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Eröffnung: DIENSTAG, 1. Juni 2010
„The screen, perhaps, might be equal to our dreams.“ (Desnos, 1927)
Die Ausstellung ‚Screen Realities‘ kuratiert von der schottischen Künstlerin, Performerin und DJane Catriona Shaw beschäftigt sich mit dem Phänomen Screen als machtvolles und einflussreiches Werkzeug, das die so genannte reale Welt mit formt. Aktuelle Tendenzen werden in unterschiedlichen künstlerischen Praxen untersucht und performed.
Das Projekt basiert auf einer Ausstellung mit zwölf internationalen, künstlerischen Positionen, einem umfangreichen Rahmenprogramm mit Performances, Vorträgen und Workshops sowie einem Filmabend und einem Videoverleih.
We take the format of the screen for granted - we accept it as a source of information or reflection and no longer marvel at the screen as a technological artefact. The screen as a figure is a commoner, a family member, a tramp, a monarch, a door-to-door salesman. It embodies and reflects our emotional states, emitting two-dimensional hints on how to behave. Our own perceived images are, in the digital age, partly formed and influenced by how we look 'on screen'. The screen is a place for the secret voyeur, where we can stare at others without feeling ashamed.
The exhibition "Screen Realities" looks at the screen as an influential structuring tool within contemporary artistic practice. The aim of this project is not to exhibit work 'made for screen' but to review perspectives and ramifications of the screen as an object and phenomena in itself, examining the various states and qualities triggered by its presence. How are the facets and attributes of the screen and screen existence reflected in art and performance? Is it valid as an artist to break through the flat surface, to organise creative output according to the same homogenous structure? This exhibition allows a public to encounter reinterpreted aspects of the screen, focussing in particular on the screen as a trigger for activity, memory or reaction.
Sabine Marte is a video artist, performer, musician born 1967 in Feldkirch and lives and works in Vienna. Her video and video-performance is based on the visible reflection on the medium itself. In 'B-Star, unkillable!' she uses seemingly simple means that run through the most varied representational systems to deconstruct this symbolic order, manipulating the narrative, the picture (of a) woman, the medium (video).
Xavier Gautierʼs (FR, 1974) work focuses on childhood in simple gestures. His video work has been shown internationally. IT is Gautierʼs humorous re-shooting of ET, filmed inside a cinema using a hand-held camera. With focused (or unfocused) and zoomed-in shots of banal instances within the movie frame, we experience a new perspective of the seminal 80s childhood movie and a fascination with the ʻinteriorʼ of the film.
Using storytelling, movies, writing, photos, drawings, room-singing and performance, Pauline Curnier Jardin (FR, 1980) builds up poetic and abstract narratives. In ‘Love and TVO’, we see a sentimental and surrealistic journey into the mind a female film director as she introduces a train-of-thought, rambling potential film which in fact is being realised in ‘real time’ in front of us, the audience.
Jerome Poret & Fred Bigot (1969; 1967, FR) Sound frequencies emerge from the speakers, the screen, beyond the one recorded, virtual domain and back into our real domain. Poret and Bigot have devised a performance that reinterprets the famous story of The Phantom of the Opera. Jerome Poret is a French artist who works in the fields of architecture and sound and runs the experimental music label “Labelle 69”. Fred Bigot is a French musician and composer specialising in a fusion of rock«n«roll, noise and electronic music.
Catriona Shaw (1975, UK) In 'Stage deaths on screen paper' (drawings 2007) we see two drawn depictions of real-life on-screen death and near-death: Sigmund & Roy and Tommy Cooper. Catriona Shaw lives and works in Berlin.
Nina Laasila (1974, FI). In her photographic work ‘Atelier d’artiste’ artist Nina Lassila poses, sitting on a striped blanket holding a book on Aragon, writer, co-founder of surrealism and enthusiastic cinema-goer/theorist on screens. Video and performance Nina Lassila lives and works in Gothenburg. She has exhibited internationally.
Tellervo Kalleinen (1975, FI). In ‘In the middle of a movie’, Kalleinen manages to implement the screen (or at least the desire to be on-screen) as a socio-political tool capable of giving voice to the people. Tellervo Kalleinen lives and works in Helsinki. She has exhibited in museums all over the world and co-initiated the ʻComplaints Choirʼ movement
GooeyTEAM (Malve Lippmann, DE, 1973; Catriona Shaw, 1975, UK) Doing the Gooey looks specifically at on-screen GUIs (Graphical User Interface). Here we have a maquette and relics that demonstrates how the artists managed to create a three-dimensional Gooey.
J&K / Janne Schäfer and Kristine Agergaard present an object, a diorama box, a kind of makeshift, illusionary static television featuring action-packed, surrealistic events. Janne Schaefer (DE, 1976) and Kristine Agergaard (DK, 1975) have been working as an artist duo since 1999. They are based in Berlin and Copenhagen.
Mosh Mosh (Isabel Reiss and Viola Thiele, 2003, DE) describe themselves, rightly, as divas although they could also be mistaken for two characters who just stepped out of 'Dynasty'on their way to a gala dinner to massacre their ex-husbands. At Screen Realities, the pair perform behind a screen of immense dimensions - Mosh Mosh against the world!