Monday, April 24, 2006


Dionysos, installation/performance 1985, still from the S8-film

Autoperforationsartisten, an art group founded by Micha Brendel (b 1959), Else Gabriel (b 1962), Volker (Via) Lewandowsky (b 1963), Rainer Görß (b 1960) at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden (GDR).
Slightly inclined towards the animal, they attracted attention above all by their opposition to the curriculum and methods of GDR art world. The group broke up in 1991 as a result of increasing individual work by the artists and decreasing pressure from the country's political system.

In 1987 Via Lewandowsky produced a film version of the performance «Heart Horn Skin Shrine», staged by the autoperforation artists as their concluding work in the Stage Set Section at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (College of Visual Arts) in Dresden.

The film is a documentary sampler of a few scenes from the absurdist play. The interest of sympathizers was so great that, between October 1987 and March 1988, the group toured the cities of Leipzig, Halle, Dresden, and Berlin with it. The artists accompanied the film by producing moronic sounds that worked even connoisseurs into a sweat.
small pictures from malMal, 1986 & Panem et Circenses, 1988

Christoph Tannert wrote: «Certainly no [other] film in the country of the
‹little white dove of peace› was ever fiddled together with so much morbid maximalism, imagined violence, and paranoid mood background.»

Dionysos, installation/performance 1985, still from the S8-film

Many other filmworks from this area had never been shown in public.
Directors Lounge will screen 5 pieces in world premiere as part of our saturday-screening "In Bewegung" during Figures of motion at the Plueschow Lounge.

Quasi-Objects Lorenzo Oggiano

The Quasi-Objects cycle, initiated in 2003, is composed of photographic and videographic materials generated with the assistance of 3d modeling, animation and rendering software.As products springing from digital calculation, synthetic images are free from any reference to optical reality and from relationships of existential references; the possibility of accessing, thanks to them, to plausibility, abandoning at the same time any attempt to a "judgement of truth", not only opens up creative research to unattended plastic horizons but - by inevitably shifting attention from the Image itself to the "knowledge-quota" of the digital model that establishes its Presence (from the output to the process) - we think it contributes to make ourselves positively willing to constructive thought about the relationships we entertain with the Real and particularly on the meaning of Life in terms of a real and autonomous process disjoint from any specific material manifestation, a generative grammar that is independent from the holding subject. In this Sense Quasi-Objects regards actualization of data, production of biologically a-functional occurrences (bio-politically dysfunctional), dealing about Life, but without reference to the outcomes it is used to recognize; possibilities that can be viewed as transient outputs of an operative practice: aesthetics of process.

Quasi-Objects / Cinematic n.04 - DVD, 2005, 3:43 min, color, sound - stills from video.

The Quasi-Objects / Cinematic n.04" video-loop installation by Lorenzo Oggiano will be shown as part of Figures Of Motion at the Plueschow Lounge

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Directors Lounge at the Plueschow Lounge

Figures of Motion Kunst in Bewegung april 28th - may 1st
at the Castle Plueschow

This beautiful space, located somewhere in the middle of nowhere in northeast-germany, will be our home over the next weekend.
We are going to exhibit several video installations and every night there will be a themed screening of videoart.
Figures of Motion - Kunst in Bewegung will focus on non-narrative works that continue the tradion of experimental films, direct films by artists like Len Lye, Oskar Fischinger or James Whitney.
A special screening on saturday will present documentaries of performances, noise-paintings and alike from artists of the former GDR. Several film documents will be shown for the first time ever.

screening area

Over the next days I will try to introduce some of the works to be shown at Castle Plueshow

opening fri 28th april 7pm
live music after the screening

sa - mon 11am - 10pm

Schloss Plueschow
Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus
Am Park 6

No prob to pitch your tents in the garden
sweet world PEZ

All PEZ shown are
hand transformed by ATYPYK



Thursday, April 20, 2006

imagine this

click dot

Happy Famous Artists at art brussels


William James wrote that the true is what is good in the way of beliefBecause the ghosts, the demons and the darkness that Agents Mulder and
Scully are in constant contact with are disconcerting at best, terrifying at worst, they are not "good in the way of belief" and, by James's definition, they are not true.

