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, …

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 …

Julia Murakami | André Werner | Fata Morgana Gallery Berlin

 

14. – 20. September | Torstr. 170, Berlin-Mitte

Photography, mixed media and installations.

Opening Friday, September 14, 7 pm

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Ahead of the Berlin art week the Fata Morgana gallery opens an exhibition of works by Julia Murakami and André Werner that is as subliminal as it is immersive.

What both artists unites is an artistic approach that does not only reflects an existing reality but rather transcends into the imagery of new realities.

The multiverse of Julia Murakami is filled with layers of Greek mythology, Marvel heroes and Hollywood icons, a world unbound to gravity where dreams and Chimeras lure in the dark. Julia Murakami depicts this strange and surreal realm with a casual implicitness that, like old family photographs, triggers a moment of déjà vu. And, in fact, private photographs, self-portraits and memorabilia are often the starting point in the works of Julia Murakami. Images from unknown, yet familiar worlds.

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André Werner is rather an observer than a producer of pictures. Like an ornithologist with a camera, he is a hunter and collector in the realm of the images. What get caught in his machinery of TV sets, cameras, printers and copiers, is often already an image of an image of an image. The pictures that are freely floating in the net, constantly multiplying themselves, are frozen in a single moment of their metamorphoses, not to capture them, but to celebrate their autopoietic beauty.

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The alchemical process of creating such images is as important as the final output and the interactive video installation “circles” offers the spectator a chance to become part of such a play in a game with his own image. Louise Blissett Julia Murakami und André Werner 14.9. – 20.9. Fata Morgana Opening 14.9. 7 pm Finissage 20.9. 7 pm

Julia Murakami und André Werner

14.9. – 20.9. Fata Morgana

Opening 14.9. 7 pm

Finissage 20.9.  7 pm

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Featuring an illustrated lecture by

Cosima Reif

: The Vienna Collection

New stamps by the Austrian Pure Chance Postal Service.

Fata Morgana Galerie Torstraße 170 | Berlin Mitte

Mo – Tues 4 pm – 7 pm
Sa – Sun 4 pm – 8 pm

and by appointment

The exhibition is kindly supported by Z-Bar, Directors Lounge and Bürkle IT


Images from above :

Julia Murakami and André Werner by Joachim Seinfeld

Julia Murakami, from the series Exercises in Levitation I–III, 2015.

André Werner Was vom Kino übrig bleibt | What Remains Of
Cinema. #2 Autopoiesis 2018.

André Werner, Circles | Interactive video installation for 13 monitors and a curious person, 2017 

Cosima Reif, 50 Jahre Aktionismus, 50 years of (Viennese) Actionism, stamp from the Austrian Pure Chance Postal Service, 2018

SHOTS IN THE LIGHT AND THE DARK II:

DIRECTORS LOUNGE AT MITTE MEDIA FESTIVAL 20 – 22 April, 2018

Join Fata Morgana/coGalleries, Z-Bar, Leo Kuelbs Collection, Benhad & Djilal, BRLO, Chased Magazine, Kunstleben Berlin and Directors Lounge for the second annual MITTE MEDIA FESTIVAL!  Lots of performance, art talks and videos of all kinds in the heart of Berlin’s Mitte neighborhood.

Mitte Media Festival takes its creative cues from the neighborhood itself: a thriving international scene with its own deep German heart.  Berlin-based artists are mixed with a variety of international creators to provide a cross-section of what’s going on in the world of video and media art.

Hope to see you!

Locations:
Z-Bar, Bergstr. 2, 10115 Berlin
Fata Morgana Gallery, Torstraße 170, 10115 Berlin

