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Beyond the Screen – Reflections On The Public Sphere

From September 2023 to early February 2024, the Goethe-Institut Montreal, in cooperation with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), presents a programme of 20 video works from n.b.k Video-Forum’s extensive video art collection, curated by Anna Lena Seiser (Head of Collection n.b.k. Video-Forum).

Videostill Kristina Paustian, Positions, 2018 © die Künstlerin / n.b.k. | 1x1© Kristina Paustian / n.b.k.

On display are videos by renowned artists from Germany, such as Hito Steyerl, Alicia Kwade and Antje Ehmann, who are no strangers to Quebec - but also video works by international artists, such as Pilvi Takala, Richard Serra and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

On the one hand, the selected works reflect - sometimes critically, but also humorously - the geographical position of the projection screens at the Goethe-Institut Montreal, in the middle of the city, at a busy intersection on Ontario Street and St. Laurent Boulevard, i.e. a place of urban passage, but on the other hand they also represent the diversity of the n.b.k. Video-Forum collection.

The individual films will each be shown for a week from sunset to 2:00 a.m. on the three external projection screens of the Goethe-Institut Montreal at 1626 Boul. St-Laurent, and can be viewed on an indoor screen during the Institut's opening hours. 

  • „S.C.H.A.F.E.“ von Wolf Kahlen © Wolf Kahlen/n.b.k.
    "S.C.H.A.F.E." by Wolf Kahlen (1975)
  • "SORRY" by Stefan Panhans © Stefan Panhans/n.b.k.
    "SORRY" by Stefan Panhans (2010)
  • "A Crisis of Everything and Nothing" by Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries © Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries/n.b.k.
    "A Crisis of Everything and Nothing" by Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries (2023)
  • "e-constellations" by Tomas Schmit © Tomas Schmit/n.b.k.
    "e-constellations" by Tomas Schmit (2004)
  • "How to make a Revolution" by Lucia Tkácová and Anetta Mona Chisa © Lucia Tkácová, Anetta Mona Chisa/n.b.k.
    "How to make a Revolution" by Lucia Tkácová and Anetta Mona Chisa (2006)
  • "Positions" by Kristina Paustian © Kristina Paustian/n.b.k.
    "Positions" by Kristina Paustian (2018)
  • "In the event of amnesia the city will recall … " by Denis Beaubois © Denis Beaubois/n.b.k.
    "In the event of amnesia the city will recall … " by Denis Beaubois (1997)
  • "Strike" by Hito Steyerl © Hito Steyerl/n.b.k.
    "Strike" by Hito Steyerl (2010)

About the project

Founded in 1969 in Berlin, the Neue Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) is dedicated to promoting contemporary art.

The project was prompted by the anniversaries of the collaborating institutions - in 2022 the Goethe-Institut Montreal celebrated its 60th anniversary, and in 2021 the n.b.k. Video Forum looked back on 50 years of activity. Founded in 1971 on the initiative of artists and cultural producers in Berlin, the Video-Forum is the oldest and largest video art collection in Germany with 1,700 works of international video art. The collection focuses on Fluxus, feminist video practice, historical and contemporary video art from Berlin and media-reflexive approaches.

List of works:
  • Wolf Kahlen, S.C.H.A.F.E., 1975
  • Lucia Tkácová / Anetta Mona Chisa, How to make a Revolution, 2006
  • Hito Steyerl, Strike, 2010
  • Stefan Panhans, SORRY, 2010
  • Alicja Kwade, In Ewig den Zufall betrachtend, 2014
  • Harun Farocki, Umgießen, 2010
  • Tomas Schmit, e-constellations, 2004
  • Pilvi Takala, Worker’s Forum, 2015
  • Antje Ehmann / Eva Stotz, Labour in a Single Shot: Marseille. Potrait of a City, 2018
  • Corinna Schnitt, Once upon the time, 2006
  • Denis Beaubois, In the event of amnesia the city will recall … , 1997
  • Kristina Paustian, Positions, 2018
  • Eli Cortiñas, Walls Have Feelings, 2019
  • Richard Serra / Nancy Holt, Boomerang, 1974
  • Asta Gröting, PARKEN, 2001
  • Lerato Shadi, Selogilwe, 2010
  • Claus Böhmler, Record Archive on Videotape, 1987
  • Les Levine, I am an Artist, 1979
  • Michael Geißler / Rosalia Müller, Video – Ich sehe mich / Mimikry, 1977
  • Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desparation, 2013
 Dates and details

Anna Lena Seiser

Anna Lena Seiser Anna Lena Seiser | © Ina Niehoff Anna Lena Seiser is a media and cultural studies scholar; as curator at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, she has realized extensive solo and group exhibitions in recent years, including Fire on the Mountain with Megan Rooney, 2019, Simon Fujiwara: Figures in a Landscape, 2016/2017, and in co-curation with Jasmina Merz Welcome to the Jungle, 2018, with Jonathas de Andrade, Kristina Buch, Laura Lima, Liu Shiuyan, Alvaro Urbano, et al. From 2011-2015, Seiser worked for the artist sponsorship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes as well as the postgraduate Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Fellowship Program. In 2009/2010 she was part of the program team of transmediale - Festival for Art and Digital Culture. Seiser's research and publications include the media history of the living image at the intersections of art and science. Her curatorial work focuses on experimental, site-specific exhibition formats, performance and time-based media.