Sue de Beer
Erik van Lieshout
Stephen G. Rhodes
A critical artistic reflection on the political, social, and cultural trend toward melancholic retrospection. The positions gathered in "Zwischen zwei toden" counter this interpretation by showing the current "melancholic" state of subjectivity as a figure that can be fragmented, crossed and passed through. During the Festival performances, film-videoscreenings, lectures and concerts. Curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Felix Ensslin.
Exhibition + festival
Curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Felix Ensslin
From May 12 to August 19, 2007 ZKM | Karlsruhe will present an exhitibion curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Felix Ensslin. It will show a critical artistic reflection on the political, social, and cultural trend toward melancholic retrospection. The effects can be felt everywhere: in the expressions of conservative nostalgia, as well as in the social moods of stagnation, depression and anxiety. Boundless pessismism on the one side, state-ordered or self-help optimism on the other seem to be the general call.
In this situation contemporary art is thus read often as an enigmatic answer to a life that is always already traumatic or -with relief- there is talk of the "return of the romantic" understood as sentimentality and avoidance of politics. The positions gathered in "zwischen zwei toden / between two deaths" counter this interpretation by showing the current "melancholic" state of subjectivity as a figure that can be fragmented, crossed and passed through.
"zwischen zwei toden / between two deaths" shows positions that do not get stuck in the situation of the "exhausted self" (Ehrenberg) or with the "new maladies of the soul" (Kristeva). Each work interrogates the starting point of anxiety and stagnation, thus not denying the diagnosis. But beyond this, the artists reach with and through their work the zone "zwischen zwei toden / between two deaths" from where to critique the present and ask the question: What comes after? If people today find themselves in this zone, then art assembled here shows that in this "land of zombies" there lies an "emancipatory potential" (Žižek).
Rita Ackermann, Ulf Aminde, Sue de Beer, Walead Beshty, Martin Dammann, Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn, Brock Enright, Barnaby Furnas, Luis Gispert & Jeffrey Reed, Nan Goldin, Dan Graham, Nicolás Guagnini, Elín Hansdóttir, Jutta Koether, Terence Koh, Erik van Lieshout, Ján Mančuška, Marlene McCarty, John Miller, Chloe Piene, Adam Putnam, Stephen G. Rhodes, Kirstine Roepstorff, Aïda Ruilova, Florian Slotawa, Javier Téllez, Mark Titchner, Ryan Trecartin, Jennifer West, Charlie White
A comprehensive catalogue will be published by Hatje-Cantz to accompany the exhibition. It contains contributions by Sonia Arribas & Howard Rouse, Ellen Blumenstein, Alain Ehrenberg, Felix Ensslin, Dan Graham & Robin Hurst, Mika Hannula, Eva Illouz, Doreet LeVitte Harten, John Miller, Laurence Rickels, André Rottmann, Peter Weibel, Slavoj Žižek et al.
Ellen Blumenstein & Felix Ensslin (ed.): "between two deaths", Hatje Cantz, 2007, English, 330 p., € 29,80 [D], CHF 48,-
The exhibition is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes).
Performances, film- and videoscreenings, lectures and concerts with Von Spar, Pluramon feat. Julee Cruise, Burning Star Core, Hecker & Haswell, Thomas Brinkmann, Carbonid Solo and DJ Strobocop (among others)
"between two deaths: the festival" takes a new path for art mediation. The dense program of performances, concerts, film- and videoscreenings, presentations, and discussions creates a space of diverse aesthetic experiences, which reveals the artistic positions in the exhibition as the hub of multilayered contexts.
Music In collaboration with the curators of the exhibition musician and composer Marcus Schmickler has put together a musical program. Next to his band Pluramon - with singer Julee Cruise, well known from various David Lynch productions - the line-up will feature DJ Strobocop, Von Spar, Carbonid Solo, Burning Star Core, Hecker & Haswell, and Thomas Brinkmann.
Performance From the night of May 11 to May 12, the exhibition "zwischen zwei toden / between two deaths" will also be the site of performances specially developed for the festival by participating artists Terence Koh and Brock Enright. Also planned are music performances by the artists Jutta Koether and Rita Ackermann.
Film- and videoprogram On Friday, the ZKM_Cube will be the location for a videoscreening of works by bankleer, Nathalie Djurberg and Ryan Trecartin. Walead Besthy has conceived an extensive filmscreening titled "After the Ends: Another Coldwar Slumber Party", which will be presented on Saturday.
Lectures On Saturday, talks by participating artists will investigate the exhibition project and related themes, followed by a conversation with the curators Ellen Blumenstein and Felix Ensslin.
Program / Friday, May 11, 2007, 7 pm–3 am
7 pm / ZKM_Foyer / exhibition opening
Introduction by the curators Ellen Blumenstein & Felix Ensslin
9 pm / ZKM_Foyer / music
DJ Strobocop, Lounge
10 pm / ZKM_Atrium 8 / performances
Performances: Brock Enright & Terence Koh
11 pm / ZKM_Foyer / music performances
"MALAVAL feat. Koether / Tcherepnin",
Rita Ackermann, Emily Sundblad & Askar Brickman: "montevideo"
12 am / ZKM_Foyer / music
12 am - 3 am / ZKM_Cube / screening
videos by bankleer, Nathalie Djurberg, Ryan Trecartin
program / Saturday, May 12, 2007, 11 am–3am
11 am – 3 pm / ZKM_Cube / screening
"After the Ends: Another Coldwar Slumber Party", a 16-hour filmprogram curated by Walead Beshty: "On the Beach" (Stanley Kramer, 1959), "The World, the Flesh and the Devil" (Ronald MacDougal, 1958), "Panic in Year Zero!" (Ray Milland, 1962), "The Last Man on Earth" (Ubaldo Ragona, 1964), "The War Game" (Peter Watkins, 1965), "The Omega Man" (Boris Sagal, 1971), "Night of the Comet" (Thom Eberhardt, 1984), »The Quiet Earth" (Geoff Murphy, 1985), among others
12 am – 7 pm / ZKM_Lecture Hall / lectures
Lectures by Ulf Aminde, Sue de Beer, Barnaby Furnas, Elín Hansdóttir, Chloe Piene, Adam Putnam, Stephen G. Rhodes, Kirstine Roepstorff, Mark Titchner, Charlie White et al.
Conversation with Ellen Blumenstein & Felix Ensslin
8 pm – 3 am / ZKM_Foyer & ZKM_Media Theater / concerts
Hecker & Haswell, Von Spar, Pluramon feat. Julee Cruise, DJ Lounge Carbonid Solo, Burning Star Core and Thomas Brinkmann
ZKM_Center for Art and Medi
Lorenzstrasse 19 - Karlsruhe
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