Depiction part IV

Introduction by Renske Janssen / Nicolaus Schafhausen, 5 min.

Matt Stokes, Long After Tonight, 2005, DVD, 6.45 min.
Long After Tonight was inspired by the Northern Soul movement that was in vogue during the late sixties and seventies in the north of England. Northern Soul is a musical style influenced by American Soul with an up-tempo beat. Stokes recreated a Northern Soul dance night in the extraordinary setting of an Arts & Crafts church, captured in a mesmerizing film which won Stokes the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2006.

Runa Islam, Be The First To See What You See As You See It, 2004, 16 mm, 7:23 min.
A young woman walks around in a store, staring at the china cups and plates on display. She starts to push the objects until they fall to the ground. Can the action be understood as a gesture of provocation? Or does Islam encourage us to look at things more carefully before drawing any conclusions?

Kevin Schmidt, Sad Wolf, 2005, DVD, 4:11 min.
Followed by Q&A, 10 min.
In Sad Wolf we see a scene in which an “omega” wolf in a zoo is being excluded from the pack. She moves hesitatingly. The isolated status of the animal reminds us of a victim being chosen by a collective. Schmidt’s works are sometimes called “sublime” because he brings the aspect of nature (human or animal) so sharply into focus.

Gerard Byrne, Homme à Femmes (Michel Debrane), 2004, DVD, 38 min.
Followed by Q&A, 10 min.
Homme à Femmes (Michel Debrane) is a re-enactment of the interview that took place by the young feminist journalist Catherine Chaine with the French intellectual Jean-Paul Sartre. The interviewee, never visible, asks questions to the actor Michel Debrane (who plays Sartre) about his relationships with women and what it feels like to be an old-fashioned sexist.

Melvin Moti, Top Legs, 2005, DVD, 14 min.
In the dance film Top Legs which Moti conceived in Kingston, Jamaica, an elderly woman tells stories about her days as a dancer. From her supple movements, one can tell she has not lost her skills. In Moti’s filmic works, image and sound are united in carefully constructed settings in which he renders visible the thin line between past and present.

Markus Schinwald, Ten in Love, 2005, DVD, 5 min.
In a mysterious ritual, ten actors walk around in an old convent. They all wear different prostheses that seem to play an important role in the ritual, as if they are relics from an unknown liturgy.

Johanna Billing, Magical World, 2005, DVD, 6:12 min.
A group of Croatian school kids rehearse the song “Magical World” by Afro-American singer-songwriter Sidney Barnes. The earnest situation in which these kids find themselves, in the aftermath of war, is emphasized by images showing the school’s surrounding.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Spray It, Don’t Say It, 2006, DVD, 20 min.
Tuan Andrew Nguyen is an artist and filmmaker whose work throws into relief specific cultural, political and historical contexts. Spray It, Don’t Say It comments on the battle currently taking place on urban walls in Vietnam between socialist murals and posters (the only official public art) and fast-proliferating capitalist advertising.




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