New works by Julia Murakami will be shown for the first time at the c.a.r. media art fair

Erdal Inci “Hieropolis Amphitheatre” looped installation, 1,4s 2013

From Berlin straight out to the Ruhr, home to Germany’s concentrated multi-millions and “contemporary art ruhr,” a concentrated display of all that is here and now (and beyond) in the world of media art. C.A.R. spreads its considerable wings regularly, reaching a global tally of urban art-zones, but invites to its home turf in this bi-annual gathering of innovative thinkers. Directors Lounge has become a regular-as-clockwork contributor to the more daring summer fair, exporting its international imports and making the trip in person to see visitors through its specially curated mélange of onscreen marvels. The flicks selected join of a temporary world of razor-sharp installations, performance, photography and more, fodder for the wide-awake mind. With contributions from DL partner Cross Art (Zurich-Berlin) and more, a feast of film awaits at World Heritage Site Zollverein in Essen. Directors Lounge cordially invites you to electrify your senses.

Directors Lounge at the Car Video Lounge (Auditorium) with works by Engin Kilicatan, Tokomburu / Ion Papaspyrou and Zisis Kokkinidis, Zaoli Zhong, Hussen Ibraheem, Benedikt Kruger, Sebastian Lörscher, Xaver Xylophon, Aitor Marín Correcher, Jonathan Seyer, Jonathan Rescigno, AUJIK, Francesca Fini, Naren Wilks, Alberto Diaz Lopez, Hee-Seong Han, Hara Katsiki, APOTROPIA , Dimitris Argyriou, Studio Twins / Caroline Fayette & Chloé Guerbois, Elvira Bukowski, Gerard Freixes Ribera, Karl F. Stewart, Eleonora Manca, Michael Betancourt, Ingeborg Fülepp and Heiko Daxl, Mateo Grubisic, Haruka Mitani and Michael Lyons, Dunja Donassy and Bernd Wendt
Artists presented at the DL Booth:
Videos by  Peter Freund, Erdal Inci, Hye Young Kim, Mirco Magnani, Alan Smithee, Shinkan Tamaki
Photography / Paintings by Stefanie Anastase and Claudia Köhn, Jackie Baier, Julia Murakami, Karin Schranz, André Werner

Special lecture Sun 3pm: Digital storytelling , an introduction of RFID books that trigger interaction through the flipping of pages. Books by Sandra Becker and Bego Santiago presented by Dr. Regina Francken, FKI Berlin

Directors Lounge at the contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) – the media art fair, May 30 – June 1, 2014
Zollverein World Heritage Site

SANAA-building, Areal A, Hall A35,
Gelsenkirchener Strasse 209,
45309 Essen, Germany

Official Opening
Friday, May 30, 8 pm

Public Fair Days
Saturday, May 31, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, June 1, 11 am – 7 pm

Entrance fee per day
8,- € / 6,- €

Map Zollverein

How to get there
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Engin Kilicatan TR Chastity 03:55 2012
Tokomburu / Ion Papaspyrou and Zisis Kokkinidis GR I Am Not Here Now 09:30 2013
Zaoli Zhong CN A Dangerous Question 05:35 2012
Hussen Ibraheem LB Typo 07:00 2013
Benedikt Kruger, Sebastian Lörscher, Xaver Xylophon DE Zyklus I, 01:40 2011
Aitor Marín Correcher ES Lovearthcam 03:21 2013
Jonathan Seyer US Carbondale Mall 03:21 2013
Jonathan Rescigno FR Corengrato 10:00 2012
AUJIK JP/SE anxOxna 04:55 2014
Francesca Fini IT White Sugar 13:00 2013
Naren Wilks GB Fear & Delight 03:20 2013
Alberto Diaz Lopez ES Stringless 15:00 2013
Hee-Seong Han DE Triangle Circle Square 07:53 2011
Hara Katsiki DE OPIUM 01:55 2010
APOTROPIA IT Single # Double # Triple 10:00 2013
Dimitris Argyriou GR One Line 03:40 2013
Studio Twins (Caroline Fayette & Chloé Guerbois) FR The Island Where I Come From 03:10 2013
Elvira Bukowski EE Siberia 05:00 2013
Gerard Freixes Ribera ES The Parting Dance 03:00 2013
Karl F. Stewart DE Video of Shadows . Title A B or C 07:00 2013
Eleonora Manca IT Chrysalis Room 03:00 2013
Michael Betancourt US The Kodak Moment 02:00 2013
Kim Collmer DE/US The Conversation, 03:30 2013
Ingeborg Fülepp and Heiko Daxl Lost City, 03:13, 2011/2013
Mateo Grubisic Allusion 01:20 2014
Haruka Mitani and Michael Lyons JP 恋愛の大饗宴 (Banquet of Love) 06:30, 2014
Dunja Donassy and Bernd Wendt HR"Vivat – Sie möge leben" 4 min 2011

