Programme Berlin 2018
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June 20

Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Audi Foyer
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry

Discussion and Coffee

We invite you to come for a coffee and listen to the invited artists who will discuss their work, research and ongoing projects with the Rencontres Internationales programming team. This is an informal and ideal opportunity to address the work of the artists in the programme before the screening.

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June 20

Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Vortragssaal
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry

"To Belong"

In the presence of Eva Giolo and Barbara Marcel.

Eva giolo: Remote | Film expérimental | hdv | couleur | 23:41 | Belgique | 2016 see more
Barbara marcel: Arara | Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 9:36 | Allemagne / Brazil | 2017 see more
Lucia martinez: Mirador | Fiction | hdv | couleur | 14:0 | Suisse | 2016 see more
Jonathan schwartz: The Crack-Up | Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 18:0 | USA | 2017 see more
Eva giolo
Film expérimental | hdv | couleur | 23:41 | Belgique | 2016

Remote is a suggestive story. Portrait of a tender companionship in a secluded Irish countryside. Residing in the simplicity of the moment, the waiting and the repetition of days. This is a place where there is no space for imagining a future other than the perpetual repetition of the present. This is a place for survival, to be strong, alone with the wind, eyes burnt by the light. A place of unspoken tenderness, a landscape of silence and solitude in which there will always be someone.

Eva Giolo (b.1991 Brussels) is an audio visual artist. Her practice is predominantly made of filmic portraits that weave between fiction and documentary. They focus on individuals, almost always facing a certain kind of loneliness. She mainly focus on those individuals in their daily life, scripting and observing their actions and daily gestures through the camera. They often touch upon universal human themes and explore the relationship between loss, time and memory. But also the in-between language of the camera and the subject. Presenting memories, images and portraitures as something that can be manipulated and seen with multi-perspectives. Questioning the power of images is a recurrent theme and memories often stand as a central narrative. Giolo obtained a BA and MA in Fine Arts at the Media Arts department of the Royal Academy of Arts (KASK), Ghent. She completed her music education at the Institute of Contemporary Music in London. Recent screenings and exhibitions include: Imagine Science Film Festival, New York; TAZ#17, Ostend; Côté court, Paris; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Blaa Galleri, Copenhagen; BOZAR, Brussels; Courtisane Film Festival, Ghent; Ishibiki Gallery, Kanazawa; In Out Film Festival, Gdansk among others. Giolo won the VAF Wildcard for experimental film (2016) and is a founding member of the small distribution and production platform elephy. Eva Giolo is a post-grad art resident at HISK in Ghent (2018-2020). She currently works and lives in Brussels.

Barbara marcel
Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 9:36 | Allemagne | 2017

A forest. A cave. A woman and her bird skin. A body animated by past and future lives. Film Credits Actress: Liana Lessa Screenwriter and Director: Barbara Marcel Cinematographer: Rodrigo Levy Sound Mixing: João Polido

Barbara Marcel (Rio de Janeiro, 1985) is an artist and filmmaker, interested in the cultural roots of nature and the problematic heritage of colonial imagery. In her current artistic research PhD at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Marcel investigates the essayfilm as a historiographical tool for decolonial thinking with and through images, with the Botanical Garden Berlin-Dahlem and its tropical plants being her current material of study. Barbara Marcel is a scholarship holder of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and lives in Berlin.

Lucia martinez
Fiction | hdv | couleur | 14:0 | Suisse | 2016

Depuis un mirador, Lucas observe, effleure un monde qui se bâtit autour de lui. Libéré du foyer dans lequel il réside, le temps d’une journée, Lucas va se confronter à son réel, aux autres, qui vont lui renvoyer de lui même une image aussi mystérieuse qu’elle s’avère fragile.

Née en 1994, Lucia Martinez est une jeune réalisatrice suisse dont les films explorent le passage de l’enfance au monde adulte. N’utilisant pas d’interprètes professionnels, les fictions engendrées le sont à partir de son réel immédiat. Un frère, une voisine, des amis, peuvent devenir des interprètes le temps d’une fiction. Pour Lucia la fiction se glisse souvent dans les replis du réel, faisant émerger des fictions aussi minimales qu’elles sont essentielles.

Jonathan schwartz
The Crack-Up
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 18:0 | USA | 2017

THE CRACK-UP “ the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise ” (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up, 1936) Glaciers take time and glaciers hold time immensely, with sorrow and not sorrow, worry and not worry. There is a light that casts on and cast out from within, `a persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight` and slowly dissolving, it sounds enormous, urgent.

