Directors Lounge at the 10th Berlin Art Week.

Directors Lounge at the Berlin Art Week 2021

Out of the Black and into the Blue.

We will participate in this year’s edition of the Berlin Art Week, 15. – 19. September 2021. Expect a bouquet of fine films, live acts and DJs in a glorious party at the Schokoladen, one of the last strongholds of the independent Berlin scene,  alongside an exhibition at the Tor218 Artlab gallery that explores the cinematic moment in contemporary art. … read more

Directors Lounge zur 10.Berlin Art Week.

Directors Lounge zur Berlin Art Week 2021

Zurück in die Wirklichkeit. Directors Lounge zur Berlin Art Week 2021, 15. – 19. September 2021. (English version) Wir sind wieder zurück. In der Realität. Und wollen das mit euch gemeinsam feiern: Directors Lounge ist mit der „Auszeichnung künstlerischer Projekträume und –initiativen“ der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa geehrt worden und damit auch Teil der …

main attraction by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare

Directors Lounge Presents: Bizarre, Hypnotic, Wonderful

Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival 2019. – Bizarre, Hypnotic, Wonderful – Selected Gems from the DL Archives. Get lost on a visual trip to the surreal, mystical and mesmerizing realm of bizarre, hypnotic and wonderful movies. Including works by Anton Corbijn, John Christopher Gibson, Guy Maddin, Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Allan Brown, Roger Deutsch, Masha Godovannaya. …

Guy Maddin | Glorious

Joachim Seinfeld, Wenn Deutsche lustig sind: WK 1, 1917 – Luftkampf;2014 | digitaler Silbergelatineprint auf Baryt; Papiermaße 50×60 cm

Julia Murakami | Exercises in Levitation I (series), 2015

Directors Lounge heading for contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.), the innovative art fair, 30 Oct – 1 November 2015

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. We’ll see you there, right?

DL at the C.A.R. Video Lounge
With works by Daina Krumins (US) and Guy Maddin (CA) – a liberal smattering of two top-shelfers who have managed to burn feverish holes into the international psyche… read more

Artists presented at the DL booth
Reinhold Gottwald, Julia Murakami, Joachim Seinfeld, Alan Smithee, André Werner (pictured: “Viennese Catherine Window" by A. Werner, closed circuit installation, 2014)


Medienwerkstatt Berlin 
| Surveillance

“Schalten und Walten”: a selection of videos focussing on surveillance at the C.A.R. Video Lounge with works by Gabriele Stellbaum, Juliane Ebner, Fried Rosenstock, Youjia Lu, Barbara Steppe, Judith Groth / Frederike Vidal, Stephanie Hanna, Bettina Rave, Ariane Loze, Beate Maria Wörz, Sandra Becker, Petra Lottje, Yagama Jogmaya, Catherine Biocca, Maria Koehne, Gisela Weimann | pictured: Ariane Loze „Subordination“  … read more


contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.), the innovative art fair
World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein | 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2015

Fri, October 30, 8 pm, V.I.P.-Preview, 6 pm

Public fair hours
Sat, October 30, 12 am – 8 pm
Sun, November, 1, 11 am – 7 pm

World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein XII

Gelsenkirchener Strasse 181/ 209, 
45309 Essen

Site plan  | Site map | detailed service information

Guy Maddin | Odilon Redon or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity

Guy Maddin | Glorious


“Divine” Krumins and “Glorious” Maddin: Directors Lounge supported by twin columns of surrealistic religiosity at  Contemporary Art Ruhr
30 October – 1 November 2015

Representing nearly 20 million square kilometres of North American film art breeding ground, Daina Krumins (USA) and Guy Maddin (Canada) have managed to burn feverish holes into the international psyche lying beyond. Already in 1972, Krumins’ “The Divine Miracle” was pitching its silver screen magic carpet ride of saturated colours and religious iconography. Maddin squeezed the devil out of, and the life into, his black and white “Glorious” in 2008, leaving enough for any confessional longing. Here is a yin/yang of image masters, mutually repelling/embracing opposites born of a single visionary cell. Directors Lounge presents a liberal smattering of these two top-shelfers at contempary art ruhr, better known simply as C.A.R. No reason not to be there…

Read more about DL at Contemporary Art Ruhr 

“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.

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

day ticket
12,- € / 10,-€

still from Glorious, 2009 by Guy Maddin


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

Sat 19th 9:30pm

The Eyes Of Mankind
André Werner DE The Eyes Of Mankind

Clint Enns CA Back + Forth 3 min 20s 2009 

This film documents the happenings on one of the strangest streets in winnipeg.

D. Kimm and Brigitte Henry CA Mademoiselle Clara Rabbit-Tamer 6min 2010

dedicated to Guy Maddin

In this silent movie stemming from another time, we follow Clara’s animated route, been born in a bourgeois family and which, because of a magnetic storm, develops a sick sympathy for rabbits. Small scientific so called genius obsessed by the rabbit transformation, she grows up and goes bad and then gets a job with the Baklava Circus. But finally she reaches the glory, hits the headlines of Paris Match and Life, meets a rich Arabian prince and finds the financing for her highly scientific projects. How far will she go?

André Werner DE The Eyes Of Mankind 14min 39s 2007

Two brothers falling in love with the same woman: Rose, the most beautiful woman of the world. How shall she decide? An impossible competition begins.

Marie Losier & Guy Maddin FR/CA Manuelle Labor 10min 2007

“Marie Losier is the most effervescent and psychologically accurate portrait artist working in film today. Her films wriggle with the energy and sweetness of a broken barrel full o’ sugar worms!!!! No one makes pictures like Marie, Edith Sitwell’s inner Tinkerbell!!!!!!!” , Guy Maddin, 2008