Experimental Film, UdK Rundgang 2021 Documentation

The exhibition Another Matter by the Experimental Film and Media Art Class, explored new ways of relating to the more-than-human and inquired into the social, material, and aesthetic conditions of the so-called Anthropocene. The exhibited works examined matters of concern beyond anthropocentrism, following Donna Haraway’s call for tentacular thinking. As an aperture towards new understandings, it brought together artifacts, sketches, notes, and vignettes from a range of ongoing research processes. Presented as an assemblage of in-progress works ranging from video- and installation-based to sculpture and painting, the exhibition embraced the potential of the unfinished to open up new discourses and

Artist Oliver Ressel in conversation with UdK Class Experimental Film / Podcast

Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker working with installations, projects in public space, and films focused on economics, democracy, migration, the climate crisis, forms of resistance, and the possibility of social alternatives. Since 2019 Ressler has directed Barricading the Ice Sheets, a research project on the climate justice movement, funded by the Austrian Science Fund, that will lead to an exhibition at Camera Austria in Graz in September 2021. Ressler held solo exhibitions at Berkeley Art Museum, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid; Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt; The Cube Project Space, Taipei; Kunsthaus

Artist Anne Duk Hee Jordan in conversation with UdK Class Experimental Film / Podcast

Transience and transformation are the central themes in the work of Anne Duk Hee Jordan. Through movement and performance, Jordan gives materiality another dimension – she builds motorized sculptures and creates edible landscapes. Her sculptures are intended to draw the viewer into the present and open a dialogue between natural phenomena, philosophy and art. Her work is like an interactive fantasy play with the knowledge and theories about the world and our souls. In the absence of concrete knowledge, fantasy runs riot. Jordan opens up doors to a universe where she humorously and romantically creates machines that juxtapose robotic consciousness

Julia Rosenstock Graduation Project

Meadow of carnivore plants, 2021 Mixed media, two-channel installation, 10 min loop, 85 × 55 × 165 cm Sound in collaboration with Lukas Mogwitz, voice by Josie Haar, sound technical assistance by Simon Schötz Venus flytrap [Dionaea muscipula]: carnivorous, rhizome-forming, grows in nutrient-poor soil, depends on periodic natural fires every 3–5 years. Who said anything about winning? Tell me tales of plants that grow somewhere else than up. Does it exist if it doesn’t fit your expectations? Show me what lies underneath the rendering of progress. As the surface is peeling, can you feel the pressure? I’ve heard that good destruction requires

Artist Michelle Marie Letelier in conversation with UdK Class Experimental Film / Podcast

Her work orchestrates transformations of natural resources, alongside extensive wide-ranging, interdisciplinary research into the landscapes where their exploitation and speculation take place. Through her work, she places together different epochs, regions and societies, examining political-economic, historical and cultural aspects. Since establishing in Berlin in 2007, she has focused her research on five resources: coal, copper, saltpetre, wind and, more recently, salmon. By applying, mixing and constellating their properties—such as electrical conductivity, crystallisation and agency—, chemical and physical transformation processes produce the artworks themselves, as well as their poiesis, beyond the extractive industry and its forms of control. Michelle-Marie Letelier obtained

Another Matter Exhibition´s Documentation

The exhibition Another Matter explored new ways of relating to the more-than-human and inquires into the social, material, and aesthetic conditions of the so-called Anthropocene. The exhibited works examine matters of concern beyond anthropocentrism, following Donna Haraway’s call for tentacular thinking. As an aperture towards new understandings, it brings together artifacts, sketches, notes, and vignettes from a range of ongoing research processes. Presented as an assemblage of in-progress works ranging from video- and installation-based to sculpture and painting, the exhibition embraces the potential of the unfinished to open up new discourses and pose continuously new questions. This Eexhibition was developed by the

