Directors Lounge @ Shortcutz, Father´s Day, May 17th, 2012

presented by Kenton Turk and Andre Werner

We were kindly invited by shortcutz Berlin to their last Berlin session at the cozy Filmkunstbar Fitzcarraldo.

Simon Ellis Telling Lies 4 min 20s
Telling Lies is a cascade of spoken untruths and projected truths … a darkly humorous bombardment of words and tone.

Masha Godovannaya
RU Untitled #1 4 min, S8, musical score LU
“While walking along Nevskiy Prospect in St. Petersburg, Russia,
I saw a young girl dancing this harsh, passionate and seductive dance.”
Brilliant editing and the bedazzling score by composer LU create a movie of suggestive beauty.

Andre Werner DE “Die Augen Der Menschheit”, 2007, 14 min 39 s
The Eyes Of Mankind is a true Directors Lounge production. From the production management to light and makeup, nearby all credits go to members of the gang. Starring Marbo Becker, Daniel Schubert and N.E.M. as the female lead.

Join us at the Filmkunst Bar FitzcarraldoReichenberger Straße 133 in Kreuzberg. The session starts as always at 8:30 pm and the screening at 9 pm. Entrance is free.
See you all on Thursday!


pictured: Marbo Becker as Walter in the Eyes Of Mankind by Andre Werner

From Remembering to Rising/Internal Dialogues

Sunday, 15. April, at the [DL] homebase (RSVP)

KOK Siew Wai, video artist and director of Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival (KLEX), the experimental festival of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will present a selection of Asian films and of her own work in our homebase, Petersburger Platz. Come and meet Siew Wai, get to know more about the festival and about experimental video arts in Malaysia.

A. KLEX Screening: From Remembering to Rising (45 min)

This is a special selected KLEX program that consists of video works from Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan, literally or indirectly exploring the themes of nostalgia, recollection, memory and internal dialogues.

The human brain is the most fundamental agent of archiving. Like it or not, it records everything every single moment. After the recording, some materials are remained while others are discarded, and then some are twisted, created (out of the absence of a desired memory) and re-created (perhaps because it’s too painful?). Memories are stored in different forms: image, sound, smell… that eventually provokes emotions. What is “real”? What we “see”, or “experience”, or what we “remember”? Sometimes, the brain records a journey with rapidly changing images and sensations. In those split seconds, which image and sensation will remain in our consciousness and enforce new actions?  (KOK Siew Wai)

Program:

When the Time Without My Memories (2010, Malaysia, 4:55 min/sound)

Alison KHOR

For my parents: A time that never occurs in my memory but were their most precious moments in life.

Omokage

SATAKE Maki (2010, Japan, 6:20 min/sound)

My parents and grandfather took a lot of photographs and videos in my childhood. I am searching for the world in the interstice of the record and the memories.

PERHAPS (2006, Malaysia, 8:50 min/sound)

KOK Kai-Foong

Women in Love.

PASSING II (2009, Malaysia, 6:30 min/sound)

AU Sow-Yee

Moving in city, as if chasing the speed of light but was eventually pulled back onto the earth.

Sky Don’t Fall (2011, Japan, 3:11 min/sound)

NAKAMURA Akiko

I’m watching the sky

I wanna make sure the sky don’t fall

The Endless Steps (2007, Indonesia, 6:30 min/sound)

Maulana M. PASHA

The artist is going to find his friend and he asks for the directions. By the end of the conversation, he still doesn’t have a clear idea how to get there!

