For three years now, every last Monday in the month 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.
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.
Christoph Keller’s works call to mind the magical realism of Jorge Luis Borges. In his installations, which look like experimental configurations, Keller makes use of art’s discursive possibilities to address scientific phenomena and their utopias. Keller positions his artistic products in the realms of objective science, to verify them and at the same time take them to absurd levels. Far more important in terms of the artist’s extensive research are the numerous spaces for thought that Keller creates with comparatively sparing artistic means.
Photographer and video artist Paul Kuimet dedicates his work to landscapes bearing traces of human life. It documents changing ideologies, ownership, architecture and identifiable ways of life. Many of his pieces reflect the political influence of the former Soviet Union on Estonia, independent again since 1991, where Kuimet was born in 1984 and has since lived.
Video artist Nina Könnemann situates her work between realistic cinema and a structuralist materialism. Her pieces are often observations of everyday (marginal) phenomena, which take the form of studies of human behavior in a socio-economic context. Könnemann is particularly interested in marginal, urban spaces and everyday activities taking place within them that receive little attention. Using filmic means, in particular editing, she hones her unspectacular observations to create a subtly eloquent portrait.
Participants to date have included Ed Atkins, Nevin Aladag, Keren Cytter, Luke Fowler, Melanie Gilligan, Heather Phillipson and Anri Sala, for example. In 2017 attendees can look forward to contributions from artists including: Eli Cortiñas, Beatrice Gibson, Pilvi Takala, Melanie Matranga, Monira Al-Qadiri, Bianca Baldi, Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr, Ben Rivers, Tris Vonna Michell, Ani Schulze and John Skoog