Imitation of Life? Vitalism, Exhaustion and Critique

6 March 2013 - 1:33pm -- anthony
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Präsentation und Diskussion

ANTONY ILES

IMITATION OF LIFE? VITALISM, EXHAUSTION AND CRITIQUE

  • MI 24.04.2013 | 19:00 h | Eintritt frei
  • Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

(English below)

Was verbindet die künstlerischen und die wissenschaftlichen Arbeitsweisen, was trennt sie? Stipendiaten der Graduiertenschule für die Künste und die Wissenschaften der UdK Berlin laden ein zum Austausch über ihre Arbeit. Je nach Gastgeber und Gästen wird diskutiert, experimentiert, präsentiert, interveniert, musiziert oder spekuliert … (auf Englisch)

Anthony Iles, Autor, Kritiker und Forscher an der Graduiertenschule, geht mit dem Anglisten Benjamin Noys ihren gemeinsamen Interessen an Vitalismus und dessen Kritik, an Märkten, Entropie, Erschöpfung und dem Ende der Wahrscheinlichkeit nach. Weitere Gäste sind die Filmemacher Ilya Lipkin und Joen P. Vedel, die zwei Videos zeigen: The Delegates dokumentiert und interpretiert die Arbeitsprozesse am Fließband einer Gummifabrik, Untitleduntersucht das Fitnessstudio als einen Ort, an dem sportliche Betätigung und Ideologie ineinanderfließen.

 

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Anthony Iles, an author, critic, and fellow at the Graduiertenschule, explores with Benjamin Noys their shared interest in vitalism and its critique, in markets, entropy, exhaustion, and the end of probability. Other guests include filmmaker Ilya Lipkin and Joen Wedel, who will show two videos. The Delegates documents and interprets work processes at the conveyor belt of a rubber factory. Untitled looks at the gym as a place where sport and ideology meet.

 

Screening 7pm
Public and Free entrance

The workshop is followed by a film screening of 2 short videos by Downstairs Productions, Ilya Lipkin (US/Germany) & Joen P. Wedel (Denmark). The filmmakers will be present for and will join a discussion with Anthony Iles and Benjamin Noys after the screening.

Since 2010, the artists Ilya Lipkin and Joen Vedel have been collaborating under the rubric of a film production company named Downstairs Productions. Neither a real production company, nor a proper fiction, Downstairs Productions has provided the two with a cover under which to investigate questions of labour, value and artistic production through film and video. Working across genres and styles, Lipkin and Vedel gravitate towards the context specific, reflecting on their role as producers as well as on the relationship of artistic work to the new, networked, economy at large.

The Delegates (2010) was shot in a rubber manufacturing plant in Gotland, Sweden. The film is structured through a series of juxtapositions, cutting between scenes documenting the production process at the plant and scenes of Lipkin and Vedel acting out five interconnected vignettes on the factory grounds. The script for the film was generated through a process meant to mimic the assembly line of the rubber factory and is co-authored by several writers.

Untitled, (2012) is Downstairs Productions most recent work. This short video deals with the ideology of exercise and the institution of the gym. Without dialogue, and through a careful montage of constructed scenes, Lipkin and Vedel attempt to depict the endless feedback loop between the body and the computer, labour and appearance, value and health in the non-site that is the contemporary workplace.

 
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