VIDEO KOOP

03.05.2008 - 27.07.2008

VIDEO KOOP is an exhibition project in the KIT which came into being through an invitation to Julia Stoschek. Julia Stoschek, the initiator of the JUST scholarship and founder of the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION, presents six artists in the VIDEO KOOP context, most of whom come from Düsseldorf and work chiefly with film, video, and installations.

Christiane Fochtmann, Andreas Bunte, Manuel Graf, Andreas Korte, Bianca Voss and Jan Wagner develop artistic positions that address the history of art and culture, everyday events and poetry in the media of film and music. The presentation of their works is in interesting contrast to the architecture of the KIT.

The entrée is provided by Bianca Voss with her work Seagulls (2008). With reference to the exterior of the KIT, it shows the seagulls that swarm past on the banks of the Rhine, plummeting greedily to earth to snap up the food the artist has strewn.

Christiane Fochtmann plays with a humorous interaction between image and sound. The work Flower Power (2006), for example, shows flower buds opening and closing in fast motion to the sound of snoring.

The Driver (2004) by Andreas Korte plays inside a parking building. A person facing away from the viewer is moving towards the exit. Camerawork and distorted sounds create an atmosphere of primeval fear, turning the viewer into an involuntary pursuer.

In La Fée Electricité, Andreas Bunter tells the story of electricity in a poetic, almost old-fashioned manner. The 16 mm, black-and-white film has the aesthetic quality of the silent films from the beginnings of cinematic history.

Persistent ideas and the universality of the language of architecture are the themes in the work of Manuel Graf. 1000 Years are a Day (2005) shows an interior from the 1960s: a stylish record player in the foreground plays excerpts from the song of the same name by Udo Jürgens. A wild, colourful pictorial history of architecture begins to the rhythm of the music.

Jan Wagner's two-channel installation Of the Soul Four (2005) is a precise staging that creates a spatial mood in the observer through sculptural elements and the use of rough cloth. In addition, small lines of text irritate the eye.