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DL at Mitte Media | Program I (88 min) “In the other side, by her side” curated by Elaine Tedesco (Brazil), 20 April, 5 7 pm at  Z-Bar:
Contemporary videos of women artists about the city, urban issues, the arts circuit, performance, social problems, speeches and their forms, feminism, audiovisual language, memory, selfimage, daydreaming…
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DL at Mitte Media | Program II (110 min) curated by Kenton Turk and Klaus W. Eisenlohr,  20 April, 8 10 pm at Fata Morgana Gallery:
Here, DL will be doing a double-dig into its box of flickering tricks, with a program of shorts from both the Berlin International Directors Lounge Festival as well as the Urban Research side of things. There will be new projections as well, including, rumour has it, a mad monkey and film art that literally leaps into the room. Saying more would be telling…. Performers of the night include Tristan Honsinger (cello), Izumi Ose (melodion), Moeko Yamazaki (taiko drum) and the very odd Woody Hoofer (indescribable). 
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DL at Mitte Media | “Was vom Kino übrig blieb” (What remains from cinema), André Werner, 2018, 21 April, 6:30 – 8 pm at  Z-Bar:
 The first in a series of Interactive video installations capturing glimpses of cinematica.
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You are cordially invited to join us
“Zeig Dich!”, Zwingli-Church, Berlin, 25 – 27 May 2017

We are pleased to announce that works by Directors Lounge Lizards  André Werner and Joachim Seinfeld will be shown among selected media art, installations and performances by Thomas Bratzke, Stefan Demming & Michael Rieken, Roswitha von den Driesch & Jens-Uwe Dyffort, Jorn Ebner, Monika Jarecka, Karl Heinz Jeron and Ulrich Vogl.

Curator: Karin Scheel.

Vernissage: ZEIG DICH! 25 May 2017, 7 p.m.
Zwingli-Kirche, Rudolfstr. 14, 10245 Berlin
(4 min from S/U-Bhf Warschauer Straße)

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photo: ​ Zeig Dich – Kultur zum Kirchentag

Directors Lounge is pleased to present a selection of silent single channel loops. Works include a restored version of the legendary “Kleine Lobhudelei auf den Monitor” (Little Flattering of the Monitor) 1990, by Cosima Reif (pictured above), next to moving images by Matl Findel and André Werner.

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André Werner, Untitled (Bass, nude) 2005

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Matl Findel, Stromgemälde, St. Alban

Read more: Directors Lounge at the Contemporary Art Ruhr, May 2017

Directors Lounge will participate with selected video works in the c.a.r. network event at the GalleryJinsun in Seoul, 17 – 26 June 2016 

Video/installation works by international media artists. A program curated by Julia Murakami for the c.a.r. network event at the GalleryJinsun.

Participating artists:

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Wuttin Chansataboot, Thailand „16 X 9 Capsule“ 06:43, 2014

“16×9 Capsule” shows fragments of time and incidents taking place at particular locations around Bangkok. Camera observed different situations in various conditions, ranging from trivial moments in a ordinary day to crucial circumstances in political history of Thailand. Metaphorically, each place used as background in the video is defined as a receptacle of temporal matters, exploring a Buddhist concept saying that everything keeps rising, standing and cessation. They eternally and inevitably change. Only memory remains as an evidence of their existence.

www.wuttinchansataboot.com

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AUJIK, Japan “Plasticity Unfolding“ 05:00, 2014

‘Plasticity Unfolding’ is based upon an interview between AUJIK member Mana and her ADI (Artificial Deep Intelligence) entity KIIA. KIIA is constructed as an autonomous flexible neural network with vast recursive self improvement abilities. KIIA lacks a physical body, but has created self-awareness emerging from its surroundings and anomalous pattern recognition.

Mana asks KIIA if it visualizes itself. KIIA explains that its core is a self evolved limbic system which has a far more complex sentiment system than humans. It is capable of generating emotions and sensations that have never been perceived before. KIIA imagines its limbic system to be resting on a river bed that functions as its nerve system and consciousness simultaneously. KIIA continuously cultivates its system. ‘Plasticity Unfolding’ is an attempt to illustrate this appearance.

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AUJIK, Japan „Impermanence Trajectory: stained seed“ 06:02, 2013

AUJIK‘s visual manifestation ‚impermanence trajectory: stained seed‘ is based on the ideas of computational dialectics. It employs and illustrates dialectical values, which express concepts and phenomena in terms of conflict, contradiction, opposition and difference. It consists of two subjects: agent X and agent Y. Each subject is exposed to eight different emotional inputs that determine a value. These values are in turn influenced by four different forces. These forces either combine or divide the emotional values, which leads to unpredictable results, depending on the agent’s previous state, his environment, and the state of the other agent.

