The History of Now
The notion of a "continually growing flood of pictures" has by now become commonplace yet nevertheless - or maybe because of this - it is necessary to question the conditions of visual information transfer. Since in spite of an already established doubt about photographic pictures in general the belief in their authenticity is undergoing constant renewal. In this context, their use or specific utilization can achieve enormous impact. Quite recently, this has become aparent in the examples of amateur footage from Iraq and Afghanistan and the shaky mobile videos of the "Arab Spring" that found their way well into evening news.
Compared to the field of journalism, the field of art offers more freedom to address topics that do not rank first in the daily news agenda and offers possibilities to work on them in an artistic way. Be it to face remote places, to produce references to contemporary questions by reexamination of historical material or to entirely refuse the familiar picture. The insight that this often calls for the reflection of the possibilities and limits of the very own medium is part of the festival's programmatics.
Artists: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Ulrich Gebert, Maryam Jafri, Sven Johne, Leon Kahane, Korpys/Löffler, Armin Linke & Fabian Bechtle, Willem Popelier, Ivor Prickett, Özlem Sulak, Arne Schmitt, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor
Exhibition Space: Halle 12 (Werkschauhalle)