Pixels of Reality: What do you Know, What do You See? (2006)
ARTISTS PRESENTATIONS, LECTURES & DISCUSSIONS
Rainer Ganahl (artist talk)
Rainer Ganahl is an artist based in New York City whose work addresses language, learning systems, media and politics. After early forays into video animation work, Ganahl became involved in the forms and languages of computerized spaces and databases. His critical approach to post-colonial theory led Ganahl to create a set of works beginning in 1994 which turned the laborious process of learning an ‘exotic’ language into an art project. In the Austrian pavilion of the Venice Biennale of 1999, he presented his most recent works in conjunction with five other individual artists and teams. Most recently, Ganahl has been working again in cyber space. Thus, Das Unbehagen in Osterreich (The Discontent in Austria) has been available since the year 2000 as an online forum of discussions where changes in the culture and powerful new phenomena such as the resurgence of racism can be debated. He has recently exhibited his most comprehensive solo-exhibition at Wallach Gallery (Columbia University).
Jon Kessler (artist talk)
Jon Kessler is an artist known for kinetic mixed-media and found-object sculpture, installation, and as an art educator. Since 1983, he has exhibited widely in galleries and museums through the United States, Europe and Japan. A retrospective of his work “Jon Kessler’s Asia” was mounted at the Kestner-Gesselshaft in Hannover, Germany in 1994 and traveled to Graz, Austria. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim grant, the St. Gaudens Sculpture award, and several National Endowment of the Arts grants. His works are in many public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and MOCA. He is a Professor in the Visual Arts Division of Columbia University’s School of the Arts. For his solo exhibition, “Global Village Idiot” at Deitch Projects in 2004 he began a new series of video sculptures which led to his first New York museum exhibition, “The Palace at 4 AM” at PS1 Contemporary Art Centre in 2005/2006. This show will be opening at the Phoenix Kulturstiftung/Sammlung Falckenberg in Hamburg in June.
Steve Rushton: Re-enactment and Substituted Bodies (lecture)
Steve Rushton is a writer, editor and filmmaker based in London and Rotterdam. Recent publications include: Experience, Memory, Re-enactment (2005); The Milgram Re-enactment – Essays on Rod Dickinson’s Re-enactment of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Experiment (2003); Hurts So Good (2003). As part of the artist’s group everything Editorial he initiated and co-edited everything Magazine (1992–2002). His films include: The Milgram Re-enactment (with Rod Dickinson, 2002); The Blue Studio (2002); Kaplan (2002); The Circles (2001). Steve Rushton was a guest lecturer at the Piet Zwart Institute for the lecture series Experience, Memory, Re-enactment in 2004.
Rebond Pour La Commune: Debate around the questions that raise from the film La Commune (Paris 1871) by British Film Director Peter Watkins
Rebond Pour La Commune is an association for the promotion and distribution of the film “La Commune (Paris 1871)” by British film director Peter Watkins. It sets itself the objective to develop communal experience by creating places and spaces where discussions proposing thought, reflection, and organization against the abuse of power by the dominant mass media can take place. It aims to initiate, propose and organize collective projects and debates around the questions, which “La Commune (Paris 1871)” raises for the viewer.
Tjebbe van Tijen: ART ACTION ACADEMIA 1960–2006: social and technical context of collective creativity (lecture)
Tjebbe van Tijen has studied sculpture in Den Bosch, Milano and London. He is the author of various happenings and expanded cinema projects in London and cities in the Netherlands 1965–1968. He has founded and curated the Documentation Center of Social Movements at the University Library of Amsterdam, 1973–1998 (now at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam). In the seventies and eighties, he designed exhibitions in Vienna, Milano, Copenhagen, Dortmund and Hamburg about ecology, urban conflicts and alternative culture. Interactive installations dramatizing historical subjects since mid-eighties: Imaginary Museum of Revolution with Jeffrey Shaw (1988–1989), Orbis Pictus Revised with Milos Vojtechovsky (1994–1996) and Neo-Shamanism with Fred Gales (1997–1998), Digital Papua with Fred Gales (2003) shown in Paris, Linz, Karslruhe, Amsterdam, Prague and Tokyo. His current research projects and lectures are on ‘literary psycho-geography’, aerial bombing, mapping human violence, visual language, media history and education systems. Frequent guest lectures and tutorials at art academies, media centers and universities. Van Tijen, working under the name of Imaginary Museum Projects, lives in Amsterdam.
