Meet us at the C.A.R. contemporary art ruhr Photo/Media Art Fair at Zeche Zollverein, 10-12 March 2023
Directors Lounge presents selected positions of contemporary photo and media art.
Contemporary Art Ruhr, The Photo/Media Art Fair
World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein
Gelsenkirchener Strasse 181, 45309 Essen
Friday, March 10, 8 pm – 10.30 pm
Public fair hours
Saturday, March 11, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, March 12, 11 am – 7 pm
C.A.R. Video Lounge [Hall 12] presented by Directors Lounge: demotion – photography as film.
Film is often equated with the moving image. The works shown here refuse this expectation, they are films that are told exclusively in individual images. However, this does not mean the loss of the cinematic moment, on the contrary, the film is rather created in the mind of the viewer. Thus, these works deliver pure cinema, one perfect shot at a time.
Using two specially prepared Leicas, Wiesinger photographed a wide variety of airplane wings against atmospheric horizon lines and varying cloud formations on his aerial journeys between 1998 and 2001.
“There is, on the one hand, the fascination of the flying machine, of the Cartesian wing surfaces in their metallic sheen – a marvel of technology, of rational homo faber.
There is, on the other hand, the fascination of dissolution, of the quite different overcoming of matter, which perhaps comes even closer to the dream of flying – not as the transport of bodies from here to there, but as a spiritual experience.
A kind of logbook of the atmospheric, of the infinitely varied celestial phenomena.”
(Ludwig Ammann, Badische Zeitung, Neue Züricher Zeitung)
George Drivas, who represented Greece at the 57 Biennale di Venezia in 2017, creates his films using sophisticated still photography.
Beta Test, 2006, 15 min.
Beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet, the letter B.
Beta Test is the story of a city.
Beta is the first version of software that has to be tested before going out in the market.
Beta Test is about our future.
It is about surveillance, urbanity,communication and the feeling of non-existence.
Beta test is a love story.
It can happen to anyone
Empirical Data 2.0, 2020, 30 min.
Empirical Data 2.0” is based on the personal experience of the Georgian actor David Maltese as an immigrant in Greece, and his trajectory from entering the country to taking up acting. Τhe protagonist of the film David Malteze, impersonates himself, at his first professional steps 10 years ago in one part of the screen. The reenactment of the actor’s real life made in 2009 is contrasted with a monologue held by himself, presented at the other part of the screen, and shot 10 years after in 2019.
Films at the C.A.R. Video Lounge:
Telemach Wiesinger, Wings, 2001, 11 min.
George Drivas, Beta Test, 2006, 15 min.
George Drivas, The Decision, 2007, 4 min.
George Drivas, Empirical Data 2.0, 2020, 30 min.
Artists Booth, [Hall 12 | 42 ]
with works by Julia Murakami, Visuman, Michael Vorfeld, André Werner and Telemach Wiesinger.
Guest artists: Radmila Cesarska, André Chi Sing Yuen, Tomax
With LIGHT BULB CONNECTIONS Michael Vorfeld shows color photographs of an extensive photographic work of different incandescent lamps and their different electrical connections. All photographs were made analogue by the use of tungsten slide film material.
The incandescent lamps, as well as the electrical connecting elements, were collected by Michael Vorfeld over decades on trips to various countries. The photographs show different lighting objects formed from industrial products of a worldwide lighting technology and present in a playful way a meanwhile almost completely disappeared, electric light and lighting technology.
In her photographs she portraits herself as the denizens of this forgotten place – whimsical hybrid creatures with animal heads and human bodies – in an intimate way. Here a reference to the Greek myths, there the search for the bygone: memory, longing, dream, loss. With her characteristic subtlety, Julia Murakami confronts the phantasmagoric with the real world with a charming implicitness and thus creates visual flashbacks which simultaneously evoke alienation and familiarity.
The beauty of the world begins with food. Followed by fashion. Fortunately, there is Vogue magazine.
Five years after his death, it is time to pay homage to my friend, fellow artist and master Jürgen Zumbrunnen. “Fuck the vogue” he called his collages, in which he -as he expressed himself- smeared the remains from the palette on the newspaper sheets.
First my series should be named “Fuck the vogue – reloaded”, but I decided to call it in the good old punk style “God save the vogue”.
“God save the Icons” is the continuation of this series of works.
The group of works “Her Hair” uses installation and photography to explore how the female hair can serve as a means of self-assertion, self-empowerment, and as a protection of privacy.
The film Wings by Telemach Wiesinger is complemented by selected photographs from the work.