Framing the activities of a group of lighthouse spotters against the uncertain future faced by Irish lighthouses, An Illustrated Guide to Lighthouse Spotting idles with common documentary conventions in a kind of epistemological dilettantism, whereby the diseased triumvirate of rhetorical development, drama and realism is inoculated by mild incoherence, mundanity and idiosyncratic fancy.
Mike Hannon works as an independent artist, and as a freelance documentor for creative sectors and the visual arts. His previous pieces have included both conventional, TV documentary and experimental work.
Hashti, in most traditional houses in Iran, is a octagonal space of distribution and circulation to direct the person towards the various parts of the house, the private (andarouni) and semi-public (birouni) reserved for the reception from abroad and the access to spaces of service. Based on the idea that Tehran itself represents a house, so to speak the inner circle of The Islamic Republic of Iran, the outskirts of the city become the space of transition between inside and outside, between urban and non-urban. Thus the film and discursive project HASHTI Tehran looks at four very different areas in the outskirts of Tehran: the mountain of Tochal in the north, the area around the artificial lake Chitgar in the West, the construction of social housing called Pardis Town in the far east and the neighbourhood Nafar Abad at the southern edges of the city. By combining Road movie and architectural documentary and by inverting the techniques of inside and outside shots the film HASHTI Tehran portrays Tehran through its peripheral spaces. Background „Segregation“ and „privatization“, „security“ and „control“ are core terms of urban transformation in the developping cities of the 21st century around the globe. Its contested counterparts are „public“ or „open space“, „access“ and „citizenship“. All these concepts seem stuck in the negotiation between aspiration of new liberal economies trying to connect to a global construction and business boom on the one and a tendency of preserving a shared public sphere for all groups of society within the urban area on the other hand. HASHTI tries to shift this focus to areas where the controlling force of urban development seems to lose its influence, where definitions get blurry and fluid: the edges and peripheries, those contact zones, where city and landscape, nature and construction meet. Can a citizen who leaves the city for recreational or other purposes, still be called a citizen? Which societal function does he take on, which political role does he play in the moment where he enters or lives in the periphery of a city? Administrative aswell as geographical city borders divide space into inside and outside, into what belongs and what is beyond. The relation of those spaces on both sides of the border is therefore not symmetrical. The definitional authority is on the side of the city. The city would always determine the use and formation of space beyond its limits in a stronger way than the countryside would determine the urban space. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the city produces things, that it has to exclude from its centre, in order to guarantee the functionality of the living together: waste, dead corpses, criminals and socially marginalized. The space beyond the city limits therefore is predetermined for storage, settlement and disposal of what is socially peripheral. On the other hand the space beyond the boundaries of the city calls for this need for the city’s opposite: recreation, life in the green space, better air, less density and pollution. Living in the periphery therefore can be understood equally as Stigma and privilege. The Tehran case study Tehran’s peripheral geography shows a significant structural analogy with its social, environmental and psychological divisions: the northern periphery, reserved for the upper class in penthouse appartments and for recreation in the „clean air“ of the mountains, heavily contradicts the situation at the southern periphery, where smog and desert define the social life of the middle and low classes. While the geographical layout of the city with the mountains in the north and the desert in the south define a north-south axis, growth and development of the city are only possible on a west-east axis. HASHTI as a discursive project in collaboration with Shadnaz Azizi, Kaveh Rashidzadeh, Amir Tehrani and Pouya Sepehr and explored in four printed booklets, examines the different strategies of urban planners, architects and sociologists in these areas. How is traffic, how are meeting places, contact zones, gardening controlled and defined? And how do these spaces relate to the definition of interior spaces, the living room as a main forum in a society that regulates public space. NORTH (TOCHAL) In the north of the city lie Alborz mountain, reaching up to 5600m with its highest peak Damavand. It is the main water reservoir for the entire city. Alborz is not only used by tourists for hiking and skiing but also by Tehranis as an area for urban recreation. The northern city limits directly border the area of Tochal mountain, whose peak is connected with the urban area through a 12km long funicular. A mountain area used by urban people as part of their urban life. WEST (CHITGAR) In the west of the city, north of Chitgar Park, the city limits currently extend again towards the foot of Alborz mountain with a complex of residential highrise buildings. While the structures itself provide housing