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Videonale E.v. Bonn | IMAI Inter Media Art Institutes

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Duration: spring until December 2023

Video Digest – An Online Video Art Magazine by Videonale and IMAI – Inter Media Art Institute

With Video Digest, the Videonale Bonn and the IMAI – Inter Media Art Institute Düsseldorf presented an online video art magazine and an associated research and exhibition project at the Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne, complemented by the concurrent program series VIDEONALE.scope.
More info about Video Digest

The Video Digest project began with an interest in Video Congress’ video magazine Schauinsland which is located in the archives of the IMAI – Inter Media Art Institute. Video Congress was founded in Kassel in 1982 as a loose association of video artists in the wake of documenta 7. Wishing to work on related themes in a collaborative manner, to establish infrastructures for the young medium of video, and to simultaneously initiate a self-determined system of distribution for their works, the artists in this group worked with VHS tapes, each comprising several video contributions, which could be independently circulated, presented, and shared.

The initiators were inspired by the first video art magazine entitled Infermental, which developed just a few years earlier by Gábor and Vera Bódy. Between 1980 and 1991, ten issues of Infermental, featuring international, contemporary video art, were published by changing editors and with different thematic focuses. While Schauinsland was more linked to youth culture, punk as well as new wave aesthetics and the contributions of the various collectives were at times intertwined, Infermental strengthened the idea of an encyclopedia seeking to portray current video experiments in all their diversity.

The third video magazine included in the project is the Amsterdam-based Zapp Magazine with “branches” in New York, Paris, London, and Copenhagen. It operated a decade later than the other two and succeeded in once again redefining the format of the video magazine as an independent space of art, critique, and documentation.

The issues published from 1993 to 1999 did not only present video art, but also featured recordings of openings, lectures, and performances, which in their relaxed DIY aesthetics conveyed a polyphonic picture of the international art scene.

Despite structural and formal differences, these three video magazines share a particular political awareness showing itself both in the themes and the way they self-organized and distributed their work. Video Congress, for example, captioned their first issue with the motto: “Für eine aktive Art Video” (For an active art video) and the editors of Infermental also adopted a decidedly political tone by addressing the simmering East-West conflict.

Video Digest, initiated by the Videonale and the IMAI – Inter Media Art Institute, took up these impulses and from a present perspective examined the resistive potential of moving images through a series of dialogically presented contemporary works. The newly commissioned videos, performances, and zines by Ji Su Kang-GattoAyesha HameedBecket MWNRangwane, and Leyla Yenirce (in collaboration with Mazlum Nergiz) make use of diverse languages and strategies of protest and mobilization – but also of resignation –and reflect on a current video landscape shaped by video on demand, smart TVs, YouTube/Youku, TikTok, and Instagram.

Alongside new productions, the Video Digest exhibition presented the fourth issue of Infermental edited by FRIGO (Gérard Couty, Mike Hentz, Christian Vanderborght) with 102 contributions; issue one of Schauinsland entitled  “Erotik” with contributions by Gruppe A & A, Fun & Art and Norbert Meissner; and issue six of Zapp Magazine, produced and curated by Corinne Groot, Jack Jaeger, Arnold Mosselman, and Rob van de Ven. They were set in an exhibition architecture by Lennart Wolff and were joined by a program of screenings and performances.

Curators: Miriam Hausner, Nele Kaczmarek, Tasja Langenbach
Concept: Tasja Langenbach, Linnea Semmerling

All works were on display together with issues of the historical video magazines Infermental, Video Congress and Zapp Magazine in an exhibition at the Moltkerei Cologne from November 25 – December 10, 2023.

The IMAI – Inter Media Art Institute is dedicated to exhibiting, archiving, and distributing time-based media art. Founded in Düsseldorf in 2006, the institute has had its own video art channel, IMAI Play, since 2021. This focuses on a participatory presentation of videos from the IMAI archive and invites users to put together their own video programs, share them and comment on others.
More info about the IMAI – Inter Media Art Institute

Videonale e. V. is a non-profit association based in Bonn, which was founded in 1984 to offer a first platform in Germany for the then still young international video art – making Videonale Bonn one of the earliest festivals for video art worldwide. Since then, the association has dedicated itself to presenting contemporary video art in all its facets, addressing a regional, national and international audience. Every two years, the association organizes “VIDEONALE – Festival for Video and Time-based Arts” with an exhibition presentation and an extensive festival program. Since 2010, the VIDEONALE has had an online video archive with over 300 entries.
More info about the Videonale e. V.
More info about the online video archive
More info about VIDEONALE.scope

Credits:  Installation View, VIDEO DIGEST, 2023, Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne, Foto: Palazzo Photography

Studio Trafique | WEHR51: “FULLDEMO.CRACY”

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Studio Trafique | WEHR51: “FULLDEMO.CRACY”


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Duration: October 2022 to December 2023

FULLDEMO.cracy is a realistic live theater game with escape room character.

