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Pieces of many worlds await you in cinema-skewing and media-morphing works at the c.a.r. video lounge:

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Dedicated presentations include select moving image work from the Leo Kuelbs Collection with works by Rani Messias + Kinga Toth, Integrated Visions, Josh Graham, Anton Marini + Danielle Ezzo, Keegan Luttrell + Justin King, Daniela Kostova + Anna Leevia, Kristian Pedersen + Elke Brauweiler, Boris Kralj + Matresanch

Ao lado dela, do lado de lá (In the other side, by her side) curated by Elaine Tedesco, a proposal coming from Brazil, which was recently presented by Directors Lounge at the Mitte Media Festival in Berlin, that presents contemporary videos of women artists.

“In the other side, by her side” with works by Tula Anagnostopoulos,  Rochelle Costi, Lucia Koch, Marina Camargo, Sandra Becker, Andressa Cantergiani, Viviane Gueller, Deni Corsino, Lu Rabello, Amanda Teixeira, Dani Amorim, Natalia Schul, Camila Leichter, Ananda Aliardi, Daniela Távora, Itapa Rodrigues, Ana Paula Pollock, Samy Sfoggia.

DL Special: IN AN ALIEN LAND by Angela Christlieb (AT) + Maria Niro (US)

IN AN ALIEN LAND is a lyrical visual analogy, a poetic journey of a mysterious woman crossing seas. Abstract sequences are woven together revealing two parallel stories through a diptych. The split screen reveals two distinct places displayed side by side: a tropical serene landscape and an American metropolis which is eventually filled with political tension. With each segment of the film, we are shown different perspectives of place and time. Associations arise and dissipate over again. Read more…

On top, we will be screening “TRANSIT”, a curated program of experimental video works from the Medienwerkstatt Berlin, an artist-run project of the BBK Berlin offering production facilities for media artists. Read more…

TRANSIT with works by Gabrielle Mainguy, Lucy Powell, Silke Gänger, Bettina Rave, Elena Gavirisch, Sandra Becker, Stephanie Hanna, Thorbjørn Christiansen, Lioba von den Driesch and Nicola Rubinstein.

Artists (booth):

Isabelle Meyrignac’s storyboard series for future TV mini-series ‘Magnetic Mirror’.
Julia Murakami
André Werner
“Was vom Kino übrig bleibt” | “What Remains Of Cinema. #1″ (La Femme et Le Fou) – The first edition of a new series of interactive video installations


Media Art Fair & Photo Special, June 1-3, 2018

World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein,
 exhibition halls 5, 6, 8, 12
Gelsenkirchener Straße 209, 45309 Essen. Find the Directors Lounge space in hall 12, Zeche Zollverein.

Official Opening
Friday, June 1, 8 pm

Public fair hours
Saturday, June 2, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, June 3, 11 am – 7 pm

photo: Reinhold Gottwald

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IN AN ALIEN LAND  by  Angela Christlieb and Maria Niro

Montages reveal a journey over time and space, as the film builds to evoke a hovering state of hallucinogenic like pictures of the subconscious.  The protagonist, moving simultaneously between space and time, is at once in an imaginary dream and at other times in a state of reality. The camera, both observational and voyeuristic, follows her on her journey as she crosses waters. We are lulled into a dream state by the film’s lush colors and its Super-8 film like quality. Then the story pivots as architecture and landscape become actors and interact with one another, the protagonist makes it to her final destination; New York City in the midst of a political crisis. Turmoil has overtaken the beautiful landscape and we are at once awakened into reality. The film is accompanied by a sound collage consisting of a minimalist musical element which build with electronic noise, fragments of shortwave radio, and then live sound of human protests.
The film is a collaboration between filmmaker and artist Angela Christlieb based in Vienna and who also stars in the film, and the New York artist, filmmaker, cinematographer Maria Niro. The concept came about during Christlieb’s visit in New York in the fall of 2016, during the presidential elections in the USA.

IN AN ALIEN LAND will be screened as part of the DL program at the contemporary art ruhr video lounge presented by Directors Lounge.

Find the complete program soon here.

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Credits: Angela Christlieb and Maria Niro, Directors, producers, editors and sound design | Soundtracks: Hallicrafters (Eric Hubel, Algis Kysz), Chris Janka.
“Secretly sharing the landscape of the living” by Martin A. Smith.

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“Magnetic Mirror” by Storyboard Artist Isabelle Meyrignac

Isabelle is a qualified, multi-skilled camera operator, Storyboard Artist and video editor. She studied classical hand-drawn illustration, 2D animation and Comic Strip design at Ecole Emile Cohl in Lyon, France, before starting her career in 1999 working as a creative in the advertising industry in London. She taught herself camera operation and video editing since then as well. She then went to the MET film school Berlin in order to further her camera and editing skills. Isabelle is now working as a full-time freelancer in the film and TV industry, bringing all her accumulated skills and life experience together.

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Furthermore, her fluency in English, French and German allows her to work efficiently across borders. Her problem-solving and astute communication skills compliment her technical and creative abilities.

Isabelle’s physical fitness and can-do-attitude make her an outstanding camera crew member who can also take a video project from concept to finish.

Her current exhibition at the Contemporary Art Ruhr is an extract of her storyboard for future TV mini-series ‘Magnetic Mirror’.


Isabelle Meyrignac’s storyboard series will be shown at the contemporary art ruhr, media art fair presented by Directors Lounge.

More info about Directors Lounge at the contemporary art ruhr soon here.

