Jonas Mekas, London | courtesy: Peter Sempel

In Memory of Jonas Mekas

Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival 2019. “Jonas in the  Jungle” by Peter Sempel. An essayistic exploration of Jonas Mekas (Dec. 24, 1922 – Jan. 23, 2019), the doyen of American Avant-Garde cinema.  In attendance of filmmaker Peter Sempel. Making an appearance on Earth, shortly after having left it, will be legendary off-the-waller Jonas Mekas, …

Mitte Media Festival

Continuing The Dazzle

Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival 2019. More spliters of light and shadow, colour and monochrome, scream and silence are set to crystallize out of the chaos of the cosmos, all this (potentially) before your very eyes. This can only mean Directors Lounge is shaking the sparks out of its treasure box and letting them …

Radically Subjective

Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival 2019. Radically Subjective. A selection of Berlin filmmakers and artists who are friends of Directors Lounge and who have been screening their work on several occasions. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr. Berlin is turning into a filmmaker’s city again. We are not talking about mainstream cinema, but in terms …

main attraction by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare

Directors Lounge Presents: Bizarre, Hypnotic, Wonderful

Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival 2019. – Bizarre, Hypnotic, Wonderful – Selected Gems from the DL Archives. Get lost on a visual trip to the surreal, mystical and mesmerizing realm of bizarre, hypnotic and wonderful movies. Including works by Anton Corbijn, John Christopher Gibson, Guy Maddin, Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Allan Brown, Roger Deutsch, Masha Godovannaya. …

Directors Lounge Screening - Maria Korporal - Lines in Between the Maze

Maria Korporal | Lines in Between the Maze

Directors Lounge Screening Thursday, 28 March 2019 | 9pm 21:00 | Z-Bar Metaphors combine beauty with a call for a better life. The Berlin artist Maria Korporal studied in the Netherlands and was working and living in Italy until 2013. Her videos, installations and performances show a strong technical affinity, while at the same time, …

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 …

Directors Lounge Screening. Björn Speidel About the Depths of the Plateau

Björn Speidel | About the Depths of the Plateau

Directors Lounge Screening

Thursday, 28 February 2019 | 9pm 21:00 | Z-Bar

With his experimental films, the Berlin based filmmaker Björn Speidel explores the relationship between image and imaging surface. For several years, he has investigated the image’s depth by the use of stereo 3D.
The screening will include the first presentation of the „Video-Harp“ as a world premiere. … read more

Directors Lounge Screening. Gabriele Stellbaum My House Is On Fire

Gabriele Stellbaum | My House Is On Fire

Directors Lounge Screening

Thursday, 29 November 2018 9pm | Z-Bar

Gabriele Stellbaum creates art films that are performance and story-based at the same time. It is the second time, the artist presents her work at Directors Lounge. Coming from sculpture, she turned to light projections and time-based multi-channel slide projects and finally to video. The program presents a number of very new and more recent works that she created in Berlin. … read more

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.