Schlaflied at "A Wake - Still Lives and Moving Images"

Schlaflied (screenshot)

Schlaflied

dig. 720p HD-Video, 3:54min.
Berlin, 2011

Schlaflied is a German lullaby sung to children at bed time.
Projecting a diapositive on the backyard walls of Wedding, the most war ravaged area of Berlin in World War II, the slide shows a cemetery of soldiers in France. Halter through this performative action explores a futility. A futility in the loss of life. The futilities of war.

"A Wake" at Dumbo Arts Center, New York
 
Due to hurricane Sandy the opening of the show on November 1st had to be postponed. 
"A Wake: Still Lives and Moving Images" was shown at Dumbo Arts Center, New York, starting November 9th till November 25th, 2012.

More information on the DAC-homepage or at Leo Kuelbs Collection.
 

A Wake: Still Lives and Moving Images combines, video, cinema and photography in a co-mingling of media which bring the still into motion, and the motion into emotion. In the tradition of inviting the dead to a party with the living, we crowd the gallery with the conversations of flickering ghosts; a saturation of images in dialogue with one another. Reflecting upon our daily inundation by images of death, where news programs sensationalize death no less than the fictions of TV shows and feature films, "A Wake" addresses the media as the Vale of Tears, the surface between now, the past and the hereafter. The exhibition is a conversation across mediums and generations to celebrate life as well as death.
A wake is a ritual viewing of the body after death; a coming together to observe the end of time, to celebrate the transition through the vale. It is also an emergence into consciousness, as well as a consequence or result. Taking this transitional point between being and representation as our title," A Wake" confronts us with the process and the presence of death in order to wake us up to the inevitable result of the passage of time.
The works in this show all use video, digital media, and film to address the mediation of death; where media itself becomes the vale/veil through which we pass, the translucent surface between observer and observed, between now and the hereafter. All the works in the exhibition manipulate media forms in some way: by mobilizing still images into motion, by bringing together past and present, fiction and reality, re-editing found footage, re-visiting rituals, or by re-living the horrors of war.
All cultures acknowledge the Day of the Dead. Some celebrate, others mourn, but the ineluctable culmination of life is a part of every belief system, and of every personal journey. Opening on All Saints Day, Los Dios des Muertes (The Day of the Dead), "A Wake" is a processional that is our “offerenda”, an offering to visiting souls awakened on this day every year.

A Wake: Still Lives, Moving Images is presented by Leo Kuelbs Collection and Momentum Berlin.
 

A Wake premiered at Momentum Berlin in 2011.





A Wake: Still Lives and Moving Images” at Momentum  (Bethanien), Berlin

Death, and its accompanying rituals, are celebrated and explored in the exhibition “A Wake: Still Lives and Moving Images.” As a platform dedicated to interrogating time-based art, “A Wake,” examines what happens when time runs out, through the veil, and into the hereafter.

It is an emergence into consciousness, as well as a consequence or a result. Taking this transitional point between being and representation, “A Wake” incorporates video, digital media, photography and film to create a space where media itself becomes the veil through which we pass--the translucent surface between observer and observed.

Curators Rachel Rits-Volloch, Leo Kuelbs and Adam Nankervis have selected works woven with the contemporary and contemporaneous dialogues of international artists. In Berlin the works were presented as a processional of screens throughout the gallery--Momentum Berlin.

Artists Include:
AES+F, Osvaldo Budet, Annika Eriksson, Yishay Garbasz and Nikola Lutz, Anna Bella Geiger, Stephan Halter, Jarick Jongman, Betty Leirner, David Medalla, Tracey Moffatt, Fiona Pardington, Polynoid, Paul Rascheja, Alain Resnais, Jan Svankmajer



More On “A Wake,” “Day of the Dead,” and Bethanien House:

All cultures acknowledge the Day of the Dead. Some celebrate, others mourn, but the ineluctable culmination of life is a part of every belief system and of every personal journey. Opening the weekend of All Saints Day, Los Dios des Muetrtes (The Day of the Dead), A Wake will be held in a once-upon-a-time infirmary within the former cloisters of Bethanien House Berlin.

Originally built as a hospital--a space both battling and housing death--Bethanien has since been transformed into a place where the processes of art and creation manifest the victory of life over death. We fill this space with a labyrinth of screens, illuminating still lives and moving images. A Wake is a passage through time, a processional, which is our "offerenda,” an offering to visiting souls awakened on this day, every year.



deutsch:

A Wake: Still Lives and Moving Images

Der Tod und seine begleitenden Rituale werden in der kommenden Ausstellung in Momentums „A Wake: Still Lives and Moving Images“ gefeiert und erkundet.
Als Plattform, die sich der hinterfragenden, zeitbasierten Kunst annimmt, untersucht „A Wake“, was geschieht, wenn die Zeit knapp wird - durch den Schleier, ins Jenseits.

Es ist ein Aufbruch zur Besinnung ebenso wie eine Folgerung oder ein Ergebnis.
Diesen Standpunkt des Übergangs zwischen Sein und Darstellung einnehmend, vereinigt „A Wake“ Video, digitale Medien, Fotografie und Film, um einen Raum zu schaffen, in dem das Medium selbst der Schleier wird, den wir durchschreiten – die durchscheinende Oberfläche zwischen Betrachter und Betrachtetem.

Die Kuratoren Rachel Rits-Volloch, Leo Kuelbs und Adam Nankervis haben Arbeiten ausgewählt, die im zeitgenössischen und gleichzeitig stattfindenden Dialog internationaler Künstler eingewoben sind. Die Arbeiten werden als Prozession von Bildschirmen durch die Galerie Momentum Berlin präsentiert.

Momentum/Berlin presents:


A Wake: Still Lives and Moving Images”

October 30th through November 13th, 2011
Thursday – Sunday: 13:00-19:00

Preview Party:
October 29th: 19.00
Videos, Drinks and Live Performance

Momentum Berlin
Kunstquartier Bethanien 134
Mariannenplatz 2
Kreuzberg
10997 Berlin 
Germany