Impressions from Directors Lounge @ Contemporary Art Ruhr (C.A.R.)The Media Art Fair

Eberhard Kranemann performing with VJ Chuuu at the opening night

VJ Chuuu doing the turntable animation

Happy people: Carola Goellner and Eberhard Kranemann

new works by André Werner, the glasses are filled with honey

Julia Murakami, Allegory of Obliviousness, 2012, oil on canvas, 11.81 x 11.81 in

photo: Maurizio Mueller | Mau Fashion

Michael Caine, eight times, paintings by Carola Goellner

The artist in the age of digital reproduction: Kim Dotty Hachmann in front of herself

Dream Team: VJ Chuuu, Carola Goellner, André Werner, Julia Murakami, Eberhard Kranemann

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Directors Lounge @ Contemporary Art Ruhr (C.A.R.)The Media Art Fair

Once again you will find us at the c.a.r., the contemporary art ruhr at the Zollverein World Cultural Heritage Site, formerly known as the “most beautiful coal mine in the world” – and now the best-known industrial monument and centre of the creative economy in the Ruhr Area.

Artists included: Carola Göllner, Rosetta Messori, Andreas Müller-Pohle, Julia Murakami, Kim Dotty Hachmann, Alan Smithee, Peter Snowdon, Kika Nicolela, Rachel Rosalen, André Werner and many others

Primordial Breath, the first video work by Italian Photographer Rosetta Messori, is a visual journey based on 18 photographs from her book  Visioni Mediterranee  (Skira 2010). In a continuous state of flux, Rosetta Messori captures the essence of a movement to tell an imaginary story. Primordial Breath was shown in world premiere during the 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge.

Araki at Work", shot in 1996 by Andreas Müller-Pohle in Japan, was first published in 2011. Nobuyoshi Araki, well-known as a provocative and commercial photographer, seems to surpass limits of privacy when working, especially seen from a European perspective. However, the film also reflects and produces the strange relations between “observer and observed”, the settings in which the photographer worked with a model. The viewer becomes the observer of the observer, maybe even reflecting back on his or her own position as spectator, or voyeur.¹

My Name Is Michael Caine, a series of paintings based on film stills, by Carola Göllner, presents the main actor in a playful game between ironic exaggeration and atmospheric nuances. He becomes a Comic hero in the Pop art realm of C.G.´s Iconography, as exuberant as the movies that served as a model.

For the Opening we will present a live performance by Eberhard Kranemann (Multimedia artist and former member of “Kraftwerk”) and VJ Chuuu, Japan (“Turntable Animation”)


contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) 2012
Media Art Fair, June 1-3, 2012
World Heritage Site Zollverein, Coking plant
Arendahls Wiese, 45141 Essen

Opening: Friday, June 1, 8 pm
Public fair hours: Saturday, June 2, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, June 3, 11 am – 7 pm

Entrance fee: 8,- € / 6,-€

pictured: Peter Snowdon, Belgium “Dieu est dans les racines” (God is in the roots), 2012



rooftop fun in Miami

Our long time friends and collaborators of the c.a.r. art fair are in town during the art Miami. They are setting up a  get-together for all art lovers on December 1st on a cozy rooftop in the Art Deco district.
If you are in Miami these days and like to discuss possible collaboration, point us to your work or just meet like-minded folks for an informal talk don´t hesitate to get in touch and we´ll send you an invitation.

Alan Smithee/Julia Murakami: twenty dots for Miami, 2010, edition of 20/2AP, ca. 0,7 x 0,7cm, read more about the dots at the artresort

3.-5. June at the Zollverein world heritage site

contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) is an innovative and dynamic fair format. Since 2006 C.A.R. comes two times a year, as a media art fair in summer, emphasizing video and media art, installations, performances, environmental sculptures, multimedia projects and contemporary photograpy. In autumn with a more classical art fair for contemporary art – C.A.R. . covers the entire spectrum of fine arts and their most important current influences.

We will present assorted highlights from the 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge, alongside new works, installations and photography. Due to the nature of an art fair we will focus on non-narrative and short works.

Artists included (just to name a few)

Julia Murakami, Michael Nyman, Joachim Seinfeld, André Werner, Alexei Dmitriev, Ofir Feldman, Nicolas Ramel, Octavian Fedorovici, Ron Diorio, Maria Niro, Bruce Knox, Kika Nicolela, Max Hattler, Michaela Nettell, Joanna Hoffmann, Claudia Guilino, Sergio Cruz, Patricia Shrigley, Eunjung Hwang, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Danny Warner, Eric Dyer, Ryley O´Byrne and the Happy Famous Artists

pictured: still from caustics, installation,Andre Werner, 2011

Directors Lounge hits LA

We are screening assorted highlights at the prestigious Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) as part of  NOT A CAR, a special all-media, cross-cultural exhibition featuring the highlights from our partners, the C.A.R. art fair in Essen, Germany, alongside original contemporary artworks by Los Angeles artists debuting at Gallery 825 on April 9, 2011. Exhibit runs through April 29, 2011.

