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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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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.

I could never do like you do

Björn Drenkwitz
Björn Drenkwitz, 10 Minutes

Artist Björn Drenkwitz
Year 2009
Duration 13:12 min
Edition 6 + 2 AP
Technical info (HD Video) performance, time, photography
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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.

Björn Drenkwitz - Björn Drenkwitz, 10 Minutes
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.

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