The multiplayer live setting allows the audience to become actors in the story and experience the achievements and challenges of democratic processes at first hand. The action centers around the fundamental questions: What form of democracy do we want to live in and how can we actively shape it?

2023: A previously unknown group has occupied several of the parliament buildings of the city. To date, it is not fully clear what their intentions are.
Who are these self-proclaimed “democrats”? Until it has been verified whether the perpetrators are armed and what their goals are, special task forces and counter-terrorism units are on standby. For now, there will be no intervention to prevent an escalation.

Is this an attack on the status quo or a necessary revolution in politics and society? And who are the minds behind this supposedly decentralised movement?

“Welcome, player. We need your help. Consider all your decisions: The future of humanity could depend on you. The clock is ticking from now on.”

Crude conspiracy theories and a global shift to the political right are holding each other’s feet to the fire. “Volksstürme” on parliaments of democratically organized constitutional states are a frightening “fad” not only in Brazil, the USA and Germany. Trafique react to these threatening scenarios with an artistic echo room that is designed on an interdisciplinary basis: The production FULLDEMO.cracy is being created by a team of artists, media designers and programmers in order to extend the performative design space with the latest digital and narrative methods.

The players are divided into two teams that play with and against each other in separate locations. They are accompanied by two actors who contribute storytelling elements on the one hand and can control the course of the game as game masters on the other.

A local server gives the players access to the web interface created especially for the play, which becomes a central location for the live game theater. Light/sound and various interactive elements in the room (e.g. buttons and motors) react directly to the gameplay and thus to the actions of the players.

The project is also funded by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the NRW Kultursekretariat Wuppertal and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW.

Premiere: December 6, 2023
More performances: March 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2024 | 8 p.m.
Location: Studio Trafique, Merheimer Straße 2

Studio Trafique – Institute for the design of theatrical visions of the future is a theater founded in Cologne in 2021 that focuses on contemporary aesthetics. The focus is on developing new forms of theater by combining familiar theatrical aesthetics with film and digital technologies. Studio Trafique is run by Ensemble Trafique with the artistic management team consisting of Anna Marienfeld and Björn Gabriel.

Studio Trafique was awarded the Kölner Kulturpreis für Junge Initiativen in 2022 for its initiative in the digitalisation of the performing arts. Over the past ten years, they have created a diverse program of various productions and have continuously developed further – always in search of appropriate manifestations for their contemporary content. In doing so, they overcome superficial genre boundaries.

Using digital and filmic elements, they extend the conventional representation and impact spaces of performing arts. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Trafique has developed the pioneering format of hybrid live-film theater, in which live character is always the main element: with live direction, live video editing and live sound engineering, every medium always refers to the theatrical situation and creates new experiences for the audience.
More info about Studio Trafique

WEHR51 (under the artistic direction of Andrea Bleikamp and Rosi Ulrich) focuses on the realization of its own concepts and theater texts, which are dedicated to current and socio-politically relevant topics. This is linked to the search for new dramaturgical approaches that lead to unusual performance venues and include immersive art forms. In the artistic debate, the content determines the form. The initial idea and theme define the dramaturgical approach, in which the tools of acting, dance, music, video and others are equally combined and expanded. The result is a diverse program of ‘hybrid’ productions.

