Martin Ebner, Ein helles Kino
2-channel video installation, 33 min., loop
65th Berlinale, 10th Forum Expanded exhibition
“To the Sound of the Closing Door”
David Askevold, Frederico Benevides, Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz, Jeamin Cha, Yu Cheng-Ta, Roy Dib, Martin Ebner, Antje Ehmann, Jan Ralske, Jeanne Faust, Mireille Kassar, Arvo Leo, Jen Liu, Eline McGeorge, Ho Tzu Nyen, Jenny Perlin, Constanze Ruhm, Emilien Awada, Arthur Tuoto, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Michael Snow
05-16 Feb 2015
Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg, Berlin
Presented as a 2-part video installation, Martin Ebner’s piece investigates the spatial and temporal experiences that are connected to a fictitious cinema space. This space can be seen as an imaginary, inner, and mental state of mind. A feeling of floating is created for the spectator by a screen that smoothly and steadily glides up in the background. In close range, a different projection screen presents the “program,” which is stretched in time and consists of short, very short, and medium-length sound and image fragments as well as regular breaks in the sound and image.
The fragmentary use of time, unusual for conventional models of perception, allows the spectator’s mind to stray, and at the same time the object-like quality of the two projection surfaces and their respective projectors come more and more to the fore, especially when the screen remains dark or when there happens to be no sound. During the course of events, there will be no beginning and no end, which eventually means that the duration of the work could be anything from a few seconds to a couple of days. This video installation turns into a specific walkable space, to which you can react. Through its exemplary dissection of some of the basic elements of the cinematographic experience it describes the possibility of a reserved and complex audiovisual presence.
Now in its 10th anniversary year, Forum Expanded will not only present the most comprehensive program to date, but also a number of performances and films exclusively for the opening of the exhibition at Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg on Thursday, February 4. The entire Forum Expanded film program will be shown here as well as the more than 20 installation works. The opening includes contributions by CHEAP, Heinz Emigholz, Harun Farocki, Friedl vom Gröller, Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili, Constanze Ruhm, Michael Snow, and Ala Younis.
Forum Expanded is curated by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (head curator), Anselm Franke, Nanna Heidenreich, Bettina Steinbrügge and Ulrich Ziemons.
berlinartlink.com, article by Nora Kovacs