STATE OF THE ART

MANSTEINSTRASSE2

10783BERLIN

we@state-of-the-art-berlin.com



Today, the aesthetic endeavor has taken on the shape of the ‚project‘.

However, this intrinsic logic is being concealed by common exhibition formats, which only present finished objects. Therefore STATE OF THE ART sets out to explore the Projektfoermigkeit of the arts by drawing on the creative, communicative and synergetic potential that lies in the Unfinished.

STATE OF THE ART vouches for a curatorial approach that breaks away from the convention of displaying art as isolated, autonomous and self-contained objects, in favor of a participatory, dialogical and open approach.

STATE OF THE ART stages situations and discussions. It is a place for time-based art formats that transcend the limits of the exhibition space. We invite artists for keynote presentations, screenings and performances. The presentation is followed by a discussion hosted by a guest theorist/ philosopher/ poet. We aim to provide a place for encounters between artists, theorists, the audience, and across disciplines, in order to nourish dialogue and create opportunities for collaborations.

STATE OF THE ART explores specific topics over the course of two-month-long event series.





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CALIFORNIA SCREENINGS


Films & Performances from Los Angeles and Southern California

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California is the last refuge of today’s utopian dreamers. Even outside of the dream factories of Los Angeles, the Californian desert is filled with the leftovers and ruins of social experiments - and it is still attracting dropouts and artists alike.

In its first exhibition cycle - “California Screenings” - STATE OF THE ART will explore the interrelations between the city of L.A., the strange non-place of the desert and utopian dreaming in contemporary art. We will present screenings, performances and talks featuring ongoing projects from California by young and upcoming artists.

California Screenings” takes place in weekly sessions during the months of July and September 2014 (every Thursday, 8pm). The sessions start off on July 10th, 8 pm, with Tom Andersen’s legendary movie “L.A. plays itself”. Admission is free.

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07/10-8PM-SESSION#1

Screening


L.A. PLAYS ITSELF by THOM ANDERSEN, 2003, 169min

CalArts professor Thom Andersen directs the digital video essay film Los Angeles Plays Itself, titled after a gay porn classic by Fred Halsted (L.A. Plays Itself). Using clips from well-known mainstream movies to lesser-known obscurities, Andersen explores the myths and realities of the city as produced by Hollywood and as viewed by contemporary philosophy.

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07/17-8PM-SESSION#2

Screening/ Talk with Dietrich Brüggemann, director („9 Szenen“, „Kreuzweg“) and David Sieveking, director („David wants to fly“, „Vergiss mein nicht“)



EVERYBODY'S NUTS by FABIAN EURESTI (Los Angeles), 2010, 13min

In the San Joaquin Valley, agriculture and oil power the economy. In this forgotten landscape of central California, worlds collide.

CAESIUM FOREST by ARJUNA NEUMANN (Los Angeles/Beirut), 2014, 12:30min

Caesium Forest is a feature length documentary that participates in five different yet inter-connected relationships to technology. Each relation could be interpreted as a type of reverence—spiritual or scientific. The project starts with the atomic bomb and traces out a space shuttle’s retirement, Christian techno-music as worship, TED Talks, and returns to the government nuclear facilities of Oakridge.

SOUTHLAND TALES by RICHARD KELLY 2007, 145min

California is at the epicenter of a political and environmental disaster that threatens to destroy the world comedy/ drama/ dystopian science fiction.

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07/24-8PM-SESSION#3

Performance/ Talk



SUNSHINISM by ARJUNA NEUMANN (Los Angeles/Beirut), 2014, 40min

Sunshinism is a video/lecture that maps out the contours of an emerging techno-faith - we always begin with sun salutations, let's close our eyes.

THIS IS THE ENDD by Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal (Los Angeles), 2014, 17min

Our agency brought the cigarette Torches of Freedom, now for the E-cig, it's time to Rise Above the Flames. This Is The ENDD is the future of branding for the Electronic Nicotine Delivery Device.

BLADE RUNNER by Ridley Scott, 1982, 112min

"Los Angeles 2019 - the megacity has finally come to it's ideal form: a lively downtown, streets full of people, no traffic jams and parking spots everywhere." -Thom Andersen

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07/31-8PM-SESSION#4

Screening



IT'S JUST ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER“ JAKE JONES (Los Angeles)


CHINA TOWN ROMAN POLANSKI, 1974, 130min

The film was inspired by the California Water Wars, a series of disputes over southern California water at the beginning of the 20th century by which Los Angeles interests secured water rights in the Owens Valley.

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09/04-8PM-SESSION#5

Performance/ Talk



PROJECT CALIFORNIA CITY BY DENNIS RUDOLPH (Berlin), 2014, 20min

The construction of a monument to the western world in California City in the Mojave Desert is destined to fail or at least it never seems to get finished. Keynote presentation about the pros and cons of the devil's involvement in an art project.

MULHOLLAND DRIVE BY DAVID LYNCH, 2001, 147Mmin

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09/11-8PM-SESSION#6

Presentation/ Talk with Ludwig Seyfarth (curator, critic, writer)



ATOMIC TRIP BY EVA CASTRINGIUS (Berlin/Los Angeles), 2014, 30min

Nagasaki and Hiroshima vs. the Nevada Test Side - a trip into the

contaminated past.

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09/18-8PM-SESSION#7

Screening/ Talk



NIGHTMARE CITY PRESENTS: NOT FREE, NOT DEAD: THE PSYCHEDELIC END WITH CAITLIN DENNY, GREGORY KAPLOWITZ, ALEX S. LUKAS, JESSICA MILLER, DAN OLSEN, SKYE THORSTENSON, VIRTUAL PUBES AND NIGHTMARