Directors Lounge Screening

Bruno Gularte Barreto
5 Houses

Thursday, 3 November 2016
19:00

Blender & Co
Boddinstrasse 32
12053 Berlin
U8 Boddinstrasse

The Brazlian director and photographer Bruno Gularte Barreto comes to Berlin to present his new film project “5 Houses”. The idea of “5 Houses” revolves around trying to recreate childhood memories’ images, but it is also a journey through the lives of the people in a small town in the extreme south of Brasil.

5 HOUSES is a feature documentary project portraying the houses and lives of 5 different characters. They talk about life and death, memory, education, prejudice, violence and share their experiences and beliefs. Though they are very diverse people, they share a connection in their relationship with the director`s childhood memories. Each person and house to be portrayed was part of his upbringing throughout his childhood and formative years.

Besides being part of the same array of memories, these characters share another characteristic: the fact they are all, in their own way, “outsiders” in the somewhat narrow-minded place where they live.

During the film, a portrait is revealed, an image of the city itself and the way some people, even-though humble, can help change other people’s lives for the better. In the last house we have a fifth character, who is actually present in the other four segments in the figure of the director – an invisible observer who frames and chooses where, what and who to look at.

Original title: 5 Casas, English title: 5 Houses.
Director: Bruno Gularte Barreto
Producer: Jessica Luz
50 mins work-in-progress
English subtitles Brazil, 2016

Artist Link:
http://besourofilmes.com/projetos/
Vimeo.com/besourofilmes/5houses  password: 55555

Links:
Directors Lounge  http://www.directorslounge.net
Richfilm  http://www.richfilm.de/currentUpload/
Blender & Co.  http://blenderandco.de

image

Q&A with the filmaker and curator | photo: Kenton Turk/DL

More pictures

Directors Lounge heading for contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.), the innovative art fair, October 28 30, 2016

Find the Directors Lounge booth and the C.A.R. Video Lounge (Auditorium) in the SANAA building right behind the entrance, ground floor

image

Artists | DL booth Carola Göllner, Julia Murakami, André Werner, Alan Smithee and Visuman

DL | C.A.R. Video Lounge
Special: AUJIK, EXQUISITE CORPSE VIDEO PROJECT, Medienwerkstatt Berlin

image

 
EXQUISITE CORPSE VIDEO PROJECT vol. #05: Crisis & Utopia
initiated by Kika Nicolela (Brazil)

The Exquisite Corpse Video Project (ECVP) is a unique video collaboration among artists from all over the world, inspired by the Surrealist creation method, the “Exquisite Corpse”. Using the semi-blind, sequential method of the surrealists’ game, ECVP participants create video art in response to the final ten seconds of the previous member’s work. Each member is asked to incorporate these seconds into their piece, creating transitions as they please, until everyone’s vision is threaded together into an instigating final “corpse”. Rather than providing a unitary linear narrative, each participant maintains his/her own style, permeated by the diverse cultural backgrounds.

With works by Alexandra Gelis, Alysse Stepanian, Anders Weberg, Anthony Siarkiewicz, Clemence Demesme, Dellani, Fernando Velazquez, Gabriel Soucheyre, Gérard Chauvin, Guillermina Buzio, John Sanborn, Jorge Lozano, Kai Lossgott, Kika Nicolela, Kim Dotty Hachmann, Krefer, Laura Colmenares Guerra, Lucas Bambozzi, Niclas Hallberg, Per E Riksson, Renata Padovan, Sigrid Coggins, Simone Stoll, Sojin Chun, Stina Pehrsdotter, Ulf Kristiansen

READ MORE

image


AUJIK (Japan/Sweden)

AUJIK is an art concept initiated in 2001 by Stefan Larsson, born in Sweden, lives and works in Otsu, Japan. Works with CGI video, VR, 3D printing, installations, clothes, photos and music/sound. Topics regarding Artificial Intelligence, nature, animism and future visions.

