The candle of Franz Schubert?s animation lights the way into the exhibition?s jungle of images, recalling Gerhard Richter?s great art and Sonic Youth?s realm of pop culture. Videorama presents recent Austrian video and film works from the ursula blickle videoarchiv. The show comprises clip-like pieces, short-form narratives, and moving image combinations generating spaces of experience: it provides visual strain and calls for aesthetic concentration while it sensitizes the apparatus of perception.
The artists whose works Videorama assembles rely on both sophisticated and simple means. They film, animate, document, and use systems of reference from the arts, from life, and from history. The range of works included in the show spans from the nonsensically absurd pieces by Mara Mattuschka & Gabriele Szekatsch and Rainer Ganahl to dramatic performative productions by such artists as Markus Schinwald or the flickering images from the archives of everyday life presented by Thomas Draschan and Axel Stockburger. Susi Jirkuff?s, Hubert Sielecki?s and Veronika Schubert?s animations strike us as moving in the double sense of the word. The pictures in the exhibition go against the tide of the times in a sometimes perfectionist, sometimes trashy way and often, like the works of Rudolf Polanszky, Anna Jermolaewa, and Stermann & Grissemann, evince a sense of humor that hits the nail on the head.
An international jury comprised of Sabine Himmelsbach, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Massimiliano Gioni, New Museum, New York, and Ian White, Whitechapel Gallery, London, will select the artists and works from the ursula blickle videoarchiv for the exhibition together with Angela Stief.
Curator: Angela Stief
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