Clemens von Wedemeyer will present two film installation, Otjesd as well as a joint work with artist Maya Schweizer entitled Metropolis, Report from China. Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan will present Monument of Sugar, an installation consisting of a 16mm silent film essay and a floor sculpture.
Clemens von Wedemeyer & Maya Schweizer
Films in Common
Clemens von Wedemeyer’s films combine an awareness of social issues with an investigation of the multiplication of cinematic perspectives and the processes of filming in front of as well as behind the scenes. At Argos, von Wedemeyer will present two film installation, Otjesd as well as a joint work with artist Maya Schweizer entitled Metropolis, Report from China. The title of the exhibition reflects the cooperative and social working processes which characterise the works on view.
Otjesd, which in Russian means departure, is a meditation both on migration but also the act of film making itself, based on a real scene von Wedemeyer witnessed when he was in Moscow: Russians waiting in a queue outside the German embassy. In the unlikely setting of a wooded wasteland von Wedemeyer stages a surreal scene which intimates the Kafkaesque struggle with border bureaucracy.
In 2004 Clemens von Wedemeyer and Maya Schweizer travelled to China in order to research for an adaptation of the legendary 1927 feature film Metropolis by Fritz Lang. The film has not been re-made but the result of the artists’ investigations in Beijing and Shanghai is a documentary film entitled Metropolis, Report from China.
Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan
Monument of Sugar
For their first solo presentation in Belgium, the Dutch collaborative artist duo Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan will present Monument of Sugar, an installation consisting of a 16mm silent film essay and a floor sculpture. As with many of their projects this one also explores the intersection of social and political issues with artistic and aesthetic practices. Following the discovery that a large amount of European sugar ends up outside of Europe, the artists embarked on a research trip to investigate the European subsidized sugar trade which took them from Holland to Poland and finally to Lagos, Nigeria. They decided to reverse the flow of the subsidized commodity by buying European excess sugar cheaply in Nigeria and shipping it back to Europe.
Monument of Sugar is shown together with a work by Lawrence Weiner from 1969 .In agreement with the ideas of many conceptual artists who gained international recognition in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Weiner’s works challenges the myth of artistic authorship and undermines the 'prestige' of the artwork.
Opening 23.06.07, h 18-21
Argos - Centre for Art and Media
Werfstraat 13 Rue du Chantier - Brussels