READ MORE

image

Medienwerkstatt Berlin  The Medienwerkstatt was installed in 2008 by the Kulturwerk of bbk berlin with public funds as a workshop of artists for artists to further their practice and gain valuable skills. Besides the many technical facilities available to users of the Medienwerkstatt, such as the Media Lab and Green Screen room, the media workshops themselves strengthen and interlink mutual support networks among artists.

With works by Jani Pietsch, Verena Kyselka, Maria Köhne, Sandra Becker 01, Poul Weile, Kim Dotty Hachmann & Ginny Sykes, Maria Korporal, Sonia Armaniaco, Lioba von den Driesch, Juliane Ebner, Gup-py, Petra Lottje

READ MORE

contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.), the innovative art fair
World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein | October 28 30, 2016

Official Opening
Friday, October 28, 8 pm

Public fair hours
Saturday, October 29, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, October 30, 11 am – 7 pm

Location
World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein XII
Gelsenkirchener Strasse 209, 45309 Essen

Site map | detailed service information

www.contemporaryartruhr.de
www.zollverein.de
www.directorslounge.net

*click images for credit

Directors Lounge presents works by AUJIK | C.A.R. Video Lounge at the Contemporary Art Ruhr, October 28 – 30, 2016

AUJIK is an art concept initiated in 2001 by Stefan Larsson, born in Sweden, lives and works in Otsu, Japan. Works with CGI video, VR, 3D printing, installations, clothes, photos and music/sound. Topics regarding Artificial Intelligence, nature, animism and future visions.

Been featured at Prix ars electronic, Japan media arts festival, SIGGRAPH, Animago, onedotzero, Museum of modern art, Paris, New York media museum, Cyberfest, Frankfurter kunstverien, Streaming Museum NYC and festivals and exhibitions worldwide. Been collaborating with Mira Calix & Oliver Coates, Liturgy, Christ, Daisuke Tanabe and other artists.

www.aujik.com

Article in CNN
Interview by DIS

image

YUKI. 2007. Music by Christ.
In YUKI a robot tree and two children are interacting in a snowy landscape and it is hard to tell which one controls who and whether it is a game or a drill. It is inspired by Ocean D. Howells pamphlet “in the playground of Technological Singularity.”

a Forest within a Forest. 2010. Music by Mira Calix.
A guide named Nashi narrates the audience journey in an uncanny forest. Nashi states that everything is animated, and that even the things we consider synthetic and artificial are as sacred as plants and stones. She criticizes nature for its inability to develop and praises technology for its flexibility and proclaims that nature should adapt to technology in order to survive.

image

Impermanence Trajectory: the limb nest. 2012. Music by aujik.
Pancomputationalism derives from the idea of a computational universe, which means that the whole universe and all of its elementary particles are a network of a computational system and process. Earlier AUJIK referred to this in terms of natural and unrefined computation but after German AI scientist Jurgen Schmidhuber introduced the more comprehensive view of Panacomputationalism it’s been adapted. In this manifestation called ‘Impermanence Trajectory: the limbic nest’, this idea is explained through a sacred rock located at an ancient Yamabushi area called Ishiyama. A rock consist of approximately ten trillion trillion atoms in a kilogram of matter, electrons scattering and bouncing back and forth making it a very vivid space with a vast computational potential. This rock in particular was discovered by a Yamabushi monk called Gue in 971 and was mainly used for contemplation. They claimed it had huge amount of matter that the called symmetric energy. Yamabushi monks considered them self’s as an isolated cluster and by transcend with this rock they could become a more synchronised entity.

image

Impermanence Trajectory: stained seed. 2014. Music by Mira Calix & Oliver Coates.
AUJIK’s visual manifestation ‘impermanence trajectory: stained seed’ is based upon the idea of Computational Dialectics via Complex Sentiment Systems. By using dialectical values that is the concept and phenomena expressed in terms of conflict, contradiction, opposite, difference, etc. In thought, nature, and society it is the motive force both of nature and of human endeavor, leading to a further trajectory of development. It consists of two subjects: agent X and agent Y. Each subject is exposed to eight different emotional inputs that determine a value. Values are also influenced by four different forces. These forces either combine or divide the emotional values, rendering random outcomes depending on their previous state, their environment, and the state of the other agent. The trajectory starts with an initial state where the two agents plant a seed each. 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.

