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Exile Video
10 Aug, 2001 -
26 Aug, 2001
Bettina Fürstenberg (DK), Pål Hollender (S), Rikke Hansen (DK), Mark Piron (GB), Maibritt Rangstrup (DK), Axel Antas (FIN), Peter Callesen (DK), Elin Strand (S), Pia Rönnicke (DK), Natalie Zimmerman (USA)

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Pressemeddelelse - Exile video
rum46 har i forbindelse med Århus Festuge inviteret danske og udenlandske kunstnere til at vise deres videoproduktion, som på forskellig vis forholder sig til titlen exile video. De danske kunstnere har alle, som en del af deres uddannelse, opholdt sig i udlandet. Dette ophold har på forskellig vis påvirket deres kunstneriske produktion og skabt kontakt til det internationale kunstmiljø. Med udgangspunkt i denne udveksling har de danske kunstnere hver inviteret en udenlandsk kollega til at udstille i Århus i samspil med deres eget værk.

Det geografiske sted udgør rammesætningen for udstillingens tema og udvælgelsen af værker, mens videoerne på et mere indholdsmæssigt plan forholder sig til begrebet sted som et billede på mentale, personlige og kulturelle tilstande, der knytter sig til den enkelte og dennes hverdag.

De deltagende kunstnere er: Peter Callesen (DK) og Elin Strand (S), Bettina Fürstenberg (DK) og Pål Hollender (S), Maibritt Rangstrup (DK) og Axel Antas (SF), Rikke Hansen (DK) og Mark Piron (UK), Pia Rönicke (DK) og Natalie Zimmerman (USA).

Fernisering fredag den 31. august kl. 17-21
Udstillingsperiode: 1.-16. september 2001
Åbningstider: tors.- søn. kl. 13-17
Arr. rum46, Spanien 9b, kld., 8000 Århus C, www.rum46.dk
Kontakt rum46 tlf. 86208625 eller Hanne Lindstrøm tlf. 86125211

From plan to
-2 developing areas
in Los Angeles
Duration:18min 34sec
year of production:2000
The videowork From Plan to Realization describes a journey through two areas in Los Angeles. One area is the river bank around Santa Clara River and the other area is McArthur Park in downtown Los Angeles.
LA County has allowed 21.600 new residences to be build in the Santa Clara River area. The area is one of the few places left in the southern California, with a natural river environment. Most of the residences planned for the area, are exclusive and cost over a million dollars each.
There is a major need for residences in Los Angeles, mainly among the poorest section of the population. The McArthur Park area contains the biggest concentration of Latin Americans in Los Angeles. Many of them work as illegal immigrants and share small flats families in between. From a political side nothing has been done to change the housing situation for the poorest. But on the contrary, the profit made from destroying a natural environment is accepted.
From Plan to Realization is a computer animated video with a documentary element. The video mimes a planning process how an architectural project could be realized in the two areas.

Duration:11 min.
Year of production:2000
In the video Peter Callesen is speaking at his own funeral. In an absurd comic atmosphere, but at the same time sad and poignant, he is standing in the impossible space as a living in the land of the dead looking back on his life. You are, as a viewer, placed in this gab between life and death, between fantasy and reality. On which side of the grave are you standing?
Apart from the obviously existential questions, the video also deals with issues such as internal and geographical gaps and splits.

Pål Hollender
-mom is an alcoholic
Duration: 4min2sec
Year of produktion: 1996
They ask me over and over again. Do you film? You´re not filming, are you? Their voices sound like my voice.
I don´t answer their questions. She doesn´t get anything out of me and neither does he, the son, my son. I turn the camera on myself, through a mother and a son.
- Dad, did you see the Devil here just now, did you? This is what he looks like...ooaaaah!
Whiners - musical instruments sounding through free air vibrations.

Mark Piron
Live it up
Year of production: 2001
Duration:2 mins 10 secs
Year of production:2001
'Ubiquity' draws on certain sentiments which remain fixed in suburban values. The character portrayed attempts to 'soften' his image, and promote himself as 'genuine' or as having 'empathy'. In this case he does this by engaging in what appear to be intimate exchanges, with people from three different age groups. Pride andsentimentality are evoked through the use of appropriated landscapes (from mainstream films and documentaries) combined with the representation of 'genuine'human interaction and an operatic soundtrack.
In 'Live it up' Mark Piron´s idea is to represent a cultural figure who has already been made possible (to envisage) through advertising and the media. He is a successful, smart young man, who is able to operate on many different levels, without ever really being accountable for his own actions. The city is the focal point for his effortless movements between both geographical space and his own external definitions, which range from 'sex symbol' to 'friend of the people'.

