curated by artists Lina Sieckmann and Miriam Gossing
The films in the program take the notion of space as a starting point for a diversity of cinematic experiments. Artistic interventions range between subversion, illusion and passivity. Spaces of uneasiness, boredom, flamboyancy and non-compliance. Spaces that do not exist, spaces that are created within editing, spaces reaching out from far beyond. Reshaping the present through a prism of images, the film itself turns into a mystifying architecture. Spouting, bursting, pretending, shrinking, loitering and absorbing.
Johann Lurf 12 Explosionen, 6 min. // Austria, 2008
Karen Asmundson Tasman hates the beach, 3:20 min. // Canada, 2016
Sophie Michael The Watershow Extravaganza, 10 min. // UK, 2016
Arianne Olthaar Hotel Forum, 9:30 min. // Netherlands, 2016
Mona Kakanj Window Shopping, 5:30 min. // Iran, 2015
Paul Spengemann Untitled, 5 min. // Germany, 2015
Matthias Tharang Per Aspera ad Astra, 5 min. // Netherlands/UK, 2011
Henning Frederik Malz John’s Desire, 3:50 min. // Germany, 2011
Videostills by Karen Asmundson, Sophie Michael, Paul Spengemann, Henning Frederik Malz, Matthias Tharang
* Please note that from May 10 to 13 the regular program of Capri by Night will be interrupted due to intersecting programming of Schauspiel Köln and will screen content related to the event Britney X.
In April, a selection of submissions to the International Women’s Film Festival (PANORAMA section) are shown at Capri by Night every night from sunset to sunrise: current videos made by women, personal and quirky, radical and independent, complex and diverse in style.
We start with a straight line against a blank background – sometimes all it takes to understand life. Megatrick literally gets quickly and directly to the point, although a few kinks along the way might not be a bad thing. In A Love Letter To The One I Made Up, expressive prints combine fantasy and reality, while a dreamy, surrealist world morphs into a utopia in Solar Walk: worlds are destroyed to make way for new things, creations in outer space. Wasteland No 1 obsessively explores images and structures. Circuit boards and computer processors turn into cartographic information, towns from above glimmer against images of poppies in full bloom. Junkanoo Talk asks who has the authority to speak about a certain culture, examining the cultural codes of colour and gestures in the carnival of the Bahamas. Concepts of adaptation and suitability are unsolved social questions that are also asked in What Time is Love?. And in Katzenlotto a random idea is visualised with the charm of a Super 8 film.
Anne Isensee Megatrick, D 2017, 2:00
Rachel Gutgarts A Love Letter To The One I Made Up, ISR 2017, 6:00
Reka Busci Solar Walk, DK 2018, 21:00
Jodie Mack Wasteland No. 1, USA 2017, 4:10
Rhea Starr Junkanoo Talk, UK 2017, 12:00
Anna Franceschini What Time is Love?, IT, NL, D 2017, 12:00
Dagie Brundert Katzenlotto, D 2017, 3:00
Videostills by Reka Busci, Anne Isensee, Jodie Mack, Anna Franceschini
‘Crossing Seas and Mountains’
curated by Antonie Angerer & Anna-Viktoria Eschbach (Directors and founders of I: project space, Beijing)
Crossing Seas and Mountains examines the networks and new definitions that epitomize the shape of a distributed, pluralistic, non-linear world. Like Sadie Plants’ witch, who desires to fly throughout space “crossing seas and mountains”, this screening investigates transitions across multiple systems and body identities, in reference to Zeros+Ones.
Physically present in Beijing, I: project space offers a hybrid practice in creating a new network of art practice and discourse, challenging preexisting notions of social, cultural and political forces in art. As the body is simultaneously personal and political, this screening is collecting work that forges connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural identity in a digital world.
Shuang Li Marry Me For Chinese Citizenship, 2016, 4:25 min
Juliet Carpenter Half Bianca, 2014, 5:20 min
Tu Lang Eye Massager, 2017, 16:56 min
Justin Shoulder & Bhenji Ra Deep Alamat, 2014, 4:09 min
Barbara Signer Golden Cage, 2018, 2 min
Daniel Stubenvoll Untitled, 2015, 10:07 min
Double Fly Art Center Atom Egg, 2015, 4:14 min
This video selection is part of ongoing investigation “Feminist South” by the Australian artist and performer Kelly Doley and I: project space.