WEHR51 sees the audience as part of the production. The aim is not to force the audience to participate or to lecture them, but rather to sensually warm people up, to question the themes and to rethink them.
More info about WEHR51

Image: ©Tobias Weikamp

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum | Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM): “Leaky Archive”

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Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum | Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM): “Leaky Archive”

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum | Academy of Media Arts Cologne

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Duration: spring until november 2023

The Leaky Archive project investigates how colonial archives and collections can be further developed in post-colonial times. Based on the free / libre open source philosophy, the teams of the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum (RJM) and the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM), in collaboration with local and international institutions, colleagues and the public, are creating a new kind of archive – lively, multi-perspective and polyphonic. As part of this archive project, digital fellowships will be launched that focus on the fundamental perspectives of online collaboration, knowledge exchange and decentralised infrastructure. The project does not aim to transfer analogue ideas into the digital space, but to digitally rethink the RJM’s collections, the consequences of their digitization, the possibilities of their mediation and their radical democratisation through the creation of guides. The fellowships are aimed at artists, activists, makers, experts or collectives from the Global South. In each round, four fellows spend three months researching their own idea. They provide insights into the results of their research in digital public tours and lecture performances.

How can colonial archives and collections be critically explored and reflected on using digital technologies? This question is addressed by a digital scholarship programme, which focuses, for example, on the question of how digitised collections can be communicated in a new way.

Click here for the digital Leaky Archive

The exhibition opening took place on September 6, 2023 at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne.

In this podcast episode, Sophie Emilie Beha talks to curator Agustina Andreoletti about the project.

Founded in 1901 in the southern part of Cologne, the museum was reopened in 2010 as the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Kulturen der Welt in a new building in the city center. Around 70,000 items from daily life and rituals and around 100,000 historical photographs from Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas are kept there. Based on this primarily historical collection, various perspectives on the shared cultural heritage are opened up, with diverse past, present and future levels of meaning.

The Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) was founded in 1989 and opened in Cologne in 1990. Today, the KHM is a major part of the German art and film school landscape. It represents a project-oriented approach and specifically promotes the interdisciplinary examination of various artistic fields (including photography, fiction, documentary and experimental film, video and light art, camera and image design, experimental computer science, theory, aesthetics and the history of machines, the arts and media).

Credits: Photos Depot: © Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum | Photos Edit-a-thon: @ Dörthe Boxberg

MIREVI (Hochschule Düsseldorf) | Ruhrgebieterinnen: “You better don’t know”


MIREVI (Hochschule Düsseldorf) | Ruhrgebieterinnen: “You better don’t know”

MIREVI (Hochschule Düsseldorf) | Ruhrgebieterinnen

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Duration: June 2023 to June 2024

Post-digital culture meets science fiction: the art project You better don’t know questions and stages the relationship between the environment, humans and the sense of reality and develops speculative narratives for paranormal and extraterrestrial experiences.

You better don’t know creates a fascinating surreal encounter with extraterrestrial life. The artists take up the UFO myth to invite us to play and experiment with orders of reality. The participants stand in the center of the action: In a hypnotic state between dreaming and being awake, they leave their familiar everyday surroundings to enter a post-apocalyptic world full of challenges. In exchange with beings from entirely alien worlds, they become active co-creators of a possible future.

Since my first paranormal, extraterrestrial experience at the age of eight in the form of a light phenomenon in the sky that cannot be clearly defined, I have always wondered whether this encounter was real or merely an illusion of light that appeared due to excessive consumption of sci-fi films.

I WANT TO BELIEVE. My faith in humanity is based on our post-digital society finding a solution for dealing with intolerance and rejection of the foreign / alien.
(Vesela Stanoeva))

The artistic project You better don’t know promotes the collaboration of various institutions and artists from a wide range of artistic disciplines (including media art, creative coding, sound design, dance, lighting design, scenography, costume design, 3D design) in order to jointly address the topic of the post-digital society against the backdrop of social and political change. The results of the cooperation project were presented at the NEW NOW Festival for Digital Arts in Essen in 2023. At least two further performances are also planned at Dortmund’s Theater im Depot.

Ruhrgebieterinnen is a collective of female artists founded in 2021 by Vesela Stanoeva and Elisabeth Drache and specialises in digital performance. In various performative and installation projects, they explore new forms of encounters and differences as well as the potential of diversity.
More info about Ruhrgebieterinnen

MIREVI is the “Mixed Reality and Visualization” working group at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. In an external laboratory near Düsseldorf’s main railway station, a team of scientists, technicians and designers work together with artists on innovative human-technology interfaces that appeal to the whole body.
More info about MIREVI

Credits: @ Ruhrgebieterinnen

KASSIA & the Convent(ion) A Performative Archive


KASSIA & the Convent(ion) A Performative Archive


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The composer, poet & Byzantine abbess Kassia is considered the first European composer whose works have survived and still play an important role in European (music) history. Kassia was born in Constantinople in 810. Kassia is not only an enigmatic personality as a musician. She is also a writer of astonishing radicalism, composing not only sacred poetry but also secular texts, of which more than 250 have survived in the form of epigrams. Last but not least, she appears as a political figure who rhetorically opposes the emperor Theophilos in his search for a bride.

