Experiments in Cinema v5.1 is an annual film festival in Albuquerque, directed by Bryan Konefsky, which showcase the most indie and underground movies in the world. Tonight we will screen an assortment from the 2010 edition of Experiments in Cinema v5.1. A sneak peek into an indeep presentation, sheduled for May 2011, selected by Alexei Dmitriev and Andre Werner.

Join us for a summer night with barbecue and fine drinks at the DL Base, F´hain.

Petersburger Platz 2, Berlin-Friedrichshain
U 5 Frankfurter Tor M 10 Strassmannstr

doors open 9pm

pictured: Guild Marquee by Experiments in Cinema V5.1


Aline Helmcke


Friday, 16 July 2010

Galerie Meinblau
Christinenstr. 18/19
D-10119 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
U-Senefelder Platz

Films by Aline Helmcke
Reanimation, 2003, 3:49min (D)
animation exercises, 2004, 1:51min (D)
Destrukt, 2006, 2:20 min (D)
bus ride, 2007, 2:14 min (UK)
pavement, 2007, 1:27 min (UK)
Kamo Gawa, 2008, 4:33 (CH/UK)
58 Pages, 2008, 6:26 min (UK)
Rehe blicken nicht nach oben, 2010 Preview at DL !!, 6:55 min (D)

Hei Cheng, Boiling, 2007, 3:40 min (UK/JP)
Martin Morris, Reaction, 2004, 4:00 min (UK)
Matthias Beckmann, Keine Tricks, 2008, 14:13 min (D)
Pia Maria Martin, Go, 2004, 12:00 min (D)
Joe King & Rosie Pedlow, Strange Lights, 2010, 8:08 min (UK)
Toby Cornish, Sarajevo Vertical, 2004, 10:20 min (UK/DE)

Aline Helmcke either uses the drawing pen or the camera to create her film images. Her last film, “Rehe blicken nicht nach oben”, was realized with actors, scriptwriting and a tangible narration. The drawings, however, are based on photographs, or better saying on media images. The movement that derives from the differences of images ­ the animation, as we call it ­ though emphasizes the movements of drawing itself and the differences between one line and another line, but it rarely creates the illusion that we know from other animation films.

What we thus may find here, is the wonderful hesitation of a young artist amongst a world of an rapidly accelerating flood of media images. The hesitation, the slowing-down, may already be a result of the painfully slow techniques of film drawings. (“I think I can call myself a filmmaker now, something I always strived for.” A.H.)

Anyhow, Aline Helmcke conceives images of a poetic hesitation in her films, and it is well worth following their progression and unfolding, thus contemplating Aline’s out-drawn thought process. A series of films from different artists, selected by the Aline Helmcke, completes the program, all of them either exploring drawing or being composed with frame-by-frame photography. The artist will introduce the program and be available for Q&A. Please feel invited.

Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr

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Urban Research Selection 2010
Screening at
PAm Festival in Senigallia, Italy
08 July 2010, at 20:00

Via Gherardi 30 – Senigallia

urban research selection | urban interference and the city’s symbols

The success of modern cities as social entities is connected with the liability of relative security and trust in the social contract between citizens. As Jan Philippe Reemtsma states: “If I happen to drop into a violent situation, I will neither be made responsible for not being armed, nor for having failed to defend myself.” (memory-quoted). Although this unwritten contract is part of the production of modernity, urban identity, myths and symbols often tell about violent situations. Therefore, films talking about urban symbols often deal with the uncanny, with the precarious balance between the violence of law enforcement and violent social decay.

