Double Feature

For four years now the SCHIRN has acted as a forum for national and inter­na­tional film and video artists. In dialogue with the SCHIRN cura­tors, inter­na­tional artists offer in-depth insights into their work and, more espe­cially, into their filmic inter­ests. DOUBLE FEATURE was designed as a plat­form presenting the extremely varied trends and forms of creative expres­sion in the produc­tion of art films and for the juxta­po­si­tion of familiar and not so familiar posi­tions. In 2017 visitors can expect to see works by, among others, Eli Cortiñas, Beatrice Gibson and Mélanie Matranga. Moreover, interviews with the artists will be available on the SCHIRN YouTube channel.

NEXT: PAUL SPENGEMANN

The hidden signifiers of an image, brought out through the movement of a camera or the sound of a voice or instrument, define his final project at HFBK Hamburg titled “About Falling in Love and Even Little Rubber Ducks” created in 2016. Paul Spengemann, born 1987 in Hamburg, has infused the extremely recalcitrant interior life of his studio with a filmic breath that downright brings it alive. In order to do so, he employed spectacular camera movements and soundtracks reminiscent of classical film genres and professional advertising films, making the studio itself the subject matter of his artistic work

FILM STILL „ABOUT FALLING IN LOVE AND EVEN LITTLE RUBBER DUCKS”, © PAUL SPENGEMANN, 2016

Rather than presenting the works as objects in an exhi­bi­tion room, “Double Feature” creates a cinema-like viewing situ­a­tion that focuses solely on the screen.

PAST ARTISTS 2017

ELI CORTIÑAS

The basis of Eli Cortiña’s video works often form scenes from well-known art-house classics. She reconfigures them in cinematic terms, creating in combination with her own film and sound recordings highly allusive pictorial collages which focus intensely and critically on family conflicts and attribution in line with gender politics.

Eli Cortiñas, Quella che cammina (The one who walks), 2014, single channel video, 8'30'' Courtesy Eli Cortiñas, Soy Capitán, Berlin, Waldburger Wouters, Brüssel

BEATRICE GIBSON

Inspired by the Fluxus movement and the greats of the musical avant-garde such as John Cage, artist Beatrice Gibson explores voice, language, collective production and questions of representation. Together Gibson’s individual film narratives form a coherent, never-ending artistic process and work

VIDEOSTILL © BEATRICE GIBSON

PILVI TAKALA

In her films Pilvi Takala interweaves the various film genres and at the same time goes beyond their limits. The director, documentary filmmaker and performance artist also generally plays the lead, putting herself in very tricky and embarrassing situations, in the course of which social norms and expectations are revealed.

Players, 2010, video, 7:50 min, Courtesy of Courtesy Stigter van Doesburg and Carlos/Ishikawa

MÉLANIE MATRANGA

Love, freedom, success, desire, sex, jealousy – these are the key themes that Mélanie Matranga tackles in a series of films. In the various episodes she portrays the tensions and sentiments between people who are in relationships with one another. The most dramatic moments are mired in cliché and the protagonists remain soulless.

MÉLANIE MANTRANGA, YOU, 2016, © MÉLANIE MANTRANGA

MONIRA AL QADIRI

The works by Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri revolve in particular around questions of gender and identity, around ecological thinking and society’s power discourse within the Middle East. The aesthetic of sadness, influenced by poetry, music and religion, forms a kind of core here.

videostill © Monira Al Qadiri

Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr

Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr describe themselves as filmmakers operating between active participation and passive observation. In their works they represent and explore commercial and cultural behavior, for example, with their juxtaposition of global cultural phenomena such as television, music, tourism and architecture

VIDEOSTILL © HENNING FEHR & PHILIPP RÜHR

BIANCA BALDI

The works of South African artist Bianca Baldi raise ques­tions about supposed facts and granted truths. Baldi touches on spaces, places, objects and biogra­phies, which she trans­forms leaving the observer wondering whether they are being confronted with true or fictional stories.

BIANCA BALDI, FUN CAPITAL, 2012, © BIANCA BALDI

BEN RIVERS

Inspired by formal ideas from exper­i­mental docu­men­taries, the themes of the atmos­pher­i­cally charged films by British artist Ben Rivers range from research into unusual living spaces to puzzling and inti­mate portrait shots

TRIS VONNA-MICHELL

Tris Vonna-Michell tells stories in which real and fictional strands are inter­woven. Frag­ments and irrel­e­van­cies simply dictate the mood and the image, and follow more of a rapid, musical rhythm than a compre­hen­sible story. Vonna-Michell’s films repre­sent an expan­sion of his orig­inal live perfor­mances

TRIS VONNA-MICHELL, FILM STILL FROM REGISTER, 2016, © COURTESY THE ARTIST, GALERIA FRANCISCO FINO, LISBON, JAN MOT, BRUSSELS, METRO PICTURES, NEW YORK, OVERDUIN & CO, LOS ANGELES AND T293, ROME

ANI SCHULZE

Ani Schulze’s film works develop a visual language founded on her exploration of literary history, film and architecture. They focus on abandoned architecture and places, failed utopias and interrupted stories without conclusions. Schulze recontextualizes and collages images and visual information structures, thereby sounding out the potentialities of moving image and the filmic medium

FILM STILL „MERCHANTS FREELY ENTER”, © ANI SCHULZE, 2017

UPCOMING: JOHN SKOOG

JOHN SKOOG, SHADOWLAND, 2014 © COURTESY THE ARTIST & PILAR CORRIAS GALLERY

John Skoog’s film works combine documentary research and observations of reality with subtle poetry. They make the backgrounds and perils of the everyday tangible and reference social as well as historical milieus. Born in Sweden in 1985, Skoog is currently a Visiting Professor at Kunsthochschule Mainz. He works in the filmic and literary tradition of Scandinavian Modernism.