Jonathan Schwartz lives in Vermont (usa) where his creative practice includes 16mm films, things that look like list-making and collecting as a mode of research, and teaching film/associative thinking. He has had solo screenings Austrian Film Museum, UnionDocs, SF Cinematheque, Cinema Project, TIFF/Free Screen, and more. His work has been included in many film festivals including New York, Ann Arbor, Rotterdam, Toronto, Punto de Vista, Recontres Internationales, Exis, and more.

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Eva Giolo portrays a teenager in Ireland in the middle of a remote landscape. She observes the moments of simplicity, the apparent repetition of the days, in a place designed for eking out an existence, alone with the wind. Barbara Marcel pursues a woman, who herself follows a bird; a body energised by past and future lives. Over the course of a day Lucia Martinez watches a young boy who seems to barely touch upon the world, his escape from the home where he lives. Jonathan Schwartz films glaciers like metaphors of time. They immobilise the immensity of the world, the presence or absence of regrets and concerns.


June 20

Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Vortragssaal
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry

"Fiction Machine"

In the presence of Ruaidhri Ryan.

Ryan kuo: Family Maker | Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 0:0 | USA | 2017 see more
Jan ijÄs: Sosiaalinen yhteys (Social Connection) | Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 12:58 | Finlande | 2016 see more
Nicolas boone: Etage 39 | Fiction expérimentale | 4k | couleur | 29:0 | France | 2017 see more
Monira al qadiri: The Craft | Film expérimental | hdv | couleur | 16:0 | Koweït / Lebanon | 2017 see more
Ruaidhri ryan: Modern Props | Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 9:30 | Royaume-Uni | 2017 see more
Mike gibisser: Travel Stop | Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 19:0 | USA | 2017 see more
Ryan kuo
Family Maker
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 0:0 | USA | 2017

Family Maker is a computer application that uses the macOS interface to convey family dynamics across cascading sequences of gray application windows that users operate in order to unlock mysteries of being in a family. The application might be read as a portrait of the artist’s family, but it doubles as a working model of family life, populated by windows with names such as Ego and Trauma that prompt association-making. The work has been conceived as a puzzle box to unlock and explore, and as a poetic support that can give form to the unnameable. Family Maker is assembled using a runtime engine, and its dynamics are simultaneously built and enacted. As such, the creative process itself is akin to diagramming and inhabiting the family. A user of the application experiences much of how it was made. Each clickable button and slider is loaded with references to past states and future consequences. It is presented as a regular software application that can be multitasked with other tasks, such as monitoring email and scanning for viruses. As the family is a process, future versions may be created. The work is distributed by Left Gallery.

Ryan Kuo is based in New York and is currently a resident in the Queens Museum Studio Program. He received a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT in 2014. His work is often process-based and diagrammatic, utilizing techniques from video games, productivity software, web design, motion graphics, and sampling. It tends to invoke a person or people arguing. Among his current projects, Ryan is building an artist’s book about aspirational workflows, File: A User’s Manual, modeled after software guides for power users. His works and writing have most recently appeared at the Current Museum of Art (NYC), Equity Gallery (NYC), Front/Space (Kansas City), Spike Art Quarterly (Berlin), Goldsmiths (London), Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (Cambridge, MA), Boston Cyberarts (Boston), MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, MA), and Minibar (Stockholm). He was a resident artist at Residency Unlimited (NYC) in 2017.

Jan ijÄs
Sosiaalinen yhteys (Social Connection)
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 12:58 | Finlande | 2016

The film’s dialogue has been copied from online forums as is, with no editing. Many times these “ faceless ” online conversations end up to a very surreal limbo.

Media artist and filmmaker Jan Ijäs lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Ijäs works with documentary, fiction and alternative film. The films of Ijäs deal with serious and difficult social themes, like migration into foreign and hostile societies. Ijäs`s films have been shown very widely abroad by over a hundred film festivals and as installations in museums and galleries.

Nicolas boone
Etage 39
Fiction expérimentale | 4k | couleur | 29:0 | France | 2017

Dans un espace indéterminé, face à des images de paysages vierges de toutes traces humaines, plages exotiques, montagnes ou déserts, forêt, littéraux et volcans, des X1 se déplacent. L’un d’eux, qu’on identifie vite comme une sorte de modérateur, entre et sort avec les autres. Il lance des sujets de conversation, les interrompt, les relance. Tous improvisent. 1 J’appelle ici les X les 10 personnages modèles au sens bressonien. ils ont étaient choisis pour leur grande éloquence ou leur imaginaire singulier.