for middle class families, the spaces „in-between“ are renaturated for recreational purposes, including the artificial so-called Lake for the Martyrs of the Persian Gulf. A „second nature“ is conceived, built and offered. Concrete structures, open air pavements and boat cruises inaugurate a specifically cultural form of visibility, meeting and exchange, while „real nature“ is taking over: endemic birds started to settle and environmentalists, biologists and urban planners struggle with algae and mosquitos. How much „nature“ serves the purpose of a specific outer-urban residential middle class lifestyle? EAST (PARDIS TOWN) The social housing estate Pardis Town was built under the Ahmadinedschad administration 30 minutes by car east of Tehran. Cheap housing was constructed in 11 phases in the hilly and dry landscape. Neither shopping facilities nor schools or public transport were provided in the beginning. Here the question is turned upside down: How much „city“ is necessary to serve the basic daily needs of ten thousands of working class people starting a new life in an empty landscape? SOUTH (NAFAR ABAD) In Nafar Abad the relation between residential space and open space is designed differently: While the municipality demolishes the neighbourhood piecemeal to make way for the expanding needs of the adjacent Shrine, an important site for shia pilgrimage, the population temporarily inhabits the space in between the small scale residential buildings by setting up furniture, armchairs and chairs for local meetings, creating a subversive public version of the private living room. Furthermore, the neighbourhood is the location for the industrial treatment of waste water from the entire city: The Tehran Wastewater Treatment Plant is situated in the vicinity. This is where the water, collected from Tochal Mountain and consumed by millions of Tehranis on its way through the city, ends up. In the south of the city, in districts like Shah-er-rey, the city boundaries reach towards the desert and the landscape gives a first insight of what will await those who will leave the city southbound: The gigantic and vast salt lake Namak, which contrary to Lake Chitgar is a natural lake but does not provide water or opportunities for leisure activities.
Daniel Kötter is a director and video artist whose work oscillates deliberately between different media and institutional contexts, combining techniques of structuralist film with documentary elements and experimental music theater. It was shown in numerous galleries, video festivals, concert halls and theatres all over the world. Between 2008 and 2011, he developed the video-performance trilogy Arbeit und Freizeit. His music theatre performances in collaboration with composer Hannes Seidl are shown at numerous international festivals. Between 2013 and 2016 they developped the trilogy Ökonomien des Handelns: KREDIT, RECHT, LIEBE. Kötter`s series of films, performative and discursive work on urban and socio-political conditions of theatre architecture and performativity has been under development between 2009 and 2015) under the title state-theatre: Lagos/Teheran/Berlin/Detroit/Beirut/Mönchengladbach (with Constanze Fischbeck). His film and text work KATALOG was shot in twelve countries around the mediterranean sea portraying sites and practices related to the definition of the public sphere. It was presented at the Venice Biennal for Architecture (2013/14). He is currently working with curator Jochen Becker (metroZones) on the research, exhibition and film project CHINAFRIKA. Under Construction. (2014-2018) www.danielkoetter.de www.state-theatre.de http://katalog.danielkoetter.de
Mike Hannon films a lighthouse in Ireland. Taking liberty with some of traditional documentary conventions, he introduces mild incoherence to the triumvirate of rhetorical development, drama and realism, by blending imaginary facts with documentary style. Produced from an almost anthropological perspective, the film is formal in composition, and raises the question of the role of the participants in documentary as narrative characters. Daniel Kötter continues his research on the regulation, control and design of social areas. He films the city of Tehran, starting with the notion of the hashti, an octagonal room that leads to the private or public areas of houses. The suburbs of Tehran become transitional places between internal and external, urban and non-urban.
Evil.66.2 The second video in a new trilogy within my larger "Evil”Series featuring selected quotes from the books of a well-known U.S. presidential candidate on a variety of subjects: from his rhetorical tactics, to his political opponents, to his views on borders, immigration, and other issues. Is all this a common tale of seduction and manipulation (or is it the self-deception of his supporters)?
Tony Cokes Bio Tony Cokes makes video and installation projects that reframe appropriated texts. The media works reflect upon capitalism, subjectivity, knowledge and pleasure. Sound always functions in his practice as a crucial, intertextual element, complicating minimal visuals. His works have been exhibited internationally at venues including Centre Georges Pompidou, Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), SF MOMA, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, and La Cinémathèque Française. Cokes has received fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Getty Research Institute. He resides in Providence, RI where he is a Professor in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.
