Picturing Places Around the World / Remix
Mansard of Kronprinz barracks
The exhibition focuses on artistic interventions in the urban space and artistic analyses of urban phenomena, often with a performance character. In what sense is the city not a fixed entity, but in the state of permanent flux? Whom does the city belong to? How do artists capture the public space? Does the artistic use of the public space already have a political dimension? Is the city only a backdrop for artistic self-expression? Or does its resonance in the electronic media and in video art sharpen our awareness of urban contexts?
The exhibition project reflects the different artistic approaches of contemporary video art to urban phenomena. Special emphasis is placed on the staging of performance actions and the development of narratives that are associated with the topography of cities and suburbs, such as in the works of Rui Calçada Bastos, Cālin Dan, Niklas Goldbach, Rathke / Woditschka and Larissa Sansour. Hito Steyerl documents and critically reflects the architectural and political changes around Potsdamer Platz in Berlin from 1990 to 1998. Anatoly Shuravlev, Nasan Tur and Amir Yatziv focus on phenomena such as graffiti, the political dimension of cartography or the connection of space and power, which they take as subjects for their conceptual pieces.
«Picturing Places Around the World / Remix» consists of works by international artists from the collection of Video-Forum at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), the oldest video art collection in Germany. Founded in 1971 on the initiative of artists and cultural producers, Video-Forum devotes itself to collecting, presenting and communicating the new medium, being one of the first institutions around the world to do so. Its growing library now includes over 1,500 works of international video art, ranging from the beginnings to the present day.
Major focuses of the collection, having grown for more than four decades, are established along the history of the medium: Fluxus, video performance, feminist video practice, media-reflexive approaches and contemporary video art from Berlin. Key works from the early phase of video art by Marina Abramović / Ulay, Vito Acconci, VALIE EXPORT, Rebecca Horn, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Ulrike Rosenbach, Bill Viola, Peter Weibel or Wolf Vostell are represented as well as current productions by Reynold Reynolds, Corinna Schnitt, Hito Steyerl, Nasan Tur or Hague Yang. In recent years, a focus on Eastern European art was created with positions such as Olga Chernysheva, Călin Dan, Oleg Kulik, Zoran Naskovski or Tanja Ostojić. Apart from single-channel works of individual artists, the collection includes selected anthologies and documentations of historical stages of video art, such as Ira Schneider's documentation of the first video exhibition TV as a Creative Medium (1969) and Vision & Television (1970) or the documentation Happening / Art / Protest / 1968 (1981) and the Fluxfilm Anthology (1996), with works from the 1960s by George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, George Brecht, Paul Sharits and Ben Vautier.
With the aim of promoting contemporary positions Video-Forum regularly and since 1972 acts as a co-producer of new works - most recently by Arno Brandlhuber & Christopher Roth, Ciprian Mureşan, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Christian Jankowski, Bjørn Melhus, Mathilde ter Heijne and Artur Żmijewski. Comprehensive exhibition projects, screenings, discussions and artist talks as well as the possibility of viewing the works in the in-house video lounge contribute to the visibility of the medium. By launching the projects Video Of The Month and Video Tapes and the n.b.k. video channel in cooperation with the creative platform ARTE Creative by the TV station Arte, Video-Forum, with selected works from the collection, entered the field of presenting and distributing video art in the world wide web.
As a co-operation of Video-Forum and the Goetz Collection, Munich, the Nordstern Videokunstzentrum (video art center) opened in October 2012, after a two year phase of planning and construction, in the former Nordstern mine in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The architecturally impressive and artistically outstanding project brings together important works of international video art from the past and present in semi-annually changing exhibitions, which are exclusively equipped with works from both collections.
With its history of over four decades of collecting, Video-Forum is one of the most consistent institutions in Germany in relation to collecting, exhibiting and communicating video art and offers a comprehensive overview of the main lines of development in 45 years of contemporary art history.
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