OK | Extra Kino - Art goes Cinema

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7. February 2013

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Art goes Cinema

press information from: 07.02.2013
date: 07.02.2013 - 28.04.2013
opening: 07.02.2013 (All day)

EXTRA KINO is the title of an ambitious program, launched by the OK in cooperation with Moviemento and the Crossing Europe Film Festival, which probes the increasingly narrow boundary between media art, installation and cinema screening.
The films will be shown not only in a classic exhibition, but in a special art cinema theater, specifically an “extra cinema” or EXTRA KINO, which is integrated in the Moviemento program.

For the Biennale in Sao Paolo, the Slovenian artist Tobias Putrih built a special cardboard cinema theater, which is as much a sculpture as a screening room. For EXTRA KINO he has adapted this as a site-specific installation and re-built it. It will be used to show a program of selected art films by artists who have made a name for themselves both as filmmakers and as exhibition artists. This starts with Johan Grimonprez (BE), leads through Corinna Schnitt (DE), Wilhelm Sasnal (PL), Ming Wong (SG), and ends with Omer Fast’s (IL/DE) work for documenta, which was co-produced by the OK. Parallel to the film program, projections by the same artists will be presented in the exhibition space and supplemented by an extensive solo exhibition of the Austrian artist Thomas Draschan, who “translates” film techniques into images.
The spectrum of the subject matter ranges from exciting story constructions, experiments with the medium of film, an engagement with film history, through strange everyday phenomena, music, YouTube, all the way to an investigation of gender identity and language. Together with Christine Dollhofer (Festival Director Crossing Europe) and Karin Bruns (Media Theories, Art University Linz) the OK has selected artists from the crossover area between film and visual art, whose works demonstrate a high filmic quality, are devoted to narration, but still choose distinctly broken forms. What is shown is a relatively new work that has not yet had a strong presence in Austria.

The various manifestations of media art and the crossover between art genres has been a central focal point of the OK since the 1990s. As a center for contemporary art, the OK sees itself as a scout for pioneering trends in the art field. As the example of the newly launched art-film film-art festival “Kino der Kunst” in Munich shows, with the “Extra Kino” we are right in step with the times.

Numerous media artists, such as Sam Taylor-Johanson, Steve McQueen, or Johan Grimonprez and Wilhelm Sasnal, who are shown here, have turned explicitly to film and produced feature-length films for cinema. But many other media works with their long playing times and because of their complexity, such as those by Omer Fast, also call for the so-called black box (a darkened, acoustically calmed dark room), which attempts to transfer the spatial and technical comfort of the cinema into the exhibition space.
Since nothing surpasses the conventional cinema space, Tobias Putrih has developed an alternative art-cinema space. It is an installation for unusual art films and a possibility for offering a special space to films lifted from video installations, such as those by Corinna Schnitt and Ming Wong.
While media art’s call for a cinema space is fulfilled, on the one hand, with EXTRA KINO prior to the Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz, artistic works will be shown during the festival that all have, directly or indirectly, something to do with the medium of film, but have left the familiar site of reception – the classic cinema. In experimental film this is regarded as Expanded Cinema and is also the motif for the presentation of Ella Raidel’s (AT) outdoor projection and Wolfgang Georgsdorf’s (DE/AT) smell cinema.

In addition, collages by the Austrian artist Thomas Draschan will also be presented within the framework of EXTRA KINO as an OK|Lab Project. Following many successful years in the field of film, Draschan now turns more and more to visual art, creating two-dimensional, digitally condensed image worlds.

The transition zones between the cinema and the exhibition house will also be included, for instance the elevator with an installation by the Swiss artist Renée Magaña starting 28 February.

Tobias Putrih

"The Skin of the Invisible" 2010/2013

From simple materials, the Slovenian artist Tobias Putrih creates expansive structures that move ambivalently between architecture, sculpture and display. Historical references are established at the same time, as in "The Skin of the Invisible", this screening room adapted for EXTRA KINO. The project was created for the Biennale Sao Paolo and refers to the architect Oskar Niemeyer, who was highly influential there. With this work, Putrih has created a unique cinema experience space.