The video explores the theme of unseen and unforeseen catastrophe. Catastrophe is the fatal turning point or resolution in Ancient Greek drama. The word catastrophe in Greek and Arabic bears the same weight: the catastrophe of Asia Minor, the Exodus from Palestine. When catastrophe strikes, the visual equivalent of extreme shock is to drop whatever one holds in one’s hands. The `unbreakable` Duralex glasses were created in France in the late 50’s and have today become a classic. A symbol of strength and durability, they have spread around the whole world and have been photographed in the hands of Afghan tribesmen, James Bond, and even Osama bin Laden. The ‘Western’glasses are shot in slow motion as they fall to the ground, bounce, alternate and merge with the more fragile Arabic tea-glasses in a silent and ultimately shared - dance of death. Letters hit the falling glassware with the rhythmic intensity of gunshots, spelling the word catastrophe in Greek (καταστροφή), English, and Arabic (nakba). Catastrophe is a reflection on the current events in the world and the increasing loss of value of human life.
Marion Inglessi is a visual artist, scene designer, curator. Born in Athens, she lived in Ghana, Nigeria, Lebanon, Italy, France and USA. After a BA in English Literature, she received an MFA in Theatre Design from Brandeis University, Boston, U.S.A. (1986-89). She attended Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey on an Erasmus scholarship (2010-11). In 2014 she received an MFA from the School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki. She has worked as a designer for theatre, opera, film and advertising, in New York, Paris, Athens (1989-2003). She was Head of exhibitions & curator at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (2005-2009), for film directors Nico Papatakis, William Klein, Werner Herzog, Wim & Donata Wenders, Eve Sussman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Guillermo del Toro, Cao Fei, and others. In 2015 she co-created a video animation project for refugee children & adolescents in Athens shelters. She has had two solo painting and sculpture exhibitions while participating and curating a number of group shows. Her work is in private collections in Greece, France, Switzerland and Turkey and the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art. Her video Catastrophe participated in the video survey Fireflies in the Night Take Wing, at the SNFCC, Athens, 2016.
Le long de la nuit. Deux jeunes garçons sont dehors. Ils gardent un studio de cinéma. Ils sont frères. Seuls, la lune et un tigre les accompagnent pour traverser ce temps.
Soufiane Adel est né en 1981 en Algérie. Il arrive en France à 8 ans. C’est en faisant une école de design, l’ENSCI, Les Ateliers, qu’il découvre le cinéma. Pas par hasard, toute son enfance il s’est nourri des films de Jean Claude Van Damme et du Nouvel Hollywood. Il rencontre à 20 ans le néoréalisme italien et le cinéma expérimental, et amorce alors une longue cinéphilie, autodidacte, aléatoire, et compulsive. En 2004, il décide de filmer son père, lui demande de rejouer une scène qu’ils ont vécue ensemble. Ce sera son premier court métrage : « Nuits closes ». Après il y aura « La Cassette » puis « Kamel s’est suicidé six fois, son père est mort ». À partir de 2009, il co-réalise ses films avec Angela Terrail, avec qui il travaille depuis « La Cassette ». Ils réaliseront « Sur la tête de Bertha Boxcar » et prépare actuellement un long métrage, l’adaptation contemporaine d’un roman de Jack London « Martin Eden ».
Two camels and two men are trapped inside a fable, longing for, but distrusting knowledge. Who can fight for humanity among football playing fascists, partisan storms and phony nature? “Nothing but progress” freely adapts tales by German philosopher Günter Anders.
Frédéric Jaeger is a film critic and filmmaker based in Berlin. In his artistic work he looks for contradictions in the contemporary society, in order to have fun with them. He is the founder of the German-speaking film magazine critic.de and contributor to Berliner Zeitung and Spiegel Online. Nino Klingler is a freelance film critic and filmmaker living in Berlin, Germany. After having worked for the German Federal Foreign Office he now attends as an artist the graduate school of Universität der Künste in Berlin.