A sa sortie des Beaux- Arts de Paris en 2001, Nicolas Boone réalise des tournages/performances, des “ films pour une fois “ sans caméra. Son travail, entre mise en scène et captation (où, parfois, le tournage devient le film lui-même) est protéiforme : série (BUP, 2007/2008), long métrage en coréalisation sorti en salle en 2013 (200%), films courts réunis dans un même programme (Les Dépossédés, 2012)... Ses films, qui ont fait l’objet d’une rétrospective intégrale au Vivo Art Center de Vancouver en 2011, ont été sélectionnés en maints festivals, à l’image du Rêve de Bailu (2013 ; présenté en 2015 au Festival international du film de Rotterdam et celui de Jeonju, ainsi qu’à IndieLisboa) ou encore de Hillbrow, présenté (entre autres) en 2014 au FID Marseille, au Festival Mostra Indies de Sao Paulo, au Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal (1er prix Loup Argenté), au festival “Entrevue “ de Belfort (prix du public, prix One+One, prix Camira) et, en 2015, au festival international du film court de Clermont-Ferrand ainsi qu’au Lago Film Fest (Italie ; Premier prix du jury). Ce film a également obtenu le Prix Scribe du cinéma en décembre 2014. A l’automne 2015, il a fait l’objet d’une installation à La Galerie de Noisy le Sec. Psaume, réalisé en 2015, a notamment été sélectionné au FID (Compétition française ; prix du CNAP et prix des lycéens), à la Viennale et aux RIDM. Le Rêve de Bailu, Hillbrow et Psaume ont été projetés à l’UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art (Brooklyn) en novembre 2015.

Monira al qadiri
The Craft
Film expérimental | hdv | couleur | 16:0 | Koweït | 2017

“ The Craft ”is a film that revolves around childish fictions laced with serious suspicions towards the real world. Using the lens of family history, the film dissects the artist’s own past to reexamine an uncanny relationship taking place in the shadows of her major life events: “ Were my parents conspiring with aliens behind my back ” Reality gradually disintegrates like quicksand around this central question, as paranoia and speculation begin to take hold. Futuristic architecture, popular culture, dream readings, junk food, alien abductions, geopolitics, international diplomacy, war and peace; all of these once solid staples of modern life now become tinted with a general sense of distrust, overshadowing everything. Like a ticking time bomb at the center of the nuclear family unit, the suspicion reaches a crescendo when the protagonist suddenly discovers that the American century has finally ended.

Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti visual artist born in Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts, where her research was focused on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle-East stemming from poetry, music, art and religious practices. Her work explores unconventional gender identities, petro-cultures and their possible futures, as well as the legacies of corruption. She is also part of the artist collective GCC, who held a solo exhibition at MoMA PS1 in New York (2014). Monira was recently based in Amsterdam, and underwent a two year artist residency at the Rijksakademie until the end of 2017.

Ruaidhri ryan
Modern Props
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 9:30 | Royaume-Uni | 2017

“ Modern Props ” joins a pair of actors as they shop for furnishings and objects to decorate their character’s new home. The department store, in which they shop, is in fact a TV and Film props warehouse; the objects are devoid of their original function, existing only to be photographed. As the couple traverses a multitude of environments; ancient Greek, British colonial, medieval, they begin to experience aesthetic disharmony. Conflicts around etymology, authenticity and concepts of perfection abrade at the relationship until eventually our couple breakup.

Approaching film from an art background, Ruaidhri entertains a distinctly humorous view on hyper-real, self-aware constructs, perpetually chasing a notion of authenticity that does not exist. Often disclosing methods of production and combining the sincere with the ironic, Ruaidhri continues to develop conceptually driven, narrative films for gallery and film festival exhibition.

Mike gibisser
Travel Stop
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 19:0 | USA | 2017

Shot at the World’s Largest Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, the film contemplates the interiors of a Midwestern highway rest stop, creating an essayistic portrait of a familiar site of travel and transience. With fixed attention toward the ideological overtones pressed to the surface in the objects for sale, Travel Stop examines how identity is called upon, regressed, emptied, overburdened, or parceled when traversing the non-places along the US interstate. “ That the world of things can open itself to reveal a secret life ” indeed to reveal a set of actions and hence a narrativity and history outside the given field of perceptionis a constant daydream that the miniature presents. This is the daydream of the microscope: the daydream of life inside life, of significance multiplied infinitely within significance.

