Sigmund Freud and a Tyrant take a journey together on a boat into the mountains. My video work, ‘Mountain’, investigates Sigmund Freud’s connection to the neighbouring villages of Berchtesgaden and Schönau am Königssee, in Bavaria, Germany, where he often spent his holidays between the late 1800s and 1929. In a rented house in Schönau, Freud wrote his seminal work ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ in 1898. The region is infamous as the base for the National Socialists. Hitler and Freud are reported to have been in the small village of Berchtesgaden at least twice in the 1920s at the same moment, a relatively unknown historical fact. In making ‘Mountain’, I have explored theories Freud examined in Group ‘Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego’ (1921), specifically his theories about mass psychology and the supplantation of the super-ego with the will of the Tyrant. His personal connection to the historical character of Hannibal, and neurosis about reaching Rome, alluded in ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ (1899), are also reflected in the work. The footage was taken from a boat launched at Schönau am Königssee steered through the mountains to St Bartholomew. This trip was one Freud did almost daily, in a wooden boat rowed by ‘four strong local women’, while on holiday in the region.
Pilar Mata Dupont is an Argentinean/Australian artist based between Australia and the Netherlands working in video, installation, performance, and photography. Using highly theatrical and cinematic methods, she uses allegory and narrative to reimagine/rework histories and classical texts, and aims to create alternative readings that question the conditions of the construction of dominant narratives that shape history. In 2015, she won the Plymouth Contemporary Open in the UK, and the Wexner Center for the Arts residency prize at the `19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil` in São Paulo. Her solo exhibition, `Kaiho`, opened in the Rappu space at the Pori Art Museum, Finland in 2014. Other recent exhibition highlights include the `SeMA Biennale – Mediacity Seoul`, at the Seoul Museum of Art and `Salon Fluchthilfe`, at Secession in Vienna and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart. In 2012 she was a recipient of a Mid-career Fellowship from the Western Australian Government. In collaboration with Tarryn Gill, she participated in the Sydney Biennale and won the Basil Sellers Art Prize in 2010, and as part of collective Hold Your Horses, she made work commissioned by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2012 for the exhibition `Wagner 2013: Künstlerpositionen`.
First, a view of nature: an overcast sky, the chirping of birds. This plays the part of a colorful overture, still open to the world. Steps and the sound of a pushbutton telephone lead acoustically into one of Dietmar Brehm´s "intrusion films": Hallo Mabuse. Here, arriving at the other end of the line, intruding into the image means reversing polarity to negative and concentrating on the schematic through a type of circular aperture. A man´s profile and facial features lose their contours in the heavy light-dark contrasts, yet also emerge expressively. A dialogue of cryptic gestures unfolds. The source: several scenic miniatures from The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, Fritz Lang´s famous crime film about hypnosis and terror created in the interwar period. Brehm already included this material once before, in a shorter version, in tape 14 of the Praxis series; now he presents it as an autonomous member of the series; decelerated, with a new editing sequence, and also additional pictorial motifs. Hallo Mabuse captivates through its reduction, in which a conspiratorial narrative takes place, but even more so, the images themselves appear ambiguous, obscure, untrustworthy. A nod of the head, which seems treacherous in its mechanical repetition, meets the profile of a bearded man who does not appear to react at all in a suggested counter shot. The slight flickering of the image further intensifies the impression of an illicit agreement, of witnessing a crooked handshake. The ringing of the unseen telephone and the constant ticking of a clock lend the events a limited temporality. Something is running out, and in doing so, is also already reaching its end, a ghostly final act, which is anticipated by an explosion and breaks off with the sound of a falling guillotine. (Dominik Kamalzadeh)
Dietmar Brehm is born in 1947 in Linz 1967-72 studied painting at the University of Fine Arts/Linz. Professor at the University of Fine Arts/Linz. Drawing + painting, experimental films and photography. Numerous filmscreenings and exhibitions at home and abroad.
THE BALLROOM With his typical sardonic and irreverent approach, Federico Solmi has orchestrated a masquerade between history’s most feared and beloved leaders in his latest work, “The Ballroom”. In the installation, videos display surreal vignettes of a lavish ballroom party that converge multiple narratives of gluttony, gossip, and over the top exuberance. The follies of each overly ambitious leader result in a chaotic festival of drinking, smoking, dancing, and feasting. A vain display of ridiculous costumes, shining with medals and jewelry, promote a visual disorder that coalesces with the indulgent antics of these powerful figures. Rather than reimagining history, the leaders enter into our conceited present-day celebrity culture. They call to fault our own complacency and perpetuation of skewed historical myths and perspectives.
