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THE MOVING PICTURE

Lights down
For a show in the dark
Vantage point the back row
Where the screen fills your eyes

Watch her before you now
Her gaze thrown far and wide
See the picture begin to move
Bold magic of cinema
Before your unquenched eyes
She raises her hands
And shapes a world

She fashions a world
And runs through it
Peoples it with towering thoughts
Covers it with high-standing dreams
Places to run free and grow wild
Up on the screen
Flickering bravely in the dark

Now your gaze seeks her
Catches her only here and there
A soul playing coquette
Revealing itself in fleeting moments

Watch her from the edge of your seat
She is running in fields
Her hair trailing electric sparks
Her face thrown back
Arms outstretched to two horizons
Laughter darts across her lips
Leaves around her fall
Pages of unwritten memories
Following their wilful aimless path
She runs through them
You watch from the edge of your seat

Her laughter trails distant
But the picture remains
Moved only to the next screen

- Kenton Turk


One year onward
Never forgotten, our dear Claudia
12.01.1960 – 26.06.2016
Team DL

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Primeval Party Prague | Thurs, June 29

The Prague art scene is famous for their wild and beautiful all night long parties. But the best way to party is to party with a reason: The City Primeval Summer Launch // Fundraiser Party at the Chemistry gallery, Prague celebrates with the coolest cats in town to support exhibitions accompanying the release of the book City Primeval: New York, Berlin, Prague. 

Even better, you’ll have the chance to to get your own piece of art by Robert Carrithers and Louis Armand, curators of the City Primeval project!


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Robert Carrithers: Snookie, Tish and Tessie at CBGBs, New York City, 1980 

“City Primeval: New York, Berlin, Prague” pays homage to the grungy underground art world in these three metropoles. “City Primeval” features the work of various artists and was meticulously curated by New York photographer Robert Carrithers and writer/critical theorist Louis Armand. The fundraiser party will capacitate the book launch and exhibition for this historically important book of New York, Berlin and Prague.


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Louis Armand: How big is your money Tracey Emin, Prague, 2017


Join us at The Chemistry Gallery in Prague for a night of art, drinks & music in the company of a vagabond New Yorkian - and then celebrate with us again in autumn for the book release and exhibition that you made possible. The event will offer works by Robert Carrithers as well as other featured artists (to be announced!) for purchase.
 
Special feature: DJ programme to get the summer on its feet //
18.00-21.30: DJ IM Cyber
21.30-00.00: Ado

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Directors Lounge Screening
Sean Derrick Cooper-Marquardt and Cecilia Chapman
Drone Drama – Music for the Dead

Thursday, 29 June 2017
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Drone Drama – Music for the Dead
Film of 11 Episodes by  Sean Derrick Cooper-Marquardt
(Chiacgo/Berlin) and Cecilia Chapman (San Francisco)

And two addiditional films “Déjà vu” and “fear don’t knock” by Sean Derrick Cooper-Marquardt and Cecilia Chapman

Live Music by accidental guitarist Sean Derrick Cooper-Marquardt and
Elle Peril poetry & performance.
Readings by Miriam Glinker and Heike Klar will be from the stories
that are published with the new album “Musik Für Die Toten”

Followed by the Album Release of:
Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt & Globoscuro - Musik Für Die Toten (2017)
by Hortus Conclusus Records
with written stories by Anne Hahn, Miriam Glinka, Heike Klar and Odessa Selestina Marquardt & poem by Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt
Published June 9, 2017
https://www.archive.org/details/Musikfrdietoten_HCR2017

Drone Drama – Music for the Dead is a collaborative project of Sean Derrick Cooper-Marquardt and Cecilia Chapman. The project will be presented by Cooper-Marquardt as Berlin Premiere at Z-Bar together with live music and with a reading of texts that were inspired by episodes of the film. 

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Cooper-Marquardt, originally from Chicago and living in Berlin for 34 years, is an artist who mainly works with music but who has been engaged in many projects, collaborations and festivals. It may be the influence of his earlier times of playing free jazz and early house music in Chicago that makes him seek many collaborations. He also likes to play with different versions of the same piece, created by himself or by collaborations. His preference for this kind of iterations, may be more related to the influences of fine arts in Germany than from music: Sean Derrick Cooper-Marquardt just released a record by the same title, Drone Drama – Music for the Dead, including the same chapters as the film, however with completely new compositions and adding two more chapters. He also asked writers, to contribute short stories to the project Drone Drama – Music for the Dead, some of which will be read while Sean will improvise music during the reading.

The film Drone Drama – Music for the Dead consists of 11 chapters. Each chapter has a rather poetic title, like “I Love Watching the Movement of your Limbs when they Tremble from the Wind’s Gentle Caress (chapter 1)” or, “When Eating the Fruit, Remember the one who Planted the Tree (chapter 9)”. And, it is rather exceptional to see films, which are based on music, where music is the inspiration for the images.

The film starts with a section of a woman in an orange dress lying on a branch of a massive tree on the edge of a valley. The images are clearly metaphorical, but the recording is a very clear high-definition image. The orange color of the dress will reappear periodically in the film. The music is dominated by a drone sound, a hum from electronic or radio noise and some reverberated music. This is intercepted with some tonal electronic sounds. Everything appears to be soft and dreamlike.

Chapter 2 starts with the orange colored dress as background and the title “Things that never die have never lived.” In opposite to the first chapter, the filmmaker now uses blurred and electronically distorted images, clouds in pink, patterns, a hairline cross view of a sky with a jet fighter passing, sparks of an explosion, color streaks in water and fume rising up in the sky. The sound on the other hand is quite similar, only not as smooth.

The differences between two chapters introduces the viewer into the variety of images created by Cecilia, and into the more subtle nuanced changes of the music by Sean. It also introduces the associative relation between title and content of the story in the film.

Thinking about the multi-faceted associations, the collaborative project of Cooper-Marquardt and Chapman evokes, it may also be interesting to know how their collaboration evolved further. The two artists exchanged ideas about the places in San Francisco to be used as locations over the internet, without him knowing those places before. Cecilia shared her experiences during the production with Sean, and everybody interested, in the diary of a Facebook Page, which can still be visited. https://www.facebook.com/ChapmanMarquardt/

The reading of texts about Drone Drama together with the music, and finally the films of Sean and Cecilia will create a very inspiring evening, which can be interpreted in many different ways, poetic and political, metaphorical and associative. And of course, it will be great to see the different collaborative pieces of Drone Drama come together in one evening.

Artists Links:
http://www.stadtsprachen.de/en/author/sean-derrick-cooper-marquard/
http://www.ceceliachapman.com/

Also check out:
https://seanderrickcoopermarquardt.bandcamp.com/
Music Album:
https://yeahiknowitsucks.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/sean-derrick-cooper-marquardt-music-for-the-dead/
Elle Peril: http://www.feminanongrata.tumblr.com/

Links:
Directors Lounge  http://www.directorslounge.net
Richfilm  http://www.richfilm.de/currentUpload/
Z-Bar  http://www.z-bar.de

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Album Release of:
Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt & Globoscuro - Musik Für Die Toten (2017)
by Hortus Conclusus Records
with texts by Miriam Glinker and Heike Klar, Anne Hahn & Odessa Selestina Marquardt

Directors Lounge Screening
Sean Derrick Cooper-Marquardt and Cecilia Chapman
Drone Drama – Music for the Dead
Thursday, 29 June 2017

21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

“Music For The Dead” originally arose as the third act of the Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt’s Drone Drama Trilogy, which was previously released in three acts, on three seperate labels, and which includes “The Radiant Child : First Act \ The Awaking Assiduous Awareness”, “God`s DNA” and finally “Music For The Dead”.

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The third act has been recently put to film by the director Cecelia Chapman and has now premired in the city of Cologne and soon at various international film festivals, the album Music For The Dead has been also released and translated in the following languages: English, Italian, Norwegian, Dutch, Croatian, French. This German Album Release is something completely different due to the fact that is has been re-worked, re-arranged and re-recorded with totally new compositions molded and shaped by the artistic embrace of Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt and Emiliano Pietrini aka Globoscuro and also includes a pdf booklet with four stories by Anne Hahn, Heike Klar, Miriam Glinka & Odessa Selestina Marquardt plus a poem by Sean himself. To crown and wrap this album with another veil of beauty there is the ambigous and wonderful cover art created by the magnificent and talented italian photographer Linda De Luca. The album contains 13 tracks of variable duration between 1 minute and maximum 3 minutes (no second is allowed) that sail like a roaring turbine among sounds devoted to the musique concrete, electroacoustic, psychedelic, post-rock, dark ambient and noise. The sound passage seems to be metaphorize a polidimensional journey in which the listener encounters significances, geometries, emotions and visions that interweave and alternate creating a labyrinthic yet strangely well-defined landscape. Like stories inside the same story that fight to spread their desperate voice but far from the constraint of the word.

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C-LAB: a cultural laboratory

“It’s such a quiet, such an inspiring place! I’m dreaming of a “cultural laboratory” at the edge of Waldviertel.

Together with a wonderful young team, each one brilliant in her/his discipline, I’m attempting to transform a centuries-old farmhouse into a venue where future can happen. From architects to engineers, from app-developers to farmers, from philosophers to visual artists – it’s the full range of knowledge which is culminating in C-LAB! And which shall make for a cool, relevant place on this planet.” Lena von Lapshina

Austrian multi-media and video artist Lena von Lapshina, a one woman army for the art and all things cool, is going to create a save spot, a den for collaborations in the pittoresque village Rappolz – within driving distance from Vienna.

Help Lena to bring a historic farmhouse to life again and convert it into C-LAB, a place where interdisciplinary communication and creative production can happen.

There are many amazing surprises you can get by backing this fine project. Go see.

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Directors Lounge Screening
Dagie Brundert
Ode an Sommer
Saturday, 27 May 2017

21:00
Z-Bar Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Ode an Sommer - Ode to Summer
Berlin’s cultural scene would not be the same, if filmmaker Dagie Brundert was not there. The artist started off in the 90’s with some female colleagues as FBI, Freie Berliner Ischen. With ironic and unconventional films they challenged established and artsy art forms, skewed films spiced up with resonances of Camp and Beat, as it reverberated in some young circles in the first decade after the breakdown of the wall. Since then, Brundert stuck to her guns of Super-8 filmmaking with admirable creative productivity. She records everyday occurrences, the obvious things on sight and the things offside, however always dispersing a positive message.