Polygon Graffiti: an uguisu morph. 2010. Music by Christ.
As AR (Augmented Reality) is emerging, art will find new territories in the public space for those who are willing to see it. e.g. Graffiti paintings, which in most cases are considered an illegal act can be viewed in various environments without bothering people who don’t appreciate it.  This video presents nine dynamic paintings in three different contexts: Urban, Organic and Nature.

Polygon Graffiti: karakuri cores. 2015. Music by Christ.
‘Karakuri cores’ is the second visualization in a video project called Polygon Graffiti which propose feasible visions of Augmented Reality and libration of art in all realms. By using a comprehensive and vivid form of AR the artist will be able to completely deconstruct any spatial and architectonical elements in the public and private spheres. Precise motion tracking, 3D scanning and GPS grids will enable the artist to rebuild any building or constructions and add their own personal aesthetic to it.  This may be implemented as an open source in order to let other people or self aware software’s to contribute and hack the constructions. Titles: 1. Karakuri kween. 2. Beat blocks. 3. Sclerotic cores. 4. the Gu’s 5. Himitsu Kichi 6. Gunkan clouds. 7. Yokai cargo. 8. QAL-GRAF. 9. Mushin transmitters. (Influenced by the book ‘Rainbows End’ by Vernor Vinge)

anxOxna. 2014. Music by Ceephax Acid Crew.
Trees structured as a neural network.  Axon and Dendrites-branches connecting through multiple forms of synapses.  Individually programmed receptors. Flexible synthetic neurotransmitters .  Axon terminal with receptive chaos outcome.  Post synaptic density calibrated through external sentient impacts.  A pan-computational AI-system. This video entitled ‘anxoxna’ depicts six variations of pan-computational synapses. The video will be presented in two formats as a video installation. Physical and Form & Void.  This excerpt is from the Physical version. The Form & Void version features the under vegetation of the trees; the roots, rhizomes and underlying connections.

Plasticity Unfolding. 2015. Music by aujik.
‘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.

image

Spatial Bodies. 2016. Music by Daisuke Tanabe.
Spatial Bodies depicts the urban landscape and architectural bodies as an autonomous living and self replicating organism. Domesticated and cultivated only by its own nature. A vast concrete vegetation, oscillating between order and chaos. Music specially composed by Daisuke Tanabe. Filmed in Osaka, Japan. Influenced by gunkan and metabolism architecture and the video game Katamari Damacy.*

Read more: Directors Lounge at the Contemporary Art Ruhr, Oct. 2016

Directors Lounge presents the EXQUISITE CORPSE VIDEO PROJECT vol. #05 crisis & utopia | C.A.R. Video Lounge at the Contemporary Art Ruhr, October 28 – 30, 2016

The Exquisite Corpse Video Project (ECVP) is a unique video collaboration among artists from all over the world, inspired by the Surrealist creation method, the “Exquisite Corpse”.

Using the semi-blind, sequential method of the surrealists’ game, ECVP participants create video art in response to the final ten seconds of the previous member’s work. Each member is asked to incorporate these seconds into their piece, creating transitions as they please, until everyone’s vision is threaded together into an instigating final “corpse”. Rather than providing a unitary linear narrative, each participant maintains his/her own style,permeated by the diverse cultural backgrounds. Each individual artist interrogates, via different means, a number of genres, tendencies and strategies. Since 2008, this inspiring process of exchange among artists from around the world illuminates the possibilities of a dynamic collective creation via participatory platforms and new communication technology.