Solmi’s elaborate installations combine 3D animation and video game technology with paintings, drawings, and kinetic sculptures. Bright colors and a satirical aesthetic portray a dystopian vision of our present day society. Through an intricate process in which technology and hand-painting merge into an organic whole, his unique approach renders the most loathed aspects of modern life. With garish imagery and mesmerizing movement, Solmi expresses a harsh criticism toward the system that approves and trusts without questioning the fragile foundation on which our culture and post-modernist society is based. Federico Solmi, (lives and works in New York). In the year 2009, Federico Solmi was awarded with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in the category of Video & Audio by the Guggenheim Foundation of New York. He is currently a visiting Professor at Yale University School of Art, New Haven (CT). Solmi has been featured in solo museum exhibitions at the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (2016) Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia, Maracaibo Venezuela (forthcoming), and the Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile (2015). His work has been included in several international Biennials, including the Frankfurt B3 Biennial of Moving image (2015), the First Shenzhen Animation Biennial in China (2013), the 54th Venice Biennial (2011), and the Site Santa Fe Biennial in New Mexico (2010).
In a car workshop type space, between the pristine surfaces of car parts, archetypes of mass production, a construction of power is unfolding between a Dobermann Pinscher and its owner. A Dobermann is a special breed, it’s gracious, loyal, and potentially aggressive to strangers. It needs severe training. Both the owner’s and the dog’s consciousness are formed within this relationship. By the obedient appearance of the dog, it seems to concede to the rules it’s been given. But by knowing the rules it starts to gain power itself. The impression the video gives moves between floating through an abattoir where fresh slaughtered livestock is vertically stored and moved around in this almost perfectly hidden horror of death, and a peek into a shop window, where commodities are on display, waiting for a buyer in their best possible appearance. Starting from Wilfrid Sellars theory on the self: If the abattoir represents our scientific self; our matter, our genetic material, our flesh and bones without moral or ethics. In the image of the shop window our manifest self is reflected, a self constructed in a social context, a world of abstractions, of language and reasoning.
Jan Adriaans graduated from the Dutch Art Institute in 2015. His video-works explore human selfhood in its evolutionary context. By drawing a parallel with the animal, the set of constraints we are subjected to become more apparent. If we take these constraints into account, how can we redefine human agency, will, and control? “Selfhood is tyrannical precisely insofar as it is merely a congerie of drives. The act supplants the tyranny of the impulsive self with the rule of the subject. But it is the act itself that is subject. It is no-one’s.” Ray Brassier
By the time the zoo is closing, detained animals feeling frustrated and confused. The only thing they can do is retaining a slight degree of consciousness, waiting for the changing of time. `Demos` is a lyrical assemblage of the observational footage collecting from various places. The film is an attempt to depict the gloom, the oppression and the surreal reality under the military regime since the coup in 2014.
Danaya Chulphuthiphong lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand. She holds a BA in Archaeology and MFA in Visual Arts. She started her career as a documentary photographer for a newspaper and a magazine. She is interested in lens-based arts and works with both still and moving images. In 2014, Danaya made her first short film `Night Watch` which has been selected for participation in the International Competition of the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Experimenta India and won the Special Jury Prize from Fronteira, The International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival. The film was also screened as part of the 28th Images Festival, Hors Pistes Tokyo, Arkipel, KLEX, Pori Film Festival and the 26th Singapore International Film Festival. In 2016, Danaya released her second short film, `Demos` which has been selected for participation in Southeast Asian Short Film Competition of the 27th Singapore International Film Festival and won the BACC award from the 20th Thai Short Film and Video Festival.
Novelist Bhibhutibhushan Bandhopadhyay wrote "Ashani Sanket" on, The Bengal Famine of 1943. Satyajit Ray recreated it in a film of the same name. Amartya Sen`s Entitlement theory, estimates three million died in this tragedy. Hidden beneath the plethora of Images and sounds are layers of parallel existences. While humans perceive reality as singular, this work tries to unfold parallel universes.
