|Noir | Mirko Martin | 2008 | 8:08 min.|
|A night in my neighborhood in Los Angeles during a half-year stay in 2008. For the presence of a local street gang just a couple of blocks from where I lived, police helicopters were circling over the area every other night. One night, after it had been going on for hours, I decided to go out and capture some sound. After I had switched on my recorder, I heard gunshots, and shortly thereafter bumped into a resident, who had come out on the sidewalk in order to see what was going on. I captured our conversation, in which we were trying to make sense of what we heard and saw.
1976 Born in Sigmaringen (D); Mirko Martin studied Fine Arts at the Braunschweig University of Art (and graduiated in 2008.
2005 – 06 he did an exchange year at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles (USA) He has exhibitied his works in Europe and the US. In 2009 he received the Prix Voies Off des Recontres d’Arles (F) and in 2008 the Aenne-Biermann-Prize for contemporary German photography.
|Open House | Diane Nerwen | 2009 | 31:00 min.|
|“Readily visible under the thin veneer of real estate ads pushing Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s future as a destination for the moneyed, yet “hip”, classes is an urban renewal project on a scale not seen since Robert Moses’ “slum” clearance of the 1960’s. Documenting the brutal nature of the development spree which occurred as a result of the neighborhood’s re-zoning from light manufacturing/residential to the loosening of codes that allowed for forty story towers on the waterfront, Nerwen’s video offers stark evidence against the cheerful notion that the unrestricted laws of free markets are “good for everyone”. With images of a neighborhood being literally torn apart by outside developers capitalizing on a frenzied housing market, and locals under pressure to “sell out” while the price is right, this work documents aspects of an incredible drama that has been woefully underreported in the mainstream media.” [Text by Peter Scott, Carriage Trade Gallery “Market Forces/ Part 1: Consuming Territories"]
Diane Nerwen is a video artist and media arts educator. She has shown her work internationally, including screenings at the Berlin Film Festival, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum, NY, the Tate Modern, London and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain. Her work has been supported by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts and Creative Capital Foundation. She was awarded a DAAD Artist in Residence Fellowship in Berlin in 2001. Her work is distributed by Video Data Bank, Chicago and Vtape, Toronto. Nerwen was born in Montreal and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
|Under construction | Zhenchen Liu | 2007 | 9:55 min.|
City planners decide to pull down parts of Shanghai’s old town in order to regenerate the city. Every year more then one hundred thousand families are forced to leave their homes and move into buildings on the edge of city. “Under construction” is a two- and three- dimentional flight across the now destroyed living areas in Shanghai...
Born in Shanghai, China in 1976. Zhenchen Liu is a visual artist, graduated at the school of Fine Art in Shanghai, at the Villa Arson and the Fresnoy in France. Last two years, he has earned a long list of awards. His films have been widely screened worldwide on both film and visual arts platforms including Locarno International Film Festival, Oberhausen International Film Festival, Festival de Clermont-Ferrand, IDFA, "Cinéma du réel" in Centre Pompidou … Currently he lives and works in France and China.