Window Projections | Every day from sunset to 02:00 AM. "Boomerang" by Nancy Holt und Richard Serra

BOOMERANG, Nancy Holt & Richard Serra | n.b.k. Videoforum © Nancy Holt / Richard Serra / n.b.k.

Mon, 12/04/2023 -
Sun, 12/10/2023

Goethe-Institut Montreal

n.b.k. Video-Forum | Window Projections

The Goethe-Institut Montreal, in cooperation with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), presents a screening 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).

The individual films will be shown for a week at a time sunset to 2:00 a.m. on the display windows of the Goethe-Institut at 1626 Boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, Québec, H2X 2T1, Canada and can be viewed on an indoor screen during the Goethe-Institut's opening hours:


Nancy Holt, Richard Serra
Collection Video-Forum, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)

Nancy Holt, the main figure in Richard Serra’s video, is connected to the outside world with a microphone and headphones in two signal directions. While she is speaking in front of the camera, her headphones are playing her words with a delay of one second. Through a monologue of self-observation, she is describing her relationship with herself as being caught in a “world of double reflections and refractions.” She attempts to grant expression to an experience that corresponds to the complete technical mediatization of a lifeworld: she feels alienated from herself, which takes on a discursive form in this conceptual video. 
Since the 1960s, Richard Serra (*1939 in San Francisco / USA, lives in New York and Nova Scotia / Canada) has been known primarily as a sculptor of monumental statues in outdoor spaces. To create his sculptures, he works with industrial materials such as lead and rubber, iron and steel. In this process, both the quality of the material and the relationship to space form central elements of his works. Together with Nancy Holt (*1938 in Worcester / USA, †2014 in New York), a pioneer of site-specific installation and the experimental moving image, a joint video work was created. In addition to works in the realm of land art and large-scale installations in public space, Holt experimented with photography and video, especially at the beginning of her career.