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  [CONCEPT FILM (II). Film as Resource in Contemporary Media Art]

Arti et Amicitiae
Rokin 112, 1012 LB, Amsterdam, Niederlande

Tue-Sun 12-6 p.m.

Opening: 3.4.2009, 8 p.m.

Curator: Norbert Pfaffenbichler

Supporting programme
Catalogue presentation UNFINISHED BUSINESS. Dutch Abstracts, 3.4.2009, 7.30 p.m.

Thanks to: Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, Arts Division; Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
The second part of the exhibition series CONCEPT FILM is shown at the Amsterdam-based art association Arti et Amicitiae.

In the exhibition in Amsterdam, works of contemporary artists who use the medium of film as starting point are presented. Such works which analyse the spatialization of the medium of film beyond the dispositiv of cinema are presented. These are audio-visual installations which trigger the presentation of moving images combined with real environments. Virtual and real architectures are related, in order to complement or dialectically oppose each other – depending on the intention of the artists. The audience can intellectually capture or physically experience the analytical and deconstructive artistic work processes in the frame of complex, spatial settings.
Different aspects of the phenomenon of film are analysed and deconstructed, like the technical basis of the illusion of movement (Gebhard Sengmüller), coded perception of space (Lotte Schreiber), elliptic narrative structures (Ben Pointeker) or the complex relation of image and sound (Dariusz Kowalski).
The taking out of two-dimensional moving images of the cinematic context triggers complex, essential transformation processes. The compelling regime of the gaze of cinema is replaced by an autonomous, free floating gaze, active participation supersedes passive consumerist behaviour. Escapism is made impossible in favour of the creation of an awareness of apparatus- and perception-related processes and thereby breaches the common conventions of audio-visual narration techniques.

Dariusz Kowalski, Ben Pointeker, Lotte Schreiber, Gebhard Sengmüller

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Dariusz Kowalski, RECORDING OF INTERROGATION ROOM, 2009. 2 projectors, 1 dvd loop 3', 1 dvd loop 3'30", silent. exhibition view Arti et Amicitiae, photo: Gebhard Sengmüller