Screening and discussion: Clemens Von Wedemeyer

Screening and discussion: Clemens Von Wedemeyer

Clemens von Wedemeyer, Rushes (Muster) (still), 2012.

Aesthetics of Resistance

Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art

Screening and discussion: Clemens Von Wedemeyer

Admission starts at $5

December 3, 2022, 5pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Saturday, December 3 at 5pm for a screening of Clemens von Wedemeyer’s Rushes (Muster) (2012, 79 minutes) and The Cast (Procession) (2013, 15 minutes), followed by a discussion with the artist. 

The screening constitutes the second event of “In the Present, the Scripted Past Is Performed,” the first chapter of the four-part series Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art taking place at e-flux Screening Room in monthly chapters between December 2022 and March 2023. Read more on the series here.

Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art is produced and organized by e-flux, with the support of the German Film Office, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut and German Films.

Clemens von Wedemeyer, Rushes (Muster)
2012, 79 minutes
Clemens von Wedemeyer has imagined a trip back in time to Breitenau. Starting with events that happened there between 1933 and 1945, the German artist has composed three stories that reach the years of the women’s reformatory in the 1970s, with a different protagonist for each era. Rushes (Muster) is a work that attempts to bring out the pathology of the site, and at the same time its unforgettable status as a black hole in the history of Germany that sucked up innocent lives for almost a century. (Bert Rebhandl)

Clemens von Wedemeyer, The Cast (Procession)
2013, 15 minutes
The Cast (Procession) recalls the the protests that broke out among extras in 1958 during filming of the Hollywood production Ben Hur in the Cinecittà film studio near Rome, which was originally founded by Mussolini. Thousands of unemployed workers had hoped to be hired for the scenes featuring human masses. When they were turned away they stormed the film studio. In the film, the voices of the protesters of yesterday are played by cultural activists of the present: members of the Teatro Valle Occupato, who came together in 2011 in order to save the Teatro Valle, the oldest theatre in Rome, by assuming collective management of the theatre. The film opens a parallel view of the same place by making its main characters time-travel through three generations of German history.

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Clemens von Wedemeyer (b. 1974, Göttingen, Germany) is a filmmaker and artist who lives in Berlin. He studied photography and media in Bielefeld and fine arts at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, where he now holds a professorship for media art (expanded cinema). His films and complex video installations embrace several storylines and points of view, exploring the personal and collective history of the twentieth century as well as the power and control structures of the present. He has participated in group shows such as the 1st Moscow Biennale (2005), the 4th Berlin Biennale (2006), Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2007, the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008), and dOCUMENTA (13) (2012). He has had solo shows at MoMA PS1, New York; ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels; the Barbican Art Centre, London; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Hamburger Kunsthalle; among other venues. His film Esiod-2015 premiered at the 66th edition of the Berlinale in 2016.

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