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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

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

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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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Gluklya, Anna Jemolaewa, Taisiya Krugovykh
Female Views on Russia

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The exhibition Female Views on Russia gathers documentary, narrative, and performance-based videos by the Russian-born artists Taisiya Krugovykh, Anna Jemolaewa, and Gluklya. All three artists consider themselves feminists, and in their works they confront gender roles, repression and resistance, migration, and interpersonal relationships. The works on display here deal with political and social aspects of Russia’s past and present. They employ humor, irreverence and empathy as contrasts to the culture of power, strength, and masculinity that has been reinvigorated in recent years.

Anna Jemolaewa’s Films are precise observations distinguished by a feel for the absurd in reality and the universal in individual cases. Her video Kremlin Doppelganger (2009) seizes upon what is probably the most emblematic symbol of Russian state power: the Red Square in Moscow, where the retaking of Crimea was celebrated this past February, and national myths are conjured. In her Film, Jemolaewa combines footage of the original Red Square in Moscow with everyday scenes from its detailed copy, the „Kremlin Palace Hotel“ vacation resort in Antalya, Turkey. Built in 2003, the resort with a cocktail bar, pool, and beach now enjoys great popularity among guests from the former Soviet Union in particular. Besides the vacationers, the Film also features a Gorbachev double, hired by the hotel, who talks about his experiences and encounters. Thus, the Film not only blends together places, but history and the present day, as well.

The video artist and activist Taisiya Krugovykh belongs to a young, political, and socially engaged generation of artists that uses the freedom of the Internet to create and distribute actions, and is thus part of an international network. She lives in Moscow and works in the circle revolving around the artist groups Voina and Pussy Riot. Her piece The Anthem (2014) conveys a physical sense of how it feels to be powerless in view of what is developing in her country. While a choir sings the Russian national anthem, the artist is on stage, enveloping her head in plastic wrap and adhesive tape. Eventually, she cuts off her breath and at the end, collapses lifelessly. In her Film Moscow, I Love You (2010) the audience follows a doll on its way through Moscow on the subway, by car, and by ship. Accompanied by the melancholy sounds of Philip Glass, subtitles tell the doll’s story of her increasing depression and lethargy in the face of society’s coldness and the lack of human communication in the big city.

Gluklya’s aim is to overcome this chill through the means of art. She founded the collective Factory of Found Clothes with Ogla Egorova (Tsaplya) in 1995 and has been operating it in changing collaborations ever since. With her performative works, she creates encounters between people from different social groups. In her video project Wings of Migrants (2012) young Russian dancers and illegal guest workers from central Asia gather and approach each other carefully through the medium of dance. As they mirror each other’s movements, a dialogue is created that bridges the social and linguistic gaps between the ballerinas, who move in the spheres of high culture, and the migrants, who are pushed to the periphery of society. In The Triumph of Fragility (2002) young marines march through Saint Petersburg. The artists from Factory of Found Clothes have the soldiers carry delicate white dresses in front of them, as if they were something fragile, something “that constitutes the essence of life itself.” A task that the young men fulfill with great earnestness, creating a powerful, alternative image of the military as a place where masculinity is practiced and put to the test.

Gluklya (Natalia Pershina Yakimanskaya), born in 1969 in Leningrad, lives and works in St. Petersburg. In 1995 she and Olga Egorova (Tsaplya) founded the collective Factory of Found Clothes; in 2003 both artists were founding members of the group Chto Delat?. Since 2011 Gluklya has been operating Factory of Found Clothes by herself or in various collaborations. She will be represented this year at the Venice Biennial. Exhibitions and screenings (selected): Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, 2014; Tate Modern, London (screening Wings of Migrants), 2013; Utopian Unions installation, ММОМА, Moscow, 2013; Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam, 2013; 10th Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, 2013; MUMOK, Vienna, 2012; Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden, 2011; Shedhalle, Zurich, 2011; SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, 2011; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2011; Kunsthalle, Vienna, 2011; ICA, London, 2010; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2006.

Taisiya Krugovykh, born in 1982 in Moscow, lives and works in Moscow. Video artist, performer, member of the group Gogol’s Wives. Exhibitions and screenings (selected): Manifesta, St. Petersburg, screening Cinema for migrants, 2014; Theater Rampe, Stuttgart, performance Exercises in vagrancy, Moscow Museum, Moscow, 2014; Oslo Screen Festival, Oslo, 2014; The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, 2013; International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries Pacific Meridian Vladivostok, 2013; Galerie START, Moscow, 2012; Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Norway, 2012; Moderna Museet. Stockholm, 2011.

Anna Jemolaewa, born in 1970 in Leningrad, lives and works in Vienna since 1989. As a member of the first political opposition party, she had to leave her hometown of Leningrad for political reasons. From 2005 to 2011 she has been professor for media art at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe/ZKM, Germany. Solo exhibitions (selected): Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland, 2015; Victoria Gallery, Samara, 2013; CAC Vilnius, 2013; Salzburger Kunstverein, 2012; Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia, 2011; Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, 2009; XL Gallery Moscow, 2008; Museum moderner Kunst, Passau, 2004; Magazin 4, Bregenz, 2002; Blickle Stiftung, 2002; Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, 2000 Group exhibitions (selected): ZKM/ Museum für neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, 2011; National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, 2009; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv, 2008; Mumok, Vienna, 2005; Kiasma’s Collection, Helsinki, 2005; Sprengel Museum, Hanover, 2003; Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2002; Stedelijk Museum, 2001; Venice Biennial, 1999.

We would especially like to thank Tobias Yves Zintel, who put us in contact with Taisiya Krugovykh and thus provided the initial spark for the exhibition; thanks also to Silvia Eiblmayr, to the Gallery Akinici, Amsterdam and the Kerstin Engholm Galerie for their collaboration.

Gluklya, Anna Jemolaewa, Taisiya Krugovykh Female Views on Russia

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