The new program at Z-Bar presents a number of brand new films, one premiere (“Widerstand”, 2017, resistance) and a few rare early films. “Ode an Juni 4 “ (2016, Ode to June), the film giving the name to this program, is one of the few medium long films by Brundert. And, it is part of her favorite seasonal project. She has planned to record a film about June every year. Film developing in biological developer, a trip to the film festival Hamburg, establishing a new dark room, a bath in lake Teufelssee and the hand written numbers of the days are some of the scenes of last years diary, all of which being hand-developed, digitally edited and underscored with summer tunes. It is the small things in the film, the joys of everyday life, which, condensed by a combination of time-lapse and short cuts, makes the film poetic and amiable. It is this delight about exceptional but unspectacular moments, which inform her films, and which still oppose the garish images of the media or the attempts of “going viral” on social media, and which still reminds me of the bearings of the Beats.

In a number of new films, goes back to humorous forms she used back in the past: narrated films (“Bin ich reich? Bin ich reich? Bin ich reich?…” 2015), using objects as characters ("Lametta” 2016), or games from childhood (potato stamps in “Kartoffel” 2013). Other films follow a more discriptive style. The savvy viewers and the friends, however, do not expect new experimental forms from Dagie, but they like to follow her frame of mind, the lighthearted way to look at life. Her films often have the effect of a line of a pop song that suddenly enters your mind and changes the way you look at yourself or your surrounding.

Dagie Brundert will be present for Q&A. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr.

Artist Link:
http://www.dagiebrundert.de/
https://yumyumsoups.wordpress.com/

Links:
Directors Lounge  http://www.directorslounge.net
Richfilm  http://www.richfilm.de/currentUpload/
Z-Bar  http://www.z-bar.de

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You are cordially invited to join us
“Zeig Dich!”, Zwingli-Church, Berlin, 25 – 27 May 2017


We are pleased to announce that works by Directors Lounge Lizards  André Werner and Joachim Seinfeld will be shown among selected media art, installations and performances by Thomas Bratzke, Stefan Demming & Michael Rieken, Roswitha von den Driesch & Jens-Uwe Dyffort, Jorn Ebner, Monika Jarecka, Karl Heinz Jeron and Ulrich Vogl.

Curator: Karin Scheel.

Vernissage: ZEIG DICH! 25 May 2017, 7 p.m.
Zwingli-Kirche, Rudolfstr. 14, 10245 Berlin
(4 min from S/U-Bhf Warschauer Straße)

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photo: ​ Zeig Dich - Kultur zum Kirchentag

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Contemporary Art Ruhr, media art fair, 12–14 May, 2017.

Directors Lounge heading for contemporary art ruhr, media art fair: Besides presenting installations, paintings and photography, we will be screening genre-straddling slices of cinematic art and cuts of media experimentation as part of the c.a.r. Video Lounge.

Dedicated presentations include the screening “REtreat” (RÜCKzug), new experimental shorts created and produced in the context of the medienwerkstatt Berlin, an artist-run project of the BBK Berlin offering production facilities for media artists, and a fresh selection of video art curated by Michael Murnau and Annalisa Cosentino from Delete TV. Delete TV is an independent platform for video art and experimental films. It investigates the captivating nature of images with the specific aim of looking up to new approaches by taking distance from the conventional film making method. The platform opens a window to the world of art and offers strong, wild and uncensored works from upcoming artists and filmmakers.

And as a final bit of dazzle, Directors Lounge presents, in collaboration with the Leo Kuelbs Collection, tidbits from the Mitte Media Festival in Berlin.

Meet us at World Heritage Site Zollverein, (a former Coal Mine Industrial Complex) centre of the creative industry in the Ruhr area.

Find us in the Coking Plant.

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Delete TV

with works by Giorgos Efthimiou (Greece), Emmanuelle Negre, Jil Guyon (United States), Joe Pisciotta, Luka Fisher (United States), Mabby Alam (United Kingdom), Maxime Contour (France), Natalia Alfutova (Russian Federation), Neil Needleman (United States), Paulina Rutman (Chile), Sian Fann (United Kingdom) Tara Nelson (United States), Tina Willgren (Sweden), Dan Inglis (New Zealand), Ying-Fang Shen (Taiwan), John T. Williams (USA), Michael Woods (USA) see full program here


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Medienwerkstatt Berlin

with works by Alisa Javits, Anne-May Fossnes, Barbara Deblitz, Betty Böhm, Christa Biedermann, Daniela Butsch, Darko Aleksovski, Elisabeth Molin,   Fellipe Sperk (FELL), Florian Bielefeldt (The Fortunists), Francesco Pace (Tellurico), Gabriele Stellbaum, Gaby Schulze, Hara Shin, Heike Hamann, Helen Anna Flanagan, Herbert Liffers, Insa Langhorst, Jakobine Engel, Karen Thastum (TURA YA MOYA), Laurent Bébin (CARBON CREAM), Lina Walde, Lotte van der Woude, Maria Felix Korporal, Mariel Gottwick, Marissa Rae Niederhauser, Ottjörg A.C., Petra Lottje, Regina Liedtke, Rosanna Chizhova, Sandra Becker 01 Sandra Riche, Simone Häckel, Una Quigley, Verena Kyselka.more info here