Kassia is a kind of early feminist and cosmopolitan role model. Her work was taken by kainkollektiv and various artists, scholars and institutions from Germany, Poland and Turkey as the starting point for a multi-dimensional and multidimensional project consisting of the KASSIA opera performance and the (digital) KASSIA conference. Finally, the KASSIA online exhibition/archive aims to make these project parts visible in a bundled form and link them interactively. The online exhibition/archive KASSIA will make the Kassia cosmos accessible, with all media developed in the previous parts of the project – music, texts, performance, lectures, images, portraits etc. – becoming part of this digital space.
More info about the KASSIA-Archiv 

In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in the Media Art Fund and by the City of Bochum.
More info about the cooperation

The international artist team kainkollektiv has been working in various collaborations on theatrical scores between theater, installation and performance since 2009. These collaborations, from Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia to Poland, Croatia and Cameroon, are dedicated to a cooperative theater of time. Working in international (co-)productions – the music-theatrical, docu-fictional GLOBE OPERAS, a performance format invented by kainkollektiv and based on extensive research – is a central component of the working method.
More info about kainkollektiv

The collective sputnic develops new scenographic productions and installations using specially designed media and stage spaces. They experiment with crossover projects that combine analog, digital and media resources to create narratives and visual worlds on stage. In 2015, the collective created a new genre in theater and film with the production “The Possibility of an Island”: Live Animation Cinema. The production “IOTA.KI” was awarded Best Production 2019 at the HART AM WIND Festival in Kiel and included in the official program of the Ruhrfestspiele 2020.
More info about sputnic

MIREVI (Mixed Reality and Visualization) at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences in the Department of Media is a team of digital media experts, computer scientists, designers and artists – all with a common interest in developing and implementing the best possible user experience for a wide variety of contexts. We work hard to create innovative interfaces between people and technology that are novel, useful and sustainable.
More info about MIREVI

Illustrations: © Malte Jehmlich & Verena Herbst

Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl | Kollektiv 42 | cityscaper | Folkwang Universität der Künste: “Augmented Art Advertising”

Augmented Art Advertising
Augmented Art Advertising

Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl | Kollektiv 42 | cityscaper | Folkwang Universität der Künste: “Augmented Art Advertising”

Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl | cityscaper | Folkwang Universität der Künste

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Duration: July and August 2022

adARt – Augmented Art Advertising is an interdisciplinary media art project and a design experiment to communicate cultural content using contemporary technologies. The Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, the Essen-based media art duo Kollektiv 42, the Aachen-based cityscaper GmbH and the Folkwang University of the Arts are planning an innovative augmented reality project to virtually extend the museum space to the exhibition architecture of advertising in public spaces. The interest here is not only in the critical examination of the structural omnipresence of product marketing. Equally decisive is the intensive, cross-sector discourse on the technical possibilities and medial difficulties of mixed reality systems.

With a freely available app, interested people all over NRW will be able to experience the advertising posters in their neighbourhood as exhibition spaces of an augmented reality, create collections of their favourite artworks and learn more about the artists. In August 2022, the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl will then invite visitors to a special highlight: the virtualised collection and the temporary adARt exhibition with artworks specially developed for the AR space. Visitors can explore the exhibition on their own with the app or take part in curated guided tours in the city centre equipped with tablets.

With a symposium in the SANAA building at the Zollverein World Heritage Site, Kollektiv 42 and Folkwang University of the Arts will offer a platform for cross-sector discourse on mixed reality systems on November 11, 2022 in Essen. Project results will be presented publicly and reflected in various contexts through exhibition elements, guest lectures and a panel discussion.

Participating artists: Lotta Bauer, Thiemo Frömberg, Hamidreza Ghasemi, Huong Huynh, Elena Kruglova, Donja Nasseri, Jana Kerima Stolzer & Lex Rütten, Julia Unkel. The texts for the media art works were written by students at the Ruhr University Bochum within the seminar “Artistic Interventions in the Smart City” by Professor Dr. Annette Urban.


