• Tank TV - Vertrautes Terrain

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    Vertrautes Terrain - Contemporary Art in/about Germany
    A collaboration between and ZKM

    21st May 2008 – 30th June 2008 / 14th September - 30th September 2008

    Tank TV - Vertrautes Terrain

    Artists on
    include: Bankleer, Com&Com, Danica Dakic, Sven Johne, Dias &
    Riedweg, Alexandra Gerbaulet, Laura Horelli, Korpys/Löffler, Macellvs
    L., Antje Majewski, Sascha Pohle, Özlem Sulak, Hito Steyerl and Florian
    is pleased to collaborate with ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany) to exhibit film
    and video work from their forthcoming exhibition 'Vetrautes Terrain'.
    will open its show simultaneously with ZKM, on May 21st, to become part
    of the 'resonance space' of the exhibition. Bringing video work out of
    the gallery space and making it available to an international audience
    we hope to widen the scope of this timely focus on national identity.

    Art" or "Art from Germany", a label that has exhibition tradition, is a
    fiction – owing to the fact that, in most cases, national political
    determinations have little or anything to do with artistic practice. In
    spite of this, country-specific questions relating to the search for
    history, genealogies or tendencies represent a constant factor in art
    history and the art business: the general exhibition is its most common

    Local backgrounds and national events are beginning to be seen as
    essential and identity defining whilst national identities appear to be
    levelling out. The place of the 'national' is becoming confused and
    fraught with tensions in contemporary culture, not least because no
    formal, measured thematic-cultural analysis of the idea of 'Germany'
    has taken place.

    It is against this background that the project 'Vertrautes Terrain –
    Contemporary Art in/about Germany' conceives itself, namely, as a
    resonance space within which the differentiated examination of works by
    international artists, who reflect on Germany in distinctly different
    ways as a historical, art, and social sphere can be carried out. The
    focus on the German context refers to an "imaginary cartography", which
    seeks to trace those concerns dealing with form and content, the
    symptoms and the virulent features in art as set against the backdrop
    of their socio-political presence.

    of history, memory, cultural location, identity, biographic references,
    structures, symbols, references of forms, clichés and the politics of
    representation form the basis of the project: what interests artists
    among the various nationalities today? In which connection do
    references to Germany appear? Does there emerge from an "identity of
    doubt" (Hans Belting) an arbitrarily disposed thematic volatility in
    works of art? What aesthetic and artistic qualities do those works
    possess, which make reference to German culture, history, persons or
    places? Which roles do historically established quality seals and
    current hypes (from Romanticism to the "Leipziger Schule") play in
    international perception?

    The exhibition is characterized by shared and changing images of what the concept "Germany" signifies.
    Vetrautes Terrain is curated by Gregor Jansen and Thomas Thiel.


  • MediaCity Festival 14

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    MediaCity Festival 14The 2008 edition of the MediaCity Film Festival of experimental film and video (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) will be held from March 4th to March 8th. The festival is a co-presentation of Artcite Inc.
    (Windsor's artist-run centre for the contemporary arts) and House
    of Toast
    (Windsor's film and video collective).

    The full programme, published a few days ago, features works by James Benning , Guy Sherwin & Lynn Loo, Helga Fanderl, Willie Varela, David Gatten, Bruce McClure and Nicky Hamlyn among many others. The festival's catalogue is avaiilable for download.


  • Punto de Vista 2008

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    Punto de Vista 2008The documentary film festivall Punto de Vista , that will be held next 25-23th of February in Pamplona (Spain), starts in its fourth edition the new section La Región Central, dedicated to experimental and avant-garde films of the genre.

    Among the films that will be screened in this section are the latest creations by Stephen Dwoskin (The sun and the moon), Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg), and Jay Rosenblatt (Beginning Filmmaking). This year's festival highlights include sections dedicated to Ermanno Olmi and the Asian Network of Documentary project and films by creators such as Marcel Lozinski, Ross McElwee, José Luis Guerín. Sergei Loznitsa and Audrius Stonys.


  • Paradise Now!

