May 20, 2015

#65: Erik Bünger

Friday, May 29th, 2015, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 



accompanying the show "Re-discovery: Peter Rose, Erik Bünger and Katarina Zdjelar“ curated by Inke Arns at AUTOCENTER we are very happy to welcome Erik Bünger with his live lecture performance The Girl Who Never Was.

In 2008 an American researcher rediscovers the lost traces of the first recorded voice ever: the 148-old voice of a little girl singing the French lullaby ‘Au Clair de la Lune’. One year later another researcher experiments with the playback speed and manages to prove that what the fragment actually contains, is the voice of a full-grown man. This exact same lullaby is the song sung by the artificial intelligence HAL in the French version of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’. As HAL dies his voice performs precisely the same glissando as the voice of the non-existent girl: a high-strung, insistent voice is gradually slowed down into a deep, sleepy and harmless one. The Girl Who Never Was takes us on a winding trip through history. A history where a voice echoes forwards and backwards through time, retroactively changing history and changing the present from the vantage point of the past. The more we try to shut her voice out, the more persistent her song becomes. 

The Girl Who Never Was is the third and final part in a trilogy began with A Lecture on Schizophonia and continued in The Third Man. The project is a coproduction with the Impakt Foundation, Utrecht in the framework of Impakt Works 2013 and has been made possible with the support of the City of Utrecht; the Mondrian Foundation.


Wir freuen uns Euch zu sehen | we are looking forward to seeing you

Herzliche Grüße | best regards
Ivo Wessel, Olaf Stüber


Apr 1, 2015

#64: Dani Gal

Friday, April 24th, 2015, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)






















We are delighted to welcome Dani Gal with two fantastic works. The first one will be accompanied by the pianist Andreas Schulz, the other will have it’s world premiere within our format:

Wie aus der Ferne (As From Afar), 2013, 26:49 min
The complex friendship between Simon Wiesenthal the so called “Nazi hunter” and Albert Speer, the third Reich’s chief architect and close confidant reenacted through a lens of a short text by Ludwig Wittgenstein about memory images. The film looks at the process of creating images of memory and history through filmmaking. 

"Wie aus der Ferne" will be accompanied by the live performance of the conductor and pianist Andreas Schulz. Born in 1982 in Alma Ata (Kazakhstan), he came to Germany at younger ages, he received as an already excellent musician a scholarship of the International Musicacademy for Sponsorship of High Flyer in Germany. He studied piano at the "Hanns Eisler" College of Music in Berlin under the tutelage of Professor Galina Ivantsova. He received his diploma in 2009. Directly after the diploma he received his training as orchestra conductor under General Music Director Georg Christoph Sandmann. Andreas Schulz was the founder of the Youth Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and is its chief conductor.

A Woman of Valor: an Interview with Hedy Epstein, 2015, 42:00 min
Dani Gal met Hedy Epstein during her visit to South Germany where she returned to her village and stayed for two nights in the house she was displaced from as a Jewish child in 1939. In the interview, Epstein is talking about her childhood in Nazi Germany, returning to Germany after the war, the Palestinians right of return, her attempts to enter the Gaza strip, her activities in the West bank, Hungar strike and more.

Wir freuen uns Euch zu sehen | we are looking forward to seeing you

Herzliche Grüße | best regards
Ivo Wessel, Olaf Stüber


Mar 21, 2015

#63: Ulu Braun

Friday, March 27th, 2015, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 




Introducing Ulu Braun to Berlin would mean 'carrying coals to Newcastle'. The art crowd knows him as winner of the Berlin Art Prize 2014 or the German short film prize for “Best Experimental Film” (2013) or is just proud to have him as friend. But just a few had the chance to get such a high quality overview of his best works. We are very happy to welcome Ulu with: 


Westcoast, 2009, 07:20 min
Westcoast is a panorama-video consisting of interwoven scenes mounted on a coastline - somewhere between Rotterdam and Sydney.
Starting from a bubbling primordial soup, the view incessantly pans along an waterfront in the style of a late transnational financial eclecticism and passes by mystical events, such as a giant hippo eating carrots and hectically spinning rubber boats. After a dark spiritual waterway recalling mideval atmospheres, the panorama ends in a cave encommpassing a refuse-Jacuzzi in which a white woman gazes about with melancholy. (Fouad Asfour)