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“Transit “by Medienwerkstatt im Kulturwerk des bbk berlin

The program shows recent films from Medienwerkstatt dealing with the subject of identity. In times of transition the works reflect topics from changing housing environments to new governmental regulations of surveillance as the new Chinese point system on so called „good“ behaviour. Thoughts still seem to be free up in the sky where birds take on beautiful abstract formations.

Works by Gabrielle Mainguy, Lucy Powell, Silke Gänger, Bettina Rave, Elena Gavirisch, Sandra Becker, Stephanie Hanna, Thorbjørn Christiansen, Lioba von den Driesch and Nicola Rubinstein

TRANSIT will be screened at the contemporary art ruhr video lounge presented by Directors Lounge.

Find the complete program soon here.

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Gabrielle Mainguy, Our Physical Engagement , 7:45 min, 2017


Lucy Powell “Hill Climbing With Random Restarts”
2 synchronisierte Videos (moving in) und (moving out) von jeweils 2 Stunden und 40 Minuten. Ausschnitt aus „moving in“ 7 min, 2017


Silke Gänger, K77, 9:04 min 1997/2017


Bettina Rave, Painting, 5:30, 2017


Elena Gavirisch, The Mirror, 2 Kanal Video 6:47 min, 2011/2017


Sandra Becker YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON, 2 min, 2018


Stephanie Hanna, Mensch Musil, 3:33 min, 2011/2017


Thorbjørn Christiansen, Die Ruine, 9:10 min, 1983/2017


Lioba von den Driesch Echos, 4:30 min, 2018


 Nicola Rubinstein DISPERSION, 1:44 min 2017

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Out on the (Fata Morgana) floor, four suspiciously alien creatures (Tristan Honsinger dragging voice and bow across low registers), Moeko Yamazaki (beating a ritual drum to within an inch of its life), Izumi Ose (as silver and silver gets, all a-glitter and a-twitch) and Woody Hoofer (acting up with his body as a sensual weapon) got very close indeed to the gathering one of during DL’s various presentations for the Mitte Media Festival 2018. A slew of unearthly film cuts and an ethereal installation were also part of the mix. Who needs gravity, after all?


Izumi Ose, Tristan Honsinger, Woody Hoofer and Moeko Yamazaki, photos: DL

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Backstage pix from the very strange troupe before their DL performance at Fata Morgana Gallery, which sprang straight out of Hiroki Mano’s film “Spiritual Meetin’”. Part of our presentation at the Mitte Media Festival. If you missed it, well….

Performers of the night: Izumi Ose, Moeko Yamazaki, Tristan Honsinger and Woody Hoofer. Photos: KT/DL

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Join Fata Morgana/coGalleries, Z-Bar, Leo Kuelbs Collection, Benhad & Djilal, BRLO, Chased Magazine, Kunstleben Berlin and Directors Lounge for the second annual MITTE MEDIA FESTIVAL!  Lots of performance, art talks and videos of all kinds in the heart of Berlin’s Mitte neighborhood.

Mitte Media Festival takes its creative cues from the neighborhood itself: a thriving international scene with its own deep German heart.  Berlin-based artists are mixed with a variety of international creators to provide a cross-section of what’s going on in the world of video and media art.

Hope to see you!

Z-Bar, Bergstr. 2, 10115 Berlin
Fata Morgana Gallery, Torstraße 170, 10115 Berlin


DL at Mitte Media | Program I (88 min) “In the other side, by her side” curated by Elaine Tedesco (Brazil), 20 April, 5 7 pm at  Z-Bar:
Contemporary videos of women artists about the city, urban issues, the arts circuit, performance, social problems, speeches and their forms, feminism, audiovisual language, memory, selfimage, daydreaming…
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DL at Mitte Media | Program II (110 min) curated by Kenton Turk and Klaus W. Eisenlohr,  20 April, 8 10 pm at Fata Morgana Gallery:
Here, DL will be doing a double-dig into its box of flickering tricks, with a program of shorts from both the Berlin International Directors Lounge Festival as well as the Urban Research side of things. There will be new projections as well, including, rumour has it, a mad monkey and film art that literally leaps into the room. Saying more would be telling…. Performers of the night include Tristan Honsinger (cello), Izumi Ose (melodion), Moeko Yamazaki (taiko drum) and the very odd Woody Hoofer (indescribable). 
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DL at Mitte Media | “Was vom Kino übrig blieb” (What remains from cinema), André Werner, 2018, 21 April, 6:30 – 8 pm at  Z-Bar:
 The first in a series of Interactive video installations capturing glimpses of cinematica.
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Program II: Friday, April 20, 8:00 pm – 10.00 pm and beyond Fata Morgana Gallery

Here, DL will be doing a double-dig into its box of flickering tricks, with a program of shorts from both the Berlin International Directors Lounge Festival as well as the Urban Research side of things. There will be new projections as well, including, rumour has it, a mad monkey and film art that literally leaps into the room. Saying more would be telling…. Performers of the night include Tristan Honsinger (cello), Izumi Ose (melodion), Moeko Yamazaki (taiko drum) and the very odd Woody Hoofer (indescribable).

Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr and Kenton Turk

Andreas Gogol, Xarussel, 2017, DE, 7:02
Angela Christlieb
, Dein Falsches Spiel, 2017, DE, 3:13
Cecelia Chapman
, Knuckleshop, 2014 USA, 00:58
Bernd Luetzeler
, Untitled, 2017, DE, 8:32
Petra Lottje
, Blinde Flecken, 2018, DE, 3:56
Gabriele Stellbaum
, Close Huddle, 2017, DE, 4:30
Henry Gwiazda
, Knowledge, 2017, USA, 3:05
Verena Kyselka
, Omani Songbook, 2016, DE, 13:18
Eric Stewart, Helios, 2018, USA, 5:01

Max Sacker (DT) Belle de Lyon, 10:00, 2012
Jimmy Grima
(MT) L-Iblah (The Fool) 10:00 2013
Oded Arad (IL) Bartholomew, 09:08, 2012
Karl F. Stewart  
(DT/US) Animaux Découpages, 04:33, 2012
Hiroki Mano (JP) Spiritual Meetin’, 05:26, 2016

Performance with Tristan Honsinger (cello), Moeko Yamazaki (taiko drum), Izumi Ose (melodion) and Woody Hoofer.

complete DL at Mitte Media Festival program here


Andreas Gogol (DE) Xarussel, 2017, 7:02 

“an abstraction of moving reality - I filmed with b&w super8 and Mini DV at the Berlin Alexanderplatz x-mas fairground … later I discovered shots of the birds from the 16mm Found Footage studies … a friend gave me exposed & expired color super8 material - during the editing process arose a new form and cinematic image structure with different levels of perception & realities - what I see is not what I hear.” Andreas Gogol


Angela Christlieb (DE) Dein Falsches Spiel, 2017, 3:13

Music video mit Christian Wirlitsch


Cecelia Chapman (US) Knuckleshop, 2014, 00:58

Knuckleshop is adapted from the mystery envelope of elevator diagrams and schematic sex sketches of Jeff Crouch. Mr.E series 2008, music: Christa Hunter.


Bernd Luetzeler (DE) Untitled, 2017, 8:32

Things galore. Shopping galore. Profits galore. Bangalore! The streetscape of every Indian city and town is - apart from crowds and vehicles - mainly dominated by products. The bazaar is no longer limited to a certain square or building, it expands into all other parts of the city and claims a large percentage of the available public space.


Petra Lottje (DE) Blinde Flecken, 2018, 3:56

Dieser Kurzfilm basiert auf dem deutschen Dokumentarfilm “Die Kinder sind tot” (2003). Es geht um den Fall einer Frau, die im Sommer 1999 ihre beiden Kleinkinder tagelang in der Wohnung zurückließ, wo sie verdursteten. Ich wähle prägnante Sätze aus dem Film, löse sie vom Bild und spreche sie mit einem Schauspieler nach.


Gabriele Stellbaum (DE) Close Huddle, 2017, 4:30

What Close Huddle depicts, is a highly uncanny setting, in which we encounter mind control not as a dystopian fiction but as actualized nature, as a distinct futurity, inscribed in our every day experience of the contemporary.


Henry Gwiazda (US) Knowledge, 2017, 3:05

My work is about the choreography of reality. It’s about the way everything moves and is interconnected to create beauty. Each small, choreographed scene can be appreciated for itself, but on subsequent viewings, takes on a separate meaning. They become metaphors for our lives, our dreams and ourselves.


Verena Kyselka (DE) Omani Songbook, 2016, 13:18

Traditional Omani songs reflect desires, longings, landscape and the life in it. Emotions which seem quickly lost in a rapidly evolving society. These feelings are visualized in video collages


Eric Stewart (US) Helios, 2018, 5:01

Whispering to plants with motors and oscillators


Max Sacker (DT) Belle de Lyon, 10:00, 2012
For anyone that loves sex, dreams and the French New Wave. 1960s France. Inspired by the writings of the marquis de sade,  young Séverine (Valeria Piskounova) betrays her controlling husband with a small-time street gangster. (Nikolai Kinski) An act of passion? Or is there something sinister at play?


Oded Arad (IL) Bartholomew, 09:08, 2012


Karl F. Stewart  (DT/US) Animaux Découpages, 04:33, 2012

Often times the personality of an animal extends only to the dining room table as a roasted chicken or a grilled steak. And though we are fairly understanding of cats and dogs, we frequently lose touch with the complexities of other domesticated animals. Animaux Découpages are portraits of common farm animals. It’s a look at their perceived personality through a photograph. Why would I want to be a Cow . Why would I want to be a cow … Why would I want to be a cow … They heat you … They eat … Why would I wan to be a cow … I came into this world all big eyed … Now I’m big all around .would I want to be a cow … Why would I want to be a cow … They heat you … They eat you ….


Jimmy Grima (MT) L-Iblah (The Fool) 10:00 2013

This film revisits the timeless phenomenon of a man falling in love with a woman. Just as a block of cement sits by the sea, one witnesses a quasi-dreamlike sequence of images that are intentionally placed on that fine line where reality borders with surreality. This is a story innocently echoing the island’s [Malta’s] way of resolving its dormant, winter season with its spirited, eclectic summer festivities.


Hiroki Mano | JP | Spiritual Meetin’ |  05:26 | 2016
A mad monkey and film art that literally leaps into the room


photo: Moeko Yamazaki  by Ko Zushi (Ko Zushi Photography)

complete DL at Mitte Media Festival program here


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Program I: Friday, April 20, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at  Z-Bar

Ao lado dela, do lado de lá (In the other side, by her side) curated by Elaine Tedesco is a proposal coming from Brazil, that presents contemporary videos of women artists.

The program shows a whole of interests: the city, urban issues, the arts circuit, performance, social problems, speeches and their forms, feminism, audiovisual language, memory, selfimage, daydreaming, etc. For these artists the video is, each with its poetics, one of the media adopted to create their artwork, but not the only one.