Tobias Putrih (*1972, Kranj, Slovenia), lives in Cambridge, USA. In 2007 he represented Slovenia at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

EXTRA KINO Program Overview:

07.-24.02. Johan Grimonprez
Film: Double Take, 2009 (80 Min)
Installation: A WeTube-o-theque, 2010-today
28.02.-17.03. Corinna Schnitt
Short film program: Von einer Welt (About a world),
Installation: Once upon a time (mit Ton) als Loop, 2005
21.-31.03. Wilhelm Sasnal
Short film program: Short Films,
Installation: Brazil, Super 8 mm, 2005
4.-19.04. Ming Wong
Short film program: Repeat After Me… / Sprich mir nach…,
Video installation: Kontakthope (2010) 22 Min, 2-Kanal
23.-28.04. Omer Fast
Film: Continuity, 2012

Johan Grimonprez

Double Take

The director Johan Grimonprez portrays Alfred Hitchcock as a paranoid history professor, who becomes unwittingly involved in an ambiguous situation of deliberate confusion during the Cold War era. The master says only the wrong things at the wrong time, while politicians on both sides desperately struggle to say the right things in front of the camera. With strange pairs and ambiguous negotiations, Double Take aims to show how "fear as a mass commodity" is first made possible by global politics. While television overruns the cinema, and the confrontation between Khrushchev and Nixon still goes on, sexual politics quietly begin, and Alfred himself appears on television in a sophisticated role, in which he entices housewives with brand products they cannot resist.

BE/DE/NL, 2009, DigiBeta, 80 min.;
Author/Director: Johan Grimonprez; Story: Tom McCarthy; Editor: Dieter Diependaele, Tyler Hubby; Music: Christian Halten; Production: ZAP-O-MATIK, Nikovantastic Film, Volya Films et al. with ZDF in cooperation with ARTE; Producer: Emmy Oost; Co-producers: Hanneke van der Tas, Nicole Gerhards, Denis Vaslin; Editor: Doris Hepp

Parallel to the film, the OK presents the two-channel installation a WeTube-o-theque, an interactive story of remote control.

Johan Grimonprez, media artist and filmmaker, guest professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, lives and works in Brussels. www.johangrimonprez.com/

Corinna Schnitt

Von einer Welt (About a world)

The artist Corinna Schnitt, winner of multiple awards, presents a short film program in the OK. "Her artistic work focuses on the depths of everyday life and the figures, ranging from narrow-minded to emancipated, whose self-images are mirrored in ritualized actions. Corinna Schnitt primarily engages with what is superficially omnipresent; we see suburbs, housing developments, family and holiday photos, playgrounds, traffic islands or furniture stores, in which the various actors move. These places and human relationships are staged so that they distort our perception. What is documentary about these stagings tips into something implausible, the everyday/familiar into the incredible." Heike Klippel

Film Program:
Das schlafende Mädchen, (8 min), 2001,
Hänschen klein (7 min), 2009,
Living a Beautiful Life (13 min), 2004,
Von einer Welt (10 min), 2008,
Tee trinken (15 min), 2012.
Video Installation: Once upon a time, 2005 (with sound) as a loop

Corinna Schnitt studied fine art in Offenbach and Düsseldorf and is professor for film/video since 2009 at the Academy of Fine Arts Braunschweig.

Wilhelm Sasnal

Short Films

The Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal is one of the stars in the international art sky. Parallel to his painting, he has developed a rich oeuvre of film, ranging from experimental film (shot in 8mm or 16mm, or created with found footage material) to feature films. Music is an important reference. Most recently, he received the main prize of the Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz together with Anka Sasnal for Z DALEKA WIDOK JEST PIEKNY (IT LOOKS PRETTY FROM A DISTANCE.
"For me painting is an introverted activity, which demands my complete attention. When I’m filming, I notice that I am much more open to the world and that I get more back. I need both media." (Wilhelm Sasnal)

Film Program:
Europa, 16 mm, 2007
Touch me, Super 8 mm, 2002;
Several Dozen Seconds of a Badly Developed Film, 16 mm, 1997;
Let me tell you a film, 16 mm, 2007;
Untitled (Elvis), 16 mm, 2007;
6Mojave, 16 mm, 2006;
Kodachrome, Super 8 mm, 2006;
The Other Church, 16 mm, 2008;
Kacper 16 mm, 2010;
Installation: Brazil, Super 8 mm, 2005

Wilhelm Sasnal (born 1972 in Poland) is known primarily for his painting, for which he finds models in everyday life, in the mass media, or in historical pictures. The motifs range from portraits of his family members and friends to icons of pop culture, from current news photos to oppressive chapters from Polish history.

Ming Wong

Repeat After Me… / Sprich mir nach…

Starting from the medium of film and influenced by his origins from the mixed ethnic state of Singapore, Ming Wong investigates language and identity, cliches and stereotypes of race and gender. The results are complex multi-channel video installations, in which Ming Wong often assumes all the roles himself in classic films from Asia, Europe and the US. This results in almost absurd situations full of humor, despite the serious themes and historical significance of the reference films, opening up the senses (when Ming Wong "learns German" and breaks down, wearing Petra von Kant’s poison-green dress, calling out: "Ich bin total im Arsch!")