Hana Yoo Master Project

Chambers, 2021 There were animals before machines, and before humans. Before machine takes some of the humans’ role it was substituting animals, and before humans experiment with machines they did with animals. As it seems their relationship is inextricably entangled in each other, they are, in fact, each other – partially or entirely. Having this complex ontology, humans have been inevitably anthropomorphizing animals and machines to understand them and also to understand the human self, which shapes again an intricate ecology of empathy. My project here examines these ecologies and aims to create a new type of non-hierarchical co-existence. The

Anan Yoon Lee Master Project

Stick Bugged Speed Run 2021- ongoing Multi channel installation of a real time simulation PC, monitors, fitness mat loop This work is about speculative creatures, which are animated and automated by the machine learning algorithm. The Installation displays a real-time simulation of the AI agents athletics. The 6-legged agents are learning themselves to walk forward as fast as possible. According to the rule of Reinforcement learning, it will get rewarded when it moves faster and longer without failing down. The agents keep learning, heading to the invisible goal, but respawning at starting point endlessly before they reach the end of

Lisa Hoffmann Graduation Project

Screentesting: ( ghosts are made of bedsheets ) 4-channel video installation on 5 Bioscreens, loop (30min31), 2021 Screentesting: ( ghosts are made of bedsheets ) is a visual-material essay-installation exploring the tension between materialization and decomposition in a bodily, narrative, material and ecological sense. Based on the question of ephemerality in the context of the mass extinction in the so-called Anthropocene and the paradoxical durability of the materials and narratives that brought it about, the work is a personal reflection of a state between supposed immateriality and real transience. Ghostly images are projected onto Bioscreens. These images constitute the installation space as

Nik Mantilla Master Project

PANDEMONIUM (2021) 4-Channel video installation, 6:30 min, Size: variable. This four-channel video installation is a visual conglomerate of the year 2020 and its events. The shown footage is merged in such way that it provokes each viewer to live through the incidences that by now have become part of a collectively shared memory. For further info: https://www.instagram.com/mantilla4k/ Viewing links + Passwords upon request.

Hara Shin Master Project

Spiral Slime and Oblique Ellipse, 2021 Spiral Slime and Oblique Ellipseis a VR work of a sticky-textured landscape. The camera moves between the two spheres in the 360° environment. Because the moving distance of the camera, the moving speed and the moving image in each sphere, and the length of the sound are different, subtly different sceneries can be seen. From wind, water detected from surrounding objects, and enlarged cells, viruses, and particles to zoomed-out depictions of Earth, cosmos, and planets, the images shown in the video exist without any hierarchy of size and alter the distinctions between human-centered subjects

Exhibition “Another Matter” at ACUD Macht Neu Gallery

Dates: 16.&17. July | Location: ACUD MACHT NEU Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin A group exhibition coming out of explorations of UdK Class Experimental Film and Media Art together with Society for Nontrivial Pursuits from July 16 to July 17, 2021. A two-day programme includes an exhibition at ACUD Galerie, performances and film and video screening at ACUD open-air yard. The exhibition Another Matter explores new ways of relating to the more-than-human and inquires into the social, material, and aesthetic conditions of the so-called Anthropocene. The exhibited works examine matters of concern beyond anthropocentrism, following Donna Haraway’s call for tentacular thinking. As an aperture

“Corona’s lockdown: a scientific experiment on climate” / Podcast

Interview with Climate Impact Researcher Chen Chris Gong in conversation with UdK Class Experimental Film and Media Art Last year in the beginning of corona`s Lockdown we started a year of digital encounters. We met various scientists, artists and experts which inspired us to look at our surroundings in a more sensed way. During the Seminar “New forms of research” which was conceived by Christina Landbrecht and Prof. Nina Fischer we focused on what the shutdown has done to our perception of time and space. And together we tried to understand what role of the artist could be at this moment. Art Historian Christina Landbrecht has been Head

