Bongoût’s 15 Year Anniversary presents
Naked in the Gallery | Photographs by Christian Gfeller
Opening reception: Friday, April 16 at 7:00 pm
Exhibition dates: April 16 – May 22, 2010
Blurring the Boundaries
Film Night | Curated by Carolina Hellsgård
Exclusive show times: Friday, April 16, 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
Since april 1995, in the duration of 15 years, Bongoût has hand-printed over 100 silkscreened artist books, designed over 150 posters, 100 record covers, participated in 75 exhibitions, hosted 20 exhibitions, collaborated with countless artists, designers, musicians, movie directors, curators, institutions, moved through 3 cities, and now invite you to celebrate at their Berlin-Mitte location.
Since the opening of the show space in 2008, the rough walls of Torstrasse 110 have hosted a range of solo and group exhibitions, from local to international artists. It has been an experimental space including numerous collaborative projects, guest curators and ideas defining art today.
Reacting to the energy behind each show, Christian Gfeller set out to capture and archive the space within each exhibition, with a series of photographs. To help him with this, he invited various nude models to play within the inspiration that each show uniquely created. What resulted was an explosion of energy, and a whole lot of fun. These photos are archived in 200 small slide records, arranged as precious samples of a time, not too long ago. The installation pays tribute to its own creation, allowing the viewer to interact with the inherent intimacy.
The entire body of Bongoût's publications will be uniquely on display for viewing.
Blurring the Boundaries
Curated by Carolina Hellsgård
Bongoût Gallery proudly presents a diverse and international selection of film and video work that each display a strong personal visual language and refuse easy categorization. Some of the chosen films feature a performance character and a fragmented narrative, others simply tell us about the world in new and exciting ways. In all, the film screening at Bongoût is a unique opportunity to view innovative, experimental and boundary-crossing filmmaking from Berlin and beyond.
The program begins with Gregor Dashuber’s animated film “Never Drive a Car when You are dead”. Dashuber’s stunning hand drawn 2D animation takes us on a bizarre exploration of Berlin’s darker parts. In Bjørn Melhus’s “Murphy”, the artist utilizes the soundtrack of an action film to set the rhythm of stroboscopic light effects. Ultimately, “Murphy” creates a unique viewing experience and powerful abstract vision of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the following short film “Unplay”, the Swedish filmmaker Joanna Rytel investigates taboos and gender roles in a highly personal situation. As in many of Rytel‘s works “Unplay” puts the audience in an equally entertaining and awkward voyeur position. Scott Cummings’ narrative short film “Storm Tiger Mountain” about two children in Los Angeles, depicts the darker side of childhood in a subtle and deeply compelling way.
On the other spectra of filmmaking, John Bock’s “Gast” uses home-movie aesthetics to depict an apartment from a hare’s perspective. The hare moves around a chaotic living room, clearly on top of the world, but for how long? In Keren Cytter’s claustrophobic work “Der Spiegel”, a 42-year-old woman sees herself as a 16 year old, but her mirror image contradicts this idea. As in many of Cytter’s films, “Der Spiegel” ends in a cruel way. Another bleak situation is to be found in Carolina Hellsgård’s lyrical short film “Hunger” which centers around two children and their immigrant neighbors in Berlin-Marzahn.
We are happy to present two videos by Janine Rostron aka “Planning To Rock”. Rostron creates within the disciplines of visual art, performance, theatre, art objects and music, and her videos are inspired by ancient North European mythology and ritual, the contemporary urban world and the lessons coming out of performance art of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The next film in the program "He was once", is made by American director Mary Hestand. "He was once" is a fascinating tale about parental abuse, starring children in the roles of adults and vice versa. It also features a young Todd Haynes. Another film that comments on warped parental roles is Paul McCarthy’s “Family Tyranny/Cultural Soup”. A film which was made when McCarthy received a grant to make a video tape on child abuse.
Enjoy the screening!