Sagi Groner (artist talk)
Sagi Groner is an artist based in Amsterdam who has exhibited in the various art institutions internationally. Control in society has been for Groner a subject of almost obsessive pursuit, both in observing and figuring out the more hidden corners of how it works and inventing forms that manifest the yearning to break free from it. These explorations manifest sometimes in poetic images and sometimes in rather noisy sound installations, often involving piracy of one kind or the other (pirate radio, plunder-phonic projects, sound pollution). The observation of social control is on a broad spectrum ranging from political and power structures to the very personal “pains” of the individual trapped within them. A special interest in technology and its relation to these “pains” is also a recurring “theme” both in the content and in the usually complex technical systems constructed to manifest these ideas.
Thomas Elsaesser: The future of “art” and “work” in the age of vision machines (lecture)
Thomas Elsaesser is a professor at the University of Amsterdam, and Chair of the Department of Film and television Studies (1991–2001), now Research Professor, Department of Media and Culture, and responsible for a PhD Programme ‘Cinema Europe’, offered in conjunction with the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, of which he is a Founding and Executive Board Member. He is also General Editor of the series Film Culture in Transition, published by Amsterdam University Press. His essays on film theory, film genre, film history and television have appeared in well over two hundred collections and anthologies, with essays translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Polish, Serbian, Slovenian, Czech, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He lectures widely in the USA, Canada, Italy, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Norway, France, Austria and the Far East.
Wael Shawky (artist talk)
Wael Shawky is a video artist based in Egypt. He completed his BFA at The University of Alexandria, followed by an MFA at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a winner of numerous national and international grants and awards. Shawky has participated in workshops and projects in Egypt, Turkey, Cuba and the USA, and most recently took part in a residency program in Istanbul based at Platform Garanti of Contemporary Art.
Open discussion: present artists and participants, moderated by Noa Roei
Noa Roei received her MA Cultural Analysis (2003–2005) from the University of Amsterdam. In 1999–2002 she was an undergraduate student in Art History and Psychology at the Hebrew University, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is currently working on a PhD research project provisionally entitled Politics on Display. Focusing on contemporary Israel, this project examines how artists, exhibitions and art objects face the challenges that arise from their interaction with national politics, and how the concepts of voice, framing, performativity, and commitment can work as tools for the mobilization of art’s critical potential.
William Kentridge: Felix in Exile: Geography of Memory (1994 animation, 6 min, film)
William Kentridge is an artist, theatre and filmmaker. In 1976 he graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with majors in Politics and African Studies. From 1976 to 1978 he was a student at the Johannesburg Art Foundation, where he taught etching for two years thereafter. During 1981 and 1982 he studied mime and theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Kentridge has worked extensively in theatre as an actor, designer, and director, and was a founding member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company. In 1989 he created his first animated film in the Soho Eckstein, Felix Teitlebaum series, titled “Johannesburg 2nd Greatest City After Paris.” In 1992 he staged his first theatre project in conjunction with Handspring Puppet Company, “Woyzeck on the Highveld.”
Jelimir Jilnik: Kenedi, Goes back home (2003, 74 min, film) Kenedi, Lost and Found (2005, 26 min, video)
Jelimir Jilnik is an independent Serbian filmmaker. He was first noticed by the end of the Sixties for his visually expressive and critical films, and recognized both in his home country Yugoslavia and internationally with the documentary “The Unemployed” (Grand Prix at Oberhausen Festival, 1968) and the feature “Early Works” (Grand Prix at Berlin Film Festival, 1969). In the early seventies, Zilnik was heavily criticized on ideological grounds, since his films were part of the “Black Wave” movement. “Early Works” & “Freedom or Cartoons” were censored and banned. Since 1980 he has been formulating a specific language of docu-dramas, successfully presented on various television networks, and at local and international festivals. Several of his next projects were regarded as highly innovative and provocative: the feature “Pretty Women Walking Through the City” (1985) predicts that nationalistic tensions will lead to the disintegration of Yugoslavia and a cataclysm at the Balkans.