Fungi Workshop – Pilze und die Biotechnologie der Zukunft

Within TOP Lab’s activities, Alessandro Volpato hosted a seminar for UdK students at the Medienhaus, training them to produce vegan materials based on fungal composite materials in a self organised laboratory. Goal of the seminar was to experiment with climate-neutral, artistic strategies and get familiar with futuristic approaches to produce commodities. Mushrooms are cultivated to produce food, construction materials, furniture, textiles, packaging materials, dyeing pigments, chemicals, artworks and are studied as medicinal substance producers. The variety of use cases makes of mycology a field of studies with the potential of proposing extraordinary ideas. Students witnessed the challenges posed by this transformation of the production chain, and put together

Oxford-UdK Berlin Partnership in `Arts and Humanities` podcasts

Interview with Artist Eiko Soga and Historian Amanda Power in conversation with UdK Class Experimental Film and Media Art Our speaker today is Eiko Soga in conversation with the experimental Film and Media Art class at the University of the Arts. In this three part series we showcase research projects across the arts and humanities, drawing on expertise from the University of Oxford and University of the Arts, Berlin. We will be exploring how art can work with sensory knowledge beyond the human world. We will experiment with thought processes that can move away from the forms of society and

Lecture performance “Ocean Dwellers”

Lecture Performance, after visiting the exhibition “Ocean Dwellers” in the Nordic embassies in Berlin. Nov 2019 Juan Pablo Gaviria, Jieun, Jan Matýsek, Lisa Rein, Lisa Maria Steppacher Text and Voice Over; Juan Pablo Gaviria Die Lehre vom chemischen Stoff besagt, dass die Substanz eine besondere Art der homogenen Materie ist, aufgrund ihrer festen und definierten Zusammensetzung. Trotzdem gibt es nicht nur einen Zustand der Materie, sondern es gibt unterschiedliche Formen, die von Temperaturschwankungen oder Druckunterschieden abhängen. Diese verschiedenen Phasen werden als Aggregatzustände bezeichnet (fest, flüssig, gasförmig). Die Veränderung der externen Bedingungen, denen die Substanz ausgesetzt ist, kann die Zustände der Materie transformieren. Dieser Prozess heißt Phasenübergang.

El sol pesado — “the heavy sun”  2020 Juan Pablo Gaviria Bedoya

Juan Pablo Gaviria, work in progress In the intent to define the minute thing in contrast to the immensely large, notions like distance and weight blur their edges to expand or contract their meanings. This process concentrated on the affective reflection of these changes, a series of constant modifications that we have been living in relation to the space between the bodies. Through this process around the elasticity of space and proportion, questions arose about time, cycles and the way in which their understanding is limited to their amount of mass. In the search for weightlessness, the appearance of light

Anan Yoon Lee Graduation Project

High Dynamic Range Planetary Rendering 2 channel video installation 13:17 2020 “High Dynamic Range Planetary Rendering” is a compilation video of the gazing ball, which situated in various times and spots through the history. These spheres became so widely used in so many settings, these pretty, all-round utility ornament acquired many titles – from ordinary garden ornament to the emblem of the global consciousness. They are observed, depicted on Vanitas painting, pounded/polished night and day until it becomes perfect mirror-shiny but crushed effortlessly, photographed, rendered in CGI, inflated and celebrated in Nevada desert and launched into space. In the end,

Nik Mantilla Graduation Project

DESTROY ME BABY ONE MORE TIME 2020 2-Channel video installation, 35min, Size: variable This video piece illustrates an alternative view onto pop culture and terrorism. How come that both of these categories solely live from the screen time they get on todays media? Britney Spears and Osama Bin Laden serve as exemplary icons contrasting each other in their intentions, desires and radical depictions.

