May 13, 2016

#75: Joep van Liefland

Friday, May 20th, 2016, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 



We look very much forward to welcoming Joep am Liefland with his Video Palace #43 – Body in Depression:

Dauerwerbung, 8 min
Thomy Boy, 2 min
The Real Thing, 2 min
America, 12 min
Flesheaters, 2 min
Long Live the Flesh, 2 min
Tiergarten, 4 min
Major Meat, 2:10 min
Donald Judd Faces of Death, 2 min
Men & Depression 1, 2 min
The End, 5 min
Men& Depression 2, 2 min
Men in Pain, 2 min
Underworld, 2 min
Brocoli Hardcore, 4 min
Propaganda, 1 min (loop)

In Video Palace, his ambitious installation series, Joep van Liefland invited us since the end of the 90's into an intimate universe where one could resist or embrace the filmic appeal. For Videoart at Midnight, with his 43rd edition of Video Place, the artist will put us under a new kind of (de)pressure. Will you endure the claustrophobic fornication with the screen?

Interestingly enough, before the advent of psychoanalysis in the XIXth century depression was understood as “the tightening and compressing process by which a body is lowered by another”. It is such a critical but deserted intimacy that van Liefland explores in his videos. The artist’s body experiments the dense space that isolates him from the world and the various modes of violating it. There is a “total visibility” in van Liefland’s videos that weighs down on us like a total tactility. Through intense close-ups, we are drawn in a joyous orgy with a broccoli, a mass of bowels or some thomy boy mayonnaise. Van Liefland creates a sensual palace where the skin and the eye merge into one and the same blurred horizon.

We find ourselves digging up matter – all sorts of matter. The all-too-common postcard view of the empty Roman Forum and the filthy fresco of guts are made equally uncanny, equally seductive. Yet, the image’s rawness does not allow the gaze to grasp it. With his cameraman Zegar Cools, the artist sometimes makes us dizzy, as the camera greedily lowers on the naked body of Man in Pain like a fly around a piece of shit. In Tiergarten it is rather the screen that loses its transparency; scarred by the simultaneous fast-forwarding and deceleration.

Throughout his video work van Liefland requires us to dive down into a depressed intimacy where the image enters through your pores. The artist unsettles us with the random, the clichés among which we live (America) by making our gaze stoop to the level where its monstrosity shows. It is precisely in those depths that the lone eye loses its distance and the skin begins to touch and be touched, or eat and be eaten. Who knows – perhaps it is the same underworld where our zombies come from. 

Jade de Cock de Rameyen


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

Herzliche Grüße | best regards
Ivo Wessel, Olaf Stüber





Apr 19, 2016

Berlinische Galerie presents Videoart at Midnight

we are very pleased to announce that on the occasion of the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2016

Berlinische Galerie 
Museum of Modern Art | Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur 
invites
Videoart at Midnight!


Exhibition: Saturday, Apr 30th and Sunday May 1st, 2016, 10 am to 6 pm

Opening: Saturday, Apr 30th, 12:00 | noon

Alte Jakobstraße 124-128
10969 Berlin

(Eintritt frei | admission free) 















Dr. Thomas Köhler, Director of the Berlinische Galerie and Olaf Stüber will present the opening ceremony on April 30th at 12pm | noon. 


Mar 28, 2016

#74: Dafna Maimon

Friday, Apr 15th, 2016, 24:00 | midnight
(Eintritt frei | admission free)
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall 





We are very happy to welcome Dafna Maimon with

Trailer Conglomerate, 2016, 2 min
Waiting to Act , 2010, 16 min
Orient Express, 2014, 6 min
Discipline Aid Attempt No 1, 2008, 11 min
The She The Same, 2014, 20 min

Mar 4, 2016

#73: Jeremy Shaw

Friday, Mar 18th, 2016, 24:00 | midnight 

BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 


























With Jeremy Shaw we welcome again an outstanding Berlin based artist! Shaw works in a variety of media to explore altered states and the cultural and scientific practices that aspire to map transcendental experienceOften combining and amplifying strategies from the realms of conceptual art, ethnographic film, music video, mystical and scientific research, Shaw proposes a post-documentary space in which disparate ideals, belief-systems and narration are put into crisis. 


