Photo: ©Anton Stüber
December 12 – December 16, 2018
Festival Program: Videoart at Midnight-Festival
Free admission to all festival events. Please come on time; space is limited.
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Videoart at Midnight (VAM) is an international forum dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art – especially film, media art, and video art – in Berlin. On December 12–16, VAM celebrates its tenth anniversary with a video art festival consisting of an international symposium at the Hamburger Bahnhof, four exhibitions at partner institutions in Berlin, and an art film and video program at the Kino Babylon in Berlin-Mitte.
Once a month on a Friday, at midnight, the two initiators, Olaf Stüber and Ivo Wessel, invite artists to show their work on the big screen at the Babylon movie theater. Every evening is dedicated to a specific artist. The artists are always present. There are frequent world premieres, occasionally accompanied by live acts such as performances, concerts or artist talks. VAM aims to offer a platform for a medium that is becoming increasingly important in the context of contemporary art production as well as to provide insights into Berlin’s international art scene. Invited guests include both well-known artists and newcomers.
On December 12–14, VAM, together with the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart and the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), examines the history, present, and future of video art during the international symposium entitled “Future Continuous Present(s) – ‘Video Art’ through Time.” The symposium will discuss questions such as the gap between the steadily evolving digital technologies and related aesthetic consequences or how artists deal with linear and non-linear narratives. Guests include Orit Halpern, Claus Pias, Erika Balsom, Inke Arns, Siegfried Zielinski, and Frédéric Neyrat.
The keynote lecture by the media and film studies scholar Leo Goldsmith is supported by the Schering Stiftung. The lecture addresses contemporary video art’s habitation of the underground – as a space of enclosure and exclusivity, and of capitalist extraction – redefining it as one of radical inclusivity and commonality, and as a site through which to explore the material histories and futures of media.
Leo Goldsmith is a writer, curator, and teacher based in Amsterdam and Brooklyn. His writing has appeared in Artforum, art-agenda, Cinema Scope, and The Brooklyn Rail, where he was film editor from 2011 to 2018. He is currently writing a book about the filmmaker Peter Watkins with Rachael Rakes. Goldsmith has lectured on media and film at New York University, Brooklyn College, Harvard University, and The New School.Close
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