The urban space that seems to be the background to most of the videos presented is much more than that, it is the Vortex of these artists’ productions - here as the spinning movement between the urban experience and the personal imaginary space that creates “other places”. In the routine of large metropolises, public spaces become, increasingly, places of passage, and the borders between public and private gradually become more blurred. It should not be forgotten, however, that these spaces of passage have long since become, in a special way, private spaces, among many others, for the homeless, the street sellers, or the performers.

In the other side, by her side is organized in four interpenetrating axes: videos that are vectors of other works; daily records; videoperformances; and fictions.

complete DL at Mitte Media Festival program here

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DL at Mitte Media Festival: In the other side, by her side

Tula Anagnostopoulos - The red carpet, 2017
Rochelle Costi
“Negócios à parte”, 2017
Lucia Koch - Yamanaka-san, 2010
Marina Camargo
- Brasil, extrativismo (Brazil. Extractivism), 2017
Sandra Becker
- Roundtrip , 2017
Marion Velasco
- INSTANT BAND, pero esto no es Música. Espanha, 2015/Brasil, 2016
Andressa Cantergiani
- Como matar um artista (How to kill one artist), 2017
Viviane Gueller
- Camburi (Série Interlúdio) (Interlude series), 2016 Deni Corsino - Faixacorpo, 2017
Lu Rabello
- Selfie, 2017
Amanda Teixeira
- Changing Rooms, 2017
Dani Amorim - Através (Over), 2017
Natalia Schul - Em pedaços (In slices), 2017
Camila Leichter - Ensaio a pedra (The stone essay), 06 December 2015 - 16 August 2016
Ananda Aliardi - O que tocamos, o que nos toca (What we touch, what touches us), 2017
Daniela Távora and Itapa Rodrigues - Quem vai ser o rato do século XXI (Who will be the mouse of the 21st century), 2017
Ana Paula Pollock  - Crise (Crisis), 2017
Samy Sfoggia
  - Aféfé Ikú, 2017

About the videos:

AMANDA TEIXEIRA Changing Rooms,  4'45" (2017)
Looking for a place to live in Munich I wrote for more than 100 landlords, I received eight answers, and I visited 3 apartments. How can a house become a home?


Como matar um artista (How to kill one artist), 8′ (2017)
From the questions how to kill one artist, how to kill the public and how to kill the work, I perform one action in the middle of the traffic in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Berlin. The video intent a urban analogy about the differences and connections involving the two cities and the artist attitude in relation to authorship and participation in the art system.

CRISE (CRISIS), 3'13" (2017)
Living a crisis and experiencing a pulsion that creates new signs from a encounter. Crisis is the chaos of the becoming-world: it paints pink upon pink in order to become itself imperceptible in constant contemporary vigilance.

O que tocamos, o que nos toca (What we touch, what touches us), 3'57″ (2017)
Ineluctable, but it is the split that separates within us what we feel from what touches us: insult is also impulse. The video brings reproductions and reactions to what women instrumentalists hear from men about their competences.


Ensaio a pedra (The stone essay),  8'17″ (06 December 2015 - 16 August 2016)
Synopsis: I found in Samuel Beckett’s Molloy (1947) one language proposition about a image thought to be transformed into action: before the unspeakable of experience, suck the same four stones in succession.

Através (Over), 4'7″ (2017)
Over it is a reflection about the self-identity and how we offer ourselves be seen by the other. A visual metaphor of resisting and allowing look through our surface, into the real self, without shields.

Quem vai ser o rato do século XXI (Who will be the mouse of the 21st century), 2'53″ (2017)
“A white horse, without ensiles and without reins, graze in the middle of a road, whoever who rides the animal will be taken to a garden of paradise, and when he comes down, his feet will be crossed by thorns hidden in the grass”; The record was held at Vila Cruzeiro in Porto Alegre, Brazil, a neighborhood that has become a endless construction site, since the city hall began to open a new avenue where the houses of the first residents remained.

Faixacorpo, 1'45″ (2017)
Faixacorpo associetes urban space issues and the performance attitude in order to raise a critical view about the contemporary city, full of buildings and big avenues that doesn’t have restores spaces for the citzens. Moving with my own security strip, I can choose my path, to stay, to live, to be present and to occupy the urban space.

Selfie, 3’19 ‘’ (2017)
Selfie in cross point and comments about the work.

Yamanaka-san, 5'45″ (2010)
Synopsis: In a kimonos fabric store, a saleswoman displays some fabrics, demonstrating their qualities, their weight, trim, color and luster, volumes and folds. But in these fabrics there are no figures of birds or flowers, no pattern printed. They seems too simple, except for the colors bending over each other. The continuous gradient transition “breaks” as the saleswoman moves the fabrics. She also seems to be exploring this material, trying to discover her possibilities to sensitize the customer. The video was made for the Wave project (Choja Machi, Aichi Trienale, 2010, Nagoya, Japan).


Brasil, extrativismo (Brazil. Extractivism), 10'14" (2017)
The action of erase a Brazil school map is recorded on video. The title of the map gives the name to the work, while, at the same time, along with the gesture of erasing these regions of the map it refers to one important ecological issue related to the current public policies of the country.


INSTANT BAND, pero esto no es Música. Espanha, 2015/Brasil, 9´36″, 2016.
Performance by Marion Velasco (BRA) in collaboration with Seth Rossano (MEX) on bass and Carlos Llavata (ESP) on clarinet. Images by Marion Velasco and Verónica Hernández Menchara (MEX), sound capture by Miguel Molina Alarcón (ESP).

