Directors Lounge Screening:

The Spaces Between Cities
Thursday, 25. February 2016
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Directors Lounge Screening presents a collaborative project of twenty independent, experimental filmmakers: The Space Between Cities. Presented by Berlin Filmmaker Insa Langhorst.

Last year, Salise Hughes founder of EXcinema, Seattle, commissioned an exceptional project to bring together filmmakers, resulting in twenty films by international experimental filmmakers spread across four continents which were then combined as one feature length road film. The Spaces Between Cities is a collaboration made in the form of an exquisite corpse. Each film connects randomly to the next by way of a series of prompts creating a continuous road trip, or journey that will connect these different parts of the world.

Filmmakers: Amy Bassin, Mark Blickley, Stephen Broomer , Charles Chadwick, Pip Chodorov, Konstantinos-Antonios Goutos, Pablo Molina Guerrero, Salise Hughes, Douglas Katelus, Anna Kipervaser, Kate Lain, Insa Langhorst, Jesse Malmed, Milan Milosavlijevic, Reed O’Beirne, Arto Polus, Ben Popp, Blanca Rego, Margaret Rorison, Dustin Zemel, Robert Zverina

Artist Link:
http://excinemaseattle.blogspot.de/2015/12/the-spaces-between-cities.html
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Directors Lounge Screening:

Dagie Brundert
going all natural

Sunday, 13 December 2015
20:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Dagie Brundert makes films like singer-songwriters compose songs: with an almost weekly regularity, inspired by the small occurrences of everyday life and always blended with the joys of life and with her own charm. For the artist, who has committed herself mostly to super-8 film, simplicity is a must. Simplicity of means, low budget in production and improvised settings.

It is no wonder that she would discover caffenol and other natural ingredients for her filmmaking, i.e. for the development of her films – often in combination with expired Super-8 films, some of which have been of stock for many years.

In a series of new films, Dagie Brundert thus explores the theme of
exotic developments with natural ingredients in films referring to
their own making. On one hand this would become a kind of minimalist
procedure, if it weren’t for the filmmaker’s captivating humour. On
the other hand it reflects one of the messages of Dagie: DIY and
appreciate the process of making!

We are delighted to present this new series of films by Dagie Brundert, which have been digitally mastered and edited, in combination with a number of old treasures, presented in original Super-8. Expect “Dagie at her Best” – the artist will present and comment on her own films. And of course, she will be available for Q&A.

Artist Link:
http://www.dagiebrundert.de
https://vimeo.com/dagie

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Directors Lounge Screening:

James Harrar
Cinema Soloriens Screening

Thursday, 15 October 2015
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

James Harrar, experimental filmmaker, video artist and musician from Atlanta, Georgia comes to Berlin for this screening. The artist, who mostly collaborates with musicians for live shows under the name Cinema Soloriens, is currently on tour in Europe. His films – and music – take on a lucid form of audio-visual communications with the audience. They are often meditations on beauty, perception, allegory, sensuality and visual phenomena. The material of his videos may be found footage, material he is filming on travels, or dense abstract work that may be digitally created, or just clouds of ink.

Music and film merge together in a trance-like experience for the audience. A kind of lyrical film-poetry that Harrar has pursued since the late 80’s. “Throughout his career, Harrar has tried to give the viewer new visual experiences while challenging fixed notions of visual language and individual seeing. He is exhibiting all over the world at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, Yamaguchi Center for Art & Media and The Andy Warhol Museum to name a few.”

James Harrar will personally introduce his films and perform live soundtracks to them. Curated and presented by Klaus W. Eisenlohr.

Artist Link:
http://www.cinemasoloriens.com
https://www.facebook.com/Cinema-Soloriens-213086542062882/

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Directors Lounge Screening:

Christa Biedermann
No One’s Fool – Girl from Vienna

Donnerstag, 24. September 2015
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Christa Biedermann, an Austrian artist living in Berlin and Vienna, shows animations and performance films. The artist, who eludes any kind of categorization, paints, draws, photographs and makes films and videos, mostly appearing herself in front of the camera. In her videos, she critically and ironically questions society and its demands on the artists, especially on female artists. She thus markedly disappoints expectations of her work as image-artifacts as well as the expected image of her as woman and artist. Even though she hence carries on with the tradition of artists such as Carolee Schneemann and Valie Export, the sources of her inspirations are rather related to actresses and comedians of the 1920’s. Or, as she quotes Tucholsky: “What is satire permitted to do?– Everything!” Always paired with humour, Christa Biedermann will also give some live contributions, playing piano and as live act accompanying some of her films. Curated and presented by Klaus W. Eisenlohr.