Feb 2, 2016

#72: Shahram Entekhabi and Yasaman Pishvaei

Friday, Feb 19th, 2016, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free) 





After the Islamic revolution in 1979 the young contemporary art scene in Iran has developed beyond what was considered compatible with the new Islamic order. But right now - despite continuing limitations - the Iranian art scene is flourishing, all signs in the middle east art scene seem to point to Tehran. We haven’t been there yet. But Shahram Entekhabi - certainly not an unknown in Berlin’s art scene - and his colleague Yasaman Pishvaei who produced their new film in Teheran within the last months are telling interesting things about Tehran’s art scene.

Jan 5, 2016

#71: Christian Falsnaes

Friday, Jan 29th, 2016, 24:00 | midnight

BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)






The exhibition of the Preis der Nationalgalerie in Berlin just closed - now we are very happy to start our Videoart at Midnight program with Christian Falsnaes’

There and Back Now (around 45 min)

Nov 28, 2015

#70: John Bock

Friday, Dec 11th, 2015, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)



As conclusion of this year’s program we are delighted to present an exuberant clash of filmlive concert and performance

Nov 19, 2015

#69: Stefan Zeyen's ABOUT CONTEMPT

Friday, Nov 27th, 2015, 24:00 | midnight

BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)























We are looking forward to welcome Stefan Zeyen with: 

Abou Contempt
2015, 103 min, 4K, stereo

Oct 2, 2015

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden welcomes Videoart at Midnight

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden welcomes Videoart at Midnight in DC:
Thursday October 15, 2015, 6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium with Ulu Braun and Olaf Stüber



















Olaf Stüber, a leading proponent of moving-image art in Germany, is co-founder of the monthly showcase Videoart at Midnight. A cult event among Berlin art enthusiasts, it invites artists to present their work in a free and open forum that welcomes not only video but performance and conversation. After introducing this program, Stüber will be joined by Ulu Braun, an artist who has been featured in Berlin. Samples from Braun’s extravagantly animated oeuvre will be presented as part of the Museum’s fall focus on Surrealism. Selections will include digital versions of exquisite corpses, in which Braun and other artists create collaborative works by building sequentially on each other’s contributions.

This program is presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Washington.


Your Skin Makes Me Cry: Reception and Film Installations

With Olaf Stüber and Ulu Braun
Thursday, October 15, 9 – 11 pm
RSVP to www.goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com.

Oct 1, 2015

#68: Amie Siegel

Friday, Oct 23rd, 2015, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)


Amie Siegel, The Architects, 2014, HD video, color, sound (still).
Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture. Image courtesy the artist and Simon Preston Gallery, New York.

















We are very much looking forward to welcome Amie Siegel, who will be back in town to premiere a new work for the exhibition Wohnungsfrage at the HKW. For Videoart at Midnight she selected The Architects (2014), one of her very recent works. followed by The Sleepers (1999) an earlier  work shot on 16 mm.

Aug 16, 2015

#67: Shingo Yoshida

Friday, Sep 18th, 2015, 24:00 | midnight

BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)


























we start our fall program with Shingo Yoshia, an outstanding artist, we first met at Based in Berlin in 2011. We are very happy to celebrate with Yoshida, who just came back from Sebiria, the premiere of his latest film:

The end of day and beginning of the world
Siberia-Chukotka, Russia 2015, 4K video, color, sound, 16:9, 20 min.

Jun 11, 2015

#66: Filipa César

Friday, Jun 26th, 2015, 24:00 | midnight
BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall
(Eintritt frei | admission free)























We are very happy to welcome Filipa César who will give us an insight in her ouevre in showing us a a selection of her mesmerizing artist films!

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.

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:

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 Braun

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