INSTANT BAND deals with the snapshot, the immediate, the transient, the passing. The format refers to the street music, to the instant bands that, in general, are configured and present themselves in the urban space for an audience, also, dynamic. Throwing glass bottles at the collector for recycling is a noisy and everyday action on the streets of Spanish cities, but by mixing it live, with an amplified electric bass and a clarinet, the action has become a sound performance and a transgression. INSTANT BAND, but this is not Music is a sound performance, collaborative, remote and therefore oriented to audio and video

Em pedaços (In slices), 2'48" (2017)
She moves broken mirrors that show fragments of her face and the front of her body to the fixed camera that only captures the back and the vision provided by the mirror’s reflexes.

“Negócios à parte” , 10'03" (2017)
The video “Negócios à parte” was held for the recent exhibition Avenida Paulista no Masp, São Paulo. In a survey of about 8 months, the artist traveled the avenue dozens of times, recording invisibility through characters detached from the corporatist profile of the region and small incidental and ephemeral events. Renato Firmino, painter, scavenger and resident of the avenue participate as a conductor of the video and make a partnership with
the artist. In the exhibition, his car serves as space for the projection of the video. Soundtrack: Sara Não Tem Nome.

Aféfé Ikú, 01′38″, p&b (2017)
Video Art pos Dadaist, tupi or not tupi.

Roundtrip, 2'53″ (2017)
The Video is a search of life. Where do we go to and what are we looking for?It is shot in New York and in Berlin using both cities as reference in the art world where artists are searching their way to got to. The elevator is used to show the up and downs artists are facing trying to finance their projects.

The red carpet, 2" (2017)
The video “The Red Carpet"; problematizes the relationship between audience and artist during a walk through the red carpet. During a walk through the red carpet, the red carpet stretched out to the ground indicates a way forward. It is a remarkable path to walk, with slow or rapid steps, to walk under the eyes of a public desirous to see the stars - mainly actors and actresses. (When you are part of the convenient group of anonymous people who for one reason or another are out of focus, the trajectory is a moment of suspension: neither reality nor illusion.) Look at all sides at once: when you are inside and /
or when you’re out? This video was made in collaboration with Tecna PUC / RS, Kolor360º during the 45th Gramado Film Festival, Brazil.

Camburi (Série Interlúdio) (Interlude series), 01'54″ (2016)
The Interlude series is constitutes from situations of suspension in daily life. In a interference of the sound over the image, the Camburi video traces the experience from the displacement and the waiting as poetic exercise.

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Seen through the prism of Bertolt Brecht, the film Pied Piper is a satirical folklore of a simple laundryman, Chunnilal, who is rumored to have acquired his beloved donkey’s brains in a freak accident. Charming millions with his asinine conscience that refuses to let go, Chunnilal soon rises to become the most popular hero of his time whom the establishments starts to fear. Laced with black humour, the film mirrors the current socio-political status in India ranging from extreme disappointment to almost juvenile hopefulness.


“Pied Piper” was shown in German premiere at the 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge.

TRT: 1:52:54


BAIZ, Schönhauser Allee 26A, 10435 Berlin, Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 pm

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Directors Lounge Screening
Remigijus Venckus

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 21:00
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte, Germany

Joining us from Lithuania, Remigijus Venckus will present his work at Directors Lounge Screening at Z-Bar. The artist presents his videos on occasion of an exhibition at the gallery ‘World in A Room’ in Berlin. The films are mostly short captured impressions from daily life, recorded and edited in the style of experimental film with references to films from early 60s and 70s, however, in a much more playful manner and stance.

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In reference to the video program of R. Venckus, it may be interesting to remark that Jonas Mekas and George Maciunas, US artists, connected with ‘avant-garde film’ and Fluxus, are both originally from Lithuania and were first connected with the Lithuanian emigration community in the United States. Mekas talks about this in his film ‘Walden / Lost, Lost, Lost’ (1969 / 1976). In his opinion, he arrived in New York, and on the art scene, only after he left the group of expatriates gathering in N.YC.  Later on in post-soviet era, after 1989, it seems that at least part of the art scene in Lithuania has embraced the two artists and somehow repatriated them, together with Fluxus.

R. Venckus makes direct reference to Fluxus and the experimental films of the 60’s. In contrast to those artists, however, R. Venckus’ films play with forms and references in a much lighter way than those artists’ from the 60’s, whose humor was acidly addressed at the opposed notion of ‘high art’. Mekas, as director of the Anthology Film Archive, for example, tried hard to create a canon of avant-garde in order to establish the film as a serious art form. Those struggles seem to be far in the past, when looking at R. Venckus’ early films.

However, the landscapes appearing in the artist’s films mostly seem to be dark and grey, not happy. The struggles may be different, less about art concepts and the seriousness of a style, but a struggle with society and with a new kind of conservatism in art and in public discourse, nonetheless. His more recent films address those struggles differently, and in a more direct way. ‘My success story’ (2013), an autobiographical film essay, has never been shown in Lithuania yet. The film talks about the difficulties of fighting against prejudices and homophobia in the surroundings of conservative academia. His newest film ‘The Letter’ (2018), on the other hand, turns a love letter into a poetic sound and image piece of dance by a male dancer intermitted with urban landscapes, and during the winter time. The voice, reading, or better, reciting the words of the letter turn the movements of the dance into a song of praise and lament. The addressee stays unknown to the viewer, or the viewer may find himself being addressed as a possible sender or recipient of the letter.

