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Directors Lounge | contemporary art ruhr, 30 October – 1 November, 2020

Meet us at the C.A.R. Photo/Media art fair at Zeche Zollverein!
30. Oktober – 1. November. … read more

Directors Lounge at the C.A.R. Photo Media art fair, March 2020. Photo: Isabelle Meyrignac

Impressions from the C.A.R. Photo/Media art fair 2020

Once again, the Photo/Media edition of the C.A.R., the Contemporary Art Ruhr, lived up to its good reputation for being one of the best staged art fairs. The amply dimensioned halls of the former coal mine offered a perfect space for presenting our selection of experimental films and video art alongside selected media artists and photographers. … read more

Felina Schrödinger, Faksimile

Directors Lounge | contemporary art ruhr, March, 6 – 8, 2020

Meet us at the C.A.R. Photo/Media art fair at Zeche Zollverein!
6. – 8. of March.

Dedicated presentations include works from “The Department of Anarchy” curated by filmmakers Noel Lawrence and Burke Roberts and “Abstractions”, a program of experimental films by Berlin and international artists.
Furthermore, we will be screening experimental video works from the Medienwerkstatt Berlin (Rücklicht / Back Light), and exciting moving image work from the Directors Lounge archives.
On board at our booth: Berlin artist Visuman, Nina Hartmann), Julia Murakami, Andreas Sachsenmaier, Felina Schrödinger, Joachim Seinfeld (photography) and André Werner (photography). … read more

André Werner, Was vom Kino übrig bleibt | What Remains Of Cinema #4 Girl with a Video Camera

Directors Lounge | contemporary art ruhr, october, 25 – 28, 2019

Meet us at the innovative art fair at Zeche Zollverein!

C.A.R. VIDEO LOUNGE (Hall 12 | 51B)

Directors Lounge presents selected positions of contemporary media art. Expect genre-straddling slices of cinematic art and cuts of media experimentation at the c.a.r. video lounge. Dedicated presentations include a new piece by filmmaker Roger Deutsch and video loops by media / performance artist Nina Hartmann. All this next to experimental video works from the Medienwerkstatt Berlin, an artist-run project of the BBK Berlin, and selected moving image work from the Directors Lounge archives. … read more

Joachim Seinfeld, Nackt Demo, from the series Wenn Deutsche Lustig sind.

Directors Lounge | contemporary art ruhr, march, 8 – 10, 2019

Meet us at the photo and media art fair at Zeche Zollverein! c.a.r. Video Lounge (Hall 12, Stand 53): Dedicated presentations include “Mysteries of Love” compiled and curated by the Leo Kuelbs Collection, experimental video works from the Medienwerkstatt Berlin, an artist-run project of the BBK Berlin, and selected moving image work from the Directors …

contemporary art ruhr, 
the innovative art fair, 26 – 28 october 2018

Directors Lounge presents genre-straddling slices of cinematic art and cuts of media experimentation at the c.a.r. video lounge with Angela Christlieb and Maria Niro’s “IN AN ALIEN LAND”, Céline Trouillets “SONG” series and experimental works from the Medienwerkstatt Berlin and Leo Kuelbs Collection.

 

contemporary art ruhr, World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein, 
 
Gelsenkirchener Str. 209, 
45309 Essen

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 26, 8 pm, V.I.P.-Preview, 6 pm

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Céline Trouillet’s “SONG” series

Growing up in the 1980s, Céline Trouillet was part of the first generation to be constantly exposed to music video clips in a period that also saw the advent of Karaoke in Europe, which encouraged the notion that anybody could become a pop star, an idea that also led to public interest in amateur TV talent contests. Each portrait contains multiple layers of signification that are open to interpretation. The films are formally similar, yet each portrait is unique and the creative possibilities are only limited by the number of songs in existence and the number of individuals willing to sing them.READ MORE

 

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Leo Kuelbs Collection: Light Year 31: Identity 0.0

Curation & concept by Leo Kuelbs with Aaron Riedel.

Featuring new work from: Radka Salcmannova + Alex Hamadey, Sarah Mock + Daniela Imhoff, Thomas D. Rotenberg + Theologian, Sarah Trouche, Naormi Meijia Wang, Mai T. Segura & Harald V. Uccello + Alex Hamadey, Kinga Toth + Normal Gergely, Vadim Schäffler, and Richard Jochum + Xiren Wang.

