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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

Featured videos

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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I could never do like you do

Works

Rebecca Lenon
I could never do like you do, 2010

An image of a North Korean mass celebration was retranslated in an industrial warehouse turned art gallery in Liverpool; reduced from millions of people to 31, from military uniforms to Primark & H&M clothing with the tags still on, and from flags to A4 sheets of paper.
During the performance, each participant stood for 4 hrs (half a British working day) with a 20 min break, for a share of the value of the performance. The aerial image of control is broken by a video zooming in on the individuals to reveal an accidental choreography of waving arms, shaking, blinking, itching noses and chewing mouths. The share contracts are framed, stacked and spot lit.


Janet Biggs
Duett, 2010

Duet is focused on NASCAR racing, and brings Biggs into new territory; auto racing’s wild popularity and position within consumer culture creates both drama and heroism. Rather than focusing exclusively on the drivers, Biggs presents the speed, precision, and agility of the pit crews and reveals their extreme grace under pressure. This video, Duet (2010), was screened for the first time at The Mint Museum in Charlotte NC. Commissioned from the artist, it will remain in the Museum’s permanent collection.


Mark Raidpere
Majestoso Mystico. Stockholm – Tallinn 26.04.07

Mark Raidpere's video-installation "Majestoso Mystico" (2007) is a connection between synchronical scenes in two cities Stockholm and Tallinn, representing so different political realities.
At the same time when the artist was filming calm streets of Stockholm spiced up with a catchy tune of a horror film, there was a violent riot taking place on the streets of Tallinn - an outcome of a quarrel between Russian speaking youngsters and Estonian police. The event, the so called Monument Scandal, which was triggered by Estonian Goverments plan to remove a World War II memorial with a Russian soldier from the city centre to a military cemetery of Tallinn, definitely caused a major shift in the local mental climate. The concerned artist who couldn´t be present at the historic moments and who returned to his hometown a few days later, still facing streets with the smashed shopping windows, started to work on the material. In his 2 channel installation he uses the images filmed from Stockholm and TV footage from Tallinn. The connection between synchronical scenes in two cities representing so different political realities are stressed on barely visible interpersonal level - in the nervous hand-writing of the music score scribbled out by Björn.


Björn Drenkwitz
10 Minutes, 2009

Ten people were filmed seperately with the task of measuring the elapsing of 10 minutes (without a watch) and anouncing each minute. The individual and different perception of time each performer has is measured against the viewers own perception and measuring of time.


Adad Hannah
Six Russians Eating Ice Cream, 2011

Taking as his inspiration the early 20th Century work of Sergeii Prokudin-Gorskii, the Russian pioneer of colour photography, Hannah traveled to Russia in the summer of 2010 to begin recording small slivers of Russian life in videos and photographs. Having returned from this trip with hours of footage and hundreds of photographs, it took over a year to arrive at the final selection of moving and still images. This body of work exists somewhere between the candid documentary snapshots of Robert Frank, the highly staged images of Jeff Wall, and the mid 19th century parlour pastime of tableaux vivants. Somewhat less controlled than his previous videos, Hannah's subjects pulse with life even as they try to remain still.


Lene Markusen
Afrika, 2009

Back in his homeland the burnt-out development aid worker Falk undergoes a ritual of reintegration. The local community confronts him with the issue: “Either adapt to the customs or leave the country.” Can the circumstances and his needs – his search for warmth and security – make him approve of a crime and even take part in it himself?


Stefan Panhans
Sorry, 2010

In Stefan Panhans’ quite hypnotic video »Sorry« (2010) we see a somehow nightmarish, jam-packed train ride of a bunch of restless, tired and closemouthed people looking like half-professional, contemporary celebrity lookalikes; among others, in company of lots of XXL-coffee-to-go cups, a ghost of a 1930’s dirndl, two police officers in full rig, a jogging zombie and the military. Appearing absent and wordless, they carry all sorts of strange luggage looking like remains of a department store plundering and seem to follow certain unknown ritual rules until everything starts again.


Jaan Toomik
Oleg

25 years after his discharged from the Soviet army, a former soldier embarks on a ritual journey to a faraway village graveyard to free himself from haunting memories and guilt related to a tragic accident in the army.


Martina Wolf
Day of Victory, 2009

The center of the video works “Day of Victory” are placed the large video monitors in the center of Moscow. On May 8 and 9 show these displays no advertising. They send scenes from the Second World War, striking excerpts from the numerous productions of the Soviet Union and Russia, mounted and placed under the slogan of the holiday.
In five minutes go dramatic military operations over in the triumph of the Red Army, the winner. The oath of pride and remembrance ends the sequence before it starts again.

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