On the other hand, with urban interventions, artists try to play a more active role in society . Some artists see themselves as “political activist” and try to change politics and society; others just try to reach a different, more divers audience; or, they like to reach out for a seemingly impossible dream. All of them, however, share visions and ideas about urban life. And those inspirations may be infectious!
Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr


Elsewhereness: Yokohama 2008 -*- Anders Weberg SW
Zwischenzeit 2008 -*- Mischa Leinkauf + Mathias Wermke DE
Seven After Eleven 2008 -*- Christina McPhee US
Buda -*- Beatriz + Carlos Matiella MX
Sintia -*- Jose Matiella+Ivan Meza MX
Amusement Park 2001 -*- Pilvi Takala FI
Jalkeilla Taas (Up And About Again) 2009 -*- Maarit Suomi-Väänänen FI
Drive 2003 -*- Elena Näsänen FI
Drive! 2008 -*- Elham Rokni IL
Easy Rider2006 -*- Pilvi Takala FI
Simulacro 2005 -*- Hector Falcon MX
Play Ground 2009 -*- Rinat Edelstein IL
Night Meter 2000 -*- Yaron Lapid UK
Interception 2007-2009 -*- Roch Forowicz PL
Stormwater / Estanque de tormentas 2009 -*- Tom Skipp ES

Festival Program: http://www.pamfestival.com/programma/
Direct Link:

Urban Research 2010: http://www.richfilm.de/DL2010/framesUrbanResearch.html

Z-Bar, Thurs, 24th

Film and Video are media of time, maybe even more so than any other medium. The frozen time, the preserved time, as well as the composed time are even more constitutive for experimental film and art videos than for narrative film. Not only Deleuze pointed out, that film at it´s height is “temps-image” instead of “movement-image”, though he referred to European narrative cinema; also Peter Kubelka stated: “film is not movement, quite the opposite, while projecting film, every thing is being undertaken to technically prevent showing the movement of the film strip”. It is time, however, to bring together some Berlin friends of experimental film and Directors Lounge, and under the headline of “time”. Please come and meet the artists; many of whom will be present, at the program at Z-Bar Berlin.

Directors Lounge at Z-Bar, Thursday, 24 June 2010, at 21:00

The program comprises films and videos by Aline Helmcke, Andreas Gogol, Dagie Brundert, Deborah Phillips, Heiko Daxl, Ingeborg Fülepp, Jens Lüstraeten, Klaus W. Eisenlohr, Max Hattler, Myriam Thyes, Sandra Becker 01, Telemach Wiesinger, Thorsten Fleisch, Ute Reeh

an after art night with Directors Lounge and Walden Kunstausstellungen

On the occasion of the opening weekend of the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Join us for a summer night with barbecue and fine drinks at the DL Base, F´hain. The best way to meet the team if you are in town and to chill out after a billion openings.

Petersburger Platz 2, Berlin-Friedrichshain
U 5 Frankfurter Tor M 10 Strassmannstr

doors open 9pm

pictured: Julia Murakami/Alan Smithee Lost Masterpieces #1, 70cm x 80cm, 2010, ed. of 3/2 AP

a programme of artists moving image curated by Kerry Baldry

This touring programme is the forth in the series, an eclectic range of moving image with formats such as 16mm film, Super 8, video, stopframe animation, superimposition, all constrained by a time limit of one minute.

One Minute Volume 4 includes work by:
Katharine Meynell, Jonathan Moss, Eva Rudlinger, Chris Meigh Andrews, Martin Pickles, Gordon Dawson, Sam Renseiw and Philip Sanderson, Tony Hill, Laure Prouvost, Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker, Kerry Baldry, Alex Pearl, Steven Ball, Anahita Razmi, Kate Jessop, Bob Levene, Erica Scourti, Elizabeth Hobbs, Liam Wells, Claire Morales, Michael Cousin, Tina Keane,Virginia Hilyard, Riccardo Iacono, Fil Ieropoulos, Marty St. James , James Snazell, Stuart Pound, Richard Tuohy, Simon Payne, Tansy Spinks, Louisa Minkin, Zhel Vukicevic, Leister/Harris, Nicki Rolls, Nick Herbert, Daniela Butsch, Michael Szpakowski, David Kefford, Cate Elwes.

