LICHTER Art Award 2017

The LICHTER Art Award, now in its 7th edition, was again able to attract artists and filmmakers from all around the globe from Buenos Aires to Kassel to compete for the 1,000 euro award and take part in the the exhibition.
The over 80 works – from documentary, film essays to fictional stories – that were submitted shown the video artists and filmmakers are very flexible into moving between the two disciplines or art and film making. The variety and quality of the displayed video works show us where the international video art and film scene is heading to. We could observe the increasing of use of material from the internet and post-internet aesthetics.

During the festival, a curated exhibition will present the works of the five finalists from 28th March to 02nd April 2017. The winner will be announced at the great opening event on 28th March, 5 p. m. at the studioNAXOS .

LAA17 finalists

Holger Jenss (D) / Last Chance Junction, 2016, 21:07 min.
Luzie Meyer (D) / The Balcony, 2016, 18 min.
Stefan Ramírez Pérez (D) /AS MUCH AS ANYONE, 2016, 16:43 min.
Tobi Sauer (D) / Simba in New York, 2016, 32 min.
Fritz Laszlo Weber (D) / making waves,,, unmastered, 07:38 min.

special screening
To celebrate the 10th LICHTER Filmfest we will be presenting a special screening showing works from all last 6th edition winners and selected works from some of the jury members since 2010. Winner: Luciana Lamothe (AR, 2011), Oliver Husain (D/CAN, 2012), John Skoog (S/D, 2013), Bertrand Flanet (F/D, 2014), Jonathan van Essche (B, 2015) and James N. Kienitz Wilkins (USA, 2016); Jury: Judith Hopf ( 2011), Mike Bouchet (2012), Simon Starling (2013) and Mathilde ter Heijne (2017)

On Wednesday 29th March 2017 the finalists of the LICHTER Art Award, jury member Olaf Stüber and curator Saul Judd will discuss various topics of contemporary video art. The Art Talk takes place at studioNAXOS from 5:30 p.m.

Opening hours LICHTER Art Award

Tue 28th March 2017: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wed 29th March 2017: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Thu 30th March 2017: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri 31st March 2017: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat 01st April 2017: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sun 02nd April 2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Holger Jenss // Last Chance Junction // D 2016 // 21:07 Min.

In his video Installation “LAST CHANCE JUNCTION” Holger Jenss appropriates photography in an attempt to make a honest assertion about today’s Africa. Using the cliches and views about Africa from the white western world perspective and comparing it with Africa’s own views of Europe and the world. With a critical perspective about the consequences of the colonialism Jenss deals, humorously, with the complex relation between the past and the present of this two continents and its socio political realities and conflicts.

Holger Jenss graduated in November 2016 from the Kunsthochschule Kassel in the photography and film department. Jenss lives and works in Kassel.

Tobi Sauer // Simba in New York // D 2016 // 32 min.

TOBI SAUER in his essayistic video work “SIMBA IN NEW YORK” speculate on the true about America and the „American Dream“. Through the years Walt Disney put an emphasis in the fact that he was the embodiment of the „American Dream“. And Disney influenced, throughout several decades, many generations of childrens with his works. In “SIMBA IN NEW YORK” Sauer tells the story of one student who remembers his fascination with the USA as a child. And because he lost his mother very early he also identifies with the orphans and half orphans in Disney characters. But lately he got more interested in the ‘home movies’ genre. And he tries to find out, via these images and with the help of W.E.B. Du Bois, Henry David Thoreau and Susan Sontag, the “true America”

Tobi Sauer was born in 1991 in Fulda. Since 2012 he studies Visual Communication in the Art Academy in Kassel.

Luzie Meyer // The Balcony // D 2016 // 18 min.

Luzie Meyer's “The Balcony” is a video work loosely based on Jean Genet's “Le Balcon”. In a brothel, three men – a Bischop, a General and a Judge – live out their fantasies of domination with a prostitute who is also the camerawoman capturing the scene. While struggles about the power over the narrative unfolds, sadistic and masochistic desires are negotiated, veiled, exposed. Filmed with two cameras, the video exposes the apparent author of the image to a second testifying gaze that lies outside her control. Sound effects, music, and sharp image montage break narrative continuity. Dubbing evokes a discrepancy between characters' bodies and minds and blur the line between author and character, reality and fiction. An untrustworthy narrator voice that belongs to both prostitute and author gives an account of the scene, further complicating the relation between fiction and reality. By interweaving the fictional world of Genet's drama with subjective experiences and ideas about image production itself, “The Balcony” examines and plays with psychosocial mechanisms within society.

Luzie Meyer, born in Tübingen in 1990, is a Frankfurt based artist. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Goethe University and recently graduated from the Städelschule, Frankfurt. Her performance, writing and video works have been shown nationally and internationally, including institutions like the MMK – Museum for Modern Art, Frankfurt, Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy, National Gallery of Prague and in the Museum of Contemporary Art Montreal.

Stefan Ramírez Pérez // AS MUCH AS ANYONE // D 2016 // 16:43 min.

‘AS MUCH AS ANYONE’ fuses documentary footage of aspiring and former actresses in Los Angeles with (re)staged scenes appropriated from films about actresses. Four performers take on various roles, playing themselves, and re-staging each other. As representational modes alternate between action and documentary, identities are continuously shifting and form an ambiguous body of at times contradicting narratives questioning notions of authenticity and construction of the self. Stefan Ramírez Pérez (1988) graduated from *Vancouver Film School in 2009 and since 2010 studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. His works include experimental film, video, installation and performance. His works has been showcased in several international museums and film festivals including Museum Folkwang Essen, Videonale 16 in Bonn, Strangloscope Festival Florianópolis (BR), Stuttgarter Filmwinter, International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand (FR), International Short film Festival Oberhausen and GoEast Film Festival Wiesbaden.

Fritz Laszlo Weber // making waves,,, unmastered // D 2016 // 07:38 min.

The video project travels through some invisible and hidden infra-structures in Athens. It starts from the rooftop of a polykatoikia, a greek modern apartment block, and takes the antennas and solar panels on it as a point of departure.
A flight through the history of radio waves, their territorialization and modes of resistance and self-organisation in these communication systems follows. By weaving together particular stories from the times of the bavarian king Otto in the 19th century, through the military regime in the 60s and 70s to current forms of governance, ambiguities of local networks are explored.

Fritz Laszlo Weber works within various mediums and researches on historical and current realities of communality. He is critically examining the socio-political framing of technological ensembles such as architectures, infrastructures and media. He currently is part of the preparation group for the People's Tribunal 'Unraveling the NSU Complex'. Fritz Laszlo Weber has studied Visual Communication at the School of Art and Design Kassel and is currently in the Master Class of the University of the Arts Bremen.