Mike Gibisser is a filmmaker and artist interested in navigating the indefinite lines between essay, narrative, experimental, and documentary work, often drawing together disparate subjects or time periods. In the past 10 years, he has completed two narrative features (Finally, Lillian and Dan and World of Facts), a feature film essay (The Day of Two Noons), as well as several experimental and non-fiction shorts. He has presented work at numerous galleries and festivals around the world, including the International Oberhausen Film Festival, the Harvard Film Archive, Tony Wight Gallery, Block Cinema, the AFI Film Festival, the Images Film Festival, the European Media Arts Festival, threewalls gallery, and the New York Film Festival. His work has been featured in Artforum, Variety, and Cinemascope, amongst other publications. He currently teaches at the University of Iowa and runs the Headroom Screening Series dedicated to bringing filmmakers to local audiences to present challenging and experimental new work.

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Ryan Kuo presents software that explores family dynamics. Users can therefore finally fathom the mysteries of the family by exploring past states and future consequences, notably by means of zones called Ego and Trauma. In three sequences, Jan Ijäs introduces characters that use dialogue, unaltered, from online forums, and lead us into surreal limbo. Nicolas Boone places ten role models, in the ‘Bressonian’ sense, in undefined spaces, images of landscapes untouched by any human trace. Surrounded by emptiness, language and imagination enable them to remain alive. Monira Al Qadiri conveys fictions that children imagine where parents appear to conspire with aliens. The story becomes more serious as architecture, war and peace and international diplomacy are implicated. Everything that forms the basis of modern life seems to be struck by suspicion. Ruaidhri Ryan films a couple choosing decorative objects in a warehouse of film accessories. Whatever their genre, ancient Greek, medieval or colonial, these objects only exist to be filmed. Mike Gibisser explores the world’s largest roadside rest area for lorries in Walcott, Iowa. In this non-place, any personal identity is both emptied and reconstituted. This world of things seems to shape a secret world.


June 20

Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Vortragssaal
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry

"Public Space"

In the presence of Arianne Olthaar, Stephen Connolly, Claudia Hill and Stephane Leonard.

Piotr urbaniec: Mimicry | Performance | hdv | couleur | 1:20 | Pologne | 2015 see more
Ikuru kuwajima: City of Transformers | Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 3:39 | Russie | 2016 see more
Arianne olthaar: Gesamtschule | Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 5:23 | Pays-Bas | 2016 see more
Myriam yates: Gander - Islands - Diptyque | Installation vidéo | hdv | couleur | 8:45 | Canada | 2017 see more
Riccardo giacconi: Due (Two) | Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 16:55 | France / Italy | 2017 see more
Stephen connolly: Machine Space | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 37:14 | Royaume-Uni / USA | 2017 see more
Claudia hill, Stephane Leonard: Kon'voi' | Vidéo expérimentale | 4k | couleur | 9:23 | Allemagne | 2017 see more
Piotr urbaniec
Performance | hdv | couleur | 1:20 | Pologne | 2015

A day during autumn, Krakow, Poland. I looked at the hedge and at one moment, suddenly, I felt the need to throw myself at him. It was a need dictated strictly by kinesthetic experience. A whim of immersion in the thicket that will absorb me into its lumps. Then it becomes a habit.

Piotr Urbaniec, born 1992 in Krakow. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He completed his master at the Studio of Spatial Activities (supervisor: prof. Miroslaw Balka). He did his BA at the Transmedia Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (supervisor: dr Bogdan Achimescu). In 2016, he held a residency organized by Residency Unlimited in New York as part of the 1st prize in the "Artistic Journey of Hestia" competition. He won the main prize of the Video Art Festival In Out 2016. In 2014 he won the Grand Prix in the Young Wolves competition. Winner of the Krakow City Art Scholarship. He presented his works at numerous group shows and film screenings in Poland and abroad. In 2016, he was invited by the CCA Ujazdowski Castle to organize an individual exhibition as part of Project Room project.