The opening of the film «The Ceremony» shows the image from the title page of Olof Rudbeck the Elder’s «Atlantica» from 1679, were Rudbeck reveals Sweden as the sunken Atlantis. Written during the era of the Swedish Empire, the archaeological novel «Atlantica» is a marvel of non-specialization and heterogeneous connections, largely based on speculative etymologies and sound correspondences. In «The Ceremony», in a similar audacious manner, identities, histories and places appear and disappear: freed from reality’s hold, in layer upon layer of image, text and sound, like abandoned or yet to be built cities: Tutankhamen’s crypt and unbroken seal, Bredäng (suburb of Stockholm where the artists live), the strange entrance to the old Stasi headquarters in Berlin, other places, tombs and prisons. All connected by subterranean passages through which an alien time runs; incompatible, turning endlessly into itself.
Lina Selander (b. 1973) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Lina Selanders work often focus on junctures in history where a system or physical place collapses and something new begins to emerge; the narrative of mechanical cinema giving way to that of digital video, or a political or economic system plummeting into a new one. Her works revolve around images as memories, imprints and representations. Selander’s work has been shown at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London; Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; VOX - Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montré al and in international group shows such as the Venice Biennale 2015; Kyiv Biennale 2015; Seoul Media City Biennale 2014; Manifesta 2012 in Genk, Belgium; Bucharest Biennale 2010; and at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Oscar Mangione (b. 1971) works with Lina Selander and has participated with her in several exhibitions. From 2006 to 2012 he edited and wrote for the magazine and art project Geist and took part in numerous exhibitions, performances and projects in venues such as the Reykjavík Arts Festival, the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm and the Venice Biennale.
"Sampling Argentinian critical and revolutionary films from 1956 to 2006, Los (De)pendientes offers a great step in the conception of film history. Without any words, considering the past, it tells what visual works were faithful to the real issues of their times; considering the present, it shows in which poor condition are these crucial images of life and struggle; considering the becoming, it indicates what remains to be done to reconstruct a fairest and truest history of cinema; considering eternity, it is an auratic poem of bold shadows." NICOLE BRENEZ
Colombian experimental filmmaker based in São Paulo, Brazil, has shown his films in galleries and festival in the Americas, Europa and Asia. His film "Zugang" was edited by Experiments in Cinema - DVD Collection - New Mexico, USA. In 2015 his film "Los (De)pendientes" was included in Artforum Magazine list of the best films of the year. His work received retrospective shows at Cinematheque of Rio de Janeiro, Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Colombia and at La Neomudéjar Museum, Madrid-Spain. He defines his cinematic practice as the search of a perpetual becoming state of the image in relation with the cosmos, through the following formula: "I make cinema because I´m not a painter. I make cinema as a compositor would do."
Tony Cokes select the quotes of a famous ex-candidate at the last American presidential elections in a tale of seduction and manipulation. Marion Inglessi explores the theme of catastrophe, the invisible and unpredictable suspense after a shock. Soufiane Adel films two young brothers at night who guard a film studio, and weave together references from Jean Genet to proletarian struggles and the construction of identity. The moon and a tiger accompany them, with a backdrop inspired by paintings by Ingres and Botticelli. Frédéric Jaeger and Nino Klingler present a tale about progress. Camels and men are trapped in a fable, longing for but distrusting knowledge. In ‘The Ceremony’, Lina Selander and Oscar Mangione establish disparate links between different identities, stories and places. Layers of images, texts and sound intertwine, cities appear abandoned or under construction. Sebastian Wiedemann assembles extracts from films produced in Argentina between 1956 and 2006, concerning criticism and revolution. He tries to circumvent our expectations, to make new areas of freedom and representations of people possible.