Trailing our
shadows behind us
Duration:18min 20sec
Year of production:2001
Trailing Our Shadows Behind Us is a film about our incessant endeavour to position ourselves in time and space in order to find out who we are. The itinerary of this search points both inwards, through personal recollections of earlier incidents, and outwards as we go looking for places that may evoke a sense of belonging. Still the objects of our investigation appear strangely beyond our reach, and as such we are left with a feeling of constant homesickness. However, where reason breaks down, memory generates the totality of the experience, and in this quest for time lost, the recording of the ?event? within the photographic image comes to signify our need to store and retrieve that, which has happened on an earlier occasion.-- - --- In Trailing Our Shadows Behind Us we follow the story of Jørn, the artists father, who since his retirement has taken up genealogy. One of his ways of establishing a relationship with his ancestors - whom he has never met - is to photograph the places where they used to live and where they are now buried. We also meet Birthe, the artists mother. Fifteen years ago she decided to throw out a series of photographs that reminded her of a period time, which she did not wish to remember. Yet, her memory of the images is quite clear?

of a Landscape
Duration: 6min 50 sec
Year of production: 2001
Maibritt Rangstrup's videos function as intimate and anti-dramatic explorations of the actual female body and its relationship to, and placement within the physical environment be it out in nature or within a domestic landscape.
She uses slow-motion as a filmic device to extend and deconstruct familiar notions of time and close-up to eliminate the context of the external or the surrounding world. By doing so she eroticizes and manipulates the viewer's perception of an event. In Observations of a Landscape the use of slow-motion furthermore functions to re-examine the already examined or seen (the lens'/eye's observation of the landscape's surface). The use of the close-up is a method by which the detail of the subject becomes heightened in its significance, while at the same severing it from its context. This mode of video recording and editing thereby reveals a world that would otherwise be unnoticed by the eye.
Rangstrup has, through her videos, been searching for images and sequences that, when supported by her methodology, suggest a narrative structure that is ultimately never manifested. They often appear to be speaking of an unknown preceding or unfolding event, in which things are not always as they at first seem to be. In Observations of a Landscape the female body appears to be motionless within an ambiguous circumstance; suggesting that perhaps it is resting during a peaceful moment while at the same time, through its immobility, implying the possibility of death.

Duration: 10min.
Year of production:1999
'- Tell me everything you know', says the black woman to the white woman. I hear them talking, hidden in a dark room in the city with the white woman's dress, reminding of a semi-folded stage curtain, as the only light in the room. She answers sitting straight on the floor like an exhausted doll:
'- I remember very little.'
'- Why?'
'- Because I have been kept in the dark.'
'- Why?'
'- Because of the conditions.'
'- Which conditions?'
'- The necessary conditions for my existence!'
(The Golddiggers made by Sally Potter,
(actors: Julie Christie and Colette Lafonte) 1987.)

Title: Josh
Duration: 15min
Year of production:
Josh is a young Jew from USA. The past year he has been living in Israel. He is writing a PhD on the global human rights movement and its relationship to the Israeli state and Jewish nationalism in Israel and Palestine.
A couple of years ago, Josh went on a 3-week holiday to visit a friend in Israel. During this period he realized that he had to stay. He began to feel a strong attachment to Israel and at the same time he despised all the injustice going on around him. At this point, he had just received a grant for a PhD about and in South America. But he decided to apply for a new PhD on Israel and Palestine. It was a major jump as it meant that he had to learn Hebrew instead of Spanish, and get acquainted with new material and the history, the country and the present situation. Responsibility, interest, and the relationship to his own Jewish identity made it important for him to offer his contribution to the improvement of local problems.
Today Josh has a thorough knowledge of the human rights organizations, about 25 in all, in Israel and Palestine. The organizations oppose the Israeli State's destruction of Palestinian houses and they help victims of torture in the prisons, offer legal support to the people in need and so on
and so on.
The film gives an impression of Josh's everyday life. His work and his life at home... in the desert... in a café... and with friends...

Axel Antas
The Nomad
Duration:1hour loop
Year of production:2001
Axel uses the most traditional form of animation with the newest technology to create a powerful image of global postmodernity. It suggests the photographic studies of movement by Edward Muybridge who used a series of images to understand the human body better. Here, Axel uses repetition to understand the human condition. At first, the blank faceless, seamless environment suggests freedom, unbounded wandering. Then the repetition and unchanging landscape becomes claustrophobic. A place without co-ordinates, without limits is a dead space. A vacant, terrifying place. While we may wish for immortality and permanence, this simple video touches on the dread that immortality confers.
(Cherry Smith, London 2001)

Throwing Weight
Duration:10 min
Year of production:1999
Natalie Zimmerman insinuates herself into the landscape of Los Angeles with awkward and amusing results. In her video Throwing Weight, Zimmerman draws upon the tradition of urban wandering, from Baudelaire´s flaneur to the Situationists´ deríve. Zimmerman´s process, however, is all about getting stuck, highlighting her cultural distance from traditions which had emphasized spontaneous flow. We watch as she does her best to push through, knock over or tear down a series of man-made obstacles, each unlikely ever to yield. From the gates of the Rose Bowl, to a fire hydrant, to the Bank of America, the absurdity of the endeavour is obvious.


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