Identity 0.0 is a collaborative video and sound program exploring the changing meanings of “self” and “individuality.” Digital reality has allowed for enhanced communication, thus the possibility of easier integration, between individuals from cultures near and far. What was foreign is now only a keystroke away. Gender can be manipulated through science and philosophy, just as intentions for good or ill can be disguised easily through a variety of avatars and aliases. Nationalism and religious identities strain to remain powerful and effective versus the strong tides of this evolution of the self. All heading towards a further integration of humans (the terrestrial) and artificial intelligence, aka “The Singularity.” READ MORE

 

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IN AN ALIEN LAND  by  Angela Christlieb and Maria Niro

The film is a collaboration between filmmaker and artist Angela Christlieb based in Vienna and who also stars in the film, and the New York artist, filmmaker, cinematographer Maria Niro. The concept came about during Christlieb’s visit in New York in the fall of 2016, during the presidential elections in the USA.

 

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Artist Booth:

Phhotography, paintings and installations by Carola Göllner, Julia Murakami, VISUMAN, André Werner

 

contemporary art ruhr, 
the innovative art fair 2018

World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein XII, 
 
Gelsenkirchener Str. 209, 
45309 Essen building A5, A6, A8, A9, A12

Opening hours:
Friday, October 26, 8 pm, V.I.P.-Preview, 6 pm

Public fair hours:
Saturday, October 27, 12 am – 8 pm
Sunday, October, 28, 11 am – 7 pm

CONTEMPORARY ART RUHR, MEDIA ART FAIR, 26 – 28 OCTOBER 2018

Directors Lounge presents

Leo Kuelbs Collection: Light Year 31: Identity 0.0

Identity 0.0 is a collaborative video and sound program exploring the changing meanings of “self” and “individuality.” Digital reality has allowed for enhanced communication, thus the possibility of easier integration, between individuals from cultures near and far. What was foreign is now only a keystroke away. Gender can be manipulated through science and philosophy, just as intentions for good or ill can be disguised easily through a variety of avatars and aliases. Nationalism and religious identities strain to remain powerful and effective versus the strong tides of this evolution of the self. All heading towards a further integration of humans (the terrestrial) and artificial intelligence, aka “The Singularity.”

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Through this increasingly singular appendage, we continually manipulate our identities towards various audiences, as well as encapsulate our ever-changing notions of reality and our place within it. We “block”, we “add”, we “friend”, we “share”, we “filter,” all generating rapid snapshots of some form of our evolution. If one identity doesn’t fit, we are free to tear it down and build a new construct. And we can do it infinitely.

These individual patterns reveal how we wrestle with, and attempt to balance, our desires to be anonymous while simultaneously asserting some form of ourselves – our pasts, our views, our ideas of our future selves. Also, the differences and similarities between identity portrayal patterns of individuals reveal commonalities on multiple demographic levels.

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Our own personal series of re-inventions is ironically what pushes us to demand privacy control against a seemingly limitless world of access into our digital histories. We crave unlimited exposure and reach, but want to have the ability to leave no trail to our past selves; so that we may never be interpreted in any other way than as we have deigned in the seemingly infinite moments.

Creators are asked to look back as they look into the future through the lens of the present and explore once important communal identities versus this shift into a more individualistic and digital reality; and how these shifts and their resulting patterns may manifest themselves in the creation and behavior of integrated societies of the foreseeable future.

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Curation & concept by Leo Kuelbs with Aaron Riedel.

Featuring new work from: Radka Salcmannova + Alex Hamadey, Sarah Mock + Daniela Imhoff, Thomas D. Rotenberg + Theologian, Sarah Trouche, Naormi Meijia Wang, Mai T. Segura & Harald V. Uccello + Alex Hamadey, Kinga Toth + Normal Gergely, Vadim Schäffler, and Richard Jochum + Xiren Wang.

www.leokuelbscollection.com

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“Light Year 31: Identity 0.0“ will be screened as part of the DL program at the contemporary art ruhr video lounge presented by Directors Lounge.

Find the complete program here.

CONTEMPORARY ART RUHR, MEDIA ART FAIR, 26 – 28 OCTOBER 2018

Directors Lounge presents

Céline Trouillets “SONG” series

Céline Trouillet was born in 1975 in Colmar, France. She graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg where she now lives. She regularly presents films in international exhibitions and festivals and has received a number of grants from the French Ministry of Culture. Her films have been awarded prizes at the Octobre Rouge Festival in Luxembourg, the Videomedeja Festival in Serbia, the Ozon Festival in Poland and the AVIFF Cannes Art Film Festival in France. The “SONG” series of “singing portraits” involves a continuous close-up of singing heads facing the camera and performing in real time. Growing up in the 1980s, Céline was part of the first generation to be constantly exposed to music video clips in a period that also saw the advent of Karaoke in Europe, which encouraged the notion that anybody could become a pop star, an idea that also led to public interest in amateur TV talent contests. Each portrait contains multiple layers of signification that are open to interpretation. The films are formally similar, yet each portrait is unique and the creative possibilities are only limited by the number of songs in existence and the number of individuals willing to sing them.

