Etienne de France's work “Tales of Sea Cow” is a complex scientific tale of the possible existence and extinction of Sea Cow, a species of mammals that is supposed to be living in the arctic seas. This fantasy-filled cinematic work is evidence that art and science can co-exist.
LICHTER Art Award 2013
LICHTER Art Award, now running in its 3rd year, continues to evolve into an important platform for the presentation of the full spectrum of contemporary video art in relation to film. The LICHTER Art Award 2013 will present a variety of works from participants from all corners of the globe. This year, it received more than 60 applications from artists and filmmakers. The works submitted ranged from entertaining music videos to very complex documentaries and video installation works.
The Opening- and award ceremony of the LICHTER Art Award will take place on Tuesday, 19th of March 2013 from 9:00 pm. Location: Festivallounge VAU, Mainzer Landstraße 23, statt.
Opening times Art Award:
Mi-Do: 5:00 bis 10:00 pm
Fr-Sa: 2:00 bis 9:00 pm
So: 2:00 bis 7:00 pm
Simon Starling is an international renowned conceptual artist and 2005 Turner Prize winner. Starling had several international solos shows in majors museum. He represented Scotland at the 50th Venice Biennial. Since 2003 he is professor at the Städelschule.
Felix Ruhöfer is the director and main curator at Künstlerhaus Basis in Frankfurt and the lothringer13_halle in Munich. He curated international solo artists exhibitions, including Vito Acconci and Guido van der Werve, and several group shows.
Saul Judd is a Frankfurt-based independent curator and since 2010 responsible for the art section of the festival where he curated exhibitions like 'stimulus kino' with Keren Cytter and Mike Bouchet amongst other artists. Judd started the LICHTER Art Award competition and exhibition in 2011.
After a very intense session, the jury, composed of Simon Starling, Felix Ruhöfer and Saul Judd, came to the conclusion that the chosen five finalists are the most qualified to win the LICHTER Art Award prize. The winner will be announced at the opening ceremony of the exhibition of the five works, taking place March 19th, 2013.
Etienne de France, “Tales of Sea Cow”, 2012, 58min
Jennifer Gelardo and Iván Robles Mendoza, “translate : skepticism”, 2013, 195min
Lena Grewenig, “l'oeil/das Auge”, 2012, 1:01min
Henrike Naumann, “Triangular Stories”, 2012
John Skoog, “Sent på Jorden”, 2011, 12min
Jennifer Gelardo and Iván Robles Mendoza are questioning with their work “translate : skepticism” the connection between beauty and knowledge within objects by capturing on film an installation which continuously gets rearranged. With their performative work the artists are attempting to merge the media of film and installation art.
In her video work “l'oeil/das Auge”, Lena Grewenig uses light as a painting medium. The spectator's eye goes onto a painterly journey, using light as a filmic brush. This work shows, from the perspective of an artist who explores the multifaceted aspects of painting, that painting has the potential to elicit a motion picture experience.
In Henrike Naumann’s two-screen VHS installation “Triangular Stories”, the story follows a group of teenagers living in the eastern part of Germany. Described are events set in the early 1990s. The young people are filled with rage and frustrations, which are discharged into xenophobic acts. Quite obsessively, they capture on video all personal and historical events. Simultaneously, on a trip to Ibiza the same group experiments with drugs new to them, sexual encounters and personal relationships – driven by their excitement they reveal the inherent contradictions of their social reality.
John Skoog’s “Sent på Jorden” (Late on Earth) depicts with stunning beauty a series of events inspired by the the writings of the great Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf. The title of Skoog’s film refers to one of Ekelöf’s surrealist writings. At the same time, Skoog deals sensitively with the light, particularly as “Sent på Jorden” was filmed entirely at dusk. The intertextual layers of the work allude to the complexity of working with film and video in our times, and equally, to the greatness and richness contained in these media.