Short synopsis: The subject of Aglaia Konrad’s 16mm films is modernist architecture but rather than a form of architecture on film, or film on architecture, her films investigate the potential for film to embody the experience of architecture as sculpture. The protagonist here is `La Scala`, a villa on Lake Garda, designed by Vittoriano Vigano for André Bloc in 1958. The ‘multiple projection’ (split-screen) of La Scala proposes a multiplicity of perspectives and, more significantly, a succession of combined images. Long synopsis: Modernist architecture is the subject of Aglaia Konrad’s 16mm films but rather than – and beyond – a form of architecture on film, or film on architecture, what her films propose is an investigation into the potential for film to embody the experience of architecture as sculpture. Working with the moving image offers Konrad, who is originally a photographer, the possibility of duration and, most importantly, that of editing – of constructing an accumulation of points of view and positions, which in her latest film La Scala is emphasized by the use of the split screen. A split screen which is reminiscent of the double screen projection in works such as River Yar by Chris Welsby and William Raban, a 1972 film which documents a landscape – a river estuary in the Isle of Wight – at the interstices between seasons and between night and day. The ‘multiple projection’ of La Scala proposes a multiplicity of perspectives and, more significantly, a succession of combined images. The combined shots often serve to emphasize each other. Konrad tends to pair images of the same space, shot from a slightly different perspective, in a slightly different light. Perhaps a slightly different moment of the day, a different exposure. Almost identical images function as a spatial jump cut, rather than a temporal one. Perched on a cliff overlooking Lake Garda, La Scala is a Brutalist villa built in the late 1950s by Italian architect Vittorio Viganò. In spite of its pure, modernist lines and materials, La Scala is not a neutral architectural environment but one that highlights drama – hence the theatrical resonances of its name. Its most dramatic feature is the vertiginous concrete stairway that gives its name to both the house and the film (‘scala’ means ‘ladder’ in Italian). The film begins from the perspective of the lake and moves up, through the scala and into the house, where glass becomes predominant, and with glass, light. The film explodes into a kaleidoscope of reflections, multiplied by the double screen. Film attempting to capture light, and film as light. In memory of sound engineer Gilles Laurent, who was working on the sound design and was killed in the Brussels bombs, Konrad has chosen for the film to remain silent. But silence is particularly befitting, allowing for the emphasis to be on space: the space filmed, the space of the screen, the space between the screens.
Aglaia Konrad (°1960, Salzburg) criss-crosses urban spaces. Her photographs, films and installations zoom in on exceptional buildings and the transformation of cities. She focuses on the way architecture is visualised and exhibited. Aglaia Konrad lives in Brussels and teaches at LUCA School of Arts. She had presented her work in solo exhibitions in Siegen, Antwerp, Geneva, Graz, Cologne and New York, among other cities, as well as in international group shows such as Documenta X (1997), Cities on the Move (1998-1999) and Talking Cities (2006). Her work has been documented in several exhibitions catalogues and monographic publications such as `Elasticity` (2002) and `Iconocity` (2005). For her book `Desert Cities` (2008) she received the Infinity award for the best photo book 2009 of the International Center for Photography, New York. The book `Carrara` (2011) won the Fernand Baudin Prize 2011. In 2016 she published `From A to K` (Buchhandlung Walther König).
Avant lâ€™envol propose une exploration de la ville dâ€™Abidjan par le biais de son architecture dâ€™Ã©tat. Le film, prÃ©cis et minimal, offre un Ã©tat des lieux quasi chronologique de lâ€™architecture moderniste dans la principale ville ivoirienne tout en soulignant la monumentalitÃ© et la qualitÃ© architecturale de ces Ã©difices construits pendant les annÃ©es euphoriques et visionnaires qui suivent lâ€™indÃ©pendance. Dans ces architectures venues dâ€™ailleurs le temps semble Ãªtre suspendu. On y dÃ©couvre parfois des formes qui traduisent le dÃ©sir dâ€™intÃ©gration de la culture vernaculaire mais qui trahissent, de plus en plus au fil du temps, une inadaptation au climat local. Lâ€™attention est portÃ©e aux usagers et Ã la maniÃ¨re dont ils sâ€™approprient ces espaces et leur donnent vie Ã travers la chorÃ©graphie des gestes, des dÃ©placements, des interactions, des utilisations informelles et autres dÃ©tournements qui sâ€™y opÃ¨rent. Avant lâ€™envol questionne ce patrimoine architectural riche, ambitieux autant que dystopique, interroge le sens et le devenir de cet hÃ©ritage post-colonial.