The trajectory starts in an initial state where the two agents each plant a seed. The seed grows according to the emotional states of the agent and the impact of the forces. During the evolution of the seed, the tree – which represents the object – also changes its form and gradually blossoms before it collapses due to a self-inflicted virus. The virus generates a portal system that creates yet another realm of emotions and consciousness and allows the agents to restart and readjust the process by optimizing their cognitive and emotional parameters.

The agents’ emotional states are visualized by their heads, which are symmetric and reminiscent of a Rorschach test. The different values and forces can be seen at the lower sides of the picture. The agents themselves can be described as variables and algorithms as they are used in computer code for developing artificial general intelligence. By applying their emotional states to a dialectical form (thesis, anti-thesis & synthesis), they improve their emotional parameters in order to attain an impermanent perfection.

Inspired by the article ‚Computational Dialectics for Arguing Agents‘ by Professor Hajime Sawamura, Niigata University. Music specially composed by Mira Calix featuring cellist Oliver Coates.

www.aujik.com

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APOTROPIA, Italy “Echoes of a Forgotten Embrace”, 2016

“Echoes of a Forgotten Embrace“ takes inspiration from the concept of emotional memory, depicting the encounter of two lovers in a liminal dimension, a place where movements preserve the memory of the past and create a synthesis of the entire action. The work has been created with a mix of body projection, light painting, real time randomization and animation techniques.

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APOTROPIA, Italy “Sense of Place”, 2015

The term “sense of place” may describe both an arrangement of features that makes a place unique and the sensation and perception of place as experienced by the living bodies that belong to it. The body is our general medium for having a world and our relationship to space is inevitably connected with culture and shaped by the kind of bodies we have.

“Echoes of a Forgotten Embrace“ and “Sense of Place“ are both chapters that constitute DROP, a project divided into several autonomous works focusing on the dialectical relationship between the concept of Infinity and Control as a fundamental issue of human nature.

www.apotropia.com

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André Werner, Germany “Yeosu Mandalas”, 2014

“The Yeosu Mandalas“ are three silent video loops: necessity | community | territory. Based on a closed-circuit installation of a camera interacting with a black and white tv-set. A small piece of overhead sheet with the word necessity, community or territory printed triggers the corresponding mandala.

Created for and shown first at the 5th. Yeosu International Art Festival, a biennial event at various locations of the town Yeosu in South Korea.

www.artyesno.com

About Directors Lounge

Directors Lounge, contemporary art and media, is a Berlin based media platform, presenting a cloud of different, independent curated projects and a wide variety of short, experimental works from many different genres.

Is that a man. He walks through years like a cat burglar creeps on rooftops, leaving nothing to hang him on a nail for, just a wry smile in the dark and a  milestone with clock-like regularity. He tips his hat and we tip ours…

Happy Birthday André from all of Directors Lounge!

Where are we going to? Videoart on the City phenomenon.

Video, discussion, reading, workshop, music and more on different forms and times of social presence and future in the City.

The project is a collaboration with Directors Lounge Berlin

Although the first part of the title that is borrowed by Gauguin and shimmers between pathos and esoteric for today’s eyes, ironically treats the idea to be able to give real answers to this question, but we believe that we can counterpoint it with Willy Brandt: The best way to predict the future is to shape it.

Especially in Dresden within the urban population trenches of incomprehension have been breaking open again about essential future issues. These preclude a bitter required lived and wider civically culture of discourse. Other areas of development, such as imagined future technical or scientific innovations, will not directly be subject of the project, but surely in their intended impacts on the life and work of urban society.

Because of the flexibility and relevance of the medium video works mainly of recent times on the current status and anticipated future developments of urban civil societies will be shown. Tensions will not only be addressed and discussed in the exhibition but in the whole programme. These result from a bondage by the past, from restrictions imposed by the capitalist system or from an individual or cross immobility on the one hand and the unalterable changes, the attempts to form them as a subject, the advent of new and unfamiliar on the other hand.