(German text:)

Christa Biedermann, österreichische Künstlerin, die in Berlin und Wien lebt, zeigt Videos, Animationen und Performancefilme. Die Künstlerin, die sich mit ihrer Arbeit jeder Kategorisierung entzieht, malt, zeichnet, photographiert, macht Filme und Videos, auf denen sie meist selbst vor der Kamera erscheint. In ihren Videos setzt sie sich auf ironische Weise mit der Gesellschaft und dem was die Gesellschaft von Künstlern, vor allem von weiblichen Künstlern erwartet, auseinander. Diese von ihr in markanter Weise enttäuschte Erwartung mag sich auf das von ihr erstellte Bild-Werk als auch das von ihr erwartete Bild als Frau und Künstlerin beziehen. Werk und Selbstbild werden so zum Artefakt, zum Gegenbild. Auch wenn Christa Biedermann damit die Arbeit von Performance Künstlerinnen wie Carolee Schneemann oder Valie Export fortsetzt, so liegen ihre Inspirationen eher bei Schauspielerinnen und Komikern der 20er Jahre des letzten Jahrhunderts.
Immer mit Humor gepaart, wird sie zu den Filme auch einige Live-Einlagen geben, einmal zu einigen Filmen am Piano, zum andern als weibliche Figur im Film. Kuratiert und präsentiert von Klaus W. Eisenlohr.

Artist Link:
http://christa-biedermann.jimdo.com/

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Directors Lounge Screening:

Clint Enns
Embodying the Intention

Wednesday, 17 June 2015
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Embodying the Intention: The Selected Works of Clint Enns

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Clint Enns is a video artist currently living in Toronto, Ontario. He originally studied mathematics before changing his focus to the study of cinema and media studies. His work is multifaceted and eclectic, and therefore resists easy classification. Mostly using found material, he manipulates analogue film, screen captures video chats and computer games, transforms videos into ASCI code, uses lo-fi toy cameras, close-circuit feedback and found footage. He has presented his works in festivals and alternative cinema spaces and writes about cinema.

Although his work is primarily short in length, it is intended for theatrical presentation, and not as installation work, single or multi-channel, as most other media artists do. His being in favour for the screening format, and the playful anarchy of his films, reflect also the vibrant micro-cinema culture that exists in both Toronto and Winnipeg: communities that create and discuss films and that are open to a new generation of filmmakers and video artists working in unconventional and non-academic ways (though many established and academic elders contribute to the community such as Guy Maddin, Mike Hoolboom, Phil Hoffman and John Porter, all from Canada) These are the kind of communities that echo the old days of Cinema 16 where Amos Vogel and his peers showed a mixture of avant-garde films, splash films, instructional and science movies together with subversive political films.

In Enns’ work you may find traces of the joyful, deconstructing practice of Nam June Paik, who used magnets and other tools to bend the beam of the cathode in order to distort the television image. Enns nowadays also uses scripting and electronic errors in order to create or alter his images.  Still, it seems as if the artist is using a quote of Paik for his work: “When too perfect, lieber Gott böse” (When too perfect, dear God turns angry). With this show at Z-Bar, Clint Enns invites us to a microcosm of electronic and analogue images, which can only be seen as the antithesis to the over-real, sharp, High Definition images, and as an ironic response to some overly serious avant-garde heroes, emblematic of the Cult of the Bolex.

His mathematical studies have not only provided Enns with the knowledge to use algorithms for the creation of his images, but have also liberated some diabolic and playful humor (all out of love), which sometimes requires a savvy viewer to fully read the irony embedded in the image.

Artist Link:
http://clintenns.tumblr.com/

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Henrike Naumann “Thug Life”, 2015

André Werner “Portrait einer Dame aus gutem Haus”, 2014 Installation, overhead transparency, water, feather, vibrator, light, dimensions variable

Calla Mar, CRYSTALLIZATION No. 6 (2014)

Meet us at the Contemporary Art Ruhr at Zeche Zollverein,
May 29 – 31, 2015

You’ll find the Directors Lounge booth and the C.A.R. Video Lounge  (Auditorium) in the SANAA building right behind the entrance. See you there!

Directors Lounge at the C.A.R. Video Lounge with works by
Sandra Becker01, Maja Borg, Gerard Cairaschi, Heiko Daxl, Alexei Dmitriev, Andrew Eyman, Michael Fleming, Marina Foxley/Laurent Couedel, Steven Foxley, Ingeborg Fuelepp, Otto Jekel/Lucas Czjzek, Eibe Maleen Krebs (C.A.R. Selection), Sarah Mock, Henrike Naumann, Neil Needleman, Arthur Patching, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Ken Paul Rosenthal, Keith Sanborn, Roberto Santaguida, Mauro Santini, Caecilia Tripp, André Werner, Wangli Xonglian/Liuyan Tangron 

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Artists presented at the DL Booth:
Videos /Installations by Henrike Naumann, Alan Smithee, André Werner
Collage/Photography by Calla Mar, Julia Murakami

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Special I

‘One Minute Volume 7’ and ‘One Minute Volume 8’ curated by filmmaker Kerry Baldry is a touring programme of artists moving image which has been screened widely in galleries and film festivals. The One Minutes contain an eclectic mix of approaches, techniques, media and processes, all having one thing in common – that they have been edited within the time limit of 60 seconds. Both programmes which be shown as part of the C.A.R. Video Lounge. (still: Seebreeze by Steven Ball)

Details

Special II

surveillance | Medienwerkstatt Berlin
The Medienwerkstatt Berlin compiled a selection of videos with the theme of “Supervision.” 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.