pictured: Julia Murakami, “Vim and Blinkie, 2014” Erdal Inci “Hieropolis Amphitheatre”, 2013, Alberto Diaz Lopez “Stringless”, 2013


For the fourth year running, Directors Lounge answers the call to make its unique contribution to an exploration of the essence of Japan at the highly popular Düsseldorf festival called Japan Day, the largest of its kind worldwide.
Amidst an impressive presentation of cuisine and lectures, DL will attend to an audio-visual sally into Japan’s cultural being in the form of film art, as presenters in the Black Box cinema of the Filmmuseum. Not simply a sushi of well-worn superficialities, but a series of onscreen dives into the Japanese collective soul, cutting off distracting excess with the efficiency of a kaiken dagger.

Among these flickering outings will be Tetsuya Tomina’s “At The Last Stop Called Ghost Chimney,” an unsettling ride into an ominously persistent past in the form of four thermal power plant chimneys long gone but still present… to some eyes. Here, subtext rides along with three passengers whose manner and movement within darkened, compositionally stark spaces evokes the aesthetics of Manga as well as the masked formality of Noh. But this is just one of many; more awaits the avid Japanophile, conveniently closer than the distant isles themselves. Far Japan, not far at all. Directors Lounge is the Bullet Train to take you there. 

With films by Julia Kim Smith, Pedro Collantes, Rebecca Culverhouse, Akinori Okada and Daisuke Hagiwara, AUJIK, Simon Lereng Wilmont, Masanobu Hiraoka,Tetsuya Tomina ; curated by Julia Murakami and André Werner

Directors Lounge at the Black Box Cinema,
Schulstr. 4, 40213 Duesseldorf (map)
17 May 2014, 8 pm
Don’t miss the fireworks afterwards!

The program:

Julia Kim Smith  99 Luftballons 2 min 2s 2014

Pedro Collantes ES/NL/JP Serori 15 min 20s 2014
There is always a first time for everything, even for celery.

AUJIK SE/JP anxOxna 4 min 55s 2014
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.

Simon Lereng Wilmont DK Chikara – The Sumo Wrestlers Son 32 min 20s 2013
The film follows the 10-year-old Japanese boy Chikara and his struggle to become a sumo wrestler. His father, Harumitsu, was a professional sumo wrestler from one of Tokyo’s most successful sumo club, so expectations surrounding Chikara are extremely high. Today his father owns a noodle shop where he works a lot. Their only time together is when they train Sumo wrestling. It’s a very valuable time for Chikara. Chikara wants to impress his father, but when he’s there Chikara get’s really nervous and everything seems to go wrong. The annual national Sumo Championship is approaching and it means everything to Chikara to do well, so his father will be proud of him.

Rebecca Culverhouse Kichigai 28 min 52s (pictured)
In a city that never sleeps, the party never dies…. KICHIGAI is the semi autobiographical story of a real night out – or to be more precise, a blur of surreal nights out in Tokyo, mixed together with a cast of crazy characters and manga style subtitles.

Akinori Okada and Daisuke Hagiwara JP Yaoyoro´s 3 min 45s
Some Japanese believe in an ancient philosophy called Animism (Yaoyorozu), which basically states that everyday objects have their own life stories. We have created frame animations (root: anima, meaning “life”) based on our interpretation of those stories. 八百万の神に感謝!

Masanobu Hiraoka JP Land 3 min 41s 2013
Abstraction and metamorphoses

Tetsuya Tomina  At the Last Stop called Ghost Chimney 19 min 16s 2013 (pictured)
To spend more time with the bus driver she always liked, on the last day of school, a girl rides to the last stop called Ghost Chimney. Depending on the angle, it is looked one chimney or four chimneys. The girl and the bus driver dream of a world beyond the last stop…

CALL FOR ENTRIES for The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DLX] 2014

This year, our tenth, should be a showing of special note, and will be. With your hands in it.

