Film Programme of the ‘Virtual Reality’ Class Kunsthochschule Kassel
Bjørn Melhus / Kerstin Honeit
„I would prefer not to” is the simple remark of Melville’s scrivener Bartleby, the beginning of his renown minimal-invasive protest of refusing a meritocracy accelerated by the capital market in the mid-19th century. It is not only the unwaning timeliness of the critique of capitalism worded in his short story that is remarkable but also the unusually contemporary way in which Bartleby protests – marked by the smallest of gestures. Just think of the “Standing Man”, the artist Erdem Gündüz who, by standing still for hours on Istanbul’s Taksim Square in 2013, protested against the curtailment of the freedom of opinion in Turkey and thus gained tremendous publicity.
Small and big gestures of protest are also the topic of the programme by the students of the “Virtual Reality” class at Kunsthochschule Kassel. The students intervene in scenarios of late capitalist absurdity with refractory bodies. These not only human bodies express demands against the delusional self-optimization, gender standardization, the human culture of dominance, digital monitoring, and the right to really dirty jeans.
Deutschland 2018, HD, Farbe, Ton, Untertitel: Englisch, Deutsch, 3:00 Min.
An art student writes a letter to the social economic system that she has experienced, trying to understand her place as an artist nowadays, exposes her wishes and needs looking to bring back balance into a two sided relationship, which is between a human made construct and a human.
Mexiko/Deutschland 2015, HD, Ton, Englisch, 6:30 Min.
In Slow-Down Paula Godínez takes up Mexican bullfight as a subject for a colonial, patriarchal ritual of power. A life-or-death struggle in which man always demonstrates his dominance over the animal.
Deutschland 2018, HD, Ton, Deutsch, HD, 09:25 Min.
The video Strastriptease is a lectrue by Beryl on Beryl. A screen presentation shows statistical analyses from ten years of diary entries. Based on these analyses’, Beryl evaluated herself with regards to psychological value, performance and her ability to improve.
Deutschland 2018, HD, Ton, 05:00 Min.
Various people practice surmounting walls and fences for a month in the Kassel area. This is how irritation in everday life is created. Frontier crossing and questioning ownership and space. Where are the lines drawn and why is it unusual or forbidden to cross them?
Deutschland 2018,HD, Ton, 04:35 Min.
Videos of people in jeans playing with mud and water are uploaded on Youtube. Men in Jeans explores this niche on the internet, which mixes, exaggerates and subtly exposes the absurdity of advertisement myths, male ideals, and romanticized nature impressions.
Deutschland 2018, HD, Ton, Untertitel. Englisch, 06:46 Min.
Due to the many requests of friends and fans, Rike decided to upload a guideline in order to help her finally solve the man-woman dilemma. In “Rikes Tutorial” you can learn about practical ideas to face these sorts of confusion in everyday life.
Deutschland 2018, HD, Ton, 04:01 Min.
In the video work You say I’m a Toy 1 the colonial construct of “the exotic erotic” is countered by destruction, while visualizing a mashup of an Tahitian folk song (“Nau Haka Taranga”) with a German Schlager (“Schöne Maid”). The exploitation of the exotic transferred into the economical sphere, here exists in the sphere of music and consumerism.
Deutschland 2018, HD, Ton, Untertitel: Taiwanesisch, Chinesisch, 10:47 Min.
The work explores questions in relation to the use of language in a globalized and thoroughly economized working environment. From the personal view of a cultural worker, the focus is set on the privileges that are necessary to get your ideas across in a sector dominated by only a few languages. It seems that understanding each other can work out non-verbal way, too, in direct interpersonal contact.
Deutschland/Taiwan 2018, HD, Ton, 04:30 Min.
What happens if we turn the logic of CCTV cameras around? Refuse to accept Foucault's Panopticon model – a scetch of modern, surveilled society in which everyone self-polices themselves? Cameras are recording: a platform, our stage.
Deutschland / Griechenland 2018, HD, Ton, 04:00 Min.
I. To nonchalantly engage in a situation without trying to change it or assert control over it.
II. To conform to or accept, rather than resist, a trend, condition,
III. To do what other people are doing or to agree with other people
because it is the easiest thing in particular situation.
Just relax and go with the flow!
David von der Stein
Deutschland 2018, HD, Ton, 05:00 Min.
Silence as a form of mourning and consternation is a common thing. It is a means to overcome the barriers of language while appearing absolutely powerful in its speechlessness – at the same time it is utterly sensitive and vulnerable and because of that frequently exploited by political actors.
La Réunion 2018, HD, Ton, 02:30 Min.
In a clear landscape, compressed between deep sea and concrete waves breakers, two
characters try to move a couch from a platform to another.
A 2min30 journey of useless efforts into this oddly romantic atmosphere that eventually get
destroyed by the opening and ending images.
The clumsiness of the actions makes the purpose unclear and even inexistent. The struggle of the two protagonists become the center of attention as their relation with the object intensifies.
Deutschland 2018, HD, Ton, Deutsch, 05:53 Min.
In Eventually beyond my Capabilities, Johanna Brummack engages her language assistant Siri in a discourse on love. The mutual attempt to create intimacy pushes both actors to their limits while questioning their respectively designated roles of service provider and user.