Laurence Bonvin est une rÃƒÂ©alisatrice et photographe suisse ; elle vit entre Berlin et GenÃƒÂ¨ve. Son approche de nature documentaire est centrÃƒÂ©e sur des phÃƒÂ©nomÃƒÂ¨nes de transformation du paysage urbain et naturel, de lÃ¢â‚¬â„¢environnement bÃƒÂ¢ti et humain. Son travail photographique a fait lÃ¢â‚¬â„¢objet de trois monographies, de nombreuses publications et expositions en Suisse et internationalement. RÃƒÂ©cemment Bonvin a rÃƒÂ©alisÃƒÂ© trois court-mÃƒÂ©trages documentaires : After Vegas (2013) avec StÃƒÂ©phane Degoutin ; Sounds of Blikkiesdorp (2014) et Avant lÃ¢â‚¬â„¢envol (2016), projetÃƒÂ© en premiÃƒÂ¨re internationale ÃƒÂ la Berlinale et laurÃƒÂ©at du prix de la meilleure camÃƒÂ©ra au Kurzfilmtage de Winterthur. www.laurencebonvin.com
The film is inspired by the once huge and luxurious hotels in the former Eastern Bloc designed in the 1970s and 80s. In the meantime their glamour is considered out of date and most of the hotels have been shut down, renovated or demolished.
Arianne Olthaar (1970, Netherlands) graduated as a painter from the Hagues’ Royal Academy of Art in 1992. She is making experimental films, photographs and miniature models. Her work has a strong focus on the once-luxurious interiors of public spaces, built in the 1970s and 80s (primate enclosures, dining cars, hotel nightclubs, discotheques, a school interior). Interiors that once represented an explicit modern luxury but nowadays have an aura of faded glory and are increasingly disappearing by renovation or demolishment. Her work has been presented in a variety of exhibitions as well as numerous international film festivals, including Cinematexas; Media City Film and Video Festival, Windsor; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück; New York Film Festival; Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago and International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Jasmina Cibic’s film trilogy NADA draws parallels between the construction of national culture and its use-value for political aims. The first chapter Nada: Act I fans out from a biographical thread of architect and artist Vjenceslav Richter, one of the key figures in charge of the visual representation of the Yugoslav state and his first and unrealized design for the Yugoslav Pavilion at the 1958 EXPO in Brussels. Cibic traced this architecture through archives and recreated the pavilion’s initial design as a musical instrument. In the film, a violinist constructs and continually tunes the instrument according to the Miraculous Mandarin, a musical composition for ballet written by Béla Bartók. This artwork was the one chosen to represent Yugoslavia at the most important dates of the pavilion itself – its National Days – whose role was to maximise the attention and the number of visitors. Paradoxically, this work was since its conception in 1917 marred by state censorship due to its explicit subject matter: a plot of a prostitute, her pimps and the client – roles which Cibic recasts in the following chapters of Nada into characters of Mother Nation, politicians and the artist in charge of national presentation.
Jasmina Cibic works in performance, instalation and film, employing a range of activity, media and theatrical tactics to redefine or reconsider a specific ideological formation and its framing devices such as art and architecture. She represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial with the project “For Our Economy and Culture”. Her recent solo exhibitions include Esker Foundation Calgary, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, MGLC Ljubljana and Ludwig Museum Budapest along with group exhibitions at Hessel Museum, Pera Museum Istanbul, Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, La Panacee Montpellier, City Gallery Wellington, MSUM+ Ljubljana, MNHA Luxembourg. Her films have recently been screened at Biennial of Moving Image Buenos Aires, Pula Film Festival, HKW Berlin, CCA Laznia, Les Rencontres Internationales Paris, Dokfest Kassel and Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. Cibic has been nominated for the Jarman Award (2016), Golden Cube Award (Dokfest 2016) and won the MAC International Ulster Bank Award (2016) and best International Artist at the Kunsthalle Charlottenburg(2016). Cibic’s upcoming solo exhibitions include NN Contemporary, Crawford Art Gallery Cork, Aarhus 2017, BALTIC Gateshead, Krefeld Museum and DHC Art Montreal.
“Turo” is a film exploring post-Soviet geography and Constructivist architecture. It is made up four chapters and an introduction-index. Each chapter is exploring a different Constructivist building as a stage for past utopias. The buildings are landmarks of Soviet modernism: Melnikov House (architect Konstantin Melnikov), Narkomfin Building (architect Moisei Ginzburg), ZIL (Automobile factory designed by Vesnin brothers) and also recording of a “ghost mode” of a video game exploring ruins of Pripyat’ (Soviet town affected by Chernobyl catastrophe) featuring unrealized Tatlin’s Tower. Since a lot of Constructivist projects were never realized and existed as potential designs, they are placed into the virtual environments of the video game, positioning utopia within dystopia. It’s an atemporal collective territory, where past dreams coincide with current consumer culture. Modernity could be interpreted as an updated Babel Tower project where the universal tongue would have been imposed over the rest of the world. It still resonates deeply with contemporary culture, but today it exists as an archive of ruins, the record of fragmentation. Exploring various methods of representation the video’s structure combines cinematic approach with layering and digital abstraction. Each part of the film is a metaphorical tower that gets deconstructed throughout the duration of the chapter. Some parts are direct cinematic narratives, like an enormous blaze, while others show use projected images, deconstruction of an image and shaping its potential meanings on the basis of technological reproduction.