We invite all filmmakers and video artists to submit their works for The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge, the next edition of the annual festival for contemporary media and film alongside the 64nd Berlinale, which will take place from February 6 – 16th, 2014 at the Naherholung Sternchen in Berlin.

True to our creed, we will be screening the widest selection of films imaginable from the world over – and of any genre (video art, experimental video, animation, short movie, etc.), covering a formidable range of artistic positions in the new media. Details to be revealed over time on our website. Stay tuned for a brave new collection of cinematic explorations without boundaries.

Now we offer you the chance to submit your film for The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge. We welcome single works, compilations, concepts, lectures, any kind of input.

Short-filmmakers at heart do we love even the most close-cropped filmlets. In short, we welcome animated gifs.


Open Call for Directors Lounge [DLX] !
Submit your films!
Deadline: 25 December 2013

Open Call for Urban Research [DLX] !
Submit your films addressing urban concerns!

Feel free to spread the news! 🙂

Joachim Seinfeld: “Late Breakfast With Joseph Beuys” from the series Save The Day

ARHEO 29 by Vladizlav Knezec (Kroatien Kreativ)

Julia Murakami: “Helga and Hildegard” and “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was another person then”

Andre Werner “Untitled”

Joachim Seinfeld: Bowie in Berlin “Bahnhof Zoo” and “Schlosshotel Grunewald”

“Zappelphilip” by Sandra Becker01 (medienwerkstatt)

Nuno Escudeiro “A Dance Dictionary”

Impressions from the contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) , Nov. 2013


Directors Lounge is, as most by now know, a motor that is always running, transporting off-centre art of various descriptions to various destinations. Continuing this aesthetic assault, DL is revving up to leave its parking space in Berlin this week to head out to the megalopolis Rhine-Ruhr. At C.A.R. (otherwise known as “contemporary art ruhr”), DL will be presenting a cache of buffed efforts, arresting works fuelled with visual and aural alchemy, some of which will be in the form of fitting film excursions highlighting the artistic process, taken from the 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge earlier this year. The brakes are off, and there is no rear-view mirror.

All of this will unfold on the 1st floor (above ground floor), stand A12, next to both Kroatien Kreativ, which already unleashed some of its light-and-sound wizardry at DL9 in February, and partner Medienwerkstatt Berlin, another luminary force at the same event, our annual core occurence. There will be much to steer the senses. Even if you aren’t one of the 11 million+ living in the area, it is, after all, maybe nothing more than a highway away. And the Autobahn has no speed limit.

See you at C.A.R.!

With films by (selection):

Nadav Assor Coms Device (Esotropia Conversations I), Cade Bursell Salt Lines, Wuttin Chansataboot Visual Element, James Cho Bubble,
Nuno Escudeiro A Dance Dictionary, Ian Haig Skin Freak, Nam Le Untitled (Rope) and Untitled (White Man & Paper) , Céline Masson “Que Je Sois Médusée”, Jeremy Moss The Sight, Monika Rechsteiner Hikikomori, Sylvia Schwenk A Shared Space, Karl F. Stewart K20, Yuichi Suita How Beautiful Japanese Morning Is, Takahiro Suzuki Horizon

Artists (selection):

Julia Murakami, Joachim Seinfeld, Alan Smithee, André Werner

Directors Lounge at the contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) – the innovative art fair, November 1- 3, 2013
Zollverein World Heritage Site
Gelsenkirchener Strasse 181
45309 Essen

Official Opening:
Friday, November 1, 2013, 8 pm, V.I.P.-Preview: 6 pm

Public Fair Days
Saturday, Nov. 2, 12 am – 8 pm
Sunday, Nov. 3, 11 am – 7 pm

Map Zollverein:

How to get there:
Click hier


pictured: “Helga and Hildegard”, 2013 by Julia Murakami

“Basquiat”, 1980 by Robert Carrithers

Here are some impressions from the Contemporary Art Ruhr, May 31 – June 2, 2013 in the Sanaa building at Zeche Zollverein. Besides being at the C.A.R. video lounge, we were present at our booth directly at the entrance. Thanks to Silvia Sonnenschmidt and Thomas Volkmann, the organisers of the C.A.R. and all visitors and friends for making it a  great time!

