Double Feature

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.

UPCOMING: AMIE SIEGEL

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.

FILM STILL FROM "GENEALOGIES",© Amie Siegel, 2016
FILM STILL FROM "GENEALOGIES",©AMIE SIEGEL, 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.

LILI REYNAUD-DEWAR

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

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.

FILM STILL FROM “ROSES”, © GERY GEORGIEVA, 2017

HOLLY ZAUSNER

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.