Remigijus Venckus will be present for Q&A at the screening. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr.

‘Return to Fluxus’ is a video art program of Remigijus Venckus created in a period of 2002 - 2018. The program will be presented at the ‘Directors Lounge Screening’ at Z-Bar 29 March 2018, 9pm.

Artist Link:
Ph.D. Remigijus Venckus

Directors Lounge

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Istanbul > Berlin > New York and (surely) beyond: Erdal Inci in Times Square

Video loop Wunderkind Erdal Inci of Istanbul, not least known to DL-ers through our first-time-in-Germany presentation of his insistently circling light-and-shadow-plays at DLX in Berlin way back in 2014, is now plastering his hypnotic (and at times unsettling) digital visions in nowhere less than Times Square, in the heart and core of the Big Apple. The work involved is called “Centipedes” and is presented in collaboration with DL kindred souls Moving Image Art Fair. But then, we always knew his work was astounding. Congrats from all of us here in Berlin, Erdal!

If you want to delve deeper into this enigmatic man’s soul, dive into our DL Deep Feature on Erdal, “Knocked For a Loop” – just click here.

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Directors Lounge Screening
Gabraz Sanna
Interlude and Other Dreams
Monday, 26 February 2018

Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Gabraz Sanna, joins us from Brazil for his film program „Interlude and Other Dreams“ at Z-Bar. The experimental film director creates calm contemplative images that are both seductive and involving the viewer. Gabraz is closely connected with the underground music scene of Rio de Janeiro, and some of his recent films have been portraits of musicians, while at the same time being meditations on their work. The main film in this program “Interlude” follows the creative couple Van Demichelis and Jiulian Gonçalves, both electronic musician, on their artistic process, during a residency. Gabraz and producer Anne Santos stay for several weeks, filming and editing.

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How do you present a creative process, one could ask? The filmmaker creates images of the relation of the couple, and their personal interaction with only few words about concepts and (gender) politics. It seems Gabraz often opens his pictures by very slow and intense reflections oh his subject. With long arresting shots he takes the viewer into a world of its own, and only when he already established a deep connection between viewer and story, he brings in contrasting and dialectic views.

This is true also to “Sonho de Sara.” A car trip through the desert that shows incredible colors during the blue hour is followed by associative images of a woman, of cows and a donkey. Images the viewer would not connect, if the extended shot accompanied by dreamy music and a phone conversation on the sound track would not have put the viewer onto a third level of reception.

“Dreamers” on the other hand, does not have that turning point into the mood the filmmaker sets in the beginning of the movie, but it has the same slow pace which on the other hand is interwoven with the violent reality of destruction connected with mining. It is a short piece produced as a video clip, that has all the power to be shown in film festivals.

We are looking forward to have Gabraz Sanna present this engaging work in person and be available for Q&A. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr



The audience at yesterday’s DL presentation of Gabraz Sanna’s films in the Z-inema of Z-Bar were treated to unannounced pop-up performance by the legendary Tantão of Rio de Janeiro’s club scene and Black Future “Eu Sou O Rio” fame (accompanied by Switzerland’s Delmore FX at the boards), who proved (in spades!) he is as wild as his reputation says – on and off stage! Photos: Kenton Turk 
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Directors Lounge Screening
Txema Novelo
Double Feature

Thursday, 22 February 2018
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Double Feature
*Déjalo Ser*
+ *Tercer Ojo, Tercer Mente, Tercer Mundo*

Txema Novelo from Mexico City is joining us for a Berlinale special to present a double feature of his new film „Déjalo Ser“ together with compilation of music videos that he created for alternative rock musicians in Mexico. Since Novelo started creating super-8 films for a punk music label he has managed in Mexico City. In the following years, he expanded his creative production in an exponential curve, with making his own films, with exhibitions of drawings and installations.
Novelo’s production at the same time stays faithful to his own spirit, and you could truthfully say, spiritual search for life, art, music and an alternative way to look at the world, which at the same time is mixed with irony and a good portion of humor.

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“Déjalo Ser” is the story of a Rock Mexican band, who’s lead singer is suffering from a lack of inspiration. After a mysterious meeting with a foreign singer, the band embarks with her on a journey to Oaxaca in search of a mysterious psychoactive medicine. A trip inspired by Antonin Artaud exile into Mexico, a search for a primitive, deeper and purer reality.

Shot on Super 8mm with sync dialogues, this guerrilla style road movie, plays homage to George Kuchar’s films and transgression cinema in a unique Mexican way. Produced by LE FRESNOY under the tutelage of invited artist and film legend Bela Tarr, ‘Let it be’ has accomplished in the first six months of its completion a special mention at the Morelia International Film Festival, and a selection for international competition at Clermont Ferrand 2018 in France.

“Tercer Ojo, Tercer Mente, Tercer Mundo” (Spanish for: Third Eye, Third Mind, Third Word) is a selection of recent videos for musician, Novelo has supported for many years. They are shot in different formats of super-8, 16mm, 35mm film and digital video and in one way or the other make reference to avant-garde films. The films, and the music, are inspired by a desire for life and identity in a world of media domination, capital and crime, without ever taking things too seriously. They are full of iconographical quotes to rock and pop of the era that rock music still had a promise, and if it was the three minute fame promoted by Velvet Underground (or Andy Warhol), or when music was “my religion”. On the other hand, to the German audience and between the lines, they also show, a great deal of Mexican life and urban culture from the perspective of contemporary youth. Their relation to nature and Mexican popular culture, and the reality of urban live become the backdraft for audiovisual imaginations.

