Thursday, November 17, 2016, 2 pm
Artists’ Film International (AFI) 2016: Technique

From November 15 to 17, 2016, Video-Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) presents a selection from the program of Artists’ Film International 2016 with the theme Technique.

Artists’ Film International (AFI) is a project initiated by the Whitechapel Gallery in London and introduces artists from the fields of film, video and animation, who are nominated by international partner organizations and presented in the respective art institutions. The participating institutions include Whitechapel Gallery, London; Istanbul Modern; Ballroom Marfa, Texas; n.b.k. Video-Forum; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; GAMeC, Bergamo; Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires; Para/Site Art Space, Hongkong; Tromsø Kunstforening; Project 88, Mumbai; Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, Kabul; MAAT, Lisbon; Belgrade Cultural Centre; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow.

The works presented at n.b.k. Video-Forum are attributed to three thematic subchapters:
materiality, reflection and visibility.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 2-8pm
Materiality
Karin Sander,
Sigrid 1930, 2009, 32 sec, loop (nominated by n.b.k. Video-Forum, Berlin); Mateusz Sadowski, It takes time, 2014, 3:13 min (nominated by Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw); Andrés Denegri, Éramos esperados (plomo y palo), 2013, 4:14 min (nominated by Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires); Rohini Devasher, Atmospheres, 2015, 9 min (nominated by Project 88, Mumbai); Igor Bošnjak, EUtopia, 2015 / 2016, 20:13 min (nominated by Belgrade Cultural Centre).

Sigrid 1930, by using found footage material, reflects the transience of the film medium. It takes time, by means of stop-motion animations, works through multiple layers of perception. In Éramos esperados (plomo y palo) one’s own film footage is turned into a projection surface. The camera in Atmospheres allows a meditative view of the slowly changing sky. In EUtopia, Igor Bošnjak combines oil painting with video technology and thus creates an alternative picture of the European continent.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 2-6pm
Reflection
Zeyno Pekünlü, How to properly touch a girl so you don’t creep her out?, 2015, 19:10 min (nominated by Istanbul Modern); Mak Ying Tung, Disarming, 2013, 3:53 min (nominated by Para/Site Art Space, Hongkong); Fareeha Ghezal, Violence Against Women, 2010, 1:40 min (nominated by Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, Kabul); The Institute For New Feeling, This is Presence, 2016, 17:19 min (nominated by Ballroom Marfa, Texas)

How to properly touch a girl so you don't creep her out? unmasks the absurd advice of self-professed pick-up artists on the internet. In Disarming, the natural defenses of a cactus are put to the test. In Violence Against Women, Fareeha Ghezal in a poetical way deals with the search for one’s identity. An invisible user in This is Presence clicks through a network of endless website links and deeper and deeper delves into an online world full of self-optimizing products.

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 2-8pm
Visibility
Dimitri Venkov, Krisis, 2016, 32:26 min (nominated by National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow); Eva & Franco Mattes, Dark Content, 2015, 16:18 min (nominated by GAMeC, Bergamo); Rachel Maclean, Germs, 2013, 3 min (nominated by Whitechapel Gallery, London)

A Facebook discussion between Russian and Ukrainian artists about the demolition of a statue of Lenin in
Krisis is put on stage as a re-enactment. Dark Content examines the work of so-called content-moderators, who scour social networks for inappropriate content. Germs presents an artificial neon-colored world, in which there seems to exist nothing worse than microbes and dirt.