The First Rain (Meditation 1) (2012, Japan/Thailand, 11:00 min/sound)

TAMBATA Koji

This work is coming after my video project ‘Music Works’ and ‘Pre-Music Consciousness’ and is much more personal in a certain sense. One of intentions is juxtaposing images to get organic movements and reach the final result with process of it. Fragments taken from everyday life is going to reach some kind of reality eventually. In this time living in Thailand is one of influential aspects and the title, The First Rain is named by being witness of crucial moment of something. And here will be coming beautiful raining season after beautiful long dry season… (Koji Tambata)

B: Solo Video Screening: Internal Dialogues (58 min)

Short Artist’s Statement:

This special selected programme features works from 2002 until 2011. In general, my inspiration for artmaking comes from “the little things in everyday life”. I’m interested in observing “what is happening at the moment” – watching, hearing and feeling it, trying to understand and to interact with it, in different ways and forms that are interrelated. Much insights and wisdoms are discovered from the most honest, humble and banal daily happenings. The question is: Can we see it? I often use humble daily life experiences as “case studies” to explore the uniqueness of “living”. To me, understanding the very basics of “living” is a very practical yet significant inquisition.

Face (s)(2002, 7:00 min/silent)

Duet (2003, 8:35 min/sound)

The Breath of Time(2005, 13:00 min/sound)

Morning (2010, Malaysia, 3:50 min/sound)

Ching Ming Festival (2011, 13:00 min/sound)

pictured: Face (s) (2002, by KOK Siew Wai, 7:00 min/silent)

free admission, space is limited: RSVP

Thursday, 12. April, Naherholung Sternchen

After the huge success of the first party of all Berlin Filmfestivals during The 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge it was only a question of time to set up a new edition.

Thursday, 12th of April, will be the your second chance to party with all the movers and shakers of the Berlin Film Universe. We start with a wild mix of shorts selected by the hosting festivals around 8pm, followed by

Doro & Tobi Filmmusic

Youngbois Italo Disco

Ångstrøm Electro

The incredible Yip Yips Electro

Enough Festivals To Kill A Rhino.

admission 5 Euro

(more at Festiwelt-Berlin | Partys 2012)

Pripyat — the Uncanny of Modernity

Thursday, 22 March 2012, 9pm, Z-Bar

One year after the Fukushima disaster and 26 years after the explosion of the Chernobyl reactor, the discussion on civil nuclear energy has again reached the “normality” of planning for new power plants. Over the same time, Pripyat the destroyed young Sowjet city, now situated in Ukraine, has gained an eerie attraction. Firstly presented in Freiburg DE, the collected films allow a discussion of the human imagination triggered by nuclear energy and nuclear disasters beyond excited press news.

Presented by Klaus W. Eisenlohr. The film program comprises films representing visions of the abandoned city of Pripyat by artists and documentary filmmakers, and imaginations of futures under the influence of “peaceful nuclear energy”.

Artists list:
Hanne Adam + Thierry Buysse,
Klaus W. Eisenlohr,
Gair Dunlop,
Andrea Slavik,
Vanessa Renwick,
Anders Weberg,
Sarah Breen Lovett,
Nicky Larkin,
Julio Soto

More infos at: richfilm

Z-Bar
Bergstr. 2
D-10115 Berlin-Mitte

U-Rosenthaler Platz

pictured: Fritz Stolberg’s “Of This, Men Shall Know Nothing”

“Arise cinephile-comrades! Pick up your cameras and join us as we reclaim the media pixel by bloody pixel!”   Bryan Konefsky, Experiments in Cinema


Directors Lounge @ Experiments in Cinema V7.9 in New Mexico

Guild Cinema, Tuesday April 17, 2012

As last year, we are going to participate in the finest cinematic event of New Mexico, the Experiments in Cinema. Experiments in Cinema is an annual, Albuquerque-based festival that celebrates recent trends in international, cinematic experimentation and offers a variety of ways in which attendees might think about the history of media representation and participate in shaping future trends in cultural representation.