Ikuru kuwajima
City of Transformers
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 3:39 | Russie | 2016

The project is about the transforming cityscape of Kazan, the millennium old capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. With the brand-new buildings and anime costume characters “ Transformers ”, I visualized my impression of this fast-growing modern multicultural city, located in the middle Volga, about 600 km east from Moscow. In Kazan, newcomers would soon notice the futuristic bizarre architecture scattered around the city’s center. Those buildings are somewhat reminiscent of the contemporary but ambiguous glittering architecture in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana and Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat in Central Asia. In Kazan’s city center, visitors would also notice awkward-looking costume characters like ones from American-Japanese robot anime “ Transformers ” giving out leaflets or getting pictures taken with kids for money. Kazan is home to Tatars, a predominantly-Islam Turkic people, but it is more complex and unique, as Tatar, Russian and Soviet cultures have been intertwined in the past centuries there. Now, western capitalism gets mixed with this cultural melting pot, bringing even “ Transformers ”to the city and turning parts of the cityscape a little Disneylandish. Kazan is still in the process of this intricate transformation. This project demonstrates my vision of this transforming multicultural city located near the edge of geographical Europe.

After growing up in Japan, studying in journalism in the University of Missouri, Columbia, and living in Romania for a year, Ikuru Kuwajima has been living and working on visual documentary and art projects mainly with photography in various post-Soviet countries (Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia) in the past 10 years. After three years in Kazan, he now lives in Moscow, Russia, continuing personal projects. His artist books “ Tundra Kids ” and “ Oblomov ” were published in Vienna in 2015 and in Moscow in 2017, respectably.

Arianne olthaar
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 5:23 | Pays-Bas | 2016

Images of a comprehensive school in West Germany that was built between 1972 and 1978. At the time it was very modern and progressive, both in the way of its education as well in its interior design. An example is the integrated disco in the cellar where up untill today schoolchildren can dance during their lunch break.

Arianne Olthaar (1970, Netherlands) is making experimental films, photographs and miniature models. Her work has a strong focus on the once-luxurious interiors of public spaces that were built in the 1970s and 80s, such as 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; EMAF Osnabrück; New York Film Festival; Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago; VIDEOEX; Zürich, International Film Festival Rotterdam; Rencontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin.

Myriam yates
Gander - Islands - Diptyque
Installation vidéo | hdv | couleur | 8:45 | Canada | 2017

Isolé sur l’île de Terre-Neuve (Canada), l`aéroport de Gander a joué un rôle essentiel à partir des années 1940 en tant qu`arrêt de ravitaillement pour les vols transatlantiques. Pendant la guerre froide, Gander était l`un des rares points de ravitaillement où les avions pouvaient s`arrêter en route depuis l`Europe de l`Est ou de l`Union soviétique vers Cuba. Dans le but de présenter une image progressiste du Canada, le terminal international fut aménagé à la fin des années 50 avec des meubles de designers influents de l`époque. Avec l`avènement des avions à plus longue portée dans les années 1960, Gander a diminué en importance. L`imposante zone internationale est aujourd`hui presque inoccupée, seuls y transitent les forces américaines et les jets privés. Gander Islands (diptyque) se concentre sur la salle des fumeurs du terminal. Pendant le tournage, déposée sur le sol, une boisson à peine entamée avec une écriture en arabe sur l`étiquette de la bouteille - rappelant l`utilisation du lieu par des soldats américains en provenance de missions. Leur présence est accentuée par des d`autocollants des diverses forces tactiques qu’ils représentent, posés çà et là dans le terminal. Les plans défilant en synchronicité sont proches d`une dérive, d`une rêverie d`un(e) hypothétique occupant(e).

Myriam Yates développe une pratique qui s’articule essentiellement autour de l’image (vidéographique, filmique ou photographique). Son oeuvre se déploie sous forme de grandes projections, d’installations ou de séries photographiques. L’artiste s’intéresse à la relation entre les lieux et leur représentation, prenant souvent comme ancrage des sites modernes ou en transition, dont le statut singulier questionne les liens entre l’individu, la modernité et l’architecture.

Riccardo giacconi
Due (Two)
Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 16:55 | France | 2017

"Due" was shot in Milano 2, a residential neighbourhood located just outside Milano. Built as a utopian city between 1970 and 1979, Milano 2 was Silvio Berlusconi`s first ambitious project. It was in Milano 2 that TeleMilano, the first private Italian TV channel, started to broadcast, which made the area the bridgehead of the media and, later, political empire of Berlusconi. Milano 2, which nowadays may seem an ordinary suburban area, has functioned as a laboratory for a form-of-life which, in the decades of the Berlusconismo’s, spread nationally and left a long-lasting mark on Italian culture. The film includes an interview with Enrico Hoffer, the architect that designed the landscaping of the neighbourhood, as well as fragments from a 1974 publicity brochure advertising the real estate project.

