Poor Man’s Expression – Cinema Arsenal, 2011



Poor Man’s Expression
Technology, Experimental Film, Conceptual Art

Cinema Arsenal, Berlin, May 11-13, 2011,
curated by Martin Ebner and Florian Zeyfang

To celebrate the release of Poor Man’s Expression, various presentations and screenings are taking place at Arsenal and in the surrounding space on May 11th, 12th and 13th. The program is based on the approach of the eponymous exhibition that took place at Arsenal in 2006 and which resulted in this book.

Martin Ebner and Florian Zeyfang, the exhibition curators and publishers of the book, had this to say about the project:
„We postulated that there was at a certain point a close relationship between forms that now exist quite separately from one another, that is, the realms of fine art, experimental film, literature, poetry, music, and technological development as well. What is it supposed to mean that 16mm projectors will soon have found their last luxurious performance site in art institutions, while YouTube represents a contemporary way to watch an interview with Hollis Frampton? Conversely, the gradual absorption of the genre of experimental film into the realm of media art of the 80s and 90s can also be seen as a transformation analogous to general social and media development, going hand in hand with the development of individualization and the consumer society.“

The original postulations for the project are revised in the publication, Poor Man’s Expression; on the one hand in the texts of the authors that were written for this book, and on the other in the image/text contributions made by the participants of the exhibition, whose work with Arsenal’s film archive have made an indelible mark on this book.

As a continuation of a discussion that has lasted decades and taken on different formats, on Wednesday films by Alfred Leslie and Frank O’Hara will meet videos by Stephanie Taylor and Alice Könitz. Su Friedrich, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, Anthony Balch, Tibor Hajas, Florian Zeyfang, Bruce Connor, Ariane Müller & Martin Ebner at an event entitled I’ve seen it on a bigger screen before, the resolution was fine that examines space and the city.

On Thursday, other films will leave the cinema: The director and his actor and his dog looking at footage going out for air includes films by Robert Breer, David Rimmer, Morgan Fisher, Rudy Burckhardt, Henry Hills, Margaret Tait, Ernie Gehr and others.

The Friday program Oben ein Mond im grünen Bällchen (Above a moon in a small green ball) will close the session with the premiere of Sebastian Lütgert’s new video as well as films by George Landow, Daria Martin, Joyce Wieland, Sean Snyder, Bruce Conner, Judith Hopf & Henrik Olesen and others. (May 11, 12 & 13)

Poor Man’s Expression – Technology, Conceptual Art, Experimental Film.
With contributions by Stephanie Taylor, Sebestyén Kodolányi, Sebastian Lütgert, Henrik Olesen, Mathias Poledna, Sean Snyder, Daria Martin, Kirsten Pieroth, Martin Ebner und Florian Zeyfang. Authors: Sabeth Buchmann, Anselm Franke, Ariane Müller, Branden W. Joseph, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Ian White and Axel John Wieder.
Sternberg Press, ISBN 978-1-934105-01-6. The book is available at Arsenal.

Kino Arsenal 1 & 2 | Potsdamer Straße 2 | 10785 Berlin | www.arsenal-berlin.de


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I’ve seen it on a bigger screen before, the resolution was fine.

With special guests: Steven Warwick and Ian White.


Steven Warwick / Heatsick


19.30 Program in Arsenal 2

“West Village Meat Market”, Christine Noll Brinckmann,
1979, color, 12 min.

“Self Fashion Show”, Tibor Hajas,
1976, 35mm auf DVD, b/w, 15 min.

“A Life, and Time: Alfred Leslie´s letter to Frank O´Hara +
Roland Barthes on Racine”, Ian White, 2011, reading

Ian White

“The Last Clean Shirt”, Alfred Leslie and Frank O’Hara,
1964, 16mm, b/w, 41 min.

21.00 Foyer:

Musical performance by Steven Warwick.

Steven Warwick

Nina Könnemann ,“The Apple from the Eye of the Worm”,
documentation, 2000

in a setting with contributions by
Eva Seufert, Ariane Müller, Martin Ebner / Florian Zeyfang

Ariane Müller, Figure One, 2010

Eva Seufert, Hanging Suspense, 2011

and special screening of
Ernie Gehr, “Eureka”,
1974-1979, 16mm, b/w, 28 min.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

The director and his actor and his dog looking at footage going out for air

With special guests Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda

19.30 Program in Arsenal 2

“Under the Brooklyn Bridge”, Rudy Burckhardt,
1953, USA, 16mm, b/w, 15 min

“Songdelay”, Joan Jonas
1973, 16mm on DVD, b/w, 18 min.

“Real Italian Pizza”, David Rimmer, 1970/71, 16mm, color, 13 min.

“A Man and his Dog Going out for Air”, Robert Breer
1957, 16mm, b/w, 2 min.

“The Director and His Actor Look at Footage Showing Preparations for an Unmade Film (2)”,
Morgan Fisher, 1968, 16mm, b/w, 15 min.

“Holzminden”, Nina Könnemann,
2010, video, color, 3 min.

“Fuck Your Landlord”, Thomas Kilpper
2003, video, color, 11 min.

Thomas Kilpper, Fuck Your Landlord, 2003


21.00 Foyer:

Screening of
Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, “Caducean City”
16mm film, 2006

Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, “Caducean City”, 2006

Additional screenings of films by Margaret Tait, You Never Know (“Highway to Hell”) and other permanent installations.

You Never Know, Highway To Hell, 1996


Friday, May 13, 2011

Oben ein Mond im grünen Bällchen
Above a moon in a small green ball

19.30 Program in Arsenal 2

“The Evil Faerie”, George Landow, 1966, 16mm, b/w, 1 min.

“A Leash for Fritz & Kale for Stray Bunny”,
Stephanie Taylor & Alice Könitz, 2006, video, 10 min.

“The Cut Ups”, Anthony Balch, 1967, 16mm, b/w, 20 min.

“Rat Life and Diet in North America”, Joyce Wieland
1968, 16mm, 16 min.

“Mongoloid”, Bruce Conner, 1978, 16mm, b/w, 4 min.

“The Evil Faerie”, Judith Hopf & Henrik Olesen
2007, video, color, 1 min.

The Evil Faerie, by Henrik Olesen and Judith Hopf, 2007, starring Gerry Bibby

21.00 Foyer:

Premiere of
“Sheikh Zayed Road” (2011) by Sebastian Lütgert:
a fragment from a film about capitalism, set in Dubai.

Special screening of “Soft Materials”, Daria Martin
2004, 16mm, color, 10 min.

Plus permanent installations in the foyer,
and screenings of films by Henry Hills (“Money”),
P. White (“33 Yo-Yo Tricks”), Harry Smith and Nina Könnemann.


Kino Arsenal 1 & 2 | Potsdamer Straße 2 | 10785 Berlin | www.arsenal-berlin.de