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SONG N°27 – 4’50 – 2018  (HD 16/9)

Voice: Amini Skhiri
Music: “Un autre monde” (“An Other World”) by Telephone

Amina is a Belgian psychologist and former contestant on the TV talent show The Voice. She affirms her right to freedom of expression both in religious and artistic terms, which she does not regard as mutually exclusive.

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SONG N°26 – 3’25 – 2018  (HD 16/9)

Voice: Cathy Beaumont
Music: “La vie en rose” (“Life in Pink”) by Edith Piaf

She was a friend of the late French singer Barbara who gave her the earrings she is wearing in the film. She also regularly performs covers of songs by Edith Piaf, another singer whose work reflects the bitter-­sweet struggle of existence.

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SONG N°25 – 3’05 – 2017  (HD 16/9)

Voice: Elena GuerinMusic: “Negua joan da ta” by Zea Mays

A Basque girl sings a love song that serves as a link to Dora Maar, the singer’s makeup representing the tears in Weeping Woman, Picasso’s 1937 portrait of his mistress and muse who was behind the creation of Guernica, depicting the bombing of the Basque capital (the anniversary of which is this year). Weeping Woman was derived from a figure in Guernica. Picasso consistently portrayed Maar weeping because, for him, women were “suffering machines”.

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SONG N°24 – 4’ – 2015  (HD 16/9)

A young man performs “Wild World” by Cat Stevens. The pictorial aspect suggested by the backdrop evoking nature in terms of fauna and flora, combined with the classical references hinted at by the floral crown worn by the singer, associated with pagan gods, conjure up the savage and Dionysian side of the world. This is echoed by the title of the song and reminds us that the destiny of human beings lies beyond their control, at the mercy of external forces.

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Céline Trouillets “SONG” series will be screened as part of the DL program at the contemporary art ruhr video lounge presented by Directors Lounge.

Find the complete program here.

CONTEMPORARY ART RUHR, MEDIA ART FAIR, 1 – 3 JUNE 2018

IN AN ALIEN LAND  by  Angela Christlieb and Maria Niro

Montages reveal a journey over time and space, as the film builds to evoke a hovering state of hallucinogenic like pictures of the subconscious.  The protagonist, moving simultaneously between space and time, is at once in an imaginary dream and at other times in a state of reality. The camera, both observational and voyeuristic, follows her on her journey as she crosses waters. We are lulled into a dream state by the film’s lush colors and its Super-8 film like quality. Then the story pivots as architecture and landscape become actors and interact with one another, the protagonist makes it to her final destination; New York City in the midst of a political crisis. Turmoil has overtaken the beautiful landscape and we are at once awakened into reality. The film is accompanied by a sound collage consisting of a minimalist musical element which build with electronic noise, fragments of shortwave radio, and then live sound of human protests.
The film is a collaboration between filmmaker and artist Angela Christlieb based in Vienna and who also stars in the film, and the New York artist, filmmaker, cinematographer Maria Niro. The concept came about during Christlieb’s visit in New York in the fall of 2016, during the presidential elections in the USA.

IN AN ALIEN LAND will be screened as part of the DL program at the contemporary art ruhr video lounge presented by Directors Lounge.

Find the complete program soon here.

Credits: Angela Christlieb and Maria Niro, Directors, producers, editors and sound design | Soundtracks: Hallicrafters (Eric Hubel, Algis Kysz), Chris Janka.
“Secretly sharing the landscape of the living” by Martin A. Smith.

CONTEMPORARY ART RUHR, MEDIA ART FAIR, 1 – 3 JUNE 2018 

“Magnetic Mirror” by Storyboard Artist Isabelle Meyrignac

Isabelle is a qualified, multi-skilled camera operator, Storyboard Artist and video editor. She studied classical hand-drawn illustration, 2D animation and Comic Strip design at Ecole Emile Cohl in Lyon, France, before starting her career in 1999 working as a creative in the advertising industry in London. She taught herself camera operation and video editing since then as well. She then went to the MET film school Berlin in order to further her camera and editing skills. Isabelle is now working as a full-time freelancer in the film and TV industry, bringing all her accumulated skills and life experience together.

Furthermore, her fluency in English, French and German allows her to work efficiently across borders. Her problem-solving and astute communication skills compliment her technical and creative abilities.

Isabelle’s physical fitness and can-do-attitude make her an outstanding camera crew member who can also take a video project from concept to finish.

Her current exhibition at the Contemporary Art Ruhr is an extract of her storyboard for future TV mini-series ‘Magnetic Mirror’.

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Isabelle Meyrignac’s storyboard series will be shown at the contemporary art ruhr, media art fair presented by Directors Lounge.

More info about Directors Lounge at the contemporary art ruhr soon here.