For a start, the new artistic direction of the Künstlerhaus presents a film programme that screens three works that show artistic institutions in unusual situations. Out of their functional context, the spaces offer freedom for conversion.
Gitte Villesen: The Building – The Bikeshop – Andy’s furniture (Digital Video, 2001, 20 min.)
“The project was initiated in April 2000 in a building in S. Blackstone Avenue, 6100, at South Side, Chicago. The ground, as well as the building belong to the artist Dan Peterman and accommodate a little commune. Among other things, there is a artists’ studio for resident purposes. This is where I lived during my stay in Chicago. In many of my works I was interested in how people try to realise their dreams and wishes within their limits due to cultural, social and gender-specific conditions. Almost all activities inside and around the building have an idealistic side, that is connected to a specific reality. The video focusses on the people who use the building as well as their activities. The Blackstone Bicycle Works are in the centre.” (Gitte Villesen)
Lucy Skaer, Rosalind Nashashibi: Flash in the Metropolitan (16 mm, 2006, 3:25 min)
Flash in the Metropolitan was filmed in the darkness of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Exhibited objects from Oceanea, Africa and the Middle-East light up under strobe lights and are dissociated from their context.
Judith Hopf, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Florian Zeyfang: Proprio Aperto (Digital Video, 2005, 6 min)
“Due to a touristic curiosity, the tendency to contemplation, we decided to take a walk to the biennial arts festival in Venice, outside the opening hours. That day of winter, we found the pavilion with the different nations’ exhibition architectures, barricaded and protected from vandalism.”
(Judith Hopf, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Florian Zeyfang. In the meantime, Judith Hopf, Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Florian Zeyfang have a conversation about landscapes of ruins, ghosts and cultural hegemony. The pan shot moves from picture to picture as the destruction of the stands rises.