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Video performance – that’s more tha n just the filmed document of a performative activity. Surreal laboratories or baer plain studios\, simple experiments test arrangements or complex an d poetic stories – in recent years\, performances have been designed for th e eye of the camera. The mode of presentation directs the viewers’ attentio n to experimental uses of media and artistic activities that draw on a quit e specific method of production and thus have developed a recognisable styl e. In most video performances\, the artist acts single-handedly and without any audience. The technical resources are usually modest. Very early on\, this set of conditions facilitated the development of a new art form that i s neither a simple recording of a performance nor an elaborated video. In t he 1970s\, Marina Abramovic\, Bruce Nauman and others developed the video p erformance as a provocation and a challenging of taboos. Today\, this art f orm seems timeless: It is sophisticated and profound\, and it constantly pr oduces new models of self-reflection.

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The exhibition show s videos of international artists from the last five years and\, in the for m of a prologue\, their classical precursors. While the pioneers of video p erformance took their bodies to the limit\, even injuring themselves in the attempt to overcome taboos\, at least some of the contemporary artists are more light-hearted in their exploration of their own identity.

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Classical Positions: Marina Abramovic\, Sanja Iveko vic\, Bruce Nauman\, Michael Smith and Klaus vom Bruch. Contemporar y Positions: Marc Aschenbrenner (Germany)\, Harriet Dodge/Stanya K ahn (USA)\, Patricija Gilyte (Lithuania)\, Freya Hattenberger (Germany)\, N adja Verena Marcin (Germany)\, Stefanie Ohler (Germany)\, Bjørn Melhus (Ger many)\, L.A. Raeven (Netherlands)\, Johanna Reich (Germany)\, Ene-Liis Semp er (Estonia)\, Jaan Toomik (Estonia)\, Mariana Vassileva (Bulgaria)\, Richa rd T. Walker (Great Britain) und Paul Wiersbinski (Germany).

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The exhibition is a co-operation between the Ausstellun gshalle zeitgenössische Kunst Münster and the guest curator Georg Elben (Co logne)\, director of the Videonale Bonn. As part of the Mediations Biennial \, the exhibition project is simultaneously shown at the Ethnological Museu m/National Museum Poznan (Poland).

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DTEND:20081031 DTSTAMP:20140830T145447 DTSTART:20081031 GEO:51.95202;7.64399 LOCATION:AZKM Muenster\,Hafenweg 28 \nMünster \, 48155 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:VIDEO PERFORMANCE: Models of Self-Reflection\, Marina Abramovic\, S anja Ivekovic\, Bruce Nauman\, Michael Smith und Klaus vom Bruch UID:32093 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20081031T215500 DTSTAMP:20140830T145447 DTSTART:20081031T193500 GEO:51.95202;7.64399 LOCATION:AZKM Muenster\,Hafenweg 28 \nMünster \, 48155 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:VIDEO PERFORMANCE: Models of Self-Reflection\, Marina Abramovic\, S anja Ivekovic\, Bruce Nauman\, Michael Smith und Klaus vom Bruch UID:32094 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR