For more than five years, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has served as a forum for national and international filmmakers and video artists. Under the heading Double Feature, they present a work from their own oeuvre, followed by their favorite film. On the last Monday of every month and in conversation with the curators Katharina Dohm, Matthias Ulrich and guest curators, the invited artists provide extensive insight into their creative work, especially into their interest in film. Film has been considered an independent art form at the latest since digitalization and the simplification of the technology. Today it frequently constitutes the central element of multimedia installations of contemporary art. Double Feature sees itself as a platform for different trends and forms of expression in film and video art production. Film and video works by over 50 artists have already been shown in the Schirn. In 2018 the public can look forward to contributions by artists including Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Gery Georgieva, Holly Zausner, and Amie Siegel. The videos and conversations with artists who have already participated can be accessed under the title Double Feature Conversations via the Schirn’s YouTube channel. Those featured include, for example, Monira Al Qadiri, Eli Cortiñas, Beatrice Gibson, Timur Si-Qin, Pilvi Takala, Tris Vonna-Michell, and Andrew Norman Wilson. The Schirn Magazin also regularly offers discursive contributions focusing on Video Art to accompany the series Double Feature.
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.
UPCOMING: PAULINE CURNIER JARDIN
The films by Pauline Curnier Jardin break into the hallucinatory hidden world behind our society. Using a grotesque, dark aesthetic, they are inspired by B movies and religious rituals alike, ultimately bringing to light a dystopian social reality.
The cinematographic work of artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar continually revolves around the concepts of cultural, social and emotional identity. Stories, myths and symbols are as much the subject of her works as they are tools of her artistic exploration.
Gery Georgieva’s films rely on a performative self-presentation. Often she interweaves specific types of women in a hallucinatory way – the Pop diva, the artist, the tradition-conscious country girl – in order to question constructs of gender, taste and identity.
American artist Holly Zausner has created a figure as an alter ego who then accompanies her in her work. In her film “Unsettled Matter” (2015), Zausner has created a dystopian cinematographic version of Manhattan and roams through the otherwise lively city.
In her work, Amie Siegel draws on a wide variety of sources from film and cinema history, as well as architectural and art history, and by means of transmission, correlation and repetition she reflects time and again on the medium of film itself. It is seeing that is the central element here.
Artist Hamza Halloubi, who was born in Morocco, tackles questions of identity and its interpretation. His often melancholic films, with their lonely protagonists, create space for supposedly unimportant gestures or incidents that conjure up a different perception of the world.