The desire to live a life uninterrupted by challenge, gift-wrapped in false
comfort, and tied with an ignorant bow puts the denizens of the world of X-FILES at odds with the Truth as Mulder and Scully find it, a Truth deeper and richer and more necessary to believe simply because it isn't created to serve a subjective and ultimately false level of comfort. Art exists for the same reasons that Mulder and Scully do - to search.

Happy Famous Artists see themselves in their world, the art world, as Mulder
and Scully are in theirs. In both worlds, the objects sought, whether they
are ghosts or demons or philosophy or art itself, have the constant potential to
shake the foundations of false comfort created to shield the weak from that which they'd rather not see. Can they be seen? Do they exist? Mulder and
Scully tell us, "Yes, the truth is out there." The meaning in this
affirmation does not lie in its declarative sense, but rather in its implication that the Truth is less important than the search itself. The Truth is finite but the search is endless and comes in infinite forms with equally infinite challenges.

Yet Mulder and Scully search on.

They shine their torches at the mysterious, the enigmatic, the troubling,
the seemingly untouchable, at that which others don't see.

Diogenes van Sinope also lit a lamp, in search of . a human being. What are
Happy Famous Artists illuminating?

In this image, it's one of their artworks. It isn't shown. It can't be seen.
It is nevertheless very much there.

The art is out there.

Or is it?

Ben Dirt, 2006

Happy Famous Artists, widely known for their daily dose of bad art for bad people, are an artistic collective combining ideas of Intelligensius Anarchus and Jeff Blind. Meet the gentlemen at stand nr 12A13 at art brussels april 21th - 24th

May The Fame Be with You!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

a cheerful nature a happy soul

She enjoyed dancing, always being in good spirits.
The picture might be not impressive, but is among the very first photographs
I ever took, with a camera she gave me as a birthday present.
She, my grandma, born on Christmas Eve, died on Good Friday at the age of 100.

In deep love
obtain a great piece of art out of jail

Jail, Digital Print, 8.5" x 11", 2006, Ed. 12/25. Signed & dated.

J.T. Kirkland who runs the excellent Thinking About Art started a new blog with the mission to obtain a great piece of art that he could otherwise never obtain on his own: bARTer!

The princible of bARTer! is as simple as charming: JT offers a private work for trade. Once he has traded it for a new piece of art, the new work will be posted on bARTer! for the next exchange.
Admittedly he is trying to "trade up," but given the nature of art (beauty is in the eye of the beholder) others may very well be "trading up" as well.

Even if you don´t want to trade it shall be fun to follow the trail of trades at bARTer!
vista panoramica Michael Goldgruber at Kunstsalon Wilde Gans

Mirador, c-print on alu, 50x75 cm

Viewpoints and panoramic views are in the center of the work of Michael Goldgruber.
It is his attempt to reflect the way we view. Thus, his artistic works deals with the way we look and how we can expand the viewing. Consequently the presentation of several glances at viewing points becomes a panoramic roundview itself.

Vista Panoramica, 2005, Öl/Molino, 140x400cm, Diptychon

Viewpoint, 2005, Öl/Molino, 70x110cm click pics to enlarge

vista panoramica,only till saturday,
at Kunstsalon Wilde Gans, one of Berlins most friendliest artspaces.

Don´t miss the finnisage if you have the chance
sat 22th of april 6pm

Kunstsalon Wilde Gans/Berlin.
Harry Jo Weilenmann
Schwedenstrasse 13 / D-13357 Berlin

Monday, April 17, 2006

everyday garden by Francis Baker

confinement - image, lightjet print

In the piece containment - concept, a china-doll plant rises from the mold of a Buddha figurine, while its roots grow within this confinement. With this work I am borrowing a basic precept and interpreting it as the striving to see the world as it is and not through the veil of manufactured ideas. The piece itself sets up a circular thought pattern since I begin with a given principle. To break the thought cycle it is necessary to extract the confined root, completing the process by giving opportunity for further awareness, examination and meditation. more >

everyday garden: interment 1, acrylic box, organic matter

everyday garden
out of focus Mark Arbeit

After working as an assistant for Helmut Newton and Irving Penn, Arbeit moved to Milan to launch his own fashion photography career, and shot regularly for Linea Italia, Donna and Vogue Bellezza. In 1985, he settled in Paris to further his career as well as expand his artistic boundaries. To explore the experimental side of photography Arbeit and a few ambitious photographer friends from the Art Center formed a group called 'The Cauldron.' Its mission was simple: to take pictures that had never been done before. Arbeit chose focus as his tool, and launched Out of Focus.
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Sunday, April 16, 2006