The project has been already shown in galleries, museums, cinemas and alternative spaces of Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and US. Some of the main spaces that have exhibited the ECVP include the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, Central Gallery in São Paulo, Open Contemporary Art Center in Taiwan, Galerie Carla Magna in Paris, Visual Arts Network in Cape Town, Artists Television Access in San Francisco and Videoformes Festival in Clermont-Ferrand.

The ECVP was initiated in 2008 by the Brazilian artist Kika Nicolela and it has had 5 volumes released. The most recent one, ECVP Volume#5, proposes the theme of Crisis & Utopia.

image


ECVP Vol.5: 41 minutes

Alexandra Gelis (Colombia/Canada), Alysse Stepanian (US), Anders Weberg (Sweden), Anthony Siarkiewicz (US/Germany), Clemence Demesme (France), Dellani Lima (Brazil), Fernando Velazquez (Brazil), Gabriel Soucheyre (France), Gérard Chauvin (France), Guillermina Buzio (Argentina/Canada), John Sanborn (US), Jorge Lozano (Colombia/Canada), Kai Lossgott (South Africa), Kika Nicolela (Brazil/Belgium), Kim Dotty Hachmann (Germany), Krefer (Brazil), Laura Colmenares Guerra (Colombia/Belgium), Lucas Bambozzi (Brazil), Niclas Hallberg (Sweden), Per E Riksson (Sweden), Renata Padovan (Brazil), Sigrid Coggins (France), Simone Stoll (Germany), Sojin Chun (South Korea/Canada), Stina Pehrsdotter (Sweden), Ulf Kristiansen (Norway)

www.exquisitecorpsevideoproject.wordpress.com

Read more: Directors Lounge at the Contemporary Art Ruhr, Oct. 2016

Göllner: Michael Caine Series

Directors Lounge at the Contemporary Art Ruhr, October 28 – 30, 2016

The key to understanding Carola Göllner’s works of Michael Caine, is not to contemplate how correctly she figuratively represents him in her works, but rather to realize how his iconographic qualities sustain in the work as a whole. The Michael Caine series of paintings and drawings, which began in 1987, exemplifies many of the stylistic changes and overall artistic development of Göllner.

The more recent projects reflect the return of realism, which can be seen both formally as well as in the interpretation. The subject is freed from his role. The action is balanced with contemplation reflecting the psychological aspect of image and representation, which is relentless but not distant.

German:

Die Serie der „Michael – Caine“- Bilder, die 1987 begann, zeigt beispielhaft die stilistischen Veränderungen und die künstlerische Entwicklung im Werk von Carola Göllner.

Gezeigt werden Arbeiten der letzten Jahre, die sowohl formal als auch inhaltlich die Hinwendung zum Realismus widerspiegeln. Es zeigt sich der psychologische Aspekt von Bild und Bildnis, der Akteur ist sich seiner Rollen bewusst und interpretiert sie mit derselben ironischen Überhöhung, die den B-Filmen zu eigen ist, denen sie entlehnt wurden.

www.carola-goellner.de

Read more: Directors Lounge at the Contemporary Art Ruhr, Oct. 2016

Directors Lounge Screening
Urban Research Special
Topophilia – Landscapes and Harbours | Claudia Guilino

Thursday, 30 June 2016
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Two shorts and one feature about the interference of the technical world of shipping and oil with landscapes and the city. Twice the Port of Los Angeles is the starting point for visual exploration. One goes up north along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the other examines the harbor at night. The harbor of Veracruz on the other hand is the place for a histographical reconsideration of the Mexican harbor from a very personal point of view.

image


Topophilia by Peter Bo Rappmund
surveys the 800-mile length of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and travels alongside the conduit as it bobs above and underground from the Prudhoe Bay oil fields to its terminus at Valdez. The extreme linearity and continuity of the pipeline acts as a pivot point to reorganize the landscape and offers new and idiosyncratic ways to visually reconsider topography. The film confronts the extreme beauty of the North-American landscape with the seemingly safe infrastructure of oil transport.