Akshay Raj Singh Rathore sees art as an escalier to Truth. He climbs the steps of Anthropology, Sociology and Botany, while metamorphosing his Cultural identity.
Baden Pailthorpe’s MQ-9 Reaper II (That Others May Die) 2014 is a surreal exploration of the MQ-9 Reaper drone and its networked human and non-human agents. Originally commissioned by Artspace, Sydney for Mark Feary’s exhibition On Return and What Remains (2014), including Omer Fast, Richard Mosse and Harun Farocki, MQ-9 Reaper II sits in between the reflections and refractions of the contemporary state of remote warfare. It combines cultures and politics of the military-industrial complex, corporate warrior culture, war trophies and interior design. A renovated drone control centre is redeployed from the ground to the air over a mountainous Afghan-American landscape, offering a new kind of luxury for the drone operator/corporate warrior, complete with marble floors, leather couch and cutting-edge contemporary war art. The hydraulic wall can be lowered for entertaining, personal training or surveillance. The slowly rotating unit allows for panoramic views and constant situational awareness. This speculative, controller architecture is cut with images of that which it controls. Two incarnations of the MQ-9 Reaper drone, the classic General Atomics USAF model, and its own idealised reflection contemplate each other and their increasing sense of semi-autonomous agency.
Baden Pailthorpe (b. 1984) is part of a generation of artists whose practice is shaped by Internet culture. He holds a Ph.D from the University of New South Wales, an MFA from l’Université Paris VIII, an MA from COFA and a BA from the University of Sydney. Much of Baden Pailthorpe’s work consists of hyper-real animations, video and sculpture that engage with the spatiality of power, politics and the cultures of late-capitalism. Significant exhibitions include GAME ART/VIDEO, 21st Triennale di Milano, Milan (2016); Spatial Operations, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle (2015); Guarding the Home Front, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2015); On Return and What Remains, Artspace, Sydney (2014) & CACSA, Adelaide (2015); Students of War, Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Cadence, Westspace (2014); Moving_Image 10, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris (2013); and Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012). Baden’s work is held in significant private and public collections, including Artbank, Australia; Australian Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle; The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; The Australian War Memorial, Canberra; The Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk), Amsterdam; The National Library of Australia, Canberra; and UQ Art Museum, Brisbane.
On Translation projects completed over the last 10 years, is here documented from its inception. Translation is a metaphor, as Muntadas states, “I am not talking about translation in a literal sense, but in a cultural sense–how the world we live in is a totally translated world, everything is always filtered by some social, political, cultural and economic factor… by the media, of course, by context and by history.”
Barcelona-born, but a longtime New Yorker, Antoni Muntadas figures among a first generation of artists investigating the social and political significance of information and broadcast media. This thirty-year retrospective, first seen at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, includes several videos from the pre–fiber optic era, such as Video Is Television?, 1989, which magnifies and distorts images from a host of appropriated sources, including several Hollywood films (Poltergeist, Network). Backed by a plunking score, the nearly indecipherable TV images are overlaid with captions such as CONTEXT and FRAGMENT: blunt reminders of mass media’s partiality and its constitutive power. An even earlier interactive installation, On Subjectivity, 1978, invites visitors to comment on media images divorced from their original context and therefore—a critical “therefore” for the artist—shorn of their original meaning.
In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain resides in the cross-section between sci-fi, archaeology and politics. Combining live motion and CGI, the film explores the role of myth for history, fact and national identity. A narrative resistance group makes underground deposits of elaborate porcelain – suggested to belong to an entirely fictional civilization. Their aim is to influence history and support future claims to their vanishing lands.
