find a worldwide overview of contemporary trends in moving image, curators can do research via keywords and compilations, teachers use presentation opportunities for students and all professionals get password protected, extensive information about video works worldwide.

64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2018

In the course of more than five decades, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has become one of the world's most respected film events and in its 64th issue over 500 films were shown selected out of more than 7.000 films submitted.

Videoart at High Noon
Critics‘ Pick by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Cologne/Brussels. How can video art be presented in a suitable way? While on “blinkvideo” you can enjoy watching video art comfortably from your couch, at your desk or on a train, viewing videos at art fairs often turns out to be quite a challenge. To concentrate on a work of moving pictures in the bustling atmosphere of an art fair requires maximum attention. And yet, this year’s Art Cologne and the simultaneous Art Brussels once more featured a number of intriguing video works, some of which we would like to present you here.

Christoph Faulhaber: Revolution & Architecture

Kunsthalle Osnabrück / June 15 to October 2, 2018
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.

European Media Art Festival 2018

The various sections of the festival dealt primarily with one theme: the link between media art and journalism – under the heading “Report – Notes from Reality.” It was all about facebook data theft, interference in elections by secret services, the threat of trade war, and dubious arms exports.

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

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Von Kelterborn Collection

Over the past 20 years, the Frankfurt couple Mario and Julia von Kelterborn have put together a collection mostly of politically explosive, socially themed video art and photography by internationally known artists. It is their conviction that art can help us to understand the present day with all its complexity, contradictions and disturbing cruelty, but also its positive potential.

image: © Richard Mosse

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B3 – ON DESIRE

With the key topic ON DESIRE, B3 will in fall 2017 reflect on the latest trends relating to the moving image in art and media from a political, technological and aesthetic perspective. Desire as yearning, wish, lust or hope and its translation into moving images will be explored in an artistic, social, political, sociopolitical and historical perspective and critically examined. . . .

image: Jesper Just, Servitudes (2015)

KINO DER KUNST

2017 a worldwide unique combination of film festival and art exhibition, held its third edition in April 2017. Movie theatres and museums all over Munich presented an International Competition as well as special focuses, artists talks, smposions and multi-channel installations.

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.

Artemovendo – in collaboration with Goethe Institut Porto Alegre

The video works shown in Artemovendo present a morphology of ambiguous entities, creatures or technical devices. Natural environments are contrasted with artificial, fully computer-designed worlds. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish whether we have been invited to take a look at the outside world or into a laboratory; even dimensions appear to be chosen arbitrarily. Or do we happen to be entering a microscopically small universe that has been magnified many times over?

Anna Gaskell. Hide and Seek

Curated by Nadia Ismail

The Kunsthalle Gießen is pleased to present the first institutional solo-exhibition in Germany by the New York based artist Anna Gaskell (*1969 Des Moines/Iowa). The exhibition focuses on photographic and time-based works which have largely characterised the American artists Œuvre since 1996.

Duration: 27.01. - 08.04.2018

image: © Anna Gaskell and Light Manufacturing/Esto, Courtesy: Galerie Gisela Capitain, Köln

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Special: Estonian video art
At the right time, on the right place

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Erfahrungen in einer sich extrem schnell wandelnden Gesellschaft sind Ausgangspunkt der Videofilme der drei estnischen Künstler, die blinkvideo in seinem aktuellen Special vorstellt: Ene-Liis Semper, Mark Raidpere und Jaan Toomik.

Der Blick ist auf das Detail gerichtet. Persönliche Erfahrungen in einer sich extrem schnell wandelnden Gesellschaft sind Ausgangspunkt der Videofilme der drei estnischen Künstler, die blinkvideo in seinem aktuellen Special vorstellt: Ene-Liis Semper, Mark Raidpere und Jaan Toomik.

Alle drei haben Estland jeweils auf der Biennale in Venedig vertreten und gehören heute zur Lehrergeneration der estnischen Künstler.

Ene-Liis Semper unterwirft sich in ihren ohne Publikum vor der Kamera durchgeführten Performances extremen Bedingungen, die sie nach vorgegebenem Konzept schonungslos durchführt oder mit sich geschehen lässt. In ihrer Biennale Arbeit „Licked room“ von 2001 reinigt sie den mit PVC ausgekleideten Ausstellungsraum des estnischen Pavillons vor dem Eintreffen der Besucher mit ihrer Zunge. Diese Performance wird später auf mehreren Monitoren im selben Raum ausgestrahlt.

Zwei Räume weiter wurde ihr in Großprojektion von Männerhänden eine Primel in den Mund gepflanzt („Oasis“). Das Gärtnern geschieht sehr behutsam, allein das Bild ihres leinwandfüllenden Gesichts mit geöffnetem Mund in den erst Erde eingefüllt, die Blume festgedrückt und dann gewässert wird, ist kaum zu ertragen.

Ene-Liis Semper provoziert die Erwartungen der Zuschauer. In der im Special gezeigten Arbeit „Beautiful“ sieht man ihren Oberkörper in einem weißen Sportpullover. Sie folgt den Anweisungen der Stimme des Fotografen aus dem Off wie in einem Modeshooting, das sie am Ende des Films ganz wörtlich nimmt.

Majestoso Mystico von Mark Raidpere zeigt die Diskrepanz im „alltäglichen“ gesellschaftlichen Leben in Stockholm und Tallinn auf sehr persönliche Weise. Die Szenen auf Monitor und Projektion im Ausstellungsraum spielen gleichzeitig: am 26. April 2007. Mark Raidpere dreht während eines Stipendiumsaufenthalts in der Stockholmer Fußgängerzone eine inszenierte Scene mit zwei Straßenmusikern, während sich in seiner Heimatstadt Tallinn der Volkszorn über eine Denkmalsverlegung in bürgerkriegsähnlichen Szenen entlädt. Die als Schock empfundene Tatsache, zu einem geschichtsträchtigen Zeitpunkt nicht anwesend zu sein, bildet die Grundlage dieser Arbeit.

Auch Jaan Toomiks Filme kreisen meist um biografisch geprägte Handlungen. In dichten Bildern zeigt er Begebenheiten, die zu Schüsselerlebnissen werden. In einer frühen Arbeit „Dancing with dad“ tanzt er auf dem Grab seines früh verstorbenen Vaters bis zur Erschöpfung. Die Szene changiert zwischen Respektlosigkeit und Hingabe.

Der in Special gezeigte Film „Oleg“ gehört anders als seine früheren performanceartigen Filmen eher in das Genre des Kurzfilms. Mit Schauspielern dreht Jaan Toomik eine Erinnerung an seinen Freund, der sich während der gemeinsamen Militärdienstzeit das Leben nahm. (Julia Sökeland)

Special: Estonian video art At the right time, on the right place

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