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Mitte Media Festival

Directors Lounge presents together with the  Leo Kuelbs Collection, selected works from the Mitte Media Festival in Berlin. Videos by Matl Findel, Tomas Draschan, Franz Reimer, Kristina Paustian and Christopher Winter. read more

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Artists attending
Visuman (read more), Julia Murakami, André Werner.
Next to installations, photography and paintings, we will show Visuman’s video works in collaboration with André Chi Sing Yuen, respectively Marcel Munte, and silent single channel loops (more) including a restored version of the legendary “Kleine Lobhudelei auf den Monitor” (Little Flattering of the Monitor) by Cosima Reif, and moving images by Matl Findel and André Werner.


World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein

Gelsenkirchener Straße 209, 45309 Essen, Germany

Official Opening
Friday, May 12, 8 pm

Public fair hours
Saturday, May 13, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, May 14, 11 am – 7 pm

Site map

www.contemporaryartruhr.de

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pictured: Zeche Zollverein, DL; Delete TV with “Nefarious” by Joe Pisciotta ; film still by Simone Häckel; Matl Findel “Wann fahren wir zur See?”, Smart Home by Visuman

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Contemporary Art Ruhr, media art fair, 12–14 May, 2017.

Directors Lounge presents, in collaboration with the Leo Kuelbs Collection, tidbits from the Mitte Media Festival in Berlin.

The Leo Kuelbs Collection’s mission is to bring artists together and present them on independent platforms fostering interconnectivity and understanding across all types of boundaries. Towards this end, Leo Kuelbs has worked with well over 1000 artists from most countries in the world. And counting.

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Program

Matl Findel Heimweh (Always) 10 min 2015
Matl Findel   Wann fahren wir zur See? 01:28 2008 silent
Thomas Draschan Seegasse  
Franz Reimer The Possibility of an Island pt. V   5:32 min  2016
Christopher Winter
Alien Sex Invaders 06:59 min 1999
Christopher Winter The Next Generation  06:49 min 2000
Kristina Paustian
Wälder & Steppen / Forests & Steppe 2:44 min  2012-2013

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Read more: Directors Lounge at the Contemporary Art Ruhr, May 2017


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stills: Matl Findel “Wann fahren wir zur See?”, Thomas Draschan “Seegasse”, Franz Reimer’s “Die Möglichkeit einer Insel V”, Kristina Paustian “Wälder & Steppen”, Christopher Winter  “Alien Sex Invaders”

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Contemporary Art Ruhr, media art fair, 12–14 May, 2017.

Directors Lounge is pleased to present a selection of silent single channel loops. Works include a restored version of the legendary “Kleine Lobhudelei auf den Monitor” (Little Flattering of the Monitor) 1990, by Cosima Reif (pictured above), next to moving images by Matl Findel and André Werner.

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André Werner, Untitled (Bass, nude) 2005


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Matl Findel, Stromgemälde, St. Alban

Read more: Directors Lounge at the Contemporary Art Ruhr, May 2017

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Contemporary Art Ruhr, media art fair, 12–14 May, 2017.

Directors Lounge is pleased to present works created and produced in the context of the medienwerkstatt Berlin (an artist-run project of the BBK Berlin offering production facilities for media artists).

The screening shows works that are produced in the context of medienwerkstatt. Rythm. Rythm. Rythm. We change the direction to explore. We alienate to interact. The never ending ‘why‘ gives the answers in REtreat. (german version below)


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Artists / Künstler:

Alisa Javits, Anne-May Fossnes, Barbara Deblitz, Betty Böhm, Christa Biedermann, Daniela Butsch, Darko Aleksovski, Elisabeth Molin,  Fellipe Sperk (FELL), Florian Bielefeldt (The Fortunists), Francesco Pace (Tellurico), Gabriele Stellbaum, Gaby Schulze, Hara Shin, Heike Hamann, Helen Anna Flanagan, Herbert Liffers, Insa Langhorst, Jakobine Engel, Karen Thastum (TURA YA MOYA), Laurent Bébin (CARBON CREAM), Lina Walde, Lotte van der Woude, Maria Felix Korporal, Mariel Gottwick, Marissa Rae Niederhauser, Ottjörg A.C., Petra Lottje, Regina Liedtke, Rosanna Chizhova, Sandra Becker 01, Sandra Riche, Simone Häckel, Una Quigley, Verena Kyselka.



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(german version)

Das Screening zeigt Arbeiten, die im Kontext der Medienwerkstatt entstanden sind. Rhythmus, Rhythmus, Rhythmus. Wir ändern die Richtung, um Neues zu erkunden. Wir entfremden uns, um zueinander zu finden. Die endlose Frage des „Warum“ beantwortet sich im RÜCKzug.

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Contemporary Art Ruhr,media art fair, 12–14 May, 2017.