Short Film Program / Single Channel
Ham&cheesomelet (2001) 1 Min
Lerne Deutsch mit Petra Von Kant (2007) 10 Min
Angst Essen (2008) 27 Min
Devo partire. Domani (2010) 12 +
Making Chinatown (2012) 4 +
Video installation: Kontakthope (2010) 22 Min

The video artist Ming Wong, (born 1971 in Singapore), studied in London, now lives and works in Berlin. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions and festivals; among other distinctions, he received a Special Mention for his pavilionat the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. www.mingwong.org

Omer Fast


A high point during the Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz will be the presentation of this year’s OK | Artist in Residence, the video and film artist Omer Fast (*1972), who war born in Israel and now lives in Berlin. Fast, who has already been invited to the Venice Biennale (2011) and has exhibited at the renowned Whitney Museum of American Art New York (2010), became known for his impressive single-channel and multiple projections, in which he breaks with linear narration and creates irritating filmic parables. Along with earlier works, his current film CONTINUITY (2012) will be shown, which premiered at this year’s Documenta in Kassel and was co-produced by the OK. In parts, CONTINUITY has a ghostly touch, and it is the first film that Omer Fast has made in Germany with German actors. The film deals with the return of a young soldier who died in Afghanistan, as staged by his parents.

Omer Fast, (born 1972 in Jerusalem/Israel), lives since 2001 in Berlin

7.2. -28.4.

OK | Lab Marktplatz
Thomas Draschan, "Atlantis"

The Austrian artist Thomas Draschan draws from a huge pool of pictures, photos, postcards and 16-mm films, meticulously composing found-footage films and collages. After successfully working for many years in the field of film, Draschan now increasingly turns to the field of visual art, creating digitally condensed image worlds by conjoining realistic fragments with the imaginary of the cinema into atmospheric images of desire.

Thomas Draschan (born 1967 in Linz), after studying with Peter Kubelka and Ken Jacobs at the Städelschule and spending many years in Frankfurt, now lives and works since 2004 in Vienna. As an experimental film artist, Draschan prefers to work with found footage, but music videos, documentary films and collages are also found in his oeuvre. www.draschan.com

28.2. – 28.4.

OK | Lab elevator / stairs to Moviemento
Renée Magaña / NOMAD, “Abstract corporeal thoughts”

Works by the artist Renée Magaña revolve around corporeality, transience, and death, manifest in her painting in abstracted physical forms. Light body fragments detach themselves from the ground, shifting into the spatial and playing with perception and imagination. At the initiative of NOMAD, the artist and cineast was invited to merge the elevator, as transition from the downstairs cinema to the exhibition house above with the art cinema, into a spatial image.

Renée Magaña (born 1970 in Santa Monica /USA), lives and works since 1987 in Bern /CH. Graduated in 2003 from the Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB); 2008 founder and director of OVRA Archive. She is responsible for professionally archiving works by contemporary artists and regularly organizes project-oriented associations with other artists. www.ovra-archives.com/Magana_Renee

NOMAD, a project by the Swiss artist Alain Jenzer, is an exhibition series for site-specific art. Temporary interventions take place within the framework of NOMAD in changing places, opening up new perspectives of those places and the work of the invited artists. www.nomad-project.ch


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Alle images (except otherwise noted): Otto Saxinger

Exhibition view: Thomas Draschan
Exhibition view: Thomas Draschan
Exhibition view: Thomas Draschan
Exhibition view: Thomas Draschan
Exhibition view: Thomas Draschan
Exhibition view: Thomas Draschan
Exhibition view: Thomas Draschan
Exhibition view: Thomas Draschan
The Skin of the Invisible, 2010/2013: Tobias Putrih
The Skin of the Invisible, 2010/2013: Tobias Putrih
The Skin of the Invisible, 2010/2013: Tobias Putrih
The Skin of the Invisible, 2010/2013: Tobias Putrih
The Skin of the Invisible, 2010/2013: Tobias Putrih
The Skin of the Invisible, 2010/2013: Tobias Putrih
The Skin of the Invisible, 2010/2013: Tobias Putrih
The Skin of the Invisible, 2010/2013: Tobias Putrih
DOUBLE TAKE: Johan Grimonprez
DOUBLE TAKE: Johan Grimonprez
MOJAVE: Wilhelm Sasnal
MOJAVE: Wilhelm Sasnal
Once Upon A Time: Corinna Schnitt
Once Upon A Time: Corinna Schnitt
Weltkunst: Thomas Draschan
Weltkunst: Thomas Draschan