directors lounge monthly screenings
ladybugs do not dream
maru ituarte and ute ströer
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Ladybugs do not Dream
- Marienkäfer träumen nicht -
Two female filmmakers present their work at Z-Bar, the upcoming Directors Lounge screening. Both show a clear female point-of-view onto their subject without calling themselves feminists. Maru Ituarte, born in Monterrey, Mexico, started to work with video during her collaboration on performances as collective “Love+It". At that time video was a young and fresh media in arts in Mexico. Everything seemed to be possible, and her orientation guide was the French philosophy of deconstruction, as she studied philosophy. Since then, Maru has recorded and collected images of her surrounding with a critical view onto the violent, destructive and male-oriented aspects of a society that separates the male and female spheres at large. From her perspective, the thus obtained images need to be decomposed, put into new context and possibly combined with text. “The Spanish language is something I always have struggled with, as we Mexicans can never fully express our thoughts and feelings through it; thus written words used in arts stay vague, and problematic." the artist Ituarte states.
A found box of Hi-8 tapes, meant to be recorded over, became the source for a work called “Mexican Goulash", which has a stunning similarity to a compilations of those self-obsessed clips to be found on Youtube in our days. It becomes the portrait of a certain part of the middle class. After arriving in Europe (first Paris then Berlin) things have changed quite a bit, however, “I was astonished that the genders are almost as separated as in Mexico." Thus, “Reproduction", which is made by projection on her belly when pregnant, and “Fleisch", three women eating a Schweinshaxe, both take up a very female perspective, or one could also say deconstruct and analyze the female point-of-view.
Ute Ströer on the other hand situates herself in an almost complementary point-of-view, maybe one of the reasons why the two artists became friends. Ute's interest in film is based on her love for fairy tales and horror movies. Her language in film is based on narrative structures although the artist studied film in one of the few experimental film classes in Germany, with Birgit Hein in Braunschweig. Still, she is not telling classical stories, i.e. she is not using a plot for dramaturgy. "I am interested in symbols rather than stories" she tells,. In "Schlafende Füchsin" she uses a mixture of her own story and elements of "das kleine Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern" (the Little Match Girl). "With some films, I start to shoot, and the during the process I discover, which fairy tales the symbols are related to."
The filmmaker Ströer meticulously works on the look of her images, strives for perfection in color and composition, and with her film characters she tries to achieve the largest band-with of expression and possible interpretation, a painstaking process she succeeds mostly by using herself as actress for all roles in the film, for male and female characters, ugliness and beauty. Yet, her films always stay within the dream state of tales, never showing every-day looks, and always maintain a heightened mind-set. The narrator we might have believed to hear exists only in the viewer's head, the story we read only exists in fragments of symbols, a "Glasperlenspiel" of meanings that might change with each viewing.
Thus, as much as the aesthetic of the two artists may differ, they have much in common. Both invite, even seduce the viewer to follow onto a subjective journey of female perspective, when half-way on seemingly secure roads the viewer realizes, it's their own imagination that has been triggered, their own story they have lived through, and actually, there is no such simple interpretation.
The artists will be present and available for Q&A.
(Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr)
• Daumenlutscherin Ute Ströer 12:17
• Schlafende Füchsin Ute Ströer 15:07
• La Metafisica Del Yoyo Maru Ituarte 2:30
• Reproduktion Maru Ituarte 9:13
• Hotel Rex Maru Ituarte 3:06
• Mexican Goulash Maru Ituarte 9:55
• Noa Noa Narko Tour Maru Ituarte 5:01
• Fleisch Maru Ituarte 6:30
• Freak Show Maru Ituarte 10:23
• Matrijoschka Ute Ströer 7:33
Directors Lounge Programme