Directors Lounge is pleased to present a selection of works curated by Michael Murnau and Annalisa Cosentino from Delete TV.

Delete TV is an independent platform for video art and experimental films. It investigates the captivating nature of images with the specific aim of looking up to new approaches by taking distance from the conventional film making method. The platform opens a window to the world of art and offers strong, wild and uncensored works from upcoming artists and filmmakers. Delete TV highlights contemporary issues in a global context highly educational and deeply focused on intecultural exchange and visibility.

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Delete TV gather together video art and experimental films from all over the world and broadcast on partner channels in Europe, Australia and U.S.A. The most eye and mind-bending films selected every year get also screened all over Europe during art related events. Every year there is an over all winner which is awarded with an Art Prize created by a commisioned artist.

The authors and curators of Delete TV are Michael Murnau and Annalisa Cosentino.

www.delete-tv.com


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Delete TV at the contemporary art ruhr, media art fair 2017 (Program)

Giorgos Efthimiou Don‘t Wake, Eurydice, 00:16:00, Greece
Emmanuelle Negre Slit Cam 00:06:00
Jil Guyon WIDOW_Remix, 00:06:58, United States
Joe Pisciotta Nefarious (pictured)
Luka Fisher 12, 00:02:47, United States
Mabby Alam Veiled, 00:02:00, United Kingdom
Maxime Contour Illusion, 00:04:30, France
Natalia Alfutova PLEASE LISTEN!, 00:03:34, Russian Federation
Neil Needleman Passenger Fantasy, 00:06:30, United States (pictured)
Paulina Rutman FALL, 00:06:17, Chile
Sian Fann Gravitations, 00:05:41, United Kingdom
Tara Nelson Babystorm, 00:02:47, United States
Tina Willgren Arrived at Scene, 00:03:23, Sweden
Dan Inglis L.O.Q.Shun, 00:04:00, New Zealand
Ying-Fang Shen In The Waves, Taiwan
John T. Williams Four stages of collapes,USA
Michael Woods Post Panoptic Gazing, USA

More info about the contemporary art ruhr soon on www.directorslounge.net

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SHOTS IN THE LIGHT AND THE DARK:

Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival, 5 – 7 May, 2017


The lights are on and the gloves are off for this sensory assault of choicest knock-out punches from around the world of DL. Stories are told, implied or avoided in a rush of shorts spread over two venues and three programs. Everything you need to reactivate undernourished cinema-hungry brain cells will be served up – plenty of DL premiere gems in the bunch, plus other bright lights from a slew of bright minds.

We are pleased to participate in the Mitte Media Festival, a three-day, multi-venue celebration of video, film, publication and performance works through a spectrum of media starting on May 5th and ending with a brunch on May 7th.

We will be presenting two screenings at Z-Bar, Bergstraße 2, Berlin at 6 pm and 8 pm, presented by André Werner and Kenton Turk. An Urban Research program curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr will take place at the Fata Morgana Gallery.

We will hit you, in the best way possible!


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DL at Mitte Media | Program One (80 min), 5 May, 6 pm at Z-Bar:


Stefan Adamski (PL) Induction 3 min 2007
Neil Needleman (US) Meeskeit 7 min 30s 2009
Jes Benstock
(GB) Phosphenes 10 min 2002
Michael Betancourt (US) The Kodak Moment 2 min 2013
Xavi Sala (ES) La Parabólica 12 min 2007
Sasha Waters Freyer (US) An Incomplete History of Pornography, 1979, 8 min 2013
Jean-Gabriel Périot (FR) 21.04.02 9 min, DV, 2002
Faith Holland (US) RIP Geocities  2 min 31s  2011
André Werner (DE) The Custom of Eating Pictures 9 min 1997
Santiago Parres EZO (ES) Sinecdoquanon 7 min 29s  2011
Tokomburu / Zisis Kokkinidis and Ion Papaspyrou (GR) I Am Not Here Now 9 min 30 s 2013


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DL at Mitte Media | Program Two (96 min), 5 May, 8 pm at Z-Bar:

Alexei Dmitriev (RU) Dubus 4 min 9s, DV, 2005
Coleman Miller (US) Uso Justo 22 min 2005
Matthew Lancit (FR/CA) 16 Reasons Why I Hate Myself 03:32
Alexandru Ponoran (RO) Isac Inca Doarme 17 min 2012
Samuel Blain (GB) In Dreams 3 min 57s   2011
Bryan Konefsky (US) Miss Yummy Yummy 4 min 2012
Guy Maddin (CA) Sombra Dolorosa 7 min 35s
Nina Lassila (FI) Günter und Mutti  3 min 17s 2011 (Distributor: AV-arkki)
Chema Garcia Ibarra
(ES) The Attack of The Robots From Nebula-5
6min 20s 2008
Javier Chillon (ES) Decapoda Shock  9 min 15s  2011
Luca Zuberbuehler (CH) Lothar 13 min  2013
Oliver Smith (GB) Bob by Oliver Smith 2 min 31s 2013

The Mitte Media Festival program

Mitte Media Festival partners include: FATA MORGANA, Leo Kuelbs Collection, coGalleries, Last Night in Berlin, Chased Magazine, Directors Lounge, Z-Bar, BRLO and more.