‘The One Who Teeters on The Brink Of Disaster’
curated by Eli Cortiñas, a Spanish video artist based in Berlin
In Homi K. Bhabha’s famous essay “The Commitment to Theory” culture emerges as a problem at the point at which there is a loss of meaning in the articulation of everyday’s life, between classes, genders, races, nations. The intervention of the Third Space of Enunciation as he describes it, destroys the mirror of representation in which cultural knowledge is customarily revealed as an integrated, open and expanding code. It is exactly in this space that video artist Eli Cortiñas situates the group of international artists presented in this program. An urgent search of extravagant and exuberant mysteries, an autonomous staging of possible violent scenarios, tropical economic values, stripteases of one’s own soul, lost of commodities and the fall of ideal projects of long gone futures go hand in hand to establish an unknown space, a new order between signifier and signified.
Stine Marie Jacobsen Do you have time to kill me today?, 2007-2009, 2:50 min
Ana Alenso Tropical Curse, 2015, 3:33 min
Elodie Pong Je suis un bombe, 2006, 6:28 min
Glenda León Inversión, 2011, 3 min
Chrischa Venus Oswald Mother Tongue, 2013, 4 min
Agnieszka Polska Ask the Siren, 2017, 10:25 min
Pauline Curnier Jardin Grotta Profunda (the moody chasm), 2011, 30 min
BEST OF CAPRI BY NIGHT 2017
Steffi Lindner And then nothing turned itself inside-out (excerpt), 2012, 1:53 min
Julius Brauckmann Titles, 2017, 4 min
Alwin Lay Rolle, 2015, 3:28 min
Daniel Burkhardt In other words, 2014, 9:36 min
Elisa Balmaceda Mirage, 2016, 4:53 min
Susann Maria Hempel Der große Gammel, 2012, 8:30 min
Miranda Pennell You made me love you, 2004, 3:26 min
John Smith Dad’s Stick, 2012, 5:08 min
Miller/Gösel Helios 2, 2013, 15 min
In December 2017 Capri by Night presents Now Dance.
Now Dance borrows it’s name from a song by the same title, released in 1987 by Byron Davis & The Fresh Krew on the 4 Sight Records label. Like many early Miami Bass artists, Davis packed his work with samples from sources like Ohio Players’ Love Rollercoaster and Roger’s unforgettable 10+ minute rendition of I Heard it Through the Grapevine.
Now Dance is both an original composition and an index of sorts, enticing listeners to learn more about the genre’s roots and influences. Ben Sisto’s December collection of videos for Capri by Night works in a similar way — a mixtape of ideas, samples, artists and presentation styles that offer a window into the wider world of dance as he has come to know and appreciate it.
curated by Ben Sisto, who oversees the cultural programming at Ace Hotel in New York, including annual exhibitions and artists in residence program
AUNTS AUNTS realness, 2013, 06:17 min
Jérôme Bel Pichet Klunchun and Myself: Captation Intégrale (excerpt), 2005, 04:50 min
CHERYL HOW TO CHERYL, 2008, 02:53 min
Merce Cunningham Trust Variations V (excerpt), 1965, 05:16 min
Cynthia Davidson Urban Punk Ballet in Second Life, 2013, 01:11 min
Beth Gill Catacomb NDP 3, 2016, 04:04 min
Jerron Herman Phys Ed, 2017, 05:00 min
Makeya Kaiser Tribute to Whitney Houston, 2016, 05:01 min
Alice Sheppard DESCENT, 2017, 08:17 min
Ben Sisto & SR Palm What I’m Trying to Say, 2014, 05:07 min
A selection of video works by artists based in Bulgaria. Each of the works responds differently to the concept of the “couple”. It is about diversity in different forms of communication – between two friends, lovers, family members, teacher and student, even between two digital devices or between the artist and his imaginary antipod.
curated by Daniela Radeva – a curator for contemporary art, based in Sofia, Bulgaria
Kalin Serapionov UCS, 2013, 2:45 min
Valentina Traianova la Quête, 2001, 3:22 min
Maximilian Pramatarov Tigers, 2012, 1:49 min
Samuil Stoyanov 61 26, 2011, 3:05 min
Vladimir Mitrev Étude Red Blue, 2008, 3:31 min
Vikenti Komitski Lucky Fetish, 2016, 2:05 min
Krassimir Terziev Between Flash Back and Deja-vu, 2016, 9:00 min
Rayna Teneva Last Rose, 2017, 2:01 min