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:  

Builders, 2005, 8:16 min.

This video project is inspired by the painting “The Builders of Bratsk” (1961) by Viktor Popkov. As a Soviet art critic once accurately noted, “the paintings main theme is the ‘resurgence of life.'” By today, this piece has become an iconographic symbol of self-possessed, concentrated people, not only standing on the brink of great changes, but capable of making sense of this transformation and realizing it.

It is important to note that the workers on the painting are not shown in the process of working, but that they are taking a well-deserved cigarette break. They have interrupted their work and now have the chance to consider both the relations that govern it, but also the significance it will have to the transformation of society at large. This is exactly how the painting was read in its time, as an interpretation we would like to return to today.

Our project’s goal is to apply this ideal image to contemporaneity. We invite the spectator to return to the composition of this painting and to suggest a new version of the process of its creation. We want to show (through a slide show and sound track) what might have preceded this moment, in which they took on a pose that turned them into a symbol of certainty, strength and belief. What was it? Hard work? A conflict in production that found its own solution? Or maybe even a hidden love story? Maybe it was all of these things at once, and maybe none of it happened. Our goal lies in constructing a situation in which people today (ourselves and our colleagues from Chto delat) become “ideal,” stretching to reach this image.

Museum Songspiel: The Netherlands 20XX, 2011, 25:25 min.

The fourth songspiel by Chto Delat? represents a similar new form of contemporary tragedy as the first three musicals of the “Songspiel-triptych”. But whereas the first three productions were based on accounts of historical events the “Museum-Songspiel” is realized in a tradition of dystopia film. The script takes place against the backdrop of an imaginary scenario of Dutch politics in the year 20XX, where all immigrants have been banned from the country.

The first scene – which in contrast to all most other scenes of the film was shot on location at the Van Abbemuseum – shows a Museum’s guard who is controlling the galleries. The dramatic soundtrack accompanying the scene seems to anticipate his confusion, when stumbling upon a group of illegal immigrants, who have sought refuge in a large display case designed for street art incorporated into the museum. The museum seems to be the only institution in which they hope to be able to evade their deportation. The situation reminiscent of a (human) zoo, where one group is separated from another through a large glass wall, is finally resolved when the museum director tells the outraged journalist, that the museum never intended to hide the immigrants from the authorities in the first place, rather they were merely hired as actors for a performance.
The film raises the frightening question of which particular role the museum and therefore also art might be forced to play under political circumstances borrowed from the realities of Russian current political situation. The film is a kind of acid test on how socially concerned art might operate under severe pressure of control by nationalistic populist governments.

Border Musical, 2013, 48:30 min.

Ola from Finnmark meets Tanja from Kola. They fall in love, Tanja abandons her past and moves with her son to her new husband. Through joys and challenges of their mixed marriage we get a glimpse into today’s Russia-Norwegian borderland across cultural and social norms and values. How our behaviour and worldview are influenced by culturally laden relations between individual, family and society? To what degree we are responsible for our actions and to what degree we leave it to the state? Who defines areas of responsibility? The Norwegian state and Ola’s best friend help the couple to build up a family based on the sound Norwegian values.

BORDER MUSICAL is not a description of the reality; it is a reality served in a spicy manner: through polished language and sharp definitions, exaggerated images and multifaceted characters, bizarre movements and eccentric scenes. Why cheer a mutual understanding when we learn from our differences?

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

Herzliche Grüße | best regards
Ivo Wessel, Olaf Stüber



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 

Mar 20, 2013

# 44: Annika Eriksson

Friday, Apr 12th, 2013, 24:00 | midnight 
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall 
(Eintritt frei | admission free)




It did happen soon, 2012
Wir bleiben/The Last Tenants, 2011
Wir sind wieder da, 2010

Annika Eriksson will be present.

Feb 27, 2013

#43: Martin Skauen

Friday, Mar 8th, 2013, 24:00 | midnight 
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall 
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 




Martin Skauen's SLIDESHOW JOHNNY

Feb 19, 2013

#42: Douglas Gordon

Friday, Feb 22th, 2013, 24:00 | midnight 
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall 
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 

© Studio lost but found / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013.














Douglas Gordon FEATURE FILM, 1999
35mm film
We are very pleased to welcome Douglas Gordon as our guest and to show his work as this month’s Video Art at Midnight FEATURE FILM.