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    Gérard Fromanger, Le Rouge, 1968The Tate Modern gallery (London, UK) starting March 14th until May 2nd will present Paradise Now! Essential French Avant-garde Cinema, 1890–2008, a series of screenings with more than sixty landmark films from the french avant-garde cinema. The event has been programmed to coincide with the major exhibition Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia .

    The series includes pioneering films by Christian Boltanski, Alberto Cavalcanti, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Epstein, Gérard Fromanger, Philippe Garrel, Jean-Luc Godard, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki, Ange Leccia, Maurice Lemaître, Rose Lowder, Louis Lumière, Étienne-Jules Marey, Chris Marker, Georges Méliès, László Moholy-Nagy, Pierre Molinier, Marylène Negro, Man Ray, Carole Roussopoulos, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Ben Vautier, René Vautier and more.

    Curated by Nicole Brenez, Michael Temple, Michael Witt, Pierre d’Amerval and Laurent Mannoni in association with Tate Modern and La Cinémathèque Française


  • Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2008

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    filmwinter08.jpg21. Stuttgarter Filmwinter

    Festival for Expanded Media
    17. January - 20. January 2008

    The 21st Filmwinter Stuttgart, Festival for Short and Experimental Film and Media Art is taking place from 17.- 20. January 2008. The Filmwinter Stuttgart takes up developments and impulses within the international filmmaking and artistic scene and offers an initial public platform. For the first time Media Space will be an independent section within the overall Filmwinter programme.

    Seven Competition Programmes show the best films competing for the "Norman 2008", the "Team Work Award" and the Wand 5 Honorary Award. 75 films were selected out of the 1,400 submissions in the field of film and video. An international jury -- Pia Maria Martin (Germany), Torsten Zenas Burns (USA), and Mário Micaelo (Portugal) -- will select the winners.

    Further highlights of the Short Film Supporting Programme are the first presentation of Italian artist Roberta Torre's body of work, with the artist being present at all screenings, a presentation of the Swiss Super8 film scene curated by Kilian Dellers, and Pop in Video Art -- a selection showing works of video art and from the huge amount of video clips such as among others "How does it make you feel?" -- music: Air, "Smiley faces" -- music: Gnarls Barkley, and "Bonnie & Clyde" -- music: Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg.

    The Experimental Film Programme HHORRRAUTICA curated by Torsten Zenas Burns representing our sexual evolution, and APPORTMANTEAU curated by Torsten Zenas Burns and Darrin Martin presenting video works that take up a language on a bumpy path.

    In the competition category Media in Space international artists compete for a prize of 2,500 Euros. The spectrum ranges from classic video installations to interactive environments and media sculptures.
    The 10-day long exhibition, featuring artist such as Peter Bogers and Daniel Aschwanden among others, is held in co-operation with exhibition spaces Kunstbezirk -- Galerie im Gustav-Siegle-Haus, fluctuating images e.V., and gez. -- Raum für Urheber.

    Artistic works in the field of Net Art, Virtual Communities, Interactive Forms of Narration, and Artistic Software compete for the "Online Prize". 14 works, among others by, can be seen at terminals at Filmhaus Stuttgart during the time of the festival. The winners will be selected by renown artists Birgit Brenner (Germany), Markus Huemer, (Germany), Szabolcs KissPál, (Hungary).

    As part of Media Space a scientific Symposium on the topic "Playgrounds
    -- Children, Media, Space"- will be held at Filmhaus Stuttgart from 18.
    --20. January 2008, exploring the relations of adolescents and Media as an expanded parlour game.

    A comprehensive Festival catalogue will be published.

    All programmes, texts and dates can be found at

    The Filmwinter Stuttgart and Media Space are held and organized by Wand 5 e.V. founded in 1987 as an initiative of filmmakers, architects and art historians. The aim of the organization is to offer an international platform to independent film and media culture.


  • OVNI 2008 - Exodus - The margins of the Empire

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    Ovni 2008From the press release:

    OVNI 2008 Exodus.

    The Margins of the Empire.

    Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona – CCCB.
    29th January to 3rd  February 2008.