Anton Ginzburg is a New York–based artist and filmmaker who uses an array of historical and cultural references as starting points for his investigations into art’s capacity to penetrate layers of the past and reflect on the contemporary experience. Born in 1974 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Ginzburg received a classical arts education before immigrating to the United States in 1990. He earned a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and MFA degree from Bard College (Milton Avery Graduate School). His art has been shown at the 54th Venice Biennale, Blaffer Art Museum, Lille3000, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, White Columns, the first and second Moscow Biennales, and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Screenings included IFFR, NYFF/Projections, Les Rencontres Internationales Moscow International Film Festival, Arkipel/Jakarta, Exis/Korea and Images/Toronto.
On the banks of Lake Garda Aglaia Konrad films a modernist villa built in 1958 by Vittoriano Vigano for André Bloc. Laurence Bonvin explores the city of Abidjan through a selection of its state architecture. She focuses on contemporary uses of these buildings, and on the future of this post-colonial heritage. Arianne Olthaar traverses an ancient former hotel in the former Soviet bloc, a symbol of bygone luxury. Jasmina Cibic recreates the Yugoslavian pavilion at the Universal Exhibition in 1958, still at project stage. It appears here in the form of an instrument, on which a violinist plays ‘The Miraculous Mandarin‘, composed by Béla Bartók. Anton Ginzburg explores post-Sovietic geography and constructivist architecture, and recreates timeless virtual landscapes like scenes of former utopias.
M+M steht für die künstlerische Zusammenarbeit von Marc Weis, geb. 1965, und Martin De Mattia, geb. 1963. Das deutsch-luxembourgische Künstlerduo überschreitet in seinen Arbeiten die klassischen Gattungsgrenzen zwischen Film und Rauminstallation. Sie erhielten u.a. den Villa Massimo Preis Rom, das Stipendium Villa Aurora L.A oder den ADC Award. Einzelausstellungen fanden in den letzten Jahren statt u.a. im Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, im MAMBo - Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, im Casino - Forum d’art Contemporain, Luxembourg, in der Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck oder im Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal/Canada. Zudem waren sie in zahlreichen Gruppenausstellungen vertreten: u.a. Museum Folkwang, Essen, Biennale Venedig, Emscherkunst, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Neue Galerie, Graz, Haus der Kunst, München, Hamburger Kunsthalle.
A film that shows locations in California that has "played" other parts of the world in early Hollywood films. By revisiting these old locations, documenting them as they look today and by letting sounds from the old films inhabit them, the films constructs the Californian landscape as a place out of time and place.
John Skoog (born 1985 in Malmö, lives and works in Copenhagen) studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. He was awarded the Baloise Art Prize in 2014 and the Ars-Viva prize in 2013. Recent exibitions and screenings include Mad Horizon, Index Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, SE (2016) Värn, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK, 2015), Slow Return, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (2015), Shadowland, Pilar Corrias, London (2015),Berlin International Film Festival (2015) and Federsee, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö (2013). Skoog is currently the professor of the film class at the Art Academy in Mainz.
In Establishing Eden, Broersen & Lukács focus on the establishing shot: the moment a landscape is identified and becomes one of the main protagonists in a film. In blockbusters like `Avatar` (James Cameron, 2009) and the film series `Lord of the Rings` (Peter Jackson, 2001-2014), these shots have been used to capture and confiscate the nature of New Zealand, propagating itself as a new Eden, evergreen and unspoilt. Here, fiction takes over from reality: mountains and forests exist under the name of their cinematic alter ego’s. Broersen & Lukács travelled through the wilderness of New Zealand to capture these landscapes, and with that, they appropriate the nature of New Zealand once again. Creating an architecture of fragments connected by the camera movement of a perpetual establishing shot, they show this Eden as a series of many possible realities, an illusion that comes together just as easily as it falls apart.