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Directors Lounge Screening
Clara Bausch

Thursday, 25 January 2018
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Observations through the camera combined in different ways create new realities. Clara Bausch, who is born in Berlin and lives here as artist, strictly works with analogue images in her films, installations and photography. She studied Fine Arts at UdK Berlin and is co-founder of Labor Berlin. It is the ordinary, simple things in life that capture her attention. And it is the combinations of impressions, occurrences and images that create reality. The new realities that Clara Bausch creates in her art work are by no means out of this world. On the contrary, they are different, sometimes very personal views onto our reality. Cinema, or the images of newsletters are as much part of this reality as is ordinary life. Rhythm, the space between, or unexpected combinations of images, all create an intermission, an interval between images, which makes it possible to receive a new meaning - the opposite of information overflow in broadcast and so called social media.

In a number of films, Clara Bausch uses white space between the images, created by clear film. Fully overexposed film, which for example happens if you open the camera; becomes clear during development. In “Blitzen #1”, this is what Bausch does recurrently with her super-8 camera in between taking pictures. She takes a day for herself on the streets of Athens for the 3-minute film, edited in the camera. Glimpses of reflections of buildings and street life on glass, shopping windows, car lights and mirrors are thus being combined as associations of images.

Another series of films work with the overlay of images that happen if you illuminate a newsletter page from the back. “And the smile is red on red” takes this simple technique of image production onto the roofs of Kairo in order to communicate with people from Kairo. The film shows people who gather on the flat roof top of a house in the evening, and at night with flashlights illuminating the newsletter cutouts Clara Bausch had brought from Germany. While editing, Clara creates a rhythm of montage and of spaces between the images, giving the viewer the opportunity to create the story by “reading between the lines”.

“Wald” shows the camera travel-panning over pieces of shrubbery on the edge of the woods. The sound is very present and seems to be original atmosphere sound. Over time, the viewer realizes that the pan travels through different seasons and different weather conditions, and what started as a meditation on nature on a winter day becomes more a more complex story about the city and nature as the time unfolds.

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They are places never far away on an cosmic scale, but the luminous chunks of NEW YORK, BERLIN and PRAGUE can still play a game of hide-and-seek where you don’t recognize the most sensation-fixated players at first or only find them later – and maybe miss joining the game. Enter “City Primeval, New York, Berlin, Prague”, 552 pages that can jump-start you into a new sport of visual and (con)textual pleasures, and let you in on the all-out amusements. At turns shiny, sinful, sensitive, senseless – it is all of this and more, a romp through three cities that will kill for art and good times, with 72 key figures taking you on a taste-test of their hangouts, hangovers and hang-ups, with vivid imagery lining the path. Weighing in at 2.6 pounds, it qualifies as an underground bible of sorts, showing how these sweat asylums thrive and interconnect, with a cast of enigmatic oddities including Nick Zedd, J.Jackie Baier, Nat Finkelstein, Max Dax, Lydia Lunch, Julia Murakami, Miron Zownir and many more, including previously unpublished pix and up-close stories of cult(ural) icons like Klaus Nomi, Iggy Pop, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Brian Eno to boot.

Put together with pedantic precision in upscale fanzine style by known-everyone-been-everywhere New Yorker Robert Carrithers and partner-in-crime Louis Armand, the volume is following up its New York MoMA presentation earlier this month with among other things this zoom-in encounter. Back on Earth, six of the contributors will present the book close-up in the best way possible: in the flesh, at BuchHafen in the bosom of Neukölln. Besides Robert Carrithers, sidle up to Carola Göllner, Steve Morell, Mark Reeder, Kenton Turk and André Werner. An evening of feral tales and seductive stories from the earthly reaches of the heavens. Meteorites and falling stars welcome.

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Location: BuchHafen Berlin, Okerstraße 1, 12049 Berlin



“Trans women on Ku'damm” (1985, Kenton Turk), taken from “City Primeval, New York, Berlin, Prague”

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City Primeval: New York Berlin Prague

Book Release Party @ Haus Schwarzenberg: November 30, 2017

19:00-22:00 @ Kino Central: Book Release Event
Robert Carrithers, Louis Armand & contributors introduce the book with projected images, talks, and interact with the audience.
Presentations from photographers and Berlin film makers about their work:
Miron Zownir | J. Jackie Baier | Ilse Ruppert | Timo Jacobs | Mark Reeder
Live-Act: Song „City Primeval“ by Phil Shoenfelt and Marcia Schofield
22:00 @ Eschschloraque: Book Release Party – DJs, Performances, Live-Acts
DJs: Black Black God and Gina Dorio/Cobra Killer
Live Acts & Performances: Evelyn Frantti: Burlesque | Lady Gaby & Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt | Mona Mur performs new poems by Miron Zownir | Viviana Druga: Ritualistic Action Royal Comfort (Oska Wald, Jimmy Trash & Big Daddy Mugglestone) | Phil Shoenfelt

The book City Primeval: New York Berlin Prague documents the zeitgeist of art and culture in NYC, Berlin, and Prague from the 1960s to nowadays. Key artists document life in each city and offer a unique glimpse into their exceptional universe. Including moments from the lives of Lydia Lunch, Iggy Pop, Jean Michel Basquiat, Penny Arcade, Mark Reeder, David Černý and many others who have shaped the spirit of the time. “City Primeval” was curated by New York photographer Robert Carrithers and writer/critical theorist Louis Armand.

