September 13, 2015 - Staatsgalerie Stuttgart - “Silent” Cinema
September 13, 2015

“Silent” Cinema

Christian Marclay, Mixed Reviews (American Sign Language) (still), 1999/2001. Video. © Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

“Silent” Cinema

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30–32
70173 Stuttgart

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Over the course of a year, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart is presenting a monthly programme of films and videos by international established and emerging artists working in a documentary, experimental, essayistic or narrative style. Shown under the heading “Silent” Cinema, the series is devoted to films and videos that focus on the moving image alone and deliberately eschew sound. Although art tends to be shaped by the technological possibilities of its time, artists do occasionally choose not to make full use of them or to adopt earlier modes of production and presentation. Moreover, the exclusion of the spoken word seems to make for universally comprehensible films and videos. The fact that silent movies were, of course, not invariably without sound, but often accompanied by live music, is alluded to by the inverted commas in the title. What can happen in contemporary time-based art when it dispenses with sound? When silence envelops the viewer, leaving it to the images alone to affect, touch and challenge? These are the questions “Silent” Cinema seeks to investigate through works in which silence gives rise to wonder, to moments of intimacy and to alternate worlds.

Curator: Alice Koegel, Curator of Contemporary Art, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

1 September–4 October 2015
James Benning (*1942 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lives in Val Verde, California), Signs, 2014
HD video, colour, silent, 18 minutes
Based on Andres Serrano’s project Sign of the Times

6 October–1 November 2015
Dana Munro (*1978 Belgrade, lives in Brussels and London), Dolly, 2013
HD video, colour, silent, 12 minutes, loop

3–29 November 2015
Christian Marclay (*1955 San Rafael, California, lives in London and New York), Mixed Reviews (American Sign Language), 1999/2001
DVD, colour, silent, 30 minutes

1 December–3 January 2016
Stefanos Tsivopoulos, I Rebel, Therefore We Exist, 2012
HD video, colour silent, 7 minutes

Previous presentations:

16 December 2014–1 February 2015 
Josef Dabernig (*1956 Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria, lives in Vienna), excursus on fitness, 2010 
Digital Betacam, b/w, silent, 11:34 minutes

3 February–1 March 2015 
Margaret Salmon (*1975 Suffern, New York, lives in Kent, London and New York), Hyde Park, 2009
16 mm film transferred to DVD, b/w, silent, 11:31 minutes

3–31 March 2015 
David Claerbout (*1969 Kortrijk, Belgium, lives in Antwerp and Berlin), Oil workers (from the Shell company of Nigeria) returning home from work, caught in torrential rain, 2013
HD animation, colour, silent, endless 

2 April–3 May 2015
Christoph Keller (*1967 Freiburg, lives in Berlin), Anarcheology, 2014 
HD video, s/w, silent, English subtitles, 12:40 minutes 

5–31 May 2015 
Sarah Browne (*1981 Dublin, lives in Dublin), Carpet for the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 
16mm film transferred to DVD, b/w, silent, 18:03 minutes 

2–30 June 2015
Rachel Reupke (*1971 Henley-on-Thames, lives in London), Wine & Spirits, 2013 
HD video, colour, silent, 20 minutes

2 July–2 August 2015
William E. Jones (*1962 Canton, Ohio, lives in Los Angeles), Model Workers, 2014
HD, sequence of digital files, colour, silent, 12:16 minutes

4–30 August 2015
Mireille Kassar (*1963 Zahlé, Libanon, lives in Beirut and Paris), The Children of Uzaï, Antinarcissus, 2014
HD video, colour, silent, 16 minutes

“Silent” Cinema in July, August, September and October 2015 is kindly supported by
Thomas Grässlin
Jörg Kees
Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller

Beginning November 2015, supported by:

“Silent” Cinema at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
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