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: PAUL KUIMET
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.
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.
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.