image

Veracruz Without Ship by Teresa Delgado & Jakob Kirchheim. A documentary melodrama with privatizations and without lovers. A poetic walk through Veracruz, port of European exiles and Mexican oil, of melodrama and of the rhythm danzón. // Since 1938 Lázaro Cárdenas government offered political asylum to thousands of Spanish republicans who were fleeing war and persecution. They arrived to the port of Veracruz, unreachable paradise for the defeated who could not leave Spain. We revisit this myth of the grandparents and confront it with the present in 2014. In this year the PRI government is opening the doors to private investment of multinationals in a natural resource which Mexicans consider their own: oil. Oil plays an important role in the Gulf of Mexico and Mexican oil was nationalized by Cárdenas government in 1938.

image

Port Noir by Laura Kraning. Within the machine landscape of Terminal Island, the textural strata of a 100 year old boat shop provides a glimpse into Los Angeles Harbor’s disappearing past. Often recast as a backdrop for fictional crime dramas, the scenic details of the last boatyard evoke imaginary departures and a hidden world at sea.

image

Program addition:
We are deeply mourning the loss of our close friend Claudia Guilino and will show two videos by her

Stony Sleep  6 min 24s  2011
Abgesang, kupferfarben 3 min 52s 2009

Claudia Guilino was part of the Directors Lounge family from the early days, supporting our project with love and enthusiasm. Claudia passed away on June 26. She will be deeply missed.

Team Directors Lounge

Artist Link:
http://www.peterborappmund.name/
https://peterborappmund.exposure.co/
http://www.laurakraning.com
http://www.jakob-kirchheim.de/
http://www.agencia-tess.de

http://www.calla-mar.com/

Links:
Directors Lounge  http://www.directorslounge.net
Richfilm  http://www.richfilm.de/currentUpload/
Z-Bar  http://www.z-bar.de

48 Stunden Neukölln | Berlin

Meet us at our chilly lounge at Hi-ReS! for a banquette of fine media art, films and installations. Updated: 26 June 2016.

DL à la carte | the happening in your pocket.
ATYPICAL. ASYNCHRONOUS. ASTOUNDING.

In collaboration with shoutrlabs

image

Here is a taste of the future. On the DL menu: a new kind of screening, directly on your tablet or smart phone, a sneak into our archives at your fingertip.Make no mistake, we are not talking about an online presentation. We are sticking to our tradition of connecting art and audience in a vivid get-together at selected locations. But this time it is a collective just when-you-want-it experience. You bring the screens, we serve the movies.

48 Stunden Neukölln is a forum for projects in all conceivable artistic disciplines found in the art scene in Berlin. The festival both presents and supports art, thereby contributing to  discussions of ideas effecting society at large while also reflecting said society. All segments of the local population get involved, regardless of age, ethnic background or  social standing. Art here is something more than what’s on view in galleries and museums during 48 Stunden…read more

image

Location:                                            

PAS-07                   
Hi-ReS! Berlin                   
Ganghoferstr. 10
Eingang Parkhaus/5. OG
12043 Berlin         

photo: 48 Stunden Neukölln, Martin Steffens

Opening Hours | screenings:                

Fri 7pm – 11pm

8pm One Minute Vol 9, curated by Kerry Baldry

9pm C.A.R. selection: works by Wuttin Chansataboot, Thailand,  AUJIK, Japan,  APOTROPIA, Italy and The Attic”,  a charming tribute to David Bowie by Greek filmmaker Minos Nikolakakis 

 

image


Sat
2pm  – 10pm

4pm Live audio-visual performance by Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is a computer musician, improviser, sound designer based in Berlin. He plays instruments he designs on a computer by employing various controllers. He is a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, which is regarded as the band that started the free improvisation scene in Turkey. | photo: Peter Tümmers

read more

6pm C.A.R. selection
works by Wuttin Chansataboot, Thailand, AUJIK, Japan, APOTROPIA, Italy and “The Attic”,  a charming tribute to David Bowie by Greek filmmaker Minos Nikolakakis