Vertikale, 2013, 11:30 minVertikale takes us up and away into a hyper-real world of appropriated TV and documentary imagery. This video-collage physically engages the viewer as vertical film shots are merged and mounted to mediate a symbolic journey from the depths of the sea to the peaks of human civilization. Life and the ambition to survive are reflected along a geographical and media-referential line. (HEK, Basel)

BIRDS, 2014, 14:55 min

A mesmerizing Hitchcockian visual study in ornithology, BIRDS, by visual artist Ulu Braun breaks down societal construction, hinting at a dormant danger: he observes Earth’s winged inhabitants from up close, looking at their ominous and omniscient presence that watches over us in quiet surveillance. Associative editing brings out the sinuous elegance of the creatures, placing them against the glamour and refuse of cities shaped by human civilization. A cohabitation of prehistoric lineage estranged by an abstract soundtrack, this unlikely pairing of fowl and man becomes a premonitory reminder of the fallacy of modern civilization’s progress. (Andrei Tănăsescu)

Architektura, 2015, 15:00 min
In the beginning there was a brick, which flew through space. It flew past skyscrapers in a city and keeps reappearing in this film about construction and destruction. Brick by brick – where will that ultimately lead? A father shows the world to his child – that will be all yours one day, he says. Soap bubbles float upward. It is all a cyclical affair. The tableaux Ulu Braun assembles are playful, associative and powerful. In his realm of imagery, sizes, relations and contexts become malleable. Owing to the deconstruction of proportions and coherencies, Ulu Braun’s narrative becomes a fable. Architecture is the game of positioning bodies in light. Darkness needs its space. The future is already misaligned. (Berlinale)

Wir freuen uns Euch zu sehen | we are looking forward to seeing you

Herzliche Grüße | best regards
Ivo Wessel, Olaf Stüber

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Jan 31, 2015

#62: Chto Delat?

Friday, February 27th, 2015, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)










After Chto Delat?’s exhibition opening at KOW, Brunnenstraße 9, from 7 - 10 pm, we are very delighted to welcome the artists at midnight to show three films of their outstanding work:  

Jan 12, 2015

#61: Yael Bartana

Friday, January 30th, 2015, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)





PARDES (Orchard), Video, 2014


Dec 20, 2014

Thanks for 2014

Thanks for a thrilling 2014 to all our friends and especially to our guests

Alice Creischer & Andreas Siekmann, Phil Collins, Marcel Odenbach, Anri Sala, Guido van der Werve, Julieta Aranda, Sven Johne, Vibeke Tandberg, Isabell Heimerdinger and Safi Snyper.

Looking forward to seeing you all again next year!
We start January 30th with Yael Bartana 

Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year
Ivo and Olaf 




Dec 16, 2014

Bpigs recommends!

Nov 28, 2014

#60: Safy SNIPER

Friday, Dec 19th, 2014, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)






















We welcome you to our special kind of Christmas concert:

Assaf Etiel aka Safy SNIPER presents „Star Search & Destroy" featuring Cem Oral aka Jammin' Unit.


Nov 20, 2014

Oct 19, 2014

#59: Isabell Heimerdinger

Friday, Nov 21st, 2014, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)




















We are very proud to premiere Isabell Heimerdinger's Beijing Trilogy as an ensemble. Shot over the course of three years, the films capture the visually rich and emotionally complex essence of China's capital city.

Oct 16, 2014

DISTANZ Verlag: Cee Cee Berlin


please find Videoart at Midnight on page 249
further information: DISTANZ Verlag: Cee Cee Berlin 

Sep 23, 2014

#58: Vibeke Tandberg

Friday, Oct 17th, 2014, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)





























We are very delighted to welcome Vibeke Tandberg to celebrate the world premiere of her two new films:

Sep 17, 2014

Jul 16, 2014

#57: Sven Johne

Friday, Sep 19th, 2014, 24:00 | midnight 
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall 
(Eintritt frei | admission free)



We are very delighted to welcome Sven Johne to celebrate with him, you and all participants in the films the cast & crew premieres of 

Jun 2, 2014

#56: Julieta Aranda

Friday, Jun 20th, 2014, 24:00 | midnight 
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall 
(Eintritt frei | admission free)







We are very proud to screen two films by Julieta Aranda. First we will show a modified version of her 8th Berlin Biennale film - shown as part of the installation Stealing one's own corpse (An alternative set of footholds for an ascent into dark) at KW Institute for Contemporary Art - accompanied with a live concert in collaboration with Tisha Mukarji!