Assorted films from The 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DL8]
curated by Julia Murakami and André Werner

Farnoosh Samadi Frooshani IR “It’s Your Turn”, 2011
Fritz Stolberg GB  “Of This, Men Shall Know Nothing!”, 2010
Samuel Blain GB “In Dreams”, 2011
John Woods CA “7246 120’ WE”, 2011
Santiago Parres (EZO) ES “Sinecdoquanon”, 2011
Kote Camacho
ES “La Gran Carrera”, 2011
Joe McClean and Sarju Patel US “How To Make a David Lynch Film”, 2011

pictured: Kote Kamacho’s “La Gran Carrera”

StadtRaum Film Double Feature
• Klaus W. Eisenlohr
Stadtrandzone Mitte 46 min, 16mm, sound
• Klaus W. Eisenlohr und Johann Zeitler
zwischen | stadt | raum 64 min, 3 channel (HD Version)

StadtRaum – Urban Space Double Feature

Two films, two film essays about public space. One is based on performances including public interventions on urban plazas in Hannover and the second film explores encounters in public space in Gropiusstadt, a modernist residential area in the South of Berlin. Both films bring forward issues of public space and urban development: Will public space disappear under the changes of globalization and the development of an electronic public sphere? Are there new meanings and new functions of urban public space that could reactivate public space also in urban areas outside of the historic center of cities? Do we still need public places, or urban community space in the larger metropolitan areas?
Both films developed from visual researches in the respective urban areas and may be best described as visual essays.

Klaus W. Eisenlohr is a lecturer at Photocentrum Kreuzberg and at Lexia International in Berlin. His media are photography, film and new media. Johann Zeitler mainly works with painting, performance and drawing. Both artist have collaborated on urban and film projects since 2003.

A DL Screening: Monday, 5 Dec 2011, 7:30pm
Z-Bar
Bergstr. 2 
D-10115 Berlin-Mitte
U-Rosenthaler Platz

dl screening:
StadtRaum
Film Double Feature
• Klaus W. Eisenlohr
Stadtrandzone Mitte 46 min, 16mm, sound
• Klaus W. Eisenlohr und Johann Zeitler
zwischen | stadt | raum 64 min, 3 channel (HD Version)

Monday, 5 Dec 2011
19:30


Z-Bar

Bergstr. 2
D-10115 Berlin-Mitte
U-Rosenthaler Platz

StadtRaum – Urban Space Double Feature

Two films, two film essays about public space. One is based on performances including public interventions on urban plazas in Hannover and the second film explores encounters in public space in Gropiusstadt, a modernist residential area in the South of Berlin. Both films bring forward issues of public space and urban development: Will public space disappear under the changes of globalization and the development of an electronic public sphere? Are there new meanings and new functions of urban public space that could reactivate public space also in urban areas outside of the historic center of cities? Do we still need public places, or urban community space in the larger metropolitan areas?
Both films developed from visual researches in the respective urban areas and may be best described as visual essays.

Klaus W. Eisenlohr is a lecturer at Photocentrum Kreuzberg and at Lexia International in Berlin. His media are photography, film and new media. Johann Zeitler mainly works with painting, performance and drawing. Both artist have collaborated on urban and film projects since 2003.

Links:
http://www.richfilm.de
http://www.richfilm.de/currentUpload
http://www.z-bar.de
http://www.directorslounge.net

Stadtrandzone Mitte:
http://www.richfilm.de/filmUpload/1-framesSRZM.html
zwischen | stadt | raum
http://www.richfilm.de/filmUpload/1-framesZSR.html

DL: short cuts to Japan, Thursday 24th Nov. Z-Bar, Berlin

Directors Lounge presents experimental films all around Japan

We participated in this year´s 日本デ , the 10th Japan-Day in Duesseldorf, celebrating the 150 anniversary of Japanese-German diplomatic relations. 

DL: Short Cuts to Japan,  first screened during the Japan-Day at the Black Box cinema is dedicated to Japan in experimental cinema and video art. Films included cover a wide range of “Japans”, from fictional to historical to personal…

films by Ciro Altabás, Marina Chernikova, André Werner, Yukihiro Taguchi, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Matthew Dotson & Bart Woodstrop, Anders Weberg & Robert Willim, GUP-py, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Akinori Okada & Masataka Ohta

curated by Julia Murakami

Thursday, 24 Nov. 2011 
21:00 / 9 p.m.
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2 
10115 Berlin-Mitte

pictured (above): Made In Japan by Ciro Altabás ES                                          pictured: Platform N1/Tokyo by Marina Chernikova NL

“I’m not supposed to speak to strangers, but we’ve met before”, 2011 from the series: “Once Upon A Time” by Julia Murakami, Alu-Dibond, lambda print under acrylic glass, 19.2 x 27.6 inch

Directors Lounge at the  Contemporary Art Ruhr (C.A.R.) , World Heritage Site Zollverein

The Zollverein World Heritage Site – also known as “the world’s most beautiful coal mine” – today the most famous industrial monument and centre of the creative industry in the Ruhr area.