Riccardo Giacconi has studied fine arts at the University IUAV of Venezia, at UWE in Bristol and at New York University. His work has been exhibited in various institutions, such as ar/ge kunst (Bolzano), MAC (Belfast), WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims), tranzitdisplay (Prague), MAXXI (Rome), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin). He was artist-in-residence at: Centre international d`art et du paysage (Vassivière, France), lugar a dudas (Cali, Colombia), MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome and La Box (Bourges). In 2016 he was awarded the ArteVisione video production prize, curated by Sky Arte and Careof. He presented his films at several festivals, including the New York Film Festival, the Venice International Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Rome Film Festival, the Torino Film Festival, Visions du Réel and the FID Marseille International Film Festival, where he won the Grand Prix of the international competition in 2015. In 2007 he co-founded the collective Blauer Hase, with which he curates the periodical publication “Paesaggio” and the “Helicotrema” festival.

Stephen connolly
Machine Space
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 37:14 | Royaume-Uni | 2017

Machine Space is an essay film exploring a city as a machine; a place of movement and circulation. Using a kinetic approach, issues of space, race and finance frame the city of Machine Space. Residents in voice over testify how the city as a spatial and financial machine shapes their experience. The city is Detroit, a place that has changed from producing the means of movement to producing space itself.

Stephen Connolly is an artist filmmaker currently teaching Film at the University for the Creative Arts. His practice as research doctorate, entitled The Spatial Cinema, is the culmination of many years of moving image research into the negotiation of space and the material environment through film. His work has been shown in film and media festivals worldwide since 2004. He has been the recipient of prestigious production grants from FLAMIN and the Arts Council.

Claudia hill, Stephane Leonard
Vidéo expérimentale | 4k | couleur | 9:23 | Allemagne | 2017

A group of travellers of unknown origin arrive out of nowhere into an open landscape. Over the course of a day, they explore and scan the environment with their unique handmade triangular antennae. Through their sensual decoding of information and hypnotic choreography of sign language, a necessity of care for this strange and beautiful planet emerges.

Claudia Hill is a Berlin-based cross-disciplinary artist who makes objects that create possibilities for personal encounters and community. Hill’s work developed from a career in fashion presenting her collections between New York and Japan. As her designs expanded beyond the boundaries of the industry, she made costumes for choreographer William Forsythe, The Wooster Group, and became a frequent collaborator with choreographer Meg Stuart. Her interventions range from performative designs to constructing large scale, textile based sculptures, and conceiving participatory actions for art centers such as Centre Pompidou Paris, and ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. Hill’s own artist film Kon’voi’ has been presented in several international film festivals. She is currently developing new work for Supernova, an artist group formed around Damaged Goods´ Sketches/Notebook (extended version) for the HAU Berlin 2018 season.

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One day Piotr Urbaniec felt the need to jump into a hedge. He reproduces this experience, as an attempt to repel space. Ikuru Kuwajima films Kazan, the ancient capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. Transformers walk in the town centre with its ultra-modern architecture. Supposed to represent modernity, they usually hand out leaflets, or are photographed. Arianne Olthaar films an abandoned primary school. Built in the 70s, it depicted the ideals of living together, modernism and progressive ideas in East Germany. Myriam Yates films Gander airport, isolated on the island of Newfoundland, in Canada. A strategic refuelling point in the 40s for airplanes en route to Cuba, it was developed in the 50s, according to the most modernist criteria, in order to promote a progressive image of Canada. Riccardo Giacconi films Milano 2, a residential neighbourhood in the suburbs of Milan, built between 1970 and 1979. Entrepreneur Berlusconi’s first significant achievement, it is also the place where the first private Italian television channel was established. This neighbourhood therefore became the laboratory for Berlusconi’s politics and the lifestyle that it proposed. Stephen Connolly explores the city of Detroit as a place of movement and circulation. Residents witness the social construction of space, of this city, a simultaneously spatial and financial machine, that shapes their existence. Claudia Hill and Stephane Leonard film a group of travellers. Without origins, out of nowhere, they mark a common territory in a hypnotic choreography.