12th – 28th August 2022

Opening on Friday, August 12th at 6 pm
Museum director Georg Elben and the head of the cultural department of the city of Marl, Claudia Schwidrik-Grebe, will speak.

The Expanded Worlds, a free translation of the English technical term Augmented Reality, describe a reality that is expanded with the help of a technical device, a smartphone or a tablet. The Expanded Worlds are an interdisciplinary media art project and a creative experiment in conveying museum content through the use of contemporary technologies. In this project, the large advertising posters placed at central locations throughout cities are recognized by a specially developed app and replaced with new content on the display: All you have to do is hold a smartphone in the direction of the poster and a work of art appears on the screen instead of the advertisement.

The Expanded Worlds consists of two parts, with the first part being location-based and only available to experience in Marl starting August 12th. This urban media art exhibition follows a route in Marl-Hüls, which starts at the new location of the museum at the Martin Luther King School. Students from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and other young artists from North Rhine-Westphalia have created ten new media art works for this project – videos, animations or acoustic-visual experiments – which are assigned to specific advertising posters and take part in a walk of about an hour. This format is similar to a classic outdoor exhibition, where the works of art are communicated using small technical devices that have become indispensable in our everyday lives: this art is virtual, it does not need picture frames or concrete bases.

In the second part, those interested from all over North Rhine-Westphalia can experience the advertising posters in their neighborhood as exhibition areas of an augmented reality. The Skulpturenmuseum Marl owns around 700 works on canvas as well as drawings and graphics on paper, which have not been on display for a long time because the museum concentrates on its main areas: sculpture, video and sound art. Now a selection of around 200 works of art are being made accessible in this technically advanced form. They include landscapes, still lifes and depictions of people, which were purchased by the city of Marl at the end of the 1960s to decorate prestigious locations in the then new town hall, long before the museum existed.

The Extended Worlds are a joint project by Anastasija Delidova and Philip Popien of the Essen media art duo Kollektiv 42, Robin Römer and the programmers from cityscaper GmbH from Aachen and the Skulpturenmuseum Marl.

During the exhibition period of the exhibition “Erweiterte Welten – urbane Medienkunst” in Marl from 12 August to 28 August 2022, the Sculpture Museum offers two additional special guided tours of the outdoor exhibition every week in addition to the usual neighbourhood tours (always Sundays 11h30, start at Creiler Platz, with registration // 15h30, start at the museum, without registration). Together with an art mediator, the tour explores the district of Marl-Hüls and discovers a total of 10 media artworks, some of which were created site-specifically for the exhibition in Marl.

For the tour, visitors can bring their own mobile device with a stable internet connection on which the app adARt is installed. This is available free of charge from the Google Play Store and the AppStore. Alternatively, a device can be borrowed for the tour of the museum. The tour is free of charge and will be offered every Wednesday at 5 pm for the next two weeks. The tour starts at the Sculpture Museum and ends there again. It lasts about 90 minutes and is free of charge.

Image.: © Stephan Wolters

Rottstr5-Kunsthallen | Women In New Media Art (WINMA): “WOMEN IN MEDIA ART LAB BEEP”

Women in New Media
Women in New Media

Rottstr5-Kunsthallen | Women In New Media Art (WINMA): “WOMEN IN MEDIA ART LAB BEEP”

Women In New Media Art (WINMA) | Rottstr5-Kunsthallen

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Duration: October 2022

The Media Artists’ Lab took place from 10-15 October 2022.

Women in New Media Art and Rottstr5-Kunsthallen were organising a one-week media art lab by women artists for women artists in NRW for the first time. Six female media artists had the opportunity to exchange their working methods, get to know each other and work artistically and technically together. Female media artists could apply for an open call.

When selecting the artists, the diversity of the applicants’ artistic genres was taken into account in order to stimulate an interdisciplinary creative process on the one hand and to be able to investigate different conceptual and technical approaches within media art on the other. Applications from artists from the fields of video and sound art, virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence and coding as well as colleagues who conceive hybrid or purely digital performance formats were welcomed.

The aim of the project was to bring together women media artists in a free environment to create collaborative works. In terms of content, the lab focussed on examining one’s own identity as a media artist. What particular challenges must be overcome? How can specific media skills be acquired? What presentation spaces and discourses exist and where do women media artists find their position?