In addition, we will also screen Notes for a time/bank (2012) - a film she made for dOCUMENTA 13.

Julieta Aranda will be present.

Apr 14, 2014

#55: Guido van der Werve

Friday, May 16th, 2014, 24:00 | midnight 
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall 
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 




Nummer veertien, home, 4k video, 54 min, Greece, Holland, Germany, Egypt, India, France 2012

Nummer veertien, home, a multilayered and complex film, the structure of which is based on that of a classical Requiem: three movements and twelve acts. The film poetically interweaves tales of Alexander the Great, the death of Frédéric Chopin, and van der Werve’s own personal narrative. When Chopin died in Paris, his sister vowed to fulfill the composer’s wish of bringing his heart back to his native land of Poland; she succeeded in smuggling his heart out of France and carried it to Warsaw where it was interred in the Church of the Holy Cross.

For Nummer veertien, home, Van der Werve performed a 1,000-mile triathlon (swimming, biking, and running) from Warsaw to Paris – seven times the length of the Ironman Triathlon – retracing the path that Chopin’s heart travelled to its final burial place. 

Nummer veertien, home explores themes common to van der Werve’s work, such as physical endurance, man’s struggle with nature, the crossover between history and geography, melancholy and the solitary – all presented in van der Werve’s surreal and deadpan sensibility. 

http://nymag.com/arts/art/reviews/nummer-veertien-home-saltz-2012-10/

Mar 20, 2014

#54: Anri Sala

Friday, Apr 11th, 2014, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)



'1395 Days without Red: A film by Anri Sala in collaboration with Liria Begeja. From a project by Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala 
in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers‘. Production Photo © Milomir Kovačevic Strani


Long Sorrow, 2005, 12:57 min
Answer Me, 2008,  4:51 min
Tlatelolco Clash, 2011, 11:49 min
1395 Days without Red, 2011, 43:46 min

We are very delighted to welcome Anri Sala one of the outstanding artists of our time who came to prominence for videos and films mining his personal experience to reflect on the social and political change taking place in his native Albania.

Mar 19, 2014

vernisage.tv

Marcel Odenbach at Videoart at Midnight - an interview on vernissage.tv



Feb 13, 2014

#53: Marcel Odenbach

Friday, March 14th, 2014, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 

Marcel Odenbach 'Im Schiffbruch nicht schwimmen können'
© Marcel Odenbach, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne


Gespräch zwischen Ost und West, mit Gabor Body, 1978 schw/w Ton 3:40min
In stillen Teichen lauern Krokodile, 2002/04, Farbe, Ton  31:20 min
Disturbed Places, 2007, Farbe, Ton  34min
Im Kreise drehen, 2009, Farbe, Ton  15:50 min
Im Schiffbruch nicht Schwimmen können, 2011, Farbe, Ton  8:15min

We are very proud to welcome Marcel Odenbach, one of the pioneers and important exponents of German video art. 

Jan 20, 2014

#52: Phil Collins

Friday, Feb 7th, 2014, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 




This Unfortunate Thing Between Us (TUTBU) is an alternative shopping channel selling real life experiences in place of the standard fare of cheap jewellery, lawnmowers and fitness equipment. Viewers are offered the chance to buy an experience and enact it live on stage the following night. First performed in Berlin over two consecutive evenings at Hebbel am Ufer Theatre, the programme was broadcast live on German television, temporarily transforming ZDFkultur into TUTBU.TV.