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pictured: “Uso Justo” by Coleman Miller; “Decapoda Shock” by Javier Chillon,  “16 Reasons Why I Hate Myself”  by Matthew Lancit

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Directors Lounge Screening
Thanos Chrysakis
Amber Gaze

Thursday, 27 April 2017
21:00
Z-Bar Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

The artist, musician and composer Thanos Chrysakis was born in Athens. He lived for sixteen years in London until he moved to Belarus in 2015. He is a trained musician who performs his music internationally in festivals, in concert halls and alternative places. He always had a strong connection with images and thus has created his own videos, or has found people for sound/image collaborations. Since 2007 he operates the record-label ‘Aural Terrains’ focusing in electroacoustics, composed and improvised music.

The program thus presents the composer/musician - Thanos Chrysakis - working with his own visuals and with the audio-visual collaborations of film director Félix Brassier. In our perception of video, or film, of audio-visual material, sound guides the reception of images, sound creates the continuity of space and time or its disruption more than any visual effect, even though the sound editing rarely comes to the surface of our perception. Chrysakis with his sounds on the other hand loves to work with the thresholds of our perception, with the fragility and ambiguity of sounds, and the edges of discernibility. The images of his films, and of those of Brassier, thus play on a similar congenial level of ambiguity on the picture layer, as Chrysakis’ sounds. The visuals may even take up some of the functions, “music for film” traditionally has: a marker for the continuity of space and time. However, the stream of ambiguous consciousness between industrial urban spaces and dreamy imaginations the films provoke, are a product of a fine tuned balance of sound and image creation.

Artist Link:
http://auralterrains.com
http://www.auralterrains.com/chrysakis/en/bio/

Links:
Directors Lounge  http://www.directorslounge.net
Richfilm  http://www.richfilm.de/currentUpload/
Z-Bar  http://www.z-bar.de

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Dancing with the camera | R.I.P. Michael Ballhaus.

Michael Ballhaus, the German-born cinematographer—known for using the camera’s movement to give a sense of the psychological and emotional states of a film’s characters—has lent his distinct eye to many of the world’s best filmmakers, perhaps most famously the German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with whom Ballhaus influenced the style of the New German Cinema movement. During the 70s he developed his signature 360-degree tracking shot  while working on the claustrophobic melodrama Martha. After Fassbinder’s passing in 1982, Ballhaus went on to work with many other filmmakers (including Martin Scorsese and James L. Brooks), both in Germany and the United States.

After fifty-plus years behind the camera, Michael passed away on 12 April 2017, aged 81. He will be deeply missed.

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MITTE MEDIA FESTIVAL

5 – 7 May, 2017

Locations:
FATA MORGANA
, Torstraße 170
Z-Bar, Bergstraße 2

Mitte Media Festival is pleased to present a three-day, multi-venue celebration of video, film, publication and performance works through a spectrum of media starting on May 5th and ending with a brunch on May 7th.  

The realization of an idea, as it winds its way through the human mind and body, then is communicated to other creative entities, and finally translated and presented in other media is the process from which Mitte Media Festival draws its conceptual energy.

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Hosted by Fata Morgana and its partners and presented in a small group of venues in Mitte, Berlin, Mitte Media Festival also shines a light on the neighborhood’s role as a hub of creation and presentation of multi-media work, as well as the start-up culture that often powers these dynamic permutations.  The sheer change and transition that has occurred in Mitte in the last 10 years makes the area a perfect example of the collision between the terrestrially creativity and ever-expanding digital processes and platforms.

Book presentations, experimental video shows with discussion and other events will typically be presented in two-hour slots, allowing viewers to encounter a variety of work in a variety of settings. Mitte Media Festival is also planning its own online LIVE STREAM providing viewers across the globe access to selected content.

Mitte Media Festival partners include: FATA MORGANA, Leo Kuelbs Collection, coGalleries, Konstantin Kopietz, Last Night in Berlin, Chased Magazine, BRLO, Directors Lounge, Z-Bar and more. 


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Schedule subject to change!

FRIDAY, MAY 5TH
FATA MORGANA, Front Room/Back Room

2-4 pm: TBD/TBD
4-6 pm:  TBD/TBD
6-8 pm: “The Language Factory” with Kinga Toth and Bettina Henningson/No Programming
8-10 pm: coGalleries Presents videos by Berna Reale, Annique Delphine and others/“SUBMERGED!” with Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke, Sam Marlow and Alon Cohen, Nicole Antebi and Laura Ortman, Kitzinger Gabor and Alex Hamadey, Shir Lieberman, Jonathan Phelps and Fabio Fonda, United VJs, Jim Ellis
Presented by Leo Kuelbs Collection
10-12 am: TBD/TBD

FRIDAY, MAY 5TH

Z-BAR

2-10 pm: “Berlin-Based” Short Films with Daniela Imhoff, Juliane Ebner, Franz Mueller, Matl Findel, Amir Fattal and others. Presented by Z-Bar, Leo Kuelbs Collection and Directors Lounge

