Berlin Mitte, Friedrich Str. 112A
February 8, 2200-2300
curated by Kim Collmer with assistance
from the Voyeur Collective
Monumental shows work which in some ways both subverts and
rallies behind the notion of monument. Often a singular object suggesting
timelessness, the nature of monuments and their meaning becomes more complex
as we see evidence of crumbling dynasties around us. The theme for the screening
is loosely addressed with works about religious ritual, technology, unfilled
journeys, political commemoration, home, pompous ritual, cultural history,
and nature's glories. We will be screening an international group of artists.
The running time is approximately 55 minutes.
& Melanie Manos
Voshardt & Humphrey
Sofi Basseghi | Melbourne, Australia
The Dance, 2006, 4'40min.
The Dance is a short response to depictions of familiar yet strange and frightening
visions of mass religious hysteria. Men particularly perform this ritual publicly
as the women admire silently. These images are contrasted by a woman dancing
in solitude in a serene, mystic and sensual interior enclosure of a cave in
a southern island of Iran, Kish.
This work is an artistic impression of the complexity of society where women's
rights are menacingly violated. At the same time it portrays both a collective
and individual struggle for contemporary social and cultural freedom.
Buckius & Manos | Ann Arbor, MI
101 Ways to Humanize Technology, 2007, 3:11 min.
101 Ways to Humanize Technology investigates the familiar technological landscape
in new, humanized ways. Working as a team, The ManosBuckius Cooperative, we
interact physically with technological devices by using them to perform unconventional,
bizarre and highly non-productive tasks. The work proposes that everyday technologies
might be reinterpreted in absurd, playful, and strange ways, and that the
nature of productivity and function be re-examined. We situate our physical
bodies in odd arrangements with technological objects, which become unsuspecting
cohorts in our improvised activities. The dynamic is hardly one-sided, however:
the objects often indicate the nature and rhythm of our movement and inspire
mischievous, albeit highly serious, responses from us. The ManosBuckius Cooperative
is intensely purposeful in its purposelessness.
Jennifer Davy | Berlin, Germany
Mulo, 2008, 14:46 min.
Film by Jennifer Davy, Actors: Anette Schaeffer and Miles Chalcraft
Special thanks to sub-art, Razanj, Croatia
Shot entirely on an Aiptek Pocket DV camera, Mulo is a short film and quest
for perception. Through the lens of naïveté on a path of futility
"she" embarks on an "Odyssette" pursuit for ... Mulo.
Sven Kalden | Berlin, Germany
Palpatine am Platz der Vereinten Nationen, 2007, 8:46 min.
Project Sven Kalden, Cinematography Wolf Wachner, Costume Nike Hinsberg, Photo
documentation Thomas Bruns, Fountain Technique Wilfried Krauss
Wichtige Protagonisten für das Projekt "Palpetine am Platz der Vereinten
Nationen" ist vor allem die zweilichtige Figur des Kanzlers Palpetine
selbst, der durch seinen Satz "I love democracy, I love the republic"
Filmgeschichte geschreiben hat und natuerlich die im Kreis gruppierten Gesteinsformationen
am Platz der V.N. die als michrige Brunnenanlage Verwendung finden. Der Ort,
der vor 1989 durch ein 19 Meter grosses Leninmonument dominiert und von einer
stilisierten Fahne (Hochhaus) flakiert wurde, wird heutzutage nur unzureichend
seinem Anspruch gerecht, naemlich Heimstaette der geballten Kraft aller Nationen
dieser Erde zu sein. Genau hier galt es einzugreifen und dem Platz (zumindest
temporaer) zu einem neuen Selbstbewusstsein zu verhelfen. Und wer, wenn nicht
Kanzler Palpetine, koennte diesen verloren gegangen Machtanspruch re-initiieren.
Die bislang lose hingeworfenen Steinbrocken werden durch Palpetines visuelle
Eingriffe und Handlungen zu einer Art Kultstaette uminterpretiert und koennen
somit dem Glauben an-und eine Identifikation mit dem Werten (values) der globalen
Gemienschaft der Voelker (Vereinte Nationen) durch den Ort erwirken.
Martin Koeppl | Munich, Germany
Stadtluft, 2007, DV-PAL, 5:16 min.
This short ilm is part of my Towers series of videos/films which take Le Corbusier's
Utopia of a Modernist City of Towers as their critical starting points. "Stadtluft"
shows contemporary urban life alongside Concentration Camp Memorial Site watch
towers. It references Dachau's endowment of city status in 1933, as well as
the establishment of the first Nazi Concentration Camp in that same year.
Sophia New | Berlin, Germany
Curiouser and Curiouser, DVD and Installation, 2006
With air travel becoming cheaper and distances smaller, the choice of where
one lives becomes extended, but questions of where one is from or what home
is become more complex. Dressed as a hybrid of Dorothy from the Wizard of
Oz and Alice in Wonderland, I walked the streets, parks, airports, hotels,
houses, flats and beaches of places I encountered in the six months in the
crISIS residency. These indcluded a house in Bristol, a studio in Berlin,
Munich Airport, and a beach near Newcastle. This walking became a contemplative
questioning of place and identity. A dialogue between the two characters emerged
as a way of elucidating questions that are pressing for me.
Sean Reynard | Germany & Australia
A Veritable Logorrhea, 2007, DVD, 15:00 min.
Two 18th Century aristocrats make their obligatory annual perambulation around
the palace grounds of Mr Liptrott.
Bridget Walker | Melbourne, Australia
One Verse, No Chorus, 2007, 5:32 min.
One Verse, No Chorus was developed independently by Bridget Walker during
a period of time spent in the Northern Territory, Australia. It recently appeared
as part of the Experimental/ Conceptual Shorts program of the 56th Melbourne
International Film Festival. It was also screened at EXiS07 Experimental Film
& Video Festival, Seoul, Korea and in the Southern Panorama of the 16th
International Electronic Art Festival SESC VIDEOBRASIL.
Voshardt & Humphrey | New York
Cloudland, 2004, DVD, 3:24 min.
Cloudland opens with an ominous sky and the phrase “Soon we must worry
about time...but not for almost a day,” spoken by the artists at various
speeds and on multiple tracks. It’s a visual and verbal conundrum that
seems pressing – yet begs procrastination – while the viewer is
transported through stills of dissolving clouds and vapor trails. The accompanying
soundtrack descends into silence, creating a feeling of suspension and temporary
weightlessness before intensifying once again.