The lab participants were provided with infrastructure to develop one or more joint interdisciplinary media art projects. It was also accompanied by a series of interviews with other media artists. The aim was to find out the needs and potential, which were documented on film. The results were published on a project website and are a first step towards establishing a platform for women media artists. In the long term, it is planned to establish an interactive network for women in media art.

The jury consisted of the organisers Christine Bödeker, Anastasija Delidova and Roberta de Lacerda Medina (Women in New Media Art) and Seta Guetsoyan (Rottstr5 Kunsthallen).

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | 7 p.m.

Public discussion with Prof. Dr. Henriette Gunkel and artist Mari Len Rapprich
moderated by Seta Guetsoyan

Friday, October 14, 2022 | 7 p.m.
Presentation of the lab results
Film screening Medienkünstlerinnen – eine Dokumentation

Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 3 – 6 p.m.
Exhibition with works by
Anastasija Delidova, Christine Bödeker, Die Ruhrgebieterinnen, Jiyun Park, Katia Sophia Ditzler, Roberta de Lacerda Medina, Tina Tonagel, Valentina Bonev

Women In New Media Art (WINMA) was founded in 2020 by female media artists from the North Rhine-Westphalia area to develop and promote contemporary art with new media by female artists. The intention is to build a network for women in media art.
More info about Women in New Media Art (WINMA)

The Rottstr5 Kunsthallen are a presentation venue for transdisciplinary art and cultural-political discourse. In addition to presenting professionals, the Rottstr5-Kunsthallen promote young artists.
More info about Rottstr5 Kunsthallen

Abb.: © Anastasija Delidova | © Dr. Martin Bluma

LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur | Westfälischer Kunstverein with Nina Fischer & Maroan el sani: “Cloud Alchemy – Art, Activism and splitting Communities”


LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur | Westfälischer Kunstverein with Nina Fischer & Maroan el sani: “Cloud Alchemy – Art, Activism and splitting Communities”

ARTISTS: Nina Fischer, Maroan el sani

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A 6-channel-video-installation exhibited in LWL-Museum of Art and Culture within the scope of the cooperation exhibition „Nimmersatt? Thinking society without growth“ (November 27th 2021-February 27th 2022)

Nina Fischer (*1965, Emden)  & Maroan el Sani (*1966, Duisburg) frequently develop their video projects in workshops and employing performative scenes with actresses and actors. For the Cloud Al­chemy project, the artists have staged a simulation game in the rainwater collec­tion basin at Berlin’s abandoned Tempelhof Airport. Like the venue itself, the pro­tagonists find themselves in a transitional situation. Using texts by Japanese writer Toshiki Okada, a glowing cloud hovering over a village becomes the catalyst for an ominous social divide. This cloud forces people to decide whether they want to try radically new ways of living and types of housing and drastically curtail their con­sumption, or whether everything should remain as it is. The natural phenomenon is illustrative of a global problem, and represents differences and tensions. Fischer & el Sani pose key questions about the non-historical occurrence of division that pa­ralyses and undermines societies around the world: Do we feel called to immediate action? Or do we want to limit our perception to one of a mere natural phenomenon and not draw any consequences?

Co-produced by the LWL-Museum of Art and Culture. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW.

Cooperative exhibition: Kunsthalle Münster, LWL-Museum of Art and Culture and Westfälischer Kunstverein
November 27th 2021 – February 27th 2022
Opening: November 26th 2021

At three venues in Münster a total of 25 international artists will present works in different media and raise the question of what might take the place of the existing economic and social models in the future. In three rounds of talks on the opening day, experts and artists will speak about themes such as responsibility, abundance or capital. The almost 30 works of art on show make reference to current crises, social inequality, climate change, illness, war, refugee movements, xenophobia and the attendant developments. The works ask which other options exist apart from growth.

The exhibition will include video installations, drawings, photographs and sculptures, along with works in the public domain. In addition to a series of works on loan, the venues will feature several new productions that emerged in dialogue with the curators and are being shown here for the first time.
More info about the exhibition
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Photography: Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, “The Alchemy of Clouds -Art, Activism and Splitting Communities”, 6-channel video installation, funnel-shaped wooden construction, 2021. Production Still, 2021 © Fischer & elSani and VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2021.