paradoks – at the edges of documentary (23 Oct – 14 Nov)

GEGENkino & FILZ present the video art exhibition
paradoks – at the edges of documentary.

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Saturday 23 October
18.00 – HGB Gallery & GfZK
20.30 – Werkschauhalle 12 (Spinnerei)
Performance CONJURING by Ben Russell

Running time:
23 October – 14 November

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 14.00 – 20.00
Sat – Sun: 10.00- 16.00

Tue – Fri: 14.00 – 19.00
Sat – Sun: 12.00 – 18.00

Mon – Fri: 14.00 – 20.00
Sat – Sun: 12.00 – 20.00

paradoks operates at the intersection of art and the moving image and is dedicated to documentary formats beyond the confines of conventional cinema. Today’s range of documentarisms is becoming a field no longer explored by filmmakers alone. Journalistic research and re-enactments, an incorporation of scientific findings or analyses of found material are essential aesthetic strategies employed in the visual arts and beyond. Increasingly, interdisciplinary projects which operate at the intersections of activism, science and art are looking to find new forms of visualising the state of the world, as they take a peek behind the curtain of of public news reporting and the torrent of images we are exposed to in social media. paradoks is a platform for precisely such multifaceted perspectives, whereby they are depicted but also questioned in terms of their socio-political preconditions. The exhibition will be divided into two thematic fields
From a historical perspective, the works of EMPOWERMENT address colonial structures and their consequences for the present-day. These include racism, the formation of diaspora and poverty in marginalised communities. Here, camera angles, the hierarchy of frames and the question of who is talking about whom play just as much a role as the interplay between social realities and their representation.
PSYCHEDELIC ANTHROPOLOGY, operates along the boundaries of visual anthropology and explores altered states of consciousness and bodily sensations, deliberately induced through cultural techniques such as research, dance, music and hiking – all of which are methodological ways of re-exploring the human condition. In these works, the lines separating documentation and fiction become blurred in a sensual, immersive way.