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Official Opening
Friday, May 29, 8 pm

Public fair hours
Saturday, May 30, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, May 31, 11 am – 7 pm

Entrance fee per day
8,- € / 6,- €

Guided Tours
Frank Schablewski, +49 (0) 211 795 21 12 & +49 (0) 178 292 33 98

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

Site map
Zollverein World Heritage Site

Info. www.contemporaryartruhr.de

Directors Lounge Screening:

Sandra Becker 01
Bon Fim
Thursday, 30 April 2015
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

The Berlin artist Sandra Becker 01 works mainly with video, in a diversity of ways. Even though she also created feature length films, her interest lies in the more open form of short and very short clips. Her videos, shot and edited by herself, therefore are rather material for installations, video programs or, more recently, digital applications. Movements and changes of place are the resources for her recordings, scenes from every day life, which also like to be seen as metaphorical, but which are rarely merged into solid narratives. The artist, who often collaborates with other artists and who is one of the supervisors of the video studio of the Berlin Artist Association, will present a number of shorts and very short works together with some extracts of long formats. One focus of the works presented will be new shorts from her recent stay at Porto Alegre, Brazil. And there will be space for discussion.

Artist Link:
http://sandrabecker01.de

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Directors Lounge Screening:

Katya Craftsova
Anthropological Travel Notes

Thursday, 29 Januar 2015
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Katya Craftsova
Katya, artist from Russia, currently works as an artist-in-residency at ZKU Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik. Her work is closely connected with a number of residencies and art projects she created in very different countries, such as Norway, Tanzania, Italy and India. Always trying to connect with local people, the artist is always interested in working with the stories the people tell her. With those stories she uses very different genres, like interview, paper-cut animation or straight documentary. And in the same way of personal narration, she also tells about the place her mother lives: Sebastopol.

The artist will be available for Q&A, moderated by Cordula Gdaniec. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr.

Artist Links:
http://www.craftsova.com/

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Urban Research – Istanbul Films

Thursday, 27 November 2014
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Istanbul has drawn a lot of attention in Germany, lately. It has become a city fashionable not only for visits, but also for projects in architecture and art. The history of the past 60 years has been one of success. An incredible growth from around 1 million to estimated over 14 million inhabitants has been handled without the emergence of slums and widespread poverty combined with criminality as many other mega cities in the world have. The economic boom of the last 2 decades, based on a moderate modernization in the past and a growing middle-class, has also created a demand for democratic renewal on one hand. On the other hand, a new class of powerful rich in combination with a globalized monetary-economy try to further accelerate economic growth in the city, which causes a lot of controversies and a rising number of people possibly loosing the battle for urban renewal.
The films in this program show glimpses of different developments in the mesh of urban renewal. All of them combine artistic observations with a large sympathy to the people portrayed and places shown.

artizinconnu TR
The City and The Memory – Have you seen Sulukule? 08:40 2009
Sulukule is a former Romani area in Turkey which has been taken down by the government. Its inhabitants have been removed to Tasoluk, 45 km away.

Bingöl Elmas TR
Hey Neighbor! 44:45 2014 WP
One of the results of the urban transformation in Istanbul is the abrupt conversion of old neighborhoods into luxurious estates. The communities that have no relations with each other happen to find themselves side by side. Ultra-wealth and poverty have became neighbors. The film investigates both sides and the impossibility of relations.

Sirin Bahar Demirel TR
Living with Leviathan 11:00 2013
Through a personal story about the nationwide uprising in Turkey in summer 2013, the “Occupy Gezi” movement, this movie tries to show how the Turkish youth says “No!” by reclaiming the city against an over-reacting government and brutal police force.

Artist’s Links:
artizinconnu
Bingöl Elmas
Sirin Bahar Demirel

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Directors Lounge Screening:

Doris Schmid
projektionen

Thursday, 25 September 2014
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

The artist Doris Schmid, who lives in Berlin, works in very subtle ways with the meaning of images, and against it. She uses the instance of implied narratives, or better saying the seduction of narration as an opportunity to enhance other image qualities such as perceptions of time, augmented spacial illusions, the vanishing of the image, or its apparition. Schmid for this purpose uses layering of video images, and then condenses them by a meticulous editing process.

Layers bring different or similar images together and create a multi-dimensional image composition. Initially however, the layers are being created by projecting on 3-dimensional surfaces, instead of digital compositing. These surfaces may be hand-made cut-outs that look like drawings from stills, or they may be moving surfaces, projections from a car or a train onto houses; but they are always closely related to the moving image in some ways. The final videos seem to have an analogue and performative quality, and they thus unsettle the common image perceptions of film.

The artist will be available for Q&A. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr.

Artist Links:
http://www.dorisschmid.net/

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