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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.

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

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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Special: Estonian video art
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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)

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