    OVNI – Observatory Archives organized by Observatorio de Video No Identificado, is a thematic project with a clear purpose: to encourage a critique of contemporary culture using different strategies such as video art, independent documentary and mass media archaeology. During the screenings, 20 individual viewing units will allow visitors to consult the entire archives collection: over 2,000 audiovisual documents.

    "Open your eyes and look within:
    Are you satisfied (with the life youre living)? (...)
    So we gonna walk - all right! - through de roads of creation:
    We the generation (tell me why!) trod through great tribulation."
    Exodus – Bob Marley.

    The videos screened at OVNI 2008 will offer an initial reflection on the “marginal” and on the desire to cross margins, on forms of personal or collective exodus – whether physical or as a state of mind. These are perspectives on different forms of marginalisation and exploitation which lie directly under the oppressive vertical force of power: workers in Chinese export factories, clandestine Palestinian day workers in Israel. Perspectives on armed conflict zones that go beyond the “propaganda-counter propaganda” dialectic: in South America, Chechnya, Lebanon, Iraq, Darfur, Afghanistan...

    But also reflections and perspectives on other realities and forms of organisation that grow on the margins: self-organisation of the homeless, indigenous communities in Ecuador and Columbia, brotherhoods of transvestites in India, ancient heterodox traditions and their rituals, self-managed collectives in Barcelona, groups of deserts in the US... Together with accounts of dreams and the inner revolution, of seeking and exodus...


    Opening :  29th January 20,30pm.
    Timetable: From 17pm to 24pm, 30th January to 3rd February.
    Parallel Screenings in the Auditorium and the Hall. DVD, Spanish Subtitles.
    Presentations: 22pm Hall.
    Consultation of the Archives: from 12pm to 23pm in the Hall.

    Free  Access


  • Tank TV: The whole world

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    The Whole World

    Curated by Ian White

    1st January 2008 – 1st March 2008


    is a list of lists: a programme of artists' film and video and an interactive online exhibition.

    Both a formal device and a political strategy,
    film and video that deploys a list as part of its structure often does
    so with political intent: to subvert hierarchies, to undermine
    rationalism or to reveal contradiction. In contemporary culture the
    pop chart's Top 10 has been replaced by an ever-expanding craze for
    "Top 100s" of everything from Hollywood genres to celebrity gaffes. The Whole World attempts to wrestle back

    the initiative…

    A selection of artists' film and video that
    feature lists or different kinds of taxonomies - visual, audio or
    textual – are presented as an online exhibition of extracts. Works by
    Dalia Neis, Uriel Orlow, Jean-Gabirel Périot, Michael Robinson and
    Valerie Tevere take as their subject such wildly diverse lists as
    depictions of saints, everything on Ebay, magazine advertising, our
    mediated world, protest, violence and war, the pages of National Geographic magazine and the words spoken by people on
    the streets of New York. Text scrolls across the
    screen, images flash past, immersive landscapes ultimately
    disintegrate. Many things are logged and something is undone.

    At the same time, viewers are invited to contribute to
    programme by uploading their own video list, be that an extract from an existing work or something made specially for the purpose, to compile a unique, exponential collection: an extraordinary list of lists, of
    the world as we know it – the whole

    The Whole World is situated somewhere between

    absurd and obsessive enterprises of Flaubert's eponymous characters
    Bouvard and Pecuchet (they hopelessly collect and explore until,
    exhausted, they revert to their original jobs as copy clerks) and the Japanese animated game Katamari in which players roll all matter – objects, buildings, landscapes,
    world itself - into snowballing globes of stuff. The Whole

    is ridiculous and irreverent, ambitious and viral.

    Dalia Neis, Saints, 2005 / Jean Gabriel Periot, 21.04.02, 2002 / Uriel Orlow, Everything in Red, Yellow, Blue and Green, 2006 /
    Michael Robinson, You Don't Bring Me Flowers, 2005 / Valerie Tevere, When I Say / Valerie Tevere & Angel Navarez, Freque
    ncy Allocations / Martha Rosler, Semiotics of the Kitchen, 1975

    Submitted work will be selected to join
    The Whole World as well as's programme on the CASZartscreen in Amsterdam.


