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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

Critics’ Pick: Loop Fair Barcelona 2018 by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Barcelona. At the end of November 2018 the 16th edition of the video fair LOOP took place in Barcelona. Founded by the gallery owners Emilio Álvarez and Carlos Durán, the special fair is internationally regarded as the most important meeting of the video scene. During the three intensive days of the fair, embedded in the ten-day LOOP Festival, artistic director Carolina Ciuti succeeded in bringing important protagonists of the international video scene to the Catalan capital.
Image: © Hans Op de Beeck

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

Breaking News
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

Featured videos

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

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.
Image: © Dimitri Venkov

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.
Image: © Christoph Faulhaber

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)

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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B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2017
Key topic On Desire

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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. “The Internet has become a giant wish factory, and a place of collective longings,” says Prof. Bernd Kracke in explaining the choice of topic.

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. With their works, projects and lectures artists and speakers will not only consider the desire of the individual, but also the appeal to and mobilization of collective longings and hopes. The centerpiece is the special exhibition ON DESIRE, which will be shown from November 29th until December 20th 2017.

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B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2017 Key topic On Desire

William Lamson
Hunt and Gather

Artist William Lamson
Year 2008
Duration 15:14 min
Edition 5 + 2 AP
Technical info Two-Channel HD Video
Contact
Anita Beckers Gallery
Anita Beckers
Braubachstraße 9
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Phone: +49 69 73900967
E-Mail: info@galerie-beckers.de

About the video

Over the last year I have been working on a series of photographs and videos that engage with the urban landscape by making temporary sculptures in the street with found objects and inexpensive materials. While exploring the area around my studio in Gowanus Brooklyn, I began to think about the sneakers I saw hanging from power lines as interventions as well, since they mark the visual landscape of the city. Although there are many explanations as to what these hanging shoes might signify, drugs for sale, gang territory, a marker where someone died, there is only one feasible explanation for how they got there: someone threw them. Regardless of what the previous owner intended by this gesture, the hanging shoes represent the last act they performed before giving them up to public space. This gesture extends for as long as the shoes stay on the wire. Given to city, and they hang there, in a perpetual state of limbo, until they fall or are taken down. Hunt and Gather is about engaging with another persons act of intervention. By cutting down shoes and trading them for the ones that I am wearing (which are also ones that I cut down from somewhere else) I am able to both preserve the original mark in the landscape and change it slightly. Since each pair of shoes that I cut down is later thrown back up in a different location, the original gesture is extended to a new place, and the original mark is maintained in an altered form. This process of redistribution creates a series of nearly invisible marks in the landscape, a constellation of actions and reactions. There is an existential quality in both the futile exercise of redistributing hanging sneakers, and performing a violent act to make an almost invisible mark. Yet equally important to this work is the adolescent pleasure of shooting arrows and throwing shoes.

William Lamson - Hunt and Gather
Over the last year I have been working on a series of photographs and videos that engage with the urban landscape by making temporary sculptures in the street with found objects and inexpensive materials. While exploring the area around my studio in Gowanus Brooklyn, I began to think about the sneakers I saw hanging from power lines as interventions as well, since they mark the visual landscape of the city. Although there are many explanations as to what these hanging shoes might signify, drugs for sale, gang territory, a marker where someone died, there is only one feasible explanation for how they got there: someone threw them. Regardless of what the previous owner intended by this gesture, the hanging shoes represent the last act they performed before giving them up to public space. This gesture extends for as long as the shoes stay on the wire. Given to city, and they hang there, in a perpetual state of limbo, until they fall or are taken down. Hunt and Gather is about engaging with another persons act of intervention. By cutting down shoes and trading them for the ones that I am wearing (which are also ones that I cut down from somewhere else) I am able to both preserve the original mark in the landscape and change it slightly. Since each pair of shoes that I cut down is later thrown back up in a different location, the original gesture is extended to a new place, and the original mark is maintained in an altered form. This process of redistribution creates a series of nearly invisible marks in the landscape, a constellation of actions and reactions. There is an existential quality in both the futile exercise of redistributing hanging sneakers, and performing a violent act to make an almost invisible mark. Yet equally important to this work is the adolescent pleasure of shooting arrows and throwing shoes.

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