Read  more and view the complete photo album

UDON by Usaginingen from the album “JAPANDORF” by Klaus Dinger + JAPANDORF

UDON by Usaginingen from the album “JAPANDORF” by Klaus Dinger + JAPANDORF

How Beautiful Japanese Morning Is by Yuichi Suita

黒いロングスカートの女 (Black Long-Skirt) by Hoji Tsuchiya

“CODEX DOLOR, 563 Aspects of Suffering, Episodes 34, 371 & 92 Presented in Part” by Stephen Dirkes

A Forest Within A Forest by Stefan Larsson

Bonobo No Souzo by Akinori Okada

Short Cuts To Japan – Black Box Kino im Filmmuseum, Saturday
May 25

日本デー!! Directors Lounge once again brings the Far East west, taking a diverse stack of short experimental films from its international trove in Berlin and making its way over to Düsseldorf’s annual German-Japanese festival known as Japan Day. Every manner of Japan will fill the screen at the Black Box Kino in the Filmmuseum in a presentation that continues DL’s vital and well-attended annual contribution to the event. Honourable Japanophile is most humbly invited to witness films from, about and inspired by Land of the Rising Sun. Irasshaimase, いらっしゃいませ!!

with short films by

Maeda Shinjiro, Yuichi Suita, Uemine Satoshi, Arikawa Shigeo, Hoji Tsuchiya, Akinori Okada, Taro Yasuno, Matron, Stephen Dirkes, Stefan Larsson, Usaginingen, Jeremy Rubier and Kimura Noriyuki

Kimura Noriyuki  Our Place 2011 5 min

Jeremy Rubier 岐路 ((CrossRoads) 2009 20 min

Shinjiro Maeda  ITO-kun 2011 5 min

Yuichi Suita How Beautiful Japanese Morning Is 2012 15 min

Uemine Satoshi Monju  2011 5 min

Arikawa Shigeo G・I 2011 5 min

Hoji Tsuchiya  黒いロングスカートの女 (Black long skirt) 2010 8 min 57s

Akinori Okada bonobo no souzo 2012 3 min 13s

Taro Yasuno  A Very Merry Unbirthday to you! 2011 5 min

Matron MONUMENT 3  2011 5 min

Stephen Dirkes Codex Dolor 2012 2 min

Stefan Larsson  A Forest Within A Forest 2010 05 min10s

Usaginingen UDON from the album “JAPANDORF” by Klaus Dinger + JAPANDORF* 2013 5min 42s

in attendance of Miki Yui*
curated and presented by Julia Murakami and André Werner

Black Box Kino im Filmmuseum
Schulstr. 4, 40213 Duesseldorf | map
May 25, 2013, 8 pm

Special thanks to:

VJ Chuu, Miki Yui, Kim Collmer, Alexei Dmitriev, Youki Hirakawa, Kenton Turk, Karl Neubert, Team Black Box / Filmmuseum and many others! 

DL is chaos in progress, everything is subject to change.

If you’re in Albuquerque, New Mexico, visit our fellow film festival Experiments in Cinema v8.53 (April 3rd & 15-21, 2013) and “witness cinema like you have never experienced it before!”.

Festival director Bryan Konefsky presented a truly stunning EIC program at this year’s DL9. Now it’s our turn to show selected tidbits from The 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DL9].

Experiment 6 (April 17th, 2013)
with short films by Oded Arad, Stephen Dirkes, Karl F. Stewart, Matthew Lancit, Eleonora Manca, Neil Ira Needleman, Reed O’Beirne, Alessio Rutigliano, Fabio Scacchioli and Vincenzo Core, Keren Zaltz and Juan Pablo Zaramella. Curated by Julia Murakami and André Werner

What goes around, comes around, and what goes around more than the André Werner (not to mention his brainchildren: films as vivd headbirths and the perfect forum to view other such ventures, the cult-fixation Directors Lounge)? And so his day has come around again, and we join in wishing the tireless idea-factory and all-around cool guy his greatest birthday yet, and know you join in doing the same! Hats off to The Man In The Hat!

The gang at Directors Lounge

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