DIGITAL BODIES - curated filmprogramm of KHM-student/alumni-films for FAR OFF
DIGITAL BODIES - screening 3pm 26.05.2016 CCA - Center of Contemporary Art - Tbilisi (Uznadze str. #49)
DIGITAL BODIES - curated filmprogramm of KHM-student/alumni-films for FAR OFF
Of what kind is the world that surrounds us? Where are we located? And which are the extensions of our physical shape? „DIGITAL BODIES“ shows explorations, journeys and trips to distinct realities. The art videos and experimental films deal with environments – existing ones, familiar or far away, fictional, or places of the past. The protagonists are captured in a multi-facetted world and create a connection between
real eyes, human flesh and digital bodies in digital films. 2013-2016. Curated by Alisa Berger.
Reut Shemesh & M elanja Palitta: Let's Catch Tigers ( 04:14, 2013 | Israel / Cologne)
Miriam Gossing & Lina Siekmann: Desert Miracles ( 11:40, 2015 | Cologne)
Walter Solon: Downtown Research pt. 1: Demolidora Solon (13:34, 2015 | Brazil / Cologne) Mona Kakanji: Window Shopping ll (05:30, 2015 | Iran / Cologne)
Lena Ditte Nissen: Anóme (1 3:15, 2015 | C ologne)
Stefan Ramírez Pérez: Stick it (0 4:45, 2014 | C ologne)
Linda Franke: Inland Freaks (14:04, 2014 | Cologne)
Henning Frederik Malz: Rest in me (06:18, 2014 | Cologne / Canada )
Sebastian Thewes: Polarflux (10:00, 2015 | Cologne)
Bergernissen: Awakening (08:40, 2014 Cologne)
SHORT SYNOPSIS OF ALL FILMS:
Reut Schemesch & Melanja Palitta - Let's Catch Tigers ( 04:14, 2013 | Israel /Cologne )
A production from ‚Summerblut Festival 2013‘ and the ‚Jewish community Chorweiler Cologne‘
The short dance film, Let’s Catch Tigers is danced by eight older women in the age race of 65 to 75 years old. By performing a personal solo ,they reveal their rich life experiences. They transmit their emotions and presence by using their unique physicality, they dance and move carrying their history within every movement and gaze. The short dance film is a result of a six weeks process, forming a complicated dance piece focused on solo works. In addition to the complete dance piece we have been creating the short dance film Let’s catch tigers.
Miriam Gossing & Lina Siekmann - Desert Miracles ( 11:40, 2015 | Cologne )
'Desert Miracles' is a cinematic exploration of a commercialized architecture of desire. Across 22 different tableaus the film meditates upon the interiors of Nevada’s wedding chapels, considering how the excessive scenery opens up to constitute a cultural organisation of “Love”. A woman’s’ voice is heard reading out an ambiguous letter to an unknown lover in which she finds herself troubled by the challenges of modern relationships, unable to negotiate a balance between selffulfilment and optimization. The text is based on anonymous posts by different women in various internet wedding forums.
One fictional female character is composed out of many assembled perspectives on desire, relationships and social expectation.
Walter Solon - Downtown Research pt. 1: Demolidora Solon ( 13:34, 2015 |Brazil / Cologne)
With his grandfather’s sudden death and his father’s philosophical eremitism, 18 year old Walter Solon inherits the family business: D emolidora Solon, a São Paulobased demolition company. Yet Walter’s entrepreneurial inexperience, political idealism and stubborn aestheticism soon lead to the company’s collapse. As he tries to negotiate his future with the striking workers, he uncovers his grandfather’s illegal labor
practices. Succumbing to family pressure and freemasonic arrangements, what follows is a reassessment of personal demolished memories in the cityscape and a series of international escapes — beginning in Israel and Palestine.
Downtown Research pt. 1: Demolidora Solon i s the first episode of an autofictional photofilm, to be concluded with pt. 2: Bruch Abbruch and p t. 3: La recherche des centres, filmed in Germany and France, respectively.
Mona Kakanji - Window Shopping ll (05:30, 2015 | Iran / Cologne)
Window Shopping ll indicates and captures subtle notions of cultural and social conventions in the realm of public showcases. Diverse fragments of public displays in Tehran (an Eastern City) and Cologne (a Western City) are comparatively observed through a rhythmic montage. W indow Shopping ll is a twofold essay on cultural and personal identities, in between the public notion of east and west. The film also evokes the personal narration of a journey. Merely through the tandem images of windows, the film calls into question the personal perception of a culture in relation to one’s identity. Clothing items, mannequins, lighting and backdrop, as well as the supposed viewer position of each window reveals characteristics of the two cities accordingly. Furthermore, the relationship of each culture to aesthetics, gender and consumerism is present. The film reflects on conception of public or private, East and West, gender, as well as personal and cultural identity.
Lena Ditte Nissen - Anóme (13:15, 2015 | Cologne)
Who is the evil? Is it me? Or you? The other?
Interweaving documentary images from the two matrilineal tribes of the Moshu (China) and the Kuna (Panama) this film connects alleged female societies from continent to continent. The link between these two worlds is the filmmaker herself, trying to cope with the otherness of what is seen and the strangeness of the inner experience.
Stefan Ramírez Pérez - Stick it (0 4:45, 2014 | Cologne)
The single channel video STICK IT combines television footage of women's gymnastics with recordings of myself attempting the same routines. Merging myself and the young gymnasts of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta into one composite character, I enter an ambivalent position between envy, identification, rejection and critique of these highly controlled bodies and their restricted performative roles. The video follows the preparation and execution of a floor routine, suspending the marginal moment right before the action, encapsulating ambition, the pressure to succeed and the looming possibility of failure.
Linda Franke - Inland Freaks (14:04, 2014 | Cologne)
The video Inland Freaks explores the particular atmosphere of family relationships. Oscillating between intimacy and distance, brother and sister trust each other just enough to be honest, demanding and unfair to each other. They want to confess to
each other that they are not human and that they have known this about each other all along, but they don ́t know how to start. By collaging fragments of authentic dialogue with scripted fictional elements the boundaries of what is real and what isn’t
become blurred.The melodramatic encounter takes place somewhere in space, but the illusion of a three dimensional space is constantly disturbed by the camera zooming in on the
surfaces of objects and bodies. Nothing stays the same—both the bodies and the environment they inhabit perpetually implode and explode into one another.
Henning Frederik Malz - Rest in me (06:18, 2014 | Cologne / Canada)
The film “Rest in Me” describes an everyday routine oscillating between devotion and surrender. Malz’s rapid rhythmic montage of found footage from feature films from over the last twentyfive years chronicles in visual terms the increasing
outsourcing of physical presence in favour of virtual identity. What began as the opening up of the world through the internet has mutated into an increasingly comprehensive encryption and surveillance of the individual subject.
Sebastian Thewes - Polarflux (10:00, 2015 | Cologne)
For the project Polarflux Sebastian Thewes was concerned with the topics landscape, wilderness and nature and our relationship to it and the way we are picturing and documenting it. Sebastian Thewes traveled to the polar region in the northern Scandinavia to collect photographs and audiorecordings from the unique landscape of the region above the polarcircle. The terms landscape, wilderness and nature have a slightly different meaning in different cultures and for different people in different periods. It depends on cultural, religious and much more dependencies. For the Sami the ancient people of the European polar region nature is a souled place and every part of it is alive. In classical Roman religion a genius loci names the soul of a place or its spirit. The romantic sees nature as a counter pole to the society. It uses nature and landscape as a symbol. In our modern western culture the perception of nature is shifting between many different conceptions. On the one hand we are destroying nature with our industrial progress but on the other hand we
are seeing nature as a spot for the enjoyment of our individuality by doing sports or traveling. The project Polarflux is shifting between different ideas of landscapes. The viewer is flying through 9 Scenes which represent 9 fictive places inhabited by different sprits. It is rying to work out our somehow disharmonious or maybe even dishonest relation to nature in
an slightly ironic way. The used nature photos are hotographed in the polar region and mixed up with found footage and algorithmically generated patterns. The
audiorecordings consist out of field recordings from the region combined with soundrecordings from the NASA and synthetically created material.
Bergernissen - Awakening I (08:40, 2014 Cologne)
Awakening is an ongoing hybrid piece at the border between happening, internet art, installation, staged documentary and performance, trying to blur the line between artistic action and real experience. In the videoloop Awakening I, the origin of the
piece as a whole, we use texts from popsongs and photographs that we found online. The call to personal enlightenment consists of quotations such as “You can
see clearly now”, “the rain is gone”, “Come as you are”, which seem to be translated live into sign language. By merging popcultural elements and newage aesthetics, a new functional and perhaps ironic layer of narration is created.