A Dream Half Remembered Ken Rosenthal

From the series A Dream Half Remembered

The photographic work of Ken Rosenthal is not only dreamlike but also strongly cinematic,
memories turned into a glimpse of movie.

From the series Seen and Not Seen

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Happy Easter

Chiho Aoshima, Strawberry Fields, 2003

Lori Earley

easter eggs found here & there

stay fluffy

Friday, April 14, 2006

Navid Nuur

more There

Mia Vita, Mia Amata by Nezaket Ekici

A fine videoperformance about language and understanding by Nezaket Ekici

Mia Vita, Mia Amata now on Directors Lounge television

Thursday, April 13, 2006

tonight: INBETWEEN – Stereotypical readability

Paris, 1944, unknown source, the woman appears in "Even If She Had Been A Criminal" by Jean Gabriel Périot

just a reminder for the screening tonight
Don´t miss it if you are in Munich.

more here and here

missed the show?
No problem, watch assorted videos presented by
Directors Lounge from the cuddly security of your home.
From Russia

each artist was sent a blank set of russian nesting dolls, and this is what happened.

thanks andrea

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

"The City of Galvez" by Oscar Guzmán

"The images of the City of Galvez constitute a document of a place that exists at some level of Reality. Galvez, with its famous Floating Cupolas, its capricious architecture and its advanced methods of urban transport, constitutes a peculiar document: Despite having characteristics of a photographic record, the images of Galvez don’t have and never have had a counterpart in the physical world."
Oscar Guzmán

"The City of Galvez" (requires Flash 7)
On April 12, 1961
Yuri Gagarin became the first human being in space.

Triumphant music blared across the land. Russia's radios saluted the morning with the slow, stirring beat of the patriotic song, How Spacious Is My Country. Then came the simple announcement that shattered forever man's ancient isolation on earth: "The world's first spaceship, Vostok [East], with a man on board, has been launched on April 12 in the Soviet Union on a round-the-world orbit." From Leningrad to Petropavlovsk, the U.S.S.R. came to a halt. Streetcars and buses stopped so that passengers could listen to loudspeakers in public squares.

Here, a massive audience of people pack Red Square in awe of their nation's accomplishment, and focus with delight on Yuri's speach.

bonus addon Dreams of Space

In post-World War II America anything seemed possible, even going to the Moon! There appeared in 1949, a book The Conquest of Space , which led to a new trend in children's books. These books outlined the future the children of the "baby boom" would grow up in, the world of space.

Dreams of Space You will go to the Moon
A wonderful collection of Space Art in Children's books

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Samuel Wiesemann christian socialist realism

The foundation of his work lies, according to his own words, in two contradictory strands: the public, in a real-life socialist state system; and the private, living in a strict Christian family.
Another shaping experience was the democratic elimination of what was for long believed to be a secure state power. But it also brought about the destruction of hope for a human, truly democratic socialism which has been replaced by a new German nationalism.

Samuel Wiesemann presents his latest work 'Brother in Arms' at the Basisraum piper

14th - 28th of april

opening thursday 14th 7pm
Samuel Wiesemann serves lamb stew a la Jerewan.

The public is encouraged to bring its own booze

Basisraum piper

Kopenhagener Str. 66
10437 - Prenzlauer Berg Berlin

wed/thurs 4pm - 8pm
cornichons they are everywhere

a silent revolution ?

Monday, April 10, 2006

Put your trees clothes on

Erika: Tonight while I was out on a smoke break, I looked at the tree and thought, “Man, that is one sad tree. It looks cold and wet and pathetic. It needs a sweater!” And so she did

Here´s a nifty how-to