June 20

Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Vortragssaal
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin / Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry

"Economy, colonialism"

In the presence of Lukas Marxt, Miryam Charles, Elise Rasmussen and Max Schneider.

Lukas marxt: Imperial Valley | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 13:58 | USA | 2018 see more
Miryam charles: Vers les colonies (Towards the colonies) | Fiction | 16mm | couleur | 5:0 | Haiti | 2016 see more
Alberto rodrÍguez collÍa: Ley Aurea (Golden Law) | Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 7:4 | Brésil / Guatemala | 2014 see more
Elise rasmussen: A Poetic Truth in a Pathetic Fallacy | Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 16:0 | Afrique du sud / Ireland/UK | 2017 see more
Lasse lau: Stem - Sound from the Tropical | Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 33:25 | Danemark / Germany | 2017 see more
Lukas marxt
Imperial Valley
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 13:58 | USA | 2018

La Vallée Impériale est l’une des plus importantes régions d’agriculture industrielle de Californie. Les grandes compagnies d’exploitation agricole sont parvenues à tirer profit et à cultiver cette portion géologique du désert de Sonora grâce à un gigantesque système d’irrigation, alimenté par le fleuve Colorado. Dans “ Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off) ”, Lukas MARXT aborde ce problème d’une façon très ingénieuse. Il commence avec une vue aérienne d’un canal d’irrigation traversant un paysage désertique.

1983 in Styria, Austria. Marxt studied Environmental Sciences for Geography in Graz, in 2004 he switched to audio visual studies at the Art University in Linz. From 2007 to 2008 he attended the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa at the Institut Arte Multimédia. In 2009 Marxt carried on with post graduate studies at the Art University in Cologne and attended post graduate studies at the HGB Leipzig. He lives and works in Cologne and Graz.

Miryam charles
Vers les colonies (Towards the colonies)
Fiction | 16mm | couleur | 5:0 | Haiti | 2016

Lorsqu’une jeune fille est retrouvée au large de la côte vénézuélienne, un médecin légiste tente de déterminer les causes du décés avant que le corps ne soit rapatrié.

Formé en cinéma à l’Université Concordia, Miryam Charles a produit et photographié les courts métrages,Danger of death, La boutique de forge, Full Love, Feu de Bengale et les longs métrages Le pays des âmes et Nouvelles, Nouvelles. Elle est la réalisatrice de Vole, vole tristesse, Vers les colonies, Une forteresse et Trois Atlas.

Alberto rodrÍguez collÍa
Ley Aurea (Golden Law)
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 7:4 | Brésil | 2014

This video speaks about the exploitation and its institutionalized discrimination (economic and racial) and slavery. The location is Brazil, because this one of the most unequal countries worldwide and was the last to declare slavery illegal (Aurea Act of 1898).

Lives and works in Guatemala. With his work tries to explore the historical memory, sordid aspects of the human being and the ridicule of the societies that are imposed over others. He graduated as Engraver from Art School no. 10 of Madrid, with his final project received the Honourable mention at Aurelio Blanco awards. He was awarded with the residencies of FONCA / CASA of Oaxaca, Mexico; Des.Pacio of San Jose, Costa Rica, Fundaçao Armando Alvarez Penteado in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and AIT in Tokyo, Japan. Also participated in 32nd. Biennial of Ljubljana, in the XVI and XVII Biennial of Guatemala and the VII Central American Biennial. In 2007 he co-founded the TEGG, the only engraving workshop in Guatemala, where he teached and organized exhibitions related to graphic arts. From 2010 to 2014 he was in charge of the Cinematographic Art Center of the CCEG, coordinating films screenings and workshops of cinema. Rodriguez also coordinated the Contemporary Film Festival (MUCA) and has worked for the human rights oriented film festival “ Memoria, Verdad, Justicia ” since 2013. He participated in the films "Even the Sun has spots" that won "Prix Espérance" and "Honourable Mention" in the FID of Marseille.