Fri June 4th, Meinblau, Pfefferberg

doors open at 8pm, screening starts at 9pm

please be on time

pic using a still of Cloud Mime by Gordon Dawson

Directors Lounge Screenings in der Z-Bar
Within Landscape and Time
Video Works by
Elena Näsänen
Mittwoch, 26 Mai 2010

Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Elena Näsänen
Video Künstlerin aus Finnland

Die große Leinwand, das große Kino und das Bild von Natur in Cinemascope sind Bezüge für Elena Näsänens Video Arbeiten. Sie ist eine der wenigen Künstler, die ausschließlich mit Video arbeiten, und die zudem selten auf der Kinoleinwand zu sehen sind. Stattdessen findet die Öffentlichkeit die Arbeiten der finnischen Künstlerin in Galerien und internationalen Kunstausstellungen.

Ihre Filme beinhalten Strukturen des narrativen Kinos: zu den meisten ihrer Videofilme hat sie das Drehbuch verfasst, es spielen Schauspieler, es gibt einen Kameramann und manche enthalten den Spannungsaufbau möglicher, unheimlicher Erlebnisse, wie sie die Zuschauer in Horror und Kriminalfilmen erwarten. In “Before Rain“ (Vor dem Regen) benutzt Elena Ausschnitte aus Hollywood Krimis, die jedoch nicht aufgelöst werden; in „Night“ (Nacht) folgt die weibliche Hauptfigur ihrem Drang, das Haus bei Nacht zu verlassen und den nahe liegenden dunklen Wald zu durchstreifen; und in „Wasteland“ (Ödland) ist eine Gruppe von Frauen im Hinterland Australien unterwegs, deren Aufgabe und Schicksal am Ende unbekannt bleiben. Überhaupt sind fast immer Frauen die Protagonisten der Szenen.

Zwei andere Elemente zeichnen Elenas Arbeit jedoch mindestens in ähnlich starker Weise aus: Zeit und Natur. Zeit ist gänzlich verbunden mit dem Bild. .Zeit wird ambivalent, wird zur Filmzeit, die entweder still steht oder endlos dauert, ganz abhängig vom Betrachter. Auf der anderen Seite scheint Natur die Szenerie zu dominieren. Vielleicht ist es so, dass Elene Näsenen hier den Blick auf das erhabene „Andere“ wieder aufleben lässt. Natur, so wie sie das unbekannte Andere für uns Bewohner der Städte wurde.
(Kuratiert von Klaus W. Eisenlohr)

Artist Link:

Directors Lounge
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Directors Lounge Screenings in der Z-Bar
Within Landscape and Time
Video Works by
Elena Näsänen
Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Elena Näsänen
Video Work

Elena Näsänen’s reference for her work on video is the big screen, the glory of grand cinema, and with that, the picture of nature in cinemascope. She is one of the few artists who work exclusively on video, and who are rarely shown on a cinema screen. Instead, the audience finds her work in art shows, galleries and international exhibitions.

The films of the Finnish artist who lives in Helsinki contain structures of narrative cinema: most of them are written by the artist, are played by actors, and they are building up a suspense of uncanny possible occurrences, which the audience anticipates to happen. In “Before Rain” Elena uses fragments of Hollywood crime movies that stay unresolved, in “Night” a female character follows an urge to leave the house at night searching through the adjunct woods, and in “Wasteland” a group of women are on their way to an unknown task and destiny.

There are two other elements, however, that seem to mark Elena’s work just as strongly: time and nature. Time is strictly connected with images. If her images stay in our memory, their time seems to persist, thus making time ambivalent, a “film time” that stands still or becomes endless, depending on the viewer. Nature, on the other hand seems to dominate the image, and Elena’s characters. Maybe, Elena Näsänen here revives a contemporary view onto the sublime other: Nature as it has become the unfamiliar other for us city dwellers. And this mystery may be contained by the Australian outback, the Chinese yellow mountains, or the Finnish landscape.
(curated by Klaus W. Eisenelohr)

Artist Link:

Directors Lounge
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our May screening, Fri 7th at the Meinblau.

