Contemporary Experimental Films and Video Art from Germany
Presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto
For the past three years, the German Short Film Association in Dresden has been putting together juried compilations of emerging artists to highlight contemporary experimental films and video art from Germany. The Goethe-Institut will present 10 selected works from the documentary to the experimental, from collages to small essays, for the audience to watch on iPads.
Olaf Stüber, who is the initiator and curator of Videoart at Midnight, an artists’ cinema project in Berlin, said about the 2017 edition:
It is remarkable that film and video art can be brought together – two worlds which seemed to fundamentally exclude each other until recently; two contrasted audiences, two different approaches to production.
But "Emerging Artists" is symptomatic of a recent development in the moving image industry. Over the last years the borders between cinema and art world have melted away. Film festivals all over the world but also the art market show that filmmakers and artists are seeking solidarity.
Eventually the terms we use now –experimental film, short film, artists’ film, video art, time-based media art– will perhaps become irrelevant. Yet, it is crucial to acknowledge that young artists have something to say, making a significant contribution to the current discourse. Because only through real innovation and new input can something new develop.
From Lotte Meret to NEOZOON– these are the names we will certainly encounter more often in the future.
ACHILL (Germany 2012, 09:00 min) directed by Gudrun Krebitz
CONFESSIONS WITH AN OPEN CURTAIN (Germany 2011, 05:30 min) directed by Eli Cortiñas
IN BETWEEN IDENTITIES (Germany 2015, 08:50 min) directed by Aleksandar Radan
MEMORY EXTENDED (Germany 2011, 12:04 min) directed by Yara Spaett
MOON BLINK (Austria/Germany 2015, 10:00 min) directed by Rainer Kohlberger
MY BBY 8L3W (France/Germany 2014, 03:30 min) directed by Art Collective Neozoon
MY THROAT, MY AIR (Germany 2014, 16:00 min) directed by Loretta Fahrenholz
SIEBEN MAL AM TAG BEKLAGEN WIR UNSER LOS UND NACHTS STEHEN WIR AUF, UM NICHT ZU TRÄUMEN (SEVEN TIMES A DAY WE BEMOAN OUR LOT AND AT NIGHT WE GET UP TO AVOID DREAMING) (Germany 2014, 17:30 min) directed by Susann Maria Hempel
STICK IT (Germany 2015, 04:45 min) directed by Stefan Ramirez Pérez
SURFACE GLAZE (Germany 2015, 08:00 min) directed by Lotte Meret Effinger
The juries included: Alfred Rotert (European Media Art Festival), Carsten Spicher (Short Film Festival Oberhausen), Giovanna Thiery (Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media), Insa Wiese (International Short Film Week Regensburg), and Gerhard Wissner (Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival)
Selection curated by Jutta Brendemühl, Goethe-Institut Toronto
Part of EUFF Toronto 2017