8pm Urban Research | Program A | Private Matters
(On loop on monitors or on big screen on Sat.)

with works by Gretchen Hasse, Doris Schmid, Vladimir Turner, Yaron Lapid, Ezra Wube, Mathew Pell, Rob Santaguida, Ofir Feldmann, Anna Okrasko, Sasha Waters Freyer, Matthew Pell, Insa Langhorst, Insana Salvatore, Margarita Novikova, Michael Lyons

image


Sun
2pm  – 7pm 

4pm Urban Research | Program B | Private Non-Private
(On loop on monitors or on big screen on Sun.)     

with works by Fern Silva, Sheldon Brown, Russell Chartier, Eleonore Montesquiou, Markus Soukup, Andrew Freitas, Salise Hughes (pictured above: still from “Tall Trees”) , Petra Lottje, Jonathan Rescigno, David Rozas, Rhayne Vermette, Yanosky Yaroslav, Maike Zimmermann, Lynne Sachse

Loop program on different times Saturday and Sunday
Benna, Vladimir Turner, Sascha Reymann, Fried Rosenstock, Mark Street, Peter Bo Rappmund


image


Directors Lounge presents selected works by new media artist Erdal Inci (TR/DE)

Throughout the festival, we will show Erdal Inci’s hypnotizing GIFs of cloned motion that will glue you to the screen:

Taksim Spiral 0,8s  2013 (photo: Nick Font/ The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge)
Pictogram 1,4s  2013
Hieropolis Amphitheatre 1,4s  2013
Flood of Light 1,4s 2013
Camondo Stairs 0,4s 2013

Read the interview with Erdal Inci on our [DL] magazine:
[DL] DEEP FEATURE: KNOCKED FOR A LOOP

Due to the nature of the event are starting times approximately. Inbetween we will show selected highlights from the archive and single loops on additional screens. A wide selection of films will always be at your fingertips through our DL à la carte system.

See you at Hi-ReS! Berlin  

image

– 26 June 2016

Meet us at our chilly lounge at Hi-ReS! for a banquette of fine media art, films and installations.

We are very happy to announce that Korhan Erel will be presenting an audio-visual performance to the visuals of Candaş Şişman on Saturday at 4pm!

Korhan Erel is a computer musician, improviser, sound designer based in Berlin. He plays instruments he designs on a computer by employing various controllers. He is a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, which is regarded as the band that started the free improvisation scene in Turkey. | photo: Peter Tümmers

The performance will be followed by highlights from the Directors Lounge contemporary art ruhr selection at 6pm and new works from Urban Research at 8pm. Last but not least, DL à la carte in collaboration with shoutr labs is always at your service.     

Find the complete DL program here.                                      

Location
PAS-07                    
Hi-ReS! Berlin                    
Ganghoferstr. 10
Eingang Parkhaus /5. OG
12043 Berlin

NYC 1986 by Miron Zownir

APOTROPIA “Sense of Place”, 2015

Victor Bockris, West Village, New York City 2015 by Robert Carrithers

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

Directors Lounge heading for contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.), the media art fair, June 3  5, 2016

Find the Directors Lounge booth and the C.A.R. Video Lounge (Auditorium) in the SANAA building right behind the entrance in hall 35 (A35), ground floor.

Artists | DL booth
Miron Zownir, Robert Carrithers, Julia Murakami, André Werner, Alan Smithee

DL | C.A.R. Video Lounge
With works by Wuttin Chansataboot, APOTROPIA, Minos Nikolakakis among others…

“One Minute Volume 9″ curated by Kerry Baldry
Kerry Baldry is an artist film maker and curator. Over the last 8 years she has also been compiling and organising screenings of  artists moving image titled One Minute. An eclectic mix of work made within the duration of one mInute by artists at varying stages of their careers. These compilations (nine volumes todate) have been screened worldwide. She is currently organising The One Minute Hull Artists Moving Image Festival. READ MORE

Medienwerkstatt Berlin  The Medienwerkstatt was installed in 2008 by the Kulturwerk of bbk berlin with public funds as a workshop of artists for artists to further their practice and gain valuable skills. Besides the many technical facilities available to users of the Medienwerkstatt, such as the Media Lab and Green Screen room, the media workshops themselves strengthen and interlink mutual support networks among artists.

With works by Ieva Jansone, Deborah Uhde, Gaby Schulze, Sarah Wölker, Maria Korporal , Mara Loytved-Hardegg, Karen Thastum

contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.), the media art fair
World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein | June 3-5, 2016

Official Opening
Friday, June 3, 8 pm

Public fair hours
Saturday, June 4, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, June 5, 11 am – 7 pm

Location
World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein XII
SANAA building, Areal A, Hall A35, Gelsenkirchener Strasse 209, 45309 Essen

Site map | detailed service information

www.contemporaryartruhr.de
www.zollverein.de
www.directorslounge.net

click images for credit

Directors Lounge presents photographs by Miron Zownir | Contemporary Art Ruhr, June 3-5, 2016

“Zownir creates a mysterious sense of timelessness that takes the viewer to the realm of hyper-reality. It is impossible not to feel an intense emotional response when exposed to Zownir’s work. He is one of those rare artists whose empathy burns through his images, championing misfits and dreamers who live out their lives a long way beneath the radar of "acceptable” society – just in between the blank spaces of the newspaper obituaries, and the dark shadows of the tenement housing blocks.“ DAZED & CONFUSED

Hailed by Terry Southern as the "Poet of Radical Photography” Miron Zownir’s photographic work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in several countries from 1981 on. Some of his photographs were shown amongst artworks of the likes of Goya, Picasso, Alfred Kubin and Cindy Sherman in the exhibition ‘El salvaie europeo’ (2004) in Barcelona and Valencia.

In autumn 2008 Zownir’s photography was presented by the Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH) along with works of photographers like Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, Nan Goldin, Larry Clark, Andy Warhol, Nobuyoshi Araki and others in DARKSIDE I, an outstanding exhibition which showcased a remarkable collection of photography that is dedicated to images of sexuality as a mostly central part of our existence.

Following Darkside I, the Fotomuseum Winterthur again presented Zownir’s work in Darkside II (2009) exploring the photographed human body as victim of impairment, disease, degeneration, violence and death with works by W. Eugene Smith, Weegee, Robert Capa, Don Mc Cullin and others.

Zownir took up photography in the late 70s during the hey-days of the punk-phenomenon in West- Berlin and London, delivering a tight portrayal of the movement and its peculiar attitude towards life in limbo between a utopian vision of anarchy and nihilistic self-destruction.

In 1980, Miron Zownir emigrated to the USA, where he lived for the next fifteen years; first in New York, then in Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. In New York, back then arguably the world’s most fascinating and permissive metropolis, Zownir’s peculiar approach to cover the city’s multiple-layered day-to-day lunacy was quickly recognised by the local scene as the TEUTONIC PHENOMENOGRAPHER (Village Voice). Shot in moody, expressionistic b/w, Zownir’s pictures from that period give a penetrating insight to inner-city sub-cultural spheres, which, in their original local context, have since perished in the boom of the 90s. His lens captured the untamed lust at the gay-parties, just shortly before Aids massively claimed its victims; the futile protest of artists and offbeat performers; the hopelessness on the Bowery; the shadowy world of hookers or junkies.

Zownir’s photographs of the ‘Sex Piers’ have become legendary documents by now. The shut-down and dilapidated port area located between the Westside Highway and the Hudson River, with its sunbathing section for nudists and the surrounding ‘halls of the anonymous lust’, was a popular meeting place among the gay- scene.

