film & video: CP02 Public Signatures

Wed, January 30, 2008
Admission: 7 Euros, concessions 5 Euros

The film and video section consists of a series of screenings relating thematically to the motto of the festival. Works range from feature film programmes [FP] to a number of compilation programmes [CP] and special programmes [SP].

Culture Jamming

David Schwertgen [de]

The documentary is the result of two years research into European ‘Culture Jamming’, from the roots in the beginning of the 20th century, Marcel Duchamp or the French avantgarde group Situationist International, to postmodern info-war. Modern Culture Jamming is distributing viral information like fake media campaigns to ‘jam’ the mass media. The film provides interviews with exemplary media actionists like the Italian artists but also Hans Bernhard from UBERMORGEN.COM (also present at the transmediale.08) who a few years ago caused a stir with his website

Sie kommen Nachts

Volker Sattel [de], Mario Mentrup [de]

A secret, unauthorised street-art exhibition in the city of Wuppertal in August, 2006. The city is the exhibition space for a group of artists that includes BLU (Bologna), MARE 139 (New York City), ZEVS and JR (Paris) and OS GEMEOS (Rio). They execute massive works of art on the grimy walls and tunnels of the once-thriving industrial city. The 'Schwebebahn' (monorail) and central squares are the sites of illegal happenings. The filmmakers follow the perspective of the artists, and so the film is less a documentary, but rather shows further aspects of perception and appropriation of urban space. We see the signs of a city as they present themselves, what is left behind by its inhabitants and what is added by the artists; sometimes flattering, sometimes irritating. Who was pulling the strings behind the action and the financing of the entire project was always a point of discussion among the artists, an issue also addressed by the film.

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