Dec 23, 2013

#51: The Seminar 'Militant Examination'

Friday, Jan 17th, 2014, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 



Tuesday is on Friday - Alice Creischer's and Andreas Siekmann's seminar 'Militant Investigation' of the Masters course Space Strategies, Berlin Weißensee School of Art will take place within the frame of Videoart at Midnight.

Participants:
Sonja Hornung, Selina Lampe, Yukiko Nagakura, Laura Engelhardt, Alex Head, Eva Pandulova, Jenny Marlene Vollmer, Erkin Go, Lerato Shadi, Eva Giannakopoulou, Alejandro Strus, Julia Masagão, Imma Harms, Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann.

Nov 21, 2013

#50: Hito Steyerl and 5th anniversary party

Friday, Dec 20th, 2013, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)






wir freuen uns Hito Steyerl als unseren 50sten Gast zu haben | we are delighted to have Hito Steyerl as our 50th guest showing

Oct 29, 2013

#49: Reynold Reynolds – the Cast&Crew premiere of ‘The Lost’

Friday, Nov 15th, 2013, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)





We are very proud to welcome Reynold Reynolds to celebrate in cooperation with Galerie Zink, with him, you and all participants in the film the Cast&Crew premiere of

The Lost’ (1933/2013)
feature film 110 min., HD video transferred from 16mm

Oct 1, 2013

#48: Candice Breitz

Friday, Oct 25th, 2013, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)



Candice Breitz, Treatment, 2013, Dual-Channel Installation, 9:11 min,
Commissioned by Toronto International Film Festival 2013


Candice Breitz will be present to screen footage from a selection of works that have never before been exhibited in Berlin,

Sep 26, 2013

Meike Jansen freut sich in der taz

Kunst
Meike Jansen schaut sich in den Galerien von Berlin um
Geschafft! Die Berlin Art Week ist vorbei, die Menschen sind geschunden und regenieren im Grau nur langsam...
Nun hält wieder die wunderbare Alltäglichkeit Einzug. Und ehrlich gesagt, die ist spannender als viele der glamourösen Veranstaltungen der letzten Woche. So kann man es sich am Freitag endlich wieder bei Videoart at Midnight im Babylon gemütlich machen, wenn nach einer persönlichen Einleitung Köken Ergun den Film "Binibining Promised Land" zeigt.

taz – die Tageszeitung vom 26.09.2013

Sep 23, 2013

#47: Köken Ergun

Friday, Sept 27th, 2013, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)





BINIBINING PROMISED LAND (The film)


with a personal introduction by Köken Ergun and a statement to the incidents at Gezi Park in which he was involved this summer.

Jun 26, 2013

summer break


July and August we make a summer break.


Foto: Jan Nicolas Harting


We are looking forward to seeing you soon:

Friday, Sep 27th: Köken Ergun
Friday, Oct 25th: Candice Breitz
Friday, Nov 15th: Reynold Reynolds
Friday, Dec 13th: Hito Steyerl

May 26, 2013

#46: Martin Brand

Friday, June 21st, 2013, 24:00 | midnight 
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall 
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 
















Pit Bull Germany (excerpt), 2004, 3 min. 
Remote, 2007, 12:30 min. 
Rebel Rebel, 2012, 22:45 min. 
Driver, 2005, 6:36 min. 
Station, 2005, 14:52 min. 

Apr 23, 2013

#45: Nina Fischer & Maroan El Sani

Friday, May 10th, 2013, 24:00 | midnight 
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall 
(Eintritt frei | admission free)















Spirits Closing Their Eyes
HD-Video, Stereo, Farbe, 72 Min., 2013 

Mar 29, 2013

Videoart at Midnight Edition goes Oberhausen


the 59th International Short Film Festival invited "Videoart at Midnight Edition" to present it's recent issues within the market section of the festival: 























Nuclear Voyage, Armin Linke, IT, 2008, 10'30'' 
FRI, 3. May, Studio, 19.00 
Kiss, Melanie Manchot, GB, 2009, 10'30'' 
SAT, 4. May, Studio 19.00 
Parking, Erik Schmidt, GE, 2001, 8' 
SUN, 5. May, Studio 19.00 
Kinozal, Eléonore de Montesquiou, GE/RU, 2010, 22' 
MON, 6. May, Studio 19.00