Zownir meanwhile has gained the reputation of being one of the most uncompromising contemporary photographers. Some critics claim that Zownir, in his own characteristic manner, ties on where Diane Arbus and Weegee had stopped. But when it comes to the basis of his artistic intention, Miron Zownir would rather point to a quote from Kafka’s ‘The Castle’ then being compared to other photographers: “If one has the strength to look at the things incessantly, more or less without ever closing the eyes, one sees much. But if one lessens the effort only once and closes the eyes, it all immediately vanishes into darkness.”

In summer 1995 Zownir traveled to Russia. Focused on street photography he took pictures of homeless, dying and dead people. According to Zownir, he experienced Moscow as “the most aggressive and dangerous city I’ve ever been to.” Yet even Russian militia couldn’t keep him away from depicting the blatant social and moral decline in the former Soviet Union. Zownir’s images from Russia are bitter and brutal, and highly distressing to view. The human tragic of radical poverty, that they reveal, ultimately climaxes in the utterly undignified act of dying in public. “It was Dante’s inferno,” Zownir would state when he returned to Berlin after three months of a terrifying descend into the lower depths of the Post-Soviet society.
His photographs from Moscow and St. Petersburg had been published among 150 other works from 1979-1997 in RADICAL EYE – THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF MIRON ZOWNIR (Gestalten Verlag, Berlin, 1997).

Zownir’s focus on extreme subjects and extraordinary forms of the human condition continued to be the central motivation of his work. In the ‘Holy Year’ 2000, he went to picture pilgrims in Lourdes and accompanied a fraternity of Christian flagellants in Spain.
Another photo book, THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW (2010), was again published by Gestalten Verlag . “As in life, there is simply no room for this kind of photography in traditional lifestyle media – or for Miron Zownir’s chosen subjects”, publisher Robert Klanten stated in his preface. “While mainstream photography has thrown off its original reportage mandate to become the vicarious agent of the advertising business – glossy and glam, even in its grittier incarnations – or to supply us with iconic images of historic events, with instant placeholders destined to become part of our collective memories and lore, Miron does not seek out such landmark visions or events, but prefers to hunt down personal obsessions and the inherent existential state of his protagonists.“

In 2014 Miron Zownir’s photographic documentation from Moscow 1995 had been published in its entirety under the title DOWN AND OUT IN MOSCOW by Berlin-based Pogo Books Publishing.

A grant by the Robert Bosch Foundation in 2012/2013 enabled Miron Zownir, in partnership with the editor of the Ukrainian literary and art magazine “Prostory” Kateryna Mishchenko to work on the photo book project “Ukrainian Night”. They toured several parts of the Ukraine and met with a wide range of realities of urban life in different regions. Through close contact with local activists they obtained insights into the often abysmal social life of different marginalized groups, for example drug addicted homeless adolescents dwelling in run down houses and ruins in Odessa. In the course of their photographic journey Zownir, whose father was Ukrainian, photographed also TB patients, HIV-positive orphans or residents of various Roma camps, showing the fringe of society that has been invisible so far in the Ukrainian and foreign media. In his b / w photographs signs of the revolution are already perceptible. The images demand a social and political reflection of the now ubiquitous nationwide crisis. In 2014 Zownir again went to visit Kiev and documented the Majdan as the central square of the visible chaos of the post-revolution, as a place of desolation, great perplexity and silent grief about the people who lost their lives in the uprise.

The photo book UKRAINIAN NIGHT with over hundred photographs by Miron Zownir and essays by Kateryna Mishchenko will be published by Spector Books in spring 2015.

www.mironzownir.com

Not to miss:

Miron Zownir, Ken Schles, Jeffrey Silverthorne, May 5 − August 7, 2016 at The House Of Photography | Deichtorhallen Hamburg

“Down and Out in Moscow” at  KH5 Gallery, Zurich, June 2 – June 9 Event


Directors Lounge heading for contemporary art ruhr.
(C.A.R.), the media art fair, June 3 5, 2016

Find the Directors Lounge booth and the C.A.R. Video Lounge (Auditorium) in the SANAA building right behind the entrance in hall 35 (A35), ground floor. 

More info