Building A12, Directors Lounge, Berlin with Ina Otzko, D. Kimm & Brigitte Henry, Marie Losier, Julia Murakami, Alexei Dmitriev, Guy Maddin, Coleman Miller, Alan Smithee, Triny Prada, Fabiana Roscioli, André Werner, Clint Enns, Usama Alshaibi and others …

 

contemporary art ruhr 2011, the innovative art fair

Zollverein XII World Heritage Site building A2, A6, A5, A12, A 7/ red dot design museum, outdoor area

official opening
Fri, 28 October 2011, 8 p.m. at Zollverein World Heritage Site in Essen, V.I.P.-Preview: 6 p.m.

public fair days
Sat, 29 October 2011, 12 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sun, 30 October 2011, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

location
Zollverein XII World Heritage Site
Gelsenkirchener Straße 181
45309 Essen, Germany

day ticket
12,- € / 10,-€

still from Glorious, 2009 by Guy Maddin

THIRTY FRAMES A SECOND, TWO HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR
DIRECTORS LOUNGE’S GUY MADDIN SHORTS HEADING FOR ESSEN

No longer an upstart after seven consecutive years and scads of films of every conceivable genre, the Berlin International Directors Lounge (DL to the initiated) is still free of formula, corralling batches of like-minded works into presentable groupings but not bowing to predictability. No one knows quite what they are going to see here. That viewers can move freely about, mounting stairs and draping themselves over balcony railings to take in what’s splashed onto the screen may add to the slightly helter-skelter atmosphere. Question-and-answer sessions with selected directors and performers can prove as offbeat as some of the offerings, and left field live performances take it over the top. For free. There is nothing else like this in Berlin, one of the hardest claims you can make in this city. DL, while still arriving, has arrived. Renowned artists such as Michael Nyman have chosen to reveal their newest visions here, and films are being sent for consideration by the hundreds from all over the globe, with their creators and stars often enough making the trip to see how it looks up there, larger than life. Add to that fast-appearing online reviews of films and audience reaction, and you’ve got the makings of a cult carnival waiting to be reborn on a yearly basis, like a child who enjoyed the process enough to want to give it yet another go.
It had to happen that Berlin’s DL and Winnipeg’s enfant bizarre Guy Maddin would come together, and this year marked the time, when the Berlinale jury member brought a handful of his short features to form the backbone of an evening dedicated to his peculiar view of things, as seen through the (filmic) eyes of the influenced, heard via live readings from his enigmatic book From The Atelier Tovar and not least declared by way of the master’s aforementioned shorts themselves. A bit of everything was there. The giddy tomfoolery of Nude Caboose, the frenetic, fetishistic mock-punishment of Sissy Boy Slap Party, the industrial expressionism of The Heart Of The World. The house was full and imagination running at full tilt.
Directors Lounge is, with Mr. Maddin’s blessing, showing these tasty celluloid morsels at C.A.R. in Essen, offering up a peak into many little worlds portrayed in a myriad of ways: playful, distressing, subtle, haunting, head-on. Maddin comes to DL comes to you, and you only need eyes and ears to make it work.

–    Kenton Turk

still from Odilon Redon or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity, 1995 by Guy Maddin

Beyond The Atelier Tovard , the collection of shorts by Guy Maddin, will be accompanied by works that are influenced by him, dedicated to him, or otherwise Under The Influence Of The Atelier Maddin.

C.A.R. details here