The monthly Double Feature sees itself as a platform for various trends and forms of expression in film and video art production. For more than six years, the SCHIRN has invited national and international film and video artists to present a work from their own oeuvre, followed by a film of their choice. In conversation with the curators Katharina Dohm and Matthias Ulrich as well as guest curators, they provide a comprehensive insight into their creative work, and in particular into their interest in film. Films and video works by over 60 artists have already been shown at the SCHIRN. In 2019 the public can look forward to contributions from artists including Liv Schuman, Pedro Barateiro and Mario Pfeifer. The videos and conversations with artists who have participated so far, including Monira Al Qadiri, Bianca Baldi, Eli Cortiñas, Gery Georgieva, Beatrice Gibson, Andrew Norman Wilson, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Ani Schulze, Timur Si-Qin, Paul Spengemann, Pilvi Takala, and Holly Zausner, can be accessed via the SCHIRN’s YouTube channel under the title “Double Feature Conversations.” The SCHIRN MAGAZINE also regularly provides discursive contributions with an editorial focus on video art to accompany the Double Feature series.
UPCOMING: LIV SHULMAN
Tirades about art, about the liberal market economy, about criticism of Marxism, or about psychotherapy gush from the monologizing protagonists in the films, performances and novels by Argentinian artist Liv Schulman (1985). The significance of what is said gets lost in phrases, becomes alienated, and ultimately culminates in the hopeless search for meaning.
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.
Language, technology, information, distribution – with his films, sculptures, performances and installations, Pedro Barateiro examines the mechanisms of post-capitalist societies that are inscribed in preconceptions, ideas and everyday life. Starting with the motifs of pop culture, historical facts, literary and theoretical texts and other materials, the artist investigates how constructed narratives influence and manipulate our reality.
Adopting a cultural-anthropological perspective, Mario Pfeifer’s video works explore the correlations identity and culture have with the socio-economic and socio-political structures of a huge variety of societies, frequently starting with a collaboration with local protagonists. At the same time, Pfeifer’s works, which hover somewhere between documentary approach and aesthetic staging, question the conventions of visual, cinematographic representation that underpin them.