Elise rasmussen
A Poetic Truth in a Pathetic Fallacy
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 16:0 | Afrique du sud | 2017

A Poetic Truth in a Pathetic Fallacy considers ways in which human-kind has been fascinated by and has misinterpreted the rhinoceros, exploring the urgency to keep this genus from extinction while considering the lingering effects of colonialism and collection. Over the past decade the trafficking of rhino horns has gained popularity and both poaching and theft of vintage horns has risen dramatically. Horns were traditionally used in Eastern medicine and although scientists have concluded they have no health benefit, this has not dissuaded the market and its value has risen due to its newfound status as a luxury good. This is not the first time that the rhino has been misconstrued. In 1515 Albrecht Dürer created his famous woodcut based off of a written description of the rhinoceros. Although grossly inaccurate, his artwork served as the prototype for future depictions of rhinos up until the mid-19th century. In South Africa today, the lingering effects of colonialism and apartheid are at the root of poaching. In the male-dominated industry of wildlife protection, the Black Mambas [all female] Anti-Poaching Unit has been gaining international recognition for their efforts. Although beloved by the media, the Mambas risk their lives and struggle to support their families while protecting the wildlife that serves the interests of white landowners. This project is a multi-layered investigation into the link between globalization and extinction, using the poaching of the rhinoceros and its horn to speak about the relationship between bodies, labor, desire and the contested territory of representation.

Elise Rasmussen (born 1977, Edmonton, Canada; resides in Brooklyn, NY) is a research-based artist working in photography, video and performance. Her work has been exhibited, performed and screened at international venues including the Brooklyn Museum (NY), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), CCS Bard Hessel Museum (Annandale-on-Hudson), Night Gallery (LA), Pioneer Works (NY), and Erin Stump Projects (Toronto). Elise received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a Merit Scholarship (2007) and is a 2017-2018 artist in residence at LMCC’s Workspace program in Manhattan.

Lasse lau
Stem - Sound from the Tropical
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 33:25 | Danemark | 2017

In the middle of Lisbon between Avenue Liberdade and the Natural History Museum lays a little gem of a garden, The Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa. It was inaugurated in 1873. The garden’s crown jewel is its subtropical collections which has a unique microclimate that enables unique tropical plants to survive. STEM is a film about the migration of plants and the beginning of botanical gardens decay. Years of neglects of the Lisbon University Garden have created a romantic environment where the garden is growing wild. The film investigates the displacement in migration and morphology of plants. And investigates some of the post-colonial environmental ramifications of transfer into new subjectivities of the"other." The film came together as is a collaboration between the filmmaker and the German sound artist Max Schneider. Together they traveled Brazil to sound record 17 unique plants. The film features an interview with professor James Clifford, author of "The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art" (1988), "Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late 20th Century" (1997), and Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty First Century" (2013).

Lasse Lau est né au Danemark en 1974. Il vit et travaille actuellement à New York. Il a récemment remporté le Nordic:Dox Award (2018) pour son film « Lykkelaender ». Il a étudié au Media Art Department de la Funen Art Academy (Danemark), à la Hochschule der Künste de Berlin et au Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (New York). Dans son travail, il traite de questions socio-économiques, de la négociation de conflits et de la notion d’espace à travers le langage cinématographique. Lasse Lau cherche à utiliser l’esthétique comme une structure ouvrant sur de nouveaux chemins dialogiques. Le travail de Lasse Lau a été exposé dans un grand nombre de musées et de galeries, notamment au Westfälischer Kunstverein, à Münster (Allemagne), à la Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin); au Danemark, au Aarhus Art Museum et à la Brandts Klædefabrik (Odense); il a également été exposé au Musée d’art contemporain de Zagreb (Croatie), à la Biennale de Turin, au Contemporary Museum de Baltimore (USA), et au MoMA PS1 (New York). Lasse Lau est le cofondateur du Kran Film Collective à Copenhague et membre du Camel Collective, collectif d’artistes new yorkais. « Stem - Sound from the Tropical» a été réalisé en collaboration avec Max Schneider, professeur d’art et de musique à la Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig et co-fondateur de l’agence de design sonore Aconica.

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Miryam Charles tells the story of a young girl found off the coast of Venezuela. A forensic scientist attempts to determine the cause of her death before her body is repatriated. In ‘Ley Aurea’ (Golden Law), Alberto Rodríguez Collía portrays both economic and racial exploitation and institutionalised discrimination. The project was produced in Brazil, the last country to have declared slavery illegal. Elise Rasmussen examines man’s fascination with the rhinoceros, and how it has become a protected species, studying the notions of pillage, protection and colonialism. Lasse Lau explores the botanical garden of the University of Lisbon, a remnant from colonial times when rare botanical species from colonies were collected. The film investigates the migration and morphology of plants, and the ramifications of this redistribution into new subjectivities.

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