Urban Research 2013

urban research on film - directors lounge 2013
film / video / installation

back Program Overview
urban research
program III:
interventions, transforming public space

Friday, 15 February 2013 — 18:00

More and more artists chose to create art in public space, use it as a public stage, or try to actively change it. An "invisible performance", invisible, because it has not been publicly announced, may not physically change a place, however it may change the ideas of how to use public space in general.

Filipe Afonso's film Televisao is a (secret) filming of private spaces, where nothing more happens than the nightly projection of a television screen, and he questions the differences between public and private sphere. Laura Kissel records a specific situation. "Window Cleaning" in Shanghai shows two facade-cleaners, who become public performers with their high-up activities, but also possible unwanted witnesses of private scenes. Kika Nicolela confronts people in places where usually no cameras are allowed, and where instead surveillance cameras always record.

Gabrielle de Bayon, Signe Theill and Nuno Escudeiro use urban spaces for their performances changing the concept of common uses of public space. Katze und Krieg actively engage with their surrounding. Here, it is not the authorities, interfering, but the crowd, not tolerating a slow-down in the public rush. And it is again, Vladimir Turner together with Vojtech Fröhlich and other artists, who hijack commercial billboards, turning them into other, more public use.


Filipe Afonso PT
Televisao 14:45min 2012

I walk, in the night, in the city and I hear televisions. I suppose they all together could tell a story and give me a sign before I get home. But as I walk, as I get closer, I try to fix them to hear better, see more, more, more…

video still- click to open bigger image
Nuno Escudeiro PT
Pass by... 4:22min 2011

In a subway stop, two people await, in the middle of the crowd, the arrival of the subway. Upon its’ arrival, the crowd disappears. On the ends of the station, both stand still, and, as the subway leaves, they walk to meet each other. They approach, join their bodies and the dance begins.

video still- click to open bigger image
Philipp Hartmann DE / AR
Entre despacio y por favor no haga ruido! 4:30min 2012

Buenos Aires in the 19th and in the 21st century. Part one of a trilogy about appropriation of public spaces.

video still- click to open bigger image
Julia Dick und Katharina Sandner katze und krieg DE
Die Abenteuer von Sissi und Sissi 21:08min 2012

In this rapid accelarating and highly complex world Katze und Krieg discover the slowness and the simplicity in the daily life of urban space. They celebrate very easy actions. They ask passerbys to film them. What happens, when the presence of Katze und Krieg interferes with our noisy functional rushy daily citylive?

video still- click to open bigger image
Laura Kissel US
Window Cleaning in Shanghai 2:36min 2011

A conversation with two window washers who were hanging off the edges of my apartment building in Shanghai.

video still- click to open bigger image
Kollektiv Graukarte Kollektiv Graukarte AT
Transforming a Non-Place 3:15min 2011

Jakominiplatz in Graz is a main junction of public transport. It may be considered as a Non-Place according to Marc Augé. The public intervention creates temporary and personal local relations, an implementation of places into the non-place, thus endowing a new place construction.

video still- click to open bigger image
Gabrielle Le Bayon FR
Image of a City 11:00min 2011

Through fragmented narrative and dance performance, Image of a City explores the tangible relationship between architecture and the body.

video still- click to open bigger image
Kika Nicolela BR
Don't! 5:49min 2010

With the collaboration of all artists of Traffic Jam, the idea behind this video is to challenge and disturb (with humor) the sense of authority and question the random rules and limitations on public/private audiovisual recording.

video still- click to open bigger image
Jaime Rguez ES
sawaruna (don't touch!) 6:17min 2012

Japan is a very "unique" country. Contemporary Japan emulates the cultures and life styles of the "West" while remaining xenophobic, and feeling threatened by foreign people/things. An experimental work on Japanese right wing demonstrations.

video still- click to open bigger image
Signe Theill DE
The new Middle 3:05min 2010

At the end of the 90s the term NEUE MITTE/ NEW MIDDLE was introduced in German politics by the former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. Conservative as well as left wing politicians regarded people of the "new middle (class)" as their target group. But the term itself stayed totally undefined.

video still- click to open bigger image
Vladimir Turner CZ
Osviceni / Enlightenment 2:27min 2012

Public intervention. The artists reinstall the lights for a big advertisement board, and use them for lighting the forgotten highway sculpture "Equilibria" from sculptor Josef Klimes.

video still- click to open bigger image
Jan Simanek, Vladimir Turner, Vojtech Frohlich, Ondrej Mlady CZ
Merry-Go-Round 2:05min 2011

Action in public space, Prague 2011. A commercial billboard turned into different use.

video still- click to open bigger image

top up
Link Directors Lounge 2013 daily program

Directors Lounge banner