Larissa Sansour Larissa Sansour was born in 1973 in East Jerusalem, Palestine, and studied fine arts in London, New York and Copenhagen. Her work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue and utilises video, photography, installation, the book form and the internet. Central to her work is the tug and pull between fiction and reality. Recent solo exhibitions include Turku Art Museum in Finland, Photographic Center in Copenhagen, Galerie Anne de Villepoix in Paris, Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai, Sabrina Amrani in Madrid and DEPO in Istanbul. Sansour’s work has featured in the biennials of Istanbul, Busan and Liverpool. She has exhibited at venues such as Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; LOOP, Seoul; Al Hoash, Jerusalem; Queen Sofia Museum, Madrid; Centre for Photography, Sydney; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Townhouse, Cairo; Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah, UAE; Empty Quarter, Dubai; Galerie Nationale de Jeu de Paume, Paris; Iniva, London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou , China; Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; House of World Cultures, Berlin, and MOCA, Hiroshima. Sansour currently lives and works in London, UK. Soren Lind Soren Lind (b. 1970) is a Danish author. He writes children’s books and literary fiction. With a background in philosophy, Lind wrote books on mind, language and understanding before turning to fiction. He has published a novel and two collections of short stories as well as four children’s books. In addition to his literary production, Lind is also a visual artist and writes short film scripts. Lind lives and works in London, UK. Sansour/Lind Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind have worked together on numerous occasions. Lind usually provides the scripts for Sansour’s films, just as he contributed a sci-fi story for Sansour’s 20
Abstract Violence The images of war and migration are mainly based on the images that are being circulated in mainstream and social media. Although, these violent and manipulative images form an important element of public opinion concerning the migration flux and war, they are definitely not direct representations of reality. How to represent reality? Can we talk about the reality in the time of image culture? Abstract Violence investigates the image of current war and migration from its first place, from destroyed Syrian cities and from leftover objects. Caner questions the impossibility of representing violent images and how we interpret them within the time of the image culture. The project uses real footage that were shot by the artist in Syria during the recent war. Caner produces an abstract space with 3D scanned-rendered objects, which were collected from ruined houses to emphasize how these events become virtual and make us insensitive.
Cihad Caner was born in 1990 in Istanbul. Caner holds an MFA on Media Design and Communication. Caner lives and works in Rotterdam and Istanbul.
489 Years a pour sujet la Zone Coréenne Démilitarisée (DMZ), créée en 1953, qui sépare physiquement la Corée du Nord et la Corée du Sud. La bande de terre est longue de 248 km, large d’environ 4km. Selon les données du Ministère de la Défense de la Corée du Sud publiées en 2010, il faudrait 489 années pour enlever toutes les mines qui ont été placées sur cette frontière. Le film repose sur le témoignage d’un ancien soldat de Corée du Sud. Il est le narrateur qui donne accès à un endroit où « l’homme est interdit et où la nature a repris ses droits ».
Hayoun Kwon est née en 1981 à Séoul, en Corée du Sud. Elle vit et travaille à Châteauneuf-sur-Cher, Paris et Séoul.
An aviation field in an unknown suburb. The lake underneath the city burns the streets. The mountains throw rock into the gardens. In the crater of a volcano in Fogo, a model Brazilian city is lifted and dissolves. Two people find each other in this landscape, 50 years apart.
(b. 1986, Lisbon) JOANA PIMENTA is a filmmaker from Lisbon, Portugal, currently living and working between the United States and Brazil. Her short film The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees received the Competition Award at Indielisboa ’14, where it premiered, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and has been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Jihlava, Mar del Plata, Ambulante, Edinburgh, Videoex, Taipei, among other venues. Her video installation work has been recently presented at the Festival Temps d`Images, the Fundacion Botin, Galeria da Boavista, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, and The Pipe Factory, among others. She works and teaches in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and in the BFA program in Film at Rutgers University, and is a fellow at the Film Study Center and the Sensory Ethnography Lab.
Deux jeunes hommes sont installés dans le désert. Aucune âme à l’horizon. Ils attendent le retour d’un troisième homme parti en éclaireur. Les deux équipes restent en contact grâce à des radios. L’éclaireur explique le chemin qu’il accomplit, et l’étendue désertique toujours plus vaste devant lui. Il raconte l’espoir qu’il place dans chaque pas qu’il fait. Les deux jeunes hommes restés en arrière écoutent ; ils projettent leurs espoirs dans le futur et l’autre côté du désert. Mais la qualité du signal radio commence à faiblir. Des crépitements se font entendre sur la liaison. De plus en plus fortement. D’abord indéchiffrable, la voix finit par disparaître. Les deux jeunes hommes se retrouvent dès lors seuls et sans nouvelles. Doivent-ils se lancer en avant ? Rester où ils sont ? La réponse qu’ils imagineront est finalement un paradoxe : que croire est aussi essentiel qu’est la conscience que croire est vain.
Après deux années passées à la Faculté de théologie protestante de Genève, Romain Kronenberg étudie la théorie musicale, le Jazz et la composition électro-acoustique au Conservatoire Supérieur de musique de Genève. Entre 2001 à 2005 à l’IRCAM où il est compositeur et sound designer, il collabore avec des plasticiens tels que Ugo Rondinone, Pierre Huyghe, Melik Ohanian et Thierry Kuntzel qui l’ouvrent à la vidéo. En 2005, il présente sa performance Dérive à la Fondation Cartier et au Palais de Tokyo, à la fois concert et tournage de la vidéo éponyme au style contemplatif et hypnotique mettant en scène l’actrice Audrey Bonnet avec laquelle il travaille depuis régulièrement En 2007, il est artiste en résidence au Palais de Tokyo puis en 2009 à la Villa Kujoyama. Depuis son retour du Japon, il travaille comme réalisateur, compositeur et plasticien. Dans ses projets récents, à la fois rigoureux et ambigus, Romain Kronenberg travaille sur l’idée de renouvellement (et de renaissance) qui saisit un monde en plein changement de paradigme. Il imagine des récits où coexistent, sans manichéisme ni même rapport dialectique mais plutôt en surimposition, des notions opposées, incarnées soit par des territoires ou par des personnages.
Félicité, libre et fière, est chanteuse le soir dans un bar de Kinshasa. Sa vie bascule quand son fils de 14 ans est victime d`un accident de moto. Pour le sauver, elle se lance dans une course effrénée à travers les rues d`une Kinshasa électrique, un monde de musique et de rêves. Ses chemins croisent ceux de Tabu.
Alain Gomis est un réalisateur franco – bissau guinéo – sénégalais. Il est né en 1972 en France, où il a grandit. En 2013, son 3ème long-métrage, Tey (« Aujourd’hui »), avec Saul Williams, est sélectionné en compétition au 62ème Festival de Berlin, puis remporte l’Étalon d’Or du Fespaco (festival panafricain du cinéma), une première pour un film sénégalais. Le film, vainqueur de nombreux prix à travers le monde, a été choisi par le Sénégal pour représenter le pays aux Oscars. En 2008, Andalucia, son deuxième long-métrage, était présenté à la Mostra de Venise (Venice Days). En 2002, L’Afrance, son premier long-métrage gagnait le Léopard d’argent du festival de Locarno. Les films d’Alain Gomis ont été sélectionnés dans les festivals internationaux les plus prestigieux : Toronto, Chicago, L.A AFI, San Francisco, Sundance, Seattle, London BFI, Sydney, Dubaï… Titulaire d’un master d’études cinématographique de l’Université de Paris la Sorbonne, en 1993. Associé à Newton Aduaka (réalisateur nigérian de Ezra) et Valérie Osouf (réalisatrice française), il travaille au sein de Granit Films. Alain Gomis collabore également avec Oumar Sall (Produceur chez Cinékap) dans un programme de formation de jeunes cinéastes et techniciens au Sénégal (Up Court-métrages), ainsi qu’à la réouverture d’un centre culturel à Dakar (projet El Mansour).
"Eldorado XXI" est une fable envoûtante et mystérieuse dont la vocation est de révéler une réalité ethnographique. Son décor est un village péruvien, qui s’avère être le lieu de vie humaine situé au point d’altitude le plus élevé au monde : La Rinconada y Cerro Lunar (5.500m), dans la Cordillère des Andes. La quête d’une illusion conduira une poignée d’hommes à la déchéance. Mus par des intérêts communs, ces individus disposent, pour affronter le monde contemporain, d’outils et de moyens égaux, comme le voulait la tradition dans des temps plus reculés.
Salomé Lamas (b.1987, Portugal) is a filmmaker whose work dissolves the apparent border between documentary and fiction. With an interest in the intrinsic relationship between storytelling, memory and history, Lamas uses the moving image to explore the traumatically repressed, seemingly unrepresentable or historically invisible – from the horrors of colonial violence to the landscapes of global capital. Her debut feature No Man’s Land [Terra de Ninguem] (2012) premiered internationally at Berlinale and went on to screen at many major international film festivals. Her short films have been presented in art and film institutions including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Bilbao; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Viennale, Vienna; Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; and Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva. Lamas is currently a PhD candidate in film studies at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.