Margit Lukács (Amsterdam, 1973) & Persijn Broersen (Delft, 1974) are artists living and working in Amsterdam. They work in a wide variety of media- most notably video, animation and graphics- producing a myriad of works that reflect on the depiction of nature in our increasingly virtual society. With intricate layers of (filmed) footage, digital animation and images appropriated from the media they demonstrate how reality, (mass) media and fiction are strongly intertwined in contemporary culture. Broersen and Lukács studied at the Sandberg Institute and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Their films, installations and graphic work have been shown internationally, including: Biennale of Sydney (AUS), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL), Muhka (Bel), Centre Pompidou Paris (FR), Shanghai World Expo (CN), Casa Enscendida, Madrid (ESP). Their films have been shown at several festivals including LAForum in Los Angeles, Kassel Dokumentar and filmfestival (Ger), Paris Rencontres (FR, Ger & Esp), New York Film Festival (USA), IDFA, Amsterdam (NL) and International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL).
Untitled (earth)is a digital montage of found film material examined over a lightbox. Hazy figures in smudged pink and gold landscapes are pulled past the video lens unraveling the film image. A cinematic experience is reassembled in stop/start motion falling in and out of sync with the video frame rate. Ruined image detail in rhythmic incantation taps a remembrance of familiar forms in the brightly patterned tropes of cinema.
Born in Ireland and living in the US, Murray draws upon her background in art studies and practice to make moving image works in a range of experimental forms. Her films and videos have screened widely and her work is in a number of library and special collections. She is currently teaching at the University of Iowa.
A broken bottleneck lies on the ground. An analogue telephone with a blank dial plate. The hero of the film, Jean-Louis Trintignant, in younger years – in older years. A man huddled on an elevator floor. Skewered butterflies. He is all alone in the world. The external is sealed off. The internal barricaded. He shifts between times. His focus is always trained on the other. Is he wanted, condemned, persecuted? The man whom we observe from the rear, is only able to see his back in the mirror. His face cannot be recognised. All the actions and movements, all the seeking and striving, all the alterations and associations revolve around the view and excerpt from “La reproduction interdite”, painted by Belgian surrealist René Magritte in 1937. The mirror axis of the film, and yet, and simply for that reason, one becomes the other. The other becomes many. “personne – that is somebody and nobody and anyone. That is us in the course of time. Persistently, in vain. The self is the need for permanent self-assertion”.
Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller are directors, known for Cut (2013), Contre-jour (2009) and Personne (2016).
Body Snatcher conflates new 16mm material and found footage from Barbara Loden‘s film Wanda (1970) into an abstract narrative. Loden‘s film shows a character that seemingly passively navigates the world, but at the same time fights for her own identity and challenges social norms through her refusal to function as expected: „Life is a mistery to her. She doesn’t know what she wants but she knows what she doesn’t want.“ Taking fragments of the film as a starting point, objects, props and surfaces from the film were recreated, visually isolated and filmed anew. In a kind of vacuum, an abstract and associative narration touching on emptiness, failure, and identity construction slowly unfolds. A sort of parasitic science fiction remake of Wanda emerges - a layer of meaning that lies behind the film‘s plot and surface is imagined and constructed, positioning disparate elements in relation to each other and forging connections between them.
Benjamin Ramírez Pérez lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne from 2009 - 2015. He was awarded the German Film Critics` Prize for Best Experimental Short in 2013. In 2015, he received the Chargesheimer Scholarship for Media Arts of the City of Cologne. Currently, he is a participant at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2016 – 2018).
The images in the form of a diptych by M+M reinterpret film scenes, with a scene re-enacted faithfully on the one hand, and on the other hand the same scene rewritten or modified. In California John Skoog films places where iconic Hollywood films were shot, used to represent the most diverse places around the world. Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács reconstruct the scenery of New Zealand used as backdrops for films like Avatar and Lord of the Rings. Nature has been forfeited to depict a fresh fictional Eden. Julie Murray confronts digital video images with traditional film. Hazy outlines and mottled landscapes appear. Around the actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller question someone, no-one, anyone. Us in the course of time. Benjamin Ramírez Pérez develops an abstract narrative from the film ‘Wanda’ by Barbara Loden. He takes original elements from it such as surfaces, objects and furniture, isolating them in a parallel narrative, and examining the construction of identity.