Friends & Lovers, curated by Alexei Dmitriev and Andre Werner is a shameless biased selection of personal favorites. “There is a bunch of folks who’s films we find great and whom we then met in person and found them great too. It’s a gang. It’s a family. That’s what “Friends & Lovers” are about.” A. D.

Featuring Usama Alshaibi, Thorsten Fleisch, Masha Godovannaya, Jean-Gabriel Periot, Keith Sanborn and Zhen Chen Liu, just to name a few.

The screening will be followed by an audiovisual concert of Bedroom Bear.

Bedroom Bear — a solo project of Sergei Dmitriev — dreamy and thoughtful
new new age made with only hardware devices from Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Combining psych folk aesthetics with melodious lo-fi, he recreates the
scent of Karelian forests.

Fri May 7th, Meinblau, Pfefferberg

doors open at 8pm, screening starts at 9pm

please be on time

photo: Sergei Dmitriev

Thursday, 29 April 2010
Yaron Lapid
“Times of Change”

Video work of London based artist Yaron Lapid
curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr

Directors Lounge“Petersburg Nights” is a series of private screenings in our home base:Directors Lounge, Berlin Base
Petersburger Platz 2, 10249 Berlin, HH 2. Etage

Public Transport BVG: Tram M10 Straßmannstraße

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Yaron Lapid, whose video “Night Meter” was shown at Directors Lounge/ Urban Research 2010, presents a programme of his recent video works at our third “Petersburger Night”. 

“Research” may be just the right term to characterize the endeavours of the London based artist of Israeli descent. London and Israel also are the fields for his “findings” and video investigations. The interest of the anthropologist, the sensibility of the family annalist and the hard-boiled and distanced eye of the war documentarist, all those labels seem somehow to match but still not really fit for Yaron Lapid. If provoking a London call-centre lady to reveal that she calls from New-Dehli, if watching a victim of drug overdose, or witnessing the relocation of an elder relative from an old retirement home to a new one, we always follow him, the filmmaker, with awe and a deep sense of attestation, as Yaron seems to be able to turn his humane observations into a telling snapshot of the society we share, the social particularities of England and Israel notwithstanding. 

The mixture of shock and empathy the artist conveys, seems to stand in the – in our times almost impossible – tradition of artists like Weegee and Helen Levitt. With Yaron Lapid, we do not have the feeling of following a reporter on hunt for shock, but to witness chance encounters, the artist happens to be in, and which he follows with a deep curiosity for the human nature. The same interest lets him follow traces of storylines in a village founded in the 50’s in Israel, or to record radical text lines of flyers found in South-East London. 

We are most happy to host this evening with Yaron Lapid in person at Petersburger Platz 2, Berlin-Friedrichshain, on Thursday, 29 April 2010, at 21:00. You are very welcome to join us!

Artist Link: http://finderandkeeper.co.uk/
Program Details: http://richfilm.de/filmUpload/1-framesYLapid.html

A Petersburg Night presenting a selection of films in competition at the DotFest Online Film Festival, Thursday 15th, 9 pm.

From 1st till 18th of April 2010 DotFest Online Film Festival will take place in the world wide web. The first edition of the DotFest — INTERNATIONAL ONLINE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL was created to present and reward the very best in international independent short filmmaking.
The festival serves as a platform for both emerging and seasoned filmmakers around the world to showcase their films in effort to receive global recognition and significant cash awards. Connecting the dots between talented filmmakers and the audience in a web-based environment.

The Petersburg Nights are screenings at the Directors Lounge Base, Berlin, F´hain.
Space is limited, if you like to join us in the coziness of our headquarter drop us a note.