program I

Alexei Dmitriev Dubus 4 min
Coleman Miller US Uso Justo 22 min 2005 
Thorsten Fleisch DE Dromosphäre 10 min 2010
Nicolas Ramel FR A/V Sketch#3 40s 2010
Octavian Fedorovici RO Casablanca 1PM 1min 2008
Julia Smith  US  Grand Teton 4 min 1s 2010
Gunter Deller DE Riverrun and Touchdown     7 min 40s 2009
Ryley O´Byrne CA Maenad  2 min 45s 2010
Ron Diorio US Winter Wind  3 min 1s 2009
Maria Niro  US  Glitch Telemetry  ca 3 min  2010
Kika Nicolela FR/BR  Passenger 5min 2007
Bruce Knox DE Danger Global Warming 7min 3s 201
Sergio Cruz UK    Hannah    5 min30s 2010
Ofir Feldman Poetic Account 1 min
Chema Garcia Ibarra ES The Attack Of The Robots From Nebula-5 6min 20s 2008
KRONCK (aka Maximilian Gerlach & Jessica Benzing) Thank You Third World
Max Hattler DE Spin 4 min 2010
Julia Murakami/Alan Smithee  lost masterpieces #1 ((red) 2010
 
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program II

Chiara Ambrosio The Crossing    3min 31s
Chiara Ambrosio Whale 4 min 52s
Eric Dyer US Copenhagen Cycles 6 min 37s
Mark Maxwell Naturaleza Muerta   29 min 2011
Chiara Ambrosio    Charon 12 min 16s Musical score Michael Nyman
Jean-Gabriel Périot 200-000 phantoms 10 min

in cooperation with Myriam Blundell Projects

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program III

A Journey Through The Symbols – selected video works by André Werner
The weary traveler must clear his own path through the thicket, must find the passages in this labyrinth of symbols. Here the glimpse of a distant female beauty, there a delightful garden; a gold-glittering speck of color draws the traveler and he finds himself entranced… The viewing of a shape, somehow familiar, sets the mind running at full force, tracing distant memories. Expectations crystalize into clear formulations; the eye strives to match the moving pieces into a distinct wholeness. But the process of pasting together the individual tiles, of trying to derive one whole unified object from this melting pot of images, fails. The arrayed bits of meaning waver and… dissolve.
All that remains are the pictures and colors, the shapes and our traveler’s imaginations – The journey carries on in the mind of the beholder. Anja Osswald

A Journey Through The Symbols combines videos from the last twenty years, many of them will be screened in US premiere

Andre Werner, Ceci n’est pas de l’art,  shown as part of the opening of the c.a.r. 10, the contemporary art Ruhr  photo: Joerg Eckhardt

Ceci n’est pas de l’art,  impressions from the c.a.r. 10, the contemporary art Ruhr 

just some snaps from the fun


photo:Julia Murakami

The early bird.., the Japanese Guerilla Paparazzi arrived shortly before the opening


photo: Astrid Ewers

Shot during setup through a somehow absent Alan Smithee. On the right, the glass cube cinema, venue for the screenings.

A German TV team shooting inside the Directors Lounge booth.


Astrid Ewers, the lady with the healing hands, long time friend of DL and guardian angel for the tensed and damaged gallerists.

Anne Martens, Getty Museum, LA and Peter Mays, executive Director of the Los Angeles Art Association, photo: the art resort

The C.A.R. was accompanied by several specials like this lecture about the current art scene in Los Angeles by Peter Mays, LAAA, Anne Martens and Rebecca Lowry. The LAAA, the Los Angeles Art Association will present the C.A.R. together with Directors Lounge in April next year.


photo: the art resort

This looks staged, subliminal work by Alan Smithee

Outside the sky lounge, a minimal designed pavillon on top of the highest building at Zeche Zollverein The venue for the VIP party of the c.a.r. 10, the contemporary art Ruhr  photo: the art resort


photo: Astrid Ewers

On top of the world. new member of the gang, Suzanne, enjoy the night view from the sky lounge.

Andre Werner, Jewel cases (Chat Noir), 2010

29.-31. October at the Zollverein world heritage site

We are exhibiting and screening at the contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.), “a young art fair that can easily claim to have the most impressive venue of all German art fairs, the Sanaa cube, designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA)” (art resort). The glass cube inside the Saana cube will become the c.a.r. video lounge where we show selected highlights from The 6th Berlin International Directors Lounge along works from the participating galleries. Looking forward to meet you.

contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.)  is an innovative and dynamic fair format. It has established two art fairs annually since 2006. With a media art fair in the summer and innovative art productions out of the ordinary: video and media art, installations, performances, environmental sculptures, multimedia projects and especially the field of contemporary photography. In autumn with an art fair for contemporary art – C.A.R. covers the entire spectrum of fine arts and their most important current influences.

The objective of contemporary art ruhr is to develop an arts marketplace by a unique conception that the Ruhr can call its own. Unbiased. Minimalist. Vibrant.

C.A.R. covers the entire spectrum of fine arts and their most important current influences.