Distinguishing from purely political statements the project will deal with art, that means openness, indecipherable things, curiosity. The transitions between art and political commitment as well as social intervention by artists are fluent not only in today’s art scene. Of course, it always comes to the great and all. But since the civic dispute revolves not only around the principles of cooperation, but more often to everyday and small mosaic of coexistence, the big issues will also be treated in the artistic contributions that are often based on supposedly minor elements that make up the city and urban society: the kind of movements in the city, nightlife or graffiti, resistance, moral cowardice and intermediate stages, theatre, music, houses, brownfields or gardens. The city as a stage for its inhabitants, for those of the environment, for their guests. The city as a place of work, progress, science. It’s about living, the traffic, the exchange in the city. And about the always new exciting relationships between many in itself differently individual, milieu-, level- or class-related and across experiences, wishes, expectations within the limited geographical and social space of the city.

Although it is important to the curatorial team of the project, as indicated above, to include playfully many different aspects of the city in the discussion within the project. However, a red thread will always be the question of the development of forms of urban coexistence that do not constitute the battle of egos, but concentrate on community-oriented ideas. This includes both political and civic dispute and contention as well as a respect for the principles of mutual communication. But of course, also the knowledge that at these discussions very significantly also the way, the fact that they are lead at all, is the goal. In other words, in particular for the discursive part of the project, in the context with other projects and initiatives the goal is to make a contribution to the conversation in and about the City and its current and future constitution.

Artists included: Peter Aerschmann, CH | Roberto Andreoli, BR | Alan Aranha/ Bharat Mirle, IN | Anna Baranowski, DE | Piotr Blajerski, PL | Nisrine Boukhari, SY | Ulu Braun, DE | Marina Chernikova, NL | Aitor Marín Correcher, ES | Sirin Bahar Demirel, TR | Song Di, CN | Daniel Nicolae Djamo, RO | Johanna Domke, DK | Sonja Feldmeier, CH | Andreas Fogarasi, AT | Lucie Freynhagen, DE | Denise Ackermann, DE | Ingeborg Fülepp/ Heiko Daxl, AT | Ivan Garcia, ES | Romain Gavras, FR | Maria Gonchar, UA | Manaf Halbouni, DE | Lorenz Fidel Huchthausen, Robert Esteban-Schäuble, DE | Erdal Inci, TR | Ahmed Kamel, DE | Ada Kobusiewicz, PL | Milan Kohut, CZ | Zhenchen Liu, CN | Alex Markov, RU | Tomas Moravec, CZ | Joas Sebastian Nebe, DE | Peter Nestler/ Reinald Schnell, DE | Margarita Novikova, RU | Christoph Oertli, CH | Hein-Godehart Petschulat, DE | Sebastian Helms, DE | Gustavo Postiglione, AR | Jonathan Rescigno, FR | Kristoffer Rus, PL/ SE | Jani Ruscica, FI | Habib Sadaat, AF | Hans Schabus, AT | Juliane Schmidt, DE | Jonathan Seyer, US | Gertrud Schulte Westenberg/ Matthias Coers, DE | Elías León Siminiani, ES | Rhayne Vermette, US | Sylvia Winkler/ Stephan Köperl, DE | Yaroslav Yanovsky, UA Jacek Zachodny, PL | Florian Zeyfang, DE

Curators: Denise Ackermann (DE), Jolanta Bielanska (PL), Frank Eckhardt (DE), André Werner (DE) (with the collaboration of Julia Murakami and Klaus W. Eisenlohr)

Sponsors: Landeshauptstadt Dresden, Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung

Where are we going to? Videoart on the City phenomenon. 29 Oct – 19 Dec 2015

Motorenhalle. Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Wachsbleichstraße 4a, 01067 Dresden

Vernissage: 28 October 2015, 8 pm 
Opening hours: Tue –  Fri 4–8 pm, Sat and holiday 2–6 pm,
closed on Sun + Mon

www.riesa-efau.de

Wien unter Drogen | Vienna Under the Influence of Drugs

Through lectures and film screenings, the thematic evening will focus on drug use during the First World War: artist-in-residence Beate Passow (GER) will screen two works in the exhibition which take a closer look at the use and abuse of drugs in WWI by means of literary examples.

From the sparkling wine tax to bloodlust to an escape with a heroine of reason: Cosima Reif (Zufallsproduktion, Vienna) delivers a lecture that paints a realistic picture the nebulization tactics of the governmental drug policy arising from the War to multimedia projection by Andre Werner (Directors Lounge, Berlin), emptying a quite legal magnum in the process.

Date  Wed., June 17,  2015, 7 pm
Location  freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL

image credit: courtesy Zufallsproduktion