  • 1,2,3… Avant-Gardes - Art as Contextual Art

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    Swidzinski1,2,3… Avant-Gardes - Art as Contextual Art is the next stage of an exhibition and research project that explores the “continuous” history of experimentation in film and art and the interaction of both fields. Grounded in the extensive Polish experimental film output of the 1970s, 1,2,3… Avant-Gardes will offer a selection of films mostly produced by Polish artists from that period, whilst including contemporary international artistic proposals that constitute a challenge for the interpretation of the history of experimental cinema. The exhibition follows a schema structured under the following headings: Analytical Strategies. Games and Participation. Political Film and Soc Art (Socialist Art). Image and Sound. Imagination. Consumption. This specific disposition will structure the works with the aim of analysing both formally and conceptually the use of experimental strategies within visual production.

    The show at sala rekalde is a new contribution of 1,2,3… Avant-Gardes entitled Art as Contextual Art. It departs from main ideas developed by Polish conceptual artist Jan Swidzinski, who in the early 1970s wrote manifestos and produced art works based on radical ideas about the importance of working within a specific socio-political context. His proposition for producing Contextual Art instead of a more universal Conceptual Art was crucial for the Polish art of the 70s. The exhibition will try to analyse the political, aesthetical and theoretical implications of working with the context of some Polish artists active in the 1970s and will also set out the different ways of negotiating with this issue in contemporary art production.


  • 17th Madrid's Experimental Cinema Week Awards

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    - "Comunidad De Madrid" Best Film Award

    Plivnuti Polibkem (Milos Tomic, Czech Republic, 2007)
    FAMU- Film School

    - "Ayuntamiento De Madrid" Special Jury Prize

    Sonata In Motion (Josep Antoni Duran & Laia Gil, España, 2006)

    - Instituto De La Cinematografía Y De Las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA) Prize for Best Film from Film School

    Analog Brother (Falk Peplinski, Alemania, 2007)
    Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

    - TAPSA Prize for Best Advertising Spot from Film School

    Macdonalds 1
    (Roberto Anjari-Rossi, 2007)
    Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin

    - Fujifilm Prize for Best Spanish Director

    For(r)est In The Des(s)ert (Luiso Berdejo, España, 2006)

    - Telson Pirize for Best Effects

    Chasse Á Puzzle (Puzzle Hunt) (Santiago Caicedo de Roux, Francia, 2006)
    Escuela: Ecole Nationale Supériure des Arts Décoratifs

    - Asociación Española De Autores De Fotografía Cinematográfica (AEC) Prize for Best Fotography

    Voice Over Voice (Malene Choi, Dinamarca, 2007)

    - “Pablo Del Amo” Prize for Best Editing

    Radio Kebrle (República Checa, 2006)

    - Audience Award

    Hopscotch (Ana Viana, Reino Unido, 2006)


  • Artists' Television Access' Year-end Party and Benefit

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    Join us for a night of magic and mystery at the ATA Electric Revival
    year-end party, as we invoke the wild spirit of invention and channel
    dreams and delusions from the ether through various forms of technology...

    Friday, December 7, 2007
    8pm - Midnight, Admission $10-50.
    All proceeds benefit ATA!

    Artists' Television Access
    992 Valencia Street (at 21st)
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    In the main gallery:

    • DayV Jones, videollusionist extraordinaire, dazzles the house with
      images from his moving picture trove
    • DJX-1138, the Bay Area's only all-analog sci-fi DJ, electrifies the
      atmosphere with his collection of far out tunes
    • Lee Montgomery, founder of Neighborhood Public Radio, conjures old
      spectres in a new video installation, from the project "Broadcast

    Downstairs in the inner sanctum:

    • Craig Baldwin, legendary mad cinema scientist, shares celluloid gems
      from the Other Cinema archive in his subterranean laboratory
    • Low Speed Duplicating, free-spirited Japanese sound duo, beckon spirits
      from the earth with savage and sublime psychedelic noise