SATURDAY, MAY 6TH
FATA MORGANA
Front Room/Back Room

2-4 pm: TBD/“Examining Darkness,” Goth Art Show presented by LKC or TBD
4-6 pm: “Between Crowds and Empires” presented by Last Night in Berlin/“TRIPS,” Hallucinatory Work presented by LKC or TBD
6-8 pm: “Past Nor Present”- Media Art Project by C. Becker/“Digital Fairy Tales: Album One” with work by Rani Messias + Kinga Toth , Sarah Mock + Daniela Imhoff, Richard Jochum + Kriss Roebling, Integrated Visions + Miss Natasha Enquist, Radka Salcmannova, Thomas Rotenberg, Josh Graham; Presented by LKC
8-10 pm: “Moscow, Mockba, Moskau” book signing with Sandra Ratkovic/TBD
10 pm-12: AFTER PARTY

SATURDAY, MAY 6TH
Z-BAR

2-4 pm: “Attachments” with Matl Findel, Danielle di Picciotto, Alexander Hacke and David Yow, Miklos Buk
4-6 pm: “Berlin-Based” Group Show with Daniela Imhoff, Thomas Drashchan, Sarah Mock, Vadim Schaeffler and more. LOOPING
6-8 pm: “Berlin-Based” Silent Videos with Kai Teichert, Eelco Brand, Fritz Stier, Jana Schulz and more. Looping
8-10 pm: “Explicit Implication: Sexual Content” with Chritsopher Winter, Kai Teichert, Kristina Paustian, Franz Reimer, Sungeun Kim, Jana Schulz and more
10 pm: AFTER PARTY

SUNDAY, MAY 7TH
FATA MORGANA CLOSING BRUNCH
1pm-4 pm
Hosted by Last Night in Berlin

SPONSORED BY:
BRLO
FATA MORGANA
coGalleries
Leo Kuelbs Collection
Z-Bar
Last Night in Berlin
Chased

Media and Press Inquiries:

Leo Kuelbs: lkuelbscollection@gmail.com
Sandra Ratkovic: info@sandra-ratkovic.com

More information at:
www.leokuelbscollection.com

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Directors Lounge Screening
Ana Bilankov
Night Riders

Thursday, 30 March 2017
21:00
Z-Bar Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Ana Bilankov, Berlin based artist with Croatian background, creates videos connected with peculiar places in different European cities, Moscow and New York, connected with the geographies and stories of those places, mostly interwoven with her own biography or experience. Her short films often combine a brittle visual poetry with rarified narratives on the soundtrack. Her training in art history and German studies in Zagreb together with her Master in Art in Context in Berlin seem to give her the intuition to pick out places and situations that become metaphors for things unspoken or stories untold. It may also have been her biography, which sensitized her for the hidden traces in human geographies, namely her escape from war while it spread over former Yugoslavia. The artist on the other hand calls it her “search for Roland Barthes’ punctum” in the geography of the city.

Her video pictures are conceived like extended snapshots that unfold, and become meaningful over time. Sound and text work complementary and associative to the pictures and are often from more divers sources than the image. When she points to the former Transatlantic slave trade connected with the sugar manufacturing in Bristol in her film “Sweet Home”, to the poisonous wreckage of Newtown Creek of East River NY in “New Town Future Film”, or to the story of an old broken Jewish House in Vienna (“I want to get out”), the artist never uses a traditional documentary style or storytelling. Instead, the films often comprise a poetic multi-layered audio-visual composition that leaves it open to the viewer to follow all the laid-out traces or to create their own associative connections.

Her film “U Ratu I Revolvuciji / In War and Revolution” goes back to Croatia for a visit of her grandmother and traces the disappearance of a book about education during the resistance against the Nazi occupation written by her grandfather. Her grandmother’s fading memories become a metaphor for those lost historical memories of the past, when books are eliminated from the libraries.

The artist will introduce the screening and will be available for Q&A. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr

Artist Link:
http://www.anabilankov.com/

Links:
Directors Lounge   http://www.directorslounge.net
Richfilm   http://www.richfilm.de/currentUpload/
Z-Bar   http://www.z-bar.de

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Morgenröte Im Aufgang | An Evening with Ronald Steckel

Z Bar | Wednesday Feb. 15. 017, 9pm

Bergstraße 2, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Morgenröte Im Aufgang (Aurora at its rising or The rising of Dawn) by Max Hopp, Jan Korthäuer, Ronald Steckel and Klaus Weingarten is a cinematic hommage to Jacob Böhme (1575 – 17 November 1624), a German Christian mystic and shoemaker. He was considered an original thinker by many of his contemporaries within the Lutheran tradition, and his first book, commonly known as Aurora, caused a great scandal.

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Morgenröte im Aufgang - Hommage à Jacob Böhme
directed by Max Hopp, Jan Korthäuer, Ronald Steckel and Klaus Weingarten. | German | 81 min.                                                        

One of the directors, Mr. Ronald Steckel, will join the evening.

It is a great pleasure to announce Madame Elga Sorbas, formal Member of the Rainer Maria Fassbinder Ensemble, as our special guest for this evening.


