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PART 1: VIKA KIRCHENBAUER

Streaming May 13 – 16, 2021

 

In order to know something, must we be able to see it? If not, then how do we come to know what refuses visibility? What is imagined in what we cannot see?

 

This three-part program series explores these questions by engaging with the works of two artists and filmmakers Vika Kirchenbauer (Berlin) and Caroline Key (Brooklyn, NY). Within their respective practices, these artists meditate on conditions of alterity and constructions of otherness by exploring opacity as a mode of formal, conceptual, and aesthetic address.

 

The first program in the series features five works by Berlin-based filmmaker, artist, writer, and music producer Vika Kirchenbauer, including the Los Angeles virtual premiere of her new short film, UNTITLED SEQUENCE OF GAPS, which recently was awarded the German Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Film in 2020. Offering a glimpse into Kirchenbauer’s wide-ranging practice, these works are interconnected through their complex negotiations of visibility as they relate to ideas of personal and collective memory/non- remembrance, politics of spectatorship, and the performative gestures by which difference is codified. These themes are explored as part of the artist’s ongoing examination of the role of the participatory gaze in the maintenance of violence and institutional power structures.


Programmed by Leeroy K. Y. Kang

 

WORKS IN THE PROGRAM

(download the full program notes to the right on this page)

 

SHAME/HUMILIATION

Vika Kirchenbauer, 2018, 2 mins

*Los Angeles virtual premiere

 

LIKE RATS LEAVING A SINKING SHIP

Vika Kirchenbauer, 2012, 24.5 mins

*Los Angeles virtual premiere

 

WELCOME ADDRESS

Vika Kirchenbauer, 2017, 10 mins

*Los Angeles virtual premiere

 

SHE WHOSE BLOOD IS CLOTTING IN MY UNDERWEAR

Vika Kirchenbauer, 2016, 3.5 mins

 

UNTITLED SEQUENCE OF GAPS

Vika Kirchenbauer, 2020, 13 mins

*Los Angeles virtual premiere

 

TRT: 53 mins

*This program is geo-blocked to the United States


Other programs in the series:

PART 2: Caroline Key (May 20 - 23)

PART 3: Conversation with Vika Kirchenbauer and Caroline Key, moderated by series programmer Leeroy K. Y. Kang (May 27)

 

Vika Kirchenbauer is an artist, writer and music producer based in Berlin. In her work she explores opacity in relation to representation of the ʻotheredʼ and discusses the role of emotions in contemporary art, labour and politics. With particular focus on affective subject formation, she examines violence as it attaches to different forms of visibility and invisibility, and considers the ways in which subjects are implicated in and situated within institutional power structures. Her work has been presented in a wide range of contexts including Whitechapel Gallery London, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Bonn Museum of Modern Art, ICA Artists’ Film Biennial, Kunsthal Charlottenborg Copenhagen, Donaufestival Krems, transmediale festival for art and digital culture, Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Images Festival Toronto, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, European Media Art Festival and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. She has given lectures at institutions such as New York University, Goldsmiths University of London, Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles, the Ruskin School of Art Oxford, the University of Copenhagen, the Berlin University of the Arts, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the Academy of Arts Kassel.

  • Country
    Germany
  • Director
    Vika Kirchenbauer
  • Filmmaker
    Vika Kirchenbauer