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28th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival. This year, 14 installations by artists from six countries, selected out of more than 300 submissions. The exhibition focuses on installations, which contrast the single-channel projection as used in movie theatres and thereby exploring and creating new possibilities of projecting.

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The exhibition Monitoring, which has been hosted by the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival since 1997, deals with contemporary positions of media art. Since the exhibition does not have a preset topic, it is flexible to react to current developments of media art and to display a broad spectrum. 14 installations were chosen from more than 300 submissions.

One focus of this year’s exhibition is to take a closer look at film-analytic questions. Many of the displayed artists deal with the new cinematographic visual memory, “dissect” it and put it back together again. Thereby the usual viewing patterns are questioned and structures and mechanisms of generating images are revealed: Christoph Giradet refers to the genre of the German “Heimatfilm” of the 1950s, Rebecca Ann Tess shows the classic figure of the detective in different film-periods, Jan Bode faces the internalization of the idol figure of “Rocky” and Dennis Neuschäfer-Rube deals with the classic film “The Wizard of Oz”.

Other works discuss the interface of documentary and fiction (Anu Pennanen, Gair Dunlop), raise questions of how to archive materials (Rolando Vargas) or turn towards the communication boundaries between people (Annika Larsson, Stefan Panhans).

All installations displayed in the exhibition are nominated for the „Golden Cube“ endowed with 2,500 Euro for the best media installation. This prize is donated by the Kassel software company Micromata and will be awarded at the BALi Cinema on November 13, 2011 at 8 pm.

Jan Bode: Yo Adrian, I did it!, Kassel / Rotterdam
Gair Dunlop: Atom Town: life after technology, Fife (GB)
Ulrike Franke / Michael Loeken: OPEL, Bochum
Christoph Girardet: Silberwald, Hannover
Chaja Hertog / Nir Nadler: In het Land der Blinden, Leiben (NL)
Ryota Kuwakubo: The Tenth Sentiment, Tokio
Annika Larsson: BLIND, Berlin / Stockholm
Dennis Neuschaefer-Rube: The Wizard of Oz experiment, Bielefeld
Stefan Panhans: SORRY, Hamburg
Anu Pennanen: La ruine du regard, Paris / Helsinki / Berlin
Björn Perborg: Geschichten aus dem Koffer, Berlin
Ana Esteve Reig: Verlorene Paradiese, Kassel
Rebecca Ann Tess: A Crime must be Committed, Frankfurt
Rolando Vargas: Eight-Times-Twenty-Five (diptych), Washington / Baltimore / Bogotá

Monitoring is a cooperation between the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kulturdezernat / documenta Archive and Stellwerk.
Upon request, we will gladly provide further information and pictures.
A detailed catalog will be available free of charge as of October 24, 2011.

Image: Versicherungsvertreter - Die erstaunliche Karriere des Mehmet Göker (Klaus Stern)

Press contact Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival:
Kim-André Schulz Mobile: +49.176.99476162 Fax: +49.561.7076433 Email:

Opening: Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 7 pm, Kasseler Kunstverein


Kasseler Kunstverein
Fridericianum, Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel
Opening hours
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7–11 pm
Thursday, Nov 10, 11 am–10 pm
Friday, Nov 11, 11 am–10 pm
Saturday, Nov 12, 11 am–10 pm
Sunday, Nov 13, 11 am–7 pm

KulturBahnhof Kassel (Südflügel, Stellwerk)
Rainer-Dierichs-Platz 1, 34117 Kassel
Opening hours
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7–11 pm
Thursday, Nov 10, 5–10 pm
Friday, Nov 11, 5–10 pm
Saturday, Nov 12, 5–10 pm
Sunday, Nov 13, 5–8 pm

Entry is free of charge at all venues!


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