53rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
Lichtburg Filmpalast, Elsaesser Str. 26
In its 2007 edition, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is continuing to explore the boundaries between cinema and artists’ film and video work. The festival is pleased to invite artists, curators, film and art critics and the audience to Kinomuseum, an exhibition that takes the form of a series of cinema programmes exploring the relationship between cinema and the museum.
Within the Kinomuseum programme, Oberhausen will premiere three works created especially for the festival: Morgan Fisher’s Screening Room (1968/2007), accompanied by an artists’ talk, Pierre Bismuth’s Following the Right Hand of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergmann in Casablanca, and Steve Reinke’s new video One Night at André’s. It also includes works by Marina Abramovic, The American Museum of Natural History, Bernadette Corporation, Gregg Bordowitz, Pablo Bronstein, David Dempewolf, Georges Franju, Megan Fraser, Hermine Freed, Dan Graham, Emma Hart, Judith Hopf, Joan Jonas, William E. Jones, Amar Kanwar, David Lamelas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sherry Milner with Ernie Larsen, Deimantas Narkevicius, Seth Price, Alain Resnais, Michael Robinson, David Thorne and Julia Meltzer, Sarah Vanagt, Emily Wardill, Lawrence Weiner, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa and Ina Wudtke amongst many others.
Curated by Ian White (Adjunct Film Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London), Kinomuseum proposes an alternative to the conservative separation between the museum and the auditorium, imagining a new kind of museum rising from the foundations of an artists’ cinema. A museum that is transitory and poses the auditorium as a vital site of exchange and experience. A museum that enables the exhibition of works where meaning is contingent upon the principles and operating systems of the cinema.
Kinomuseum consists of a ten-part series of programmes. Five programmes of work will examine artists’ representations of the museum and its associated structures and ideas. Five guest curators have been invited, through selecting one film programme each, to construct a unique imaginary museum in the cinema itself: Achim Borchardt-Hume (curator, Tate, London; proposes “Zeichentrick,” a museum on the line between film and painting), AA Bronson (artist, New York; proposes “Sex Work: The museum as brothel, art house as porn house”), Mary Kelly (artist, Los Angeles; proposes “Fallout”, a museum of disaster), Mark Leckey (artist, London; personally presents a specially conceived collection) and Emily Pethick (director, Casco Projects, Utrecht; proposes a “Hall of Mirrors”).
Kinomuseum is accompanied by two discussions: on May 7, Chrissie Iles (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York), Alexander Horwath (Austrian Film Museum, Vienna), Marysia Lewandowska (artist, London), Philippe-Alain Michaud (Centre Pompidou, Paris) and Vanessa Joan Mueller (Kunstverein fuer die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Duesseldorf) will discuss the question “Does the museum fail?”. On May 6, Matt Hanson (writer and filmmaker, Brighton), Oskar Negt (writer and sociologist, Hannover), Jonathan Rosenbaum (film critic, Chicago) and Gertjan Zuilhof (International Film Festival Rotterdam) will talk about “Privatisation of film experience”, moderated by Olaf Moeller (writer and film critic, Cologne).
In addition to Kinomuseum, Oberhausen will present four profiles of artists and filmmakers Guy Ben-Ner (Israel), Marjoleine Boonstra (Netherlands), Kanai Katsu (Japan) and Ken Kobland (USA), a series of screenings of the leading experimental film distributors across the globe and, of course, the traditional four competition sections.