Contemporary Art Ruhr: Photo / Media Art Fair

Meet us at the Contemporary Art Ruhr at Zeche Zollverein, 5 – 7 August, 2022 Directors Lounge, founded and based in Berlin, presents selected positions of contemporary photo and media art. Interdisciplinary works combine sound sculpture, performance and photography (Michael Vorfeld), action and documentation (Ania Rudolph/Rainer Görß) or take place at the intersection of image …

Directors Lounge Screening: Mélissa Faivre, Parallel Perceptions

Mélissa Faivre | Parallel Perceptions

Directors Lounge Screening: Mélissa Faivre, Parallel Perceptions, Thursday, 30 June 22, Z-Bar Mélissa Faivre, born 1989 in France, is an experimental video artist based in Berlin. Mélissa Faivre creates a world of her own, a video cosmos that combines the micro and macro world in a stream of images like in a flush of expanded …

Melissa Faivre, still from Memorabilia. Screened by Directors Lounge at Walden gallery as part of Infected Reality.

Melissa Faivre | Underneath it all & Memorabilia | 3. – 5.9. 2020

part of Infected Reality at  Walden Art Exhibitions.

“Underneath it all” and “Memorabilia” by Mélissa Faivre

Mélissa Faivre’s work is immersive, hallucinatory or even vertigo-inducing, depending on your reception, or possibly your viewing experience. They are rich in color, movement and associations. … read more

Radically Subjective

Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival 2019. Radically Subjective. A selection of Berlin filmmakers and artists who are friends of Directors Lounge and who have been screening their work on several occasions. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr. Berlin is turning into a filmmaker’s city again. We are not talking about mainstream cinema, but in terms …

Directors Lounge Screening:

Spatial Relations
Deborah Uhde and Melissa Faivre
Thursday, 28. July 2016
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Two young artists who recently moved to Berlin present their experimental video work. On a first view their work seems to be very similar as they use associative techniques of montage and editing, and both demand an active viewer who positively combines and completes the offered pictures to their own interpretation or, story.

This applies specifically to two of the films, “The Space In Between” by Melissa Faivre and “State of the Art of the State – a Dysfunctional Machine“ by Deborah Uhde. Both films seem to work with loosely connected images, which do not easily combine as a story and are brought together by rhythmic editing and a poetic film language. Both films deal with spacial relations, with the space between people and objects, between objects and exterior or interior space and the space between camera and subject.

The film by Melissa Faivre shows two domestic spaces and two people interacting in those spaces, mostly using cameras. One of the spaces has a large bed, a makeshift steel frame and two windows, the other one lots of electronic equipment. The reason for the interaction stays obscure, it may just be a spacial exploration. The gazes from and to the camera distorted by analogue and digital means to reveal secrets about the place or the people or about their relation and it creates some suspense. The interaction seems to follow some performative rule. The viewer is not really asked to analyze the fragments but to put together the pieces of distorted and rhythmically edited information to some visual-poetic experience.

Deborah Uhde’s piece “State of the Art of the State – a Dysfunctional Machine“ seems to be made of pieces of information about a space in a very different way. Views of a science campus, the “physikalisch-technische Bundesanstalt Braunschweig”, are being combined on a double screen and edited in associative ways. The rhythm of the pictures is slow and seems to follow the pace of a documented research, the cataloguing and search for art on the campus as the subtitles state. However, we rarely get to see art, at least no paintings or sculptures but strange constellations of buildings, containers, rulers, marks and construction signs, any of which could be part of some art project but very unlikely is so. The one object that looks very much like a modernist sculpture, a steel object that combines spheres and poles, apparently is an object for measurement as the viewer is informed by subtitles. Deborah’s film thus combines spatial views in a poetical and rhythmical way, but then it seems, she rather asks the viewer to critically engage and make their own distinctions between aesthetic and utilitarian spatial use.

Both filmmakers present a number of very different films, set between the documentary and experimental forms. A program of very fresh new experimental films from filmmakers living in Berlin and coming from France/Netherlands and Braunschweig/Germany.

Artist Link:

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Z-Bar  http://www.z-bar.de

Impressions of the Directors Lounge Screening “Spatial Relations” with
Deborah Uhde and Melissa Faivre