The opportunity to see the artists film and video works outside of the usual exhibition context: at the cinema, on the big screen, before a big audience that views the entire work together, focused, and from beginning to end. VideoArt at Midnight it’s an internationally renowned platform for artist films and video, highly appreciated not least by the artists living in Berlin. The 100th edition is a cause to celebrate— the anniversary, cinema, art, and of course the artists themselves.
At the center of the anniversary is a two-day artist film and video program at Kino Babylon in Berlin Mitte: 100 Artists – 100 Films. The program kicks off on Friday night with the 100th edition of VIDEOART AT MIDNIGHT with Ed Atkins. For the festival program on the following Saturday and Sunday, all of the artists who have been guests over the years are once again invited to show a new piece of work or one that is particularly important to them. Many of them will be attending in person and presenting their work to the audience.
Before this weekend, an international symposium, curated by Marie-France Rafael and entitled Future Continues Present(s)—“Video Art” Through Time, will take place at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. For two days, experts and practioners will be discussing issues such as media archaeology, medium specificity, or the exhibition, collection, and conservation of video art, raising questions on the past, present, and of course the future of the genre. Part of the symposium is a Keynote Lecture at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.). The night before the symposium opens, Wulf Herzogenrath, whose work as a curator has made important contributions to establishing video art in Germany over the past decades, will provide insights into his career and the history of video art, moderated by Franziska Stöhr, at Akademie der Künste.
A video art festival would not be complete without exhibition of the medium in space. In cooperation with renowned Berlin institutions, four presentations will be taking place as part of the festival, which will put video art and artists’ films into focus in a different manner. The Berlinische Galerie will be showing an expansive video sculpture by Raphaela Vogel in her first solo exhibition in a Berlin institution, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art will be presenting an installation by Christian Friedrich, Galerie Pankow will be engaging with the filmic work of Barbara Metselaar Berthold, an artist primarily known as a photographer, and the Akademie der Künste will for the first time open the archive of Wulf Herzogenrath to the public, which is housed there.
VIDEOART AT MIDNIGHT Opening + Reception/ 14 Dec 2018, 22:00 – 24:00 Artist #100 Ed Atkins/ 14 Dec 2018, 24:00 – 01:00 Artists’ Films Day 1/ 15 Dec 2018, 12:00 – 24:00 Artists’ Films Day 2/ 16 Dec 2018, 14:00 – 24:00 Akademie der Künste Kick-Off: Wulf Herzogenrath and his Archives/ 12 Dec 2018, 19:00–22:00 Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin Symposium Day 1/ 13 Dec 2018, 10:00 – 18:30 Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) Breakfast + Keynote Lecture/ 14 Dec 2018, 10:00 – 12:00 Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin Symposium Day 2/ 14 Dec 2018, 12:30 – 18:30 Exhibitions Galerie Pankow: Barbara Metselaar Berthold Exhibition untill 13 Jan 2019 Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art: Raphaela Vogel Exhibition untill 11 Mar 2019 KW Institute for Contemporary Art: Christian Friedrich Opening / 7 Dec 2018, 19:00 Exhibition/ 8 – 16 Dec 2018 Akademie der Künste: Wulf Herzogenrath and his Archives Opening + Talk/ 12 Dec 19:00 Exhibition 13 – 16 Dec 2018