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Artists Exploring Contemporary Urban Space
Urban Research has been a successful program both at Directors Lounge Festival and in screenings in London, Hannover, Poznan, Freiburg, Essen, Dordrecht, St. Petersburg and Berlin. International artists present their vision of public space and urban landscapes. How is the condition of the public realm connected with urban space? Can we talk about urbanity as a common figure in urban life at all? Has public space been replaced by the electronic virtual spaces? Or, has public place been bounded, forcefully homogenized and "pacified" by surveillance and private security forces? Are there new developments, definitions and uses that make "public space" lively again? Artists find challenging views and concepts, or more importantly, they question anew the common concepts of urbanity.
Directors Lounge 2010
Meinblau e.V. | Pfefferberg | Christinenstr. 18/19 | D-10119 Berlin
Saturday, 13 February 18:00
Thomas Comerford sneak world preview:
"The Indian Boundary Line"
Penny Lane & Jessica Bardsley
Saturday, 13 February 20:00
Urban Research | Tomorrow, Night and Day
In the Aboriginal tradition "Dreamtime" is the ancient time of the myths. However, in Western concepts, the waking dreams in cities rather manifest a possible future, something that has the potential to become manifest from its yet virtual possibilities. According to Walter Benjamin, the day-dreaming of popular myths discloses potentials of future changes; and following those principles, the Situationists propagated dérive, the aimless strolling in the city as a cure against the false desires of the society of spectacle. The artists in this Urban Research program use vernacular, mundane urban settings and landscapes for their dreaming and imaginative shifts from the ordinary and expected. They may be read as much more than just a happy visual game.
Wolf D. Schreiber, Steven Ball, Pilvi Takala, Claire Hope, Joe Merrell, Elena Näsänen, Sophie Warren & Jonathan Mosley, Maarit Suomi-Väänänen, Gerard Freixes Ribera, Henry Gwiazda, Yaron Lapid, Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, Anders Weberg, Pilvi Takala
Sunday, 14 February 18:00
Urban Research 2 | The Latin City
The European image of Latin America, especially of Mexico is distorted; the mainstream media only repeats those images situated between the extremes of violence and poverty, and of exoticism on ethnic culture. Little does their audience get to know about the traditions of Latin modernism and maybe even less of the contemporary art scene. This program has an emphasis on works from and about Mexico City, but also features a work by the Cuban artist Adrian Melis, and a Spanish film about Bogota.
All films take a critical and at the same time fresh and humorous view on urban themes. The glimpses on daily life through the artist's camera may tell more about realities in urban life than television reports or news images.
Juan delGado, Stefan Demming, Verena Grimm, Markus Soukup, Adrian Melis, Jose Matiella+Ivan Meza, Fernando Llanos, Beatriz+Carlos Matiella, Hector Falcon, Verena Grimm
Tuesday, 16. February 18:00
Dreams Come True | Zsolt Keserue
Thursday, 18 February 18:00
Urban Research 3 | The Symbol's City Life
The success of modern cities as social entities is connected with the liability of relative security and trust in the social contract between citizens. As Jan Philippe Reemtsma states: "If I happen to drop into a violent situation, I will neither be made responsible for not being armed, nor for not being able to defend myself." (memory-quoted). Although this unwritten contract is part of the production of modernity, urban identity, myths and symbols often tell about violent situations. The films in this program trace the uncanny in contemporary settings, they show hidden and small stories, which may remind us about how delicate that construction is, a balance between the opposite dangers of enforced order and violent social decay. Does it wonder that the selection presents films from Israel, the United States and one about Berlin?
Hadas Tapouchi, Keren Zaltz, Elham Rokni, Kevin Jerome Everson, Esther Podemski and Chuck Schultz, Dominic Angerame, Kevin Jerome Everson, Sergio De La Torre, Charles Chadwick, Christina McPhee, Rinat Edelstein
Friday, 19 February 18:00
Urban Research 4 | Urban Interference
With urban interventions, artists try to play a more active role in society than just showing in a gallery space. The reasons and aims can be manyfold. Some artists see themselves as "political activist" and try to change politics and society; others just try to reach a different, more divers audience; or, they like to realize a seemingly impossible dream. All of them, however - even if the respective intervention is just the presence of the recording camera share visions and ideas about urban life, on how to connect life, soul, street, architecture and society. And those inspirations may be infectious, beware!
Tom Skipp, Jeanne Liotta, Vassiliea Stylianidou, Clemens Fürtler, Riccardo Iacono, Paul Clipson, Roberto Duarte, Mischa Leinkauf + Mathias Wermke, Patrick Tarrant, Pablo Useros, Anja Abele
Loop Program (An Tagen des Urban Research Programmes):
Anna Staffel, Ashley Pigford, Chris Henschke, Christina McPhee, Elham Rokni, Elle Burchill, Ivar Smedstad, Katerie Gladdys, Konstantinos-Antonios Goutos, Marina Chernikova, Pablo Useros, Paul Clipson, Pierre Yves Clouin, Rinat Edelstein, Sari Carel, Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, Adam Kossoff, Arne Bunk, Felix Lenz, Lothar Schuster, Michael Schuwerk, Richard O'Sullivan, Simon Tarr, David Gunn
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