Maryna Makarenko Graduation Project

Walking on a Sleeping Elk 2020 shortfilm, 3-channel installation, colour, sound, objects, 32:55 min Stalkers are part of the subculture that emerged in the post-soviet countries in the 1990s. It was influenced by the post-apocalyptic fiction, film Stalker from Andrei Tarkovsky and the video game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Stalkers are individuals, mostly young men, who illegally go to the “zones”,- abandoned places that are forgotten, purposely hidden, invisible. A physical zone becomes a portal to the inner immaterial zone, where dreams, fears and desires merge together. Stalkers go through this as a process of initiation to become a better version of themselves. The

Dariia Kuzmych Graduation Project

YOUR RENTAL CONTRACT HAS BEEN TERMINATED 2020 Multimedia spatial installation Sound design by Heinali and Alexey Shmurak (Kyiv, Ukraine) Documentation by Victoria Pidust «Your rental contract has been terminated» is a spatial installation, in which different fragments of temporary living spaces compose a hybrid structure of being-home. Sunbeams on the wall, drawings, sketches, sticky notes and a laptop are transient anchors in this structure.   Method of connecting spaces. Draft for the installation You enter a closed space that looks a bit like a living and work room. Work has been interrupted, the room is deserted. A search for traces of

Kathrin Hunze Master Project

“Training your best Friend: A character test” 2020 2 Channel, 8:16 min, loop, Videoinstallation In the work “Training your best Friend: A character test ” the co-evolutionary relationship between human and machine is examined. Whether there is a co-evolutionary process between human and machine, and how a co-evolution between human and machine behaves, is reflected on the basis of the historical background and future significance of the battle tank. Tanks are declared dead every few years, but do not disappear from the contemporary arsenal of weapons. Will the tank of the future perhaps have a completely different form in the

Mengxuan Sun Master Project

Tiān Yá Gòng Cǐ Shí — “ we share this moment together ”  2020 VR, interactive website Is a short sentence from an ancient Chinese poem. The original text is “ 海 上升明月,天涯共此时” As the bright moon shines over the sea, from far away you share this moment with me. (“TIAN YA” means the end of the earth or Every Corner of the world.) The Chinese thought behind this sentence implies that no matter where we are, we are looking at each other through the same medium. This sentence originated before the internet but can be applied also applies to our

Marina Höxter Graduation Project

The shape of an island, 2020 Υδρέα (Hydrea). Super-8 film loop, colour, silent, 4′ 16”, (2019) Fallen citrus. Pigment print on paper, 75 x 112 cm Scattered debris, Hydronetta. Pigment print on paper, 75 x 112 cm Moni Profitou Iliou. Pigment print on paper, 75 x 112 cm Notes on an Island. Magnetic tape loop, 6′ 29” The shape of an island is a multi-media installation which reflects a brief experience of observation, during a seven-day journey to Hydra, Greece. Taking as a starting point the idea of an island as a geographic, sensory and symbolic hiatus in a given

Hana Yoo Graduation Project

Splendour in the glass 4K, color, stereo, 17:17min. 2020 The project started with an article published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Russia under the title ‘VR test for cows on farms near Moscow’, which describes an experiment conducted to cattle in a dairy farm, showing a virtual image of peaceful grassland with a customized VR headset. The article implies that the VR experiment reduces the anxiety of cow and has shown a possible increase in milk production. While examining the contested utopia and anxiety of digital nature, the work imagines virtual meadow that the cow might see


Eine Demonstration für die Künste. In einem Kreis mit einem Durchmesser von 2020 Metern um den UdK-Standort Hardenbergstraße 33 werden über einen Zeitraum von 24 Stunden künstlerische Begegnungen und Interventionen zwischen Künstler*innen der UdK Berlin und den Berliner*innen stattfinden.  Im Rahmen dieser Aktion zeigen am Do 16. Juli ab 21.45 Uhr Studierende der Klassen Experimenteller Film/Medienkunst, Videoarbeiten in den Fenstern des Konzertsaales Hardenbergstraße 33 / Ecke Fasanenstraße


EMAF – European Media Art Festival, THERE WAS NO FESTIVAL 22 to 26 of April 2020 – STREAMING First Person Plural – How much “we” does the “I” contain? I, you, he / she / it, we, you, they – a grammatical system is indis- pensable for anyone learning a new language. Yet “I” and “you” can be the same person – depending on the eye of the beholder. This year, EMAF is dealing with the first person plural, the “we”, which can quickly become “you” through the demarcation by its counterpart or “they” by third parties. This was the theme