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MORGENRÖTE IM AUFGANG - die filmische Hommage an den Mystiker und Philosophen JACOB BÖHME, bringt uns einen der tiefsinnigsten Menschen, die je gelebt haben (E. Bloch) und doch den meisten Deutschen gänzlich unbekannten großen Geist nahe, dessen bedeutendsten Schriften bis heute faszinieren.
Der Visionär Jacob Böhme (1575–1624) ist die unbekannteste, geheimnisvollste und zugleich auf untergründige Weise einflussreichste Gestalt der deutschen Geistesgeschichte. Sein mehrtausendseitiges
philosophisches Werk, ohne das die deutsche Romantik und die deutsche idealistische Philosophie undenkbar wären, ist der Entwurf einer reichen und bis heute in ihrer Tiefe nicht ausgeloteten Anthropologie, Kosmologie und Naturphilosophie.
Kein Dokumentarfilm, kein Spielfilm, kein Essay, — eine eigen-artige filmische Verführung zur Erfahrung unserer zweiten Wirklichkeit, — eine filmische Meditation von zeitloser Wahrheit. Weit mehr als Unterhaltung, bietet der Film, durch seine Botschaften, reformatorische, weltbewegende Kraft. Er ist Offenbarung, gibt Sinn, ist Politik, bietet gedankliche Räume und schafft Orientierung.

Der Berliner Regisseur Ronald Steckel hat, gemeinsam mit den Filmemachern Max Hopp, Jan Korthäuer und Klaus Weingarten, aus der Kraft des “böhmschen Geistes”, in dessen feinster Präzision deutscher Sprache, ein anmutiges, würdiges, geistreiches Filmgemälde geschaffen, gleichsam einmalig für die gesamte Filmgeschichte.


Der Film erhielt 2016 den Deutscher FILMGEIST Preis, verliehen vom FILMGEIST Freundeskreis e.V. und den ROSA MARS FILMPREIS 2016.

Einer der Regisseur Herr Ronald Steckel, wird persönlich anwesend zu sein.
Als Dame des Abends, begrüßen wir Frau Elga Sorbas, Mitglied des Rainer-Werner Fassbinder Ensembles. (pictured below; photo: Marbo Becker)

More snaps from the screening

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In Zusammenarbeit mit der Roten Loge und Filmgeist Freundeskreis e.V.

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Directors Lounge Screening
Urban Research – Private Affair
Thursday, 26 January 2017 | 21:00

Z-Bar | Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

In the times of public intrusion into the private sphere, right wing populists and religious fundamentalists threatening the freedom of expression and diversity, and conservative politicians pressing for control and surveillance, the expressions of private life become a political affair again. Related to the slogan of 1968 “The personal is political”, the here presented films talk about personal or private affairs in relation to the public sphere and the urban space.

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Many of the Urban Research films submitted in 2016 are dealing with private stories, that are related, in one way or the other, to the urban space and expressing the importance of freedom and solidarity for the divergent, the subversive and the liberal mind. The films present the small stories with high artistic aspiration, the nuanced views and the subjective diversity, which are even more important at times when populist positions start to replace distinguished sentiments in culture and politics.

A fine selection of Urban Research films shown at 48h Neukölln in addition to a brand new film by Penny Lane. And, films by Petra Lottje, Vladimir Turner, Rob Santaguida, Anna Okrasko, Doris Schmid, Salise Hughes, Eleonore de Montesquiou, and Ezra Wube

Links:
Directors Lounge  http://www.directorslounge.net
Richfilm  http://www.richfilm.de/currentUpload/
Z-Bar  http://www.z-bar.de

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Directors Lounge Screening
James Edmonds
The Material Question
Thursday, 24 November 2016
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

“The cinema of James Edmonds (1983) explores the complexities of the real not as a mere substance named ‘reality’ but in its most fluctuating and Turnerian correlation, in those uncertainties that make it impossible to fix it in any specific point in space.”(Toni D'angela, La furia umana 28, 2016)

James Edmonds is an artist filmmaker from the UK living in Berlin and London. His practice centers on a personal poetics in which the nature of recording, when approached from the materiality of analogue film, offers a tangible surface for what is intangible and fleeting - our personal experience, inner worlds, thoughts and reflections.

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He has presented screenings and exhibitions at various venues, project spaces, galleries and cinema events, including Fronteira Festival Brasil, The Temenos Screening Kino Xenix Zurich, Another Vacant Space Berlin, Mystetskyi Arsenal Lavra Kiev and ACCEA Armenia. Since 2015 he also curates the monthly film series Light Movement in Berlin.

PROGRAM
- Movement and Stillness, 2015, super 8, 11min, colour, silent
- Inside Outside, 2008/2015, super8, 6min, colour, soundtrack
- Sternwarten der Welt / Sun Documents, 2010-11/2016 (in progress), super8 double projection, 6min, colour, soundtrack
- OVERLAND, 2016, super 8, 22min, colour and black+white, soundtrack
- Patterns of Summer, (in progress), super8, 3 mins, colour, silent

Artist Link:
http://jamesedmonds.org
http://light-movement.blogspot.de

Links:
Directors Lounge  http://www.directorslounge.net
Richfilm http://www.richfilm.de/currentUpload/
Z-Bar  http://www.z-bar.de

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