The book release events will bring the stories visually into life in all the cities of their Creation – in Berlin on November 30, 2017 @ Haus Schwarzenberg, Rosenthaler Str. 39, 10178 Berlin!
Entrance: 5 Euros

Photo: Phil Shoenfelt playing at DL IX

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Directors Lounge Screening
Marissa Rae Niederhauser
Unbinding Spell

Thursday, 30 November 2017
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Marissa Rae Niederhauser, dancer, artist and filmmaker from Seattle, United States, lives in Berlin for two years, now. Her films vary between radical body expressions, and transcending body-nature relations, the complications of desire, and the search for love while counteracting the (male) role expectations.

Her work as an artist is based on modern and contemporary dance. After learning ballet at an early age, she studied dance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Through documenting her early dance pieces, she learned how to edit video and moved from there to her own performances for the camera, while still frequently performing live dances. Though she does not have a formal training in visual arts, her process of working with video is surprisingly similar to visual artists working with performance and video. Like many artists, she often works alone or with only a small crew (camera/sound person) instead of big dance productions. Influences by artists like Ana Mendieta, Carolee Schneeman and Charlotte Moorman are becoming obvious in the pieces which have performance quality, while others are structured as dance choreography.

Marissa Rae Niederhauser will present a program of video work, all conceived and edited by herself. And she will be available for Q&A after the screening.

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Das Filmpoem KALEIDOSCOPE läuft am
Samstag, den 11. November, 18 Uhr
in Anwesenheit des Filmemachers Telemach Wiesinger


Der Filmtitel „KALEIDOSCOPE“ bedeutet übersetzt etwa “schöne Formen sehen” und ist ein Film Poem des Bildkünstlers Telemach Wiesinger, mit 16-mm Schwarzweiß-Film auf zahlreichen Fahrten durch Europa und Nordamerika aufgezeichnet. Die zu abstrahierten Travelogues komponierten einzelnen Filmsequenzen zeigen Stationen menschlichen Unterwegsseins, Beobachtens und Entdeckens - oder auch Strandens. Vielfältige Verkehrsmittel, Straßenzüge und Schilder stehen für eine Welt, die immer in Bewegung ist.

„KALEIDOSCOPE“ ist ein „Film Poem“ in 21 Kapiteln, mit dem Telemach Wiesinger an seinen früheren Film PASSAGE (2008) anknüpft. Bilder für den Langfilm sind während zahlreicher Fahrten durch Europa und Nordamerika auf 16-mm Schwarzweiß-Film aufgezeichnet.

Die zu abstrahierten Travelogues komponierten einzelnen Filmsequenzen zeigen Stationen menschlichen Unterwegsseins, Beobachtens und Entdeckens - oder auch Strandens. Vielfältige Verkehrsmittel, Straßenzüge und Schilder stehen für eine Welt, die immer in Bewegung ist.

Der Filmtitel „KALEIDOSCOPE“ bedeutet aus dem Griechischen übertragen etwa „schöne Formen sehen“ (kaló = schön, eidos = Form, Gestalt und skopéin = schauen, sehen, betrachten).

Tatsächlich sind es viele betrachtenswerte Schauplätze, die in den komponierten Filmbildern wie im Kaleidoskop-Spiegel reflektieren: die vielfältigen Strukturen bewegten Wassers etwa oder der Ingenieurkunst, wie man sie noch bei Schwebefähren und Stahlbrücken findet.  Oft ist es auch Skurriles, das den Filmographen am Wegesrand zum Lachen brachte oder nachdenklich machte.  

Zu den assoziativ verknüpften Bildkapiteln stellt Telemach Wiesinger Zwischentitel: Begriffe wie z.B. „Transit“ oder „Amplitude“ und Zeichen, die weitere Gedankenspiele eröffnen.  So entstehen im Betrachter wie zuvor im Filmemacher,  innere Geschichten, die diese Bilder in unterschiedliche Beziehung zueinander und zur Jetztwelt setzen. Dass diese Bezüge räumliche Distanzen überspringen, weist zugleich den Geist des „erfahren“ Reisenden und des Gestalters aus: Außer dem poetischen Erzählstrang sind etwa Linien, Kontraste und unterschiedliche Schnittrhythmen relevant.

Aus enger Zusammenarbeit mit dem Musiker und Komponisten Alexander Grebtschenko resultiert der Ton zum Film, bestehend aus zeitgenössischen Musikstücken von Adrian Belew, Hayden Chisholm, Laurent de Wilde / Otisto 23, Andreas Gogol, Jojo Mayer, Gert-Jan Prins, Tobias Schwab, Gregory Taylor.

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Plug Yourself Into The Kaos!

Iron Curtain | A Cacophonic Audio Visual Happening featuring Mark Reeder, Bob Rutman, Dirk Kalinowski, Wolfram Spyra and YOU! Fri Nov 10th 7pm.

28 years after the tumbling of the Berlin wall our good friends of the Iron Curtain project celebrate the role of punk, chaos and art on both sides of the formerly divided Berlin. Still anarchists from the heart, the gang, together with friends will create a wild mash up of live music, video footage, old tapes and lost tunes into 28 minutes of pure chance, noise and fun.

And here’s where you can become part of this spontaneous symphony. Bring any tunes, recordings, tapes from that time and plug it into the sound systems. Tons of cables are at hand, but best if you come with your own device.

The frenzy starts at 7pm at the Galiläa church (now the home of the museum of youth resistance), Rigaer Straße 9, 10247 Berlin.

A true Fuck Yeah Old School event not to be missed.

See you there :)

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