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Kerstin honeit
Experimental video | 4k | color | 17'17'' | Germany / Canada | 2019
Silo 5, once the largest granary in the world, was celebrated by architect Le Corbusier in 1927 as a glimpse towards a utopian modernity and an aesthetic future of architecture. Since the 1990’s Montreals gigantic silo complex has been an industrial ruin, far too big to be demolished. The abandoned granary, now an unintended monument to colonial global extractionism, marks as a place of storage the starting point for the video piece [?zi:lo]5. The work approaches different gestures and technologies of preservation and collection and therefore – simultaneously and inseparably – also questions of overwrite, delete or rewrite. Seen from the perspective of a near (queering) future, collections expose themselves as accumulations of gaps and omissions. These voids become resonating bodies, having the potential to open up spaces for other practices of intermediate storage.
Kerstin Honeit studied fine arts and stage design at the Berlin-Weissensee Art Academy. She lives in Berlin and is teaching media art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. In her practice as an artist and filmmaker, she works at the interface of different forms of staging. Her artistic research focuses on the investigation of representation mechanisms in the production of hegemonic image worlds, especially in connection with cultural and linguistic modes of translation in the context of the moving image. Since 2006 she has been showing her work in exhibitions and at festivals. Exhibitions / Screenings (Selection): La Centrale Powerhouse, Montreal / HMKV, Dortmund / International Short Film Festival São Paulo, São Paulo / Ruhrtriennale, Bochum / Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock / Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin / Off Biennale Cairo, Cairo / Videoart at Midnight, Berlin / MMOMA Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow / Schwules Museum, Berlin / Fajr International Film Festival, Tehran / HKW, Berlin / Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen / SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen / Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / Les Complices*, Zurich / Videonale, Bonn / Gallery 400, Chicago / CCNY, New York / Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst, Berlin