For Berlin Art Week 2022, Fluentum presents Kino, a group exhibition that focuses on the specificities of film and video, bringing together artistic positions and filmmakers. The exhibition, which will be divided into two parts, features new productions and premieres as well as existing works not previously shown in Berlin, the majority of which were created this year.
Image above: Noah Barker and Dora Budor, Chase Manhattan, 2021-2022, Video still. Courtesy the artists.
If film is the medium, then cinema is the cultural situation in which showing and viewing moving images becomes a shared social engagement. The group exhibition Kino (German for “cinema”) translates this framework of collective spectatorship into the context of an exhibition. It hereby follows the current interest of artists in probing the temporal and narrative possibilities of time-based formats, between video and feature-length film, associative image collage and narrative epic.
A shared aspect of many of the featured positions lies in the way their artistic work employs a wide variety of media and forms, with the diverse use of moving images playing an essential role in developing ideas and interlocking narration, image, sound, and time. Thus, it is the multiple limitations and potentials of film, its production mechanisms, narrative logics, and aesthetic characteristics that are used here to reflect on the mediatization of storytelling today.
As an exhibition, Kino consists of a mobile display of projection screens and seats, transforming the act of looking into an individual and collective negotiation. Kino will be split into two distinct parts, with an addition of new works and a rearrangement of the display taking place in the middle of the exhibition’s runtime. Its curatorial directive aims to create a social situation in which an architecture of temporal and spatial settings serves as a template for different approaches to the sometimes unwieldy presentation of video and film in an exhibition context. Borrowing from cinema’s conventions, loosely fixed time schedules and spatial positionings experimentally expand the traditional way of engagement with moving images in an exhibition setting
Kino is a group exhibition in two parts with works by Rosa Aiello and Dylan Aiello, Noah Barker and Dora Budor, Ted Fendt, Marie Karlberg, Simon Lässig, Katz Tepper, Peter Wächtler, Jiajia Zhang as well as poster editions by Zoë Field and Max Eulitz, and Sophie Reinhold.
Kino is curated by Dennis Brzek and Junia Thiede.
Part 1: September 15 – October 29, 2022: Rosa Aiello and Dylan Aiello, Noah Barker and Dora Budor, Marie Karlberg, Peter Wächtler, Jiajia Zhang
Part 2: November 04 – December 17, 2022: Ted Fendt, Simon Lässig, Katz Tepper, Peter Wächtler, Jiajia Zhang
Continuing Fluentum’s multi-part program series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving, the publication In Medias Res #2: Architecture in Motion (Mousse Publishing) will be released concurrently with the opening of Kino, exploring the architecture and material history of the site Fluentum is located at today.
Fluentum is a platform dedicated to presenting, producing, and collecting time-based art, in particular video and film, and was founded in 2019 by Berlin based software entrepreneur Markus Hannebauer. The platform’s exhibition space is located in the imposing main building of a former military facility. Constructed between 1936 and 1938 during the era of National Socialism by architect Fritz Fuß as “Luftgaukommando III,” the building served a key infrastructural role for the German Luftwaffe. After World War II, US forces utilized the building as their military and intelligence headquarters until the last GI departed in 1994.
Opening: Wednesday, 14 September, 5 – 9 pm
Exhibition period: Thursday, 15 September – Saturday, 17 December 2022
Special opening during Berlin Art Week 2022: Wednesday, 14 – Sunday, 18 September, 11 am – 6 pm
Regular opening hours: Fri 11 am – 5 pm, Sat 11 am – 4 pm