Wednesday May 11, 2008, 7pm
Are we entertainment?
A presentation by Alexey Vanushkin
Starting with images and texts gleaned from pop culture, advertising, and literature as well as personal materials, Alexey Vanushkin explores existential themes such as the pursuit of meaning and happiness in his film works and installations. In the work W. (2018), for example, enticing advertising images meet lines of songs by the band Joy Division. The film Alphabet (2017), in contrast, uses found visual material to illustrate a sequence of ideas and seems to catalogue the tragedy of human coexistence. The works oscillate between touching, almost kitschy moments and a dry, detached confrontation with the shallows and absurdity of life. They are, at first glance, as seductive as the media environment. Having said that, they continually return viewers to their own privileged points of view that have been shaped by societally ideal images.
Born in Russia in 1988, Vanushkin will give a general introduction to his practice based on his film works. Aus- & Vortragen is curated by Juliane Duft.
The presentation will take place in English. Please note that the event will be filmed.
Admission €4 / concessions €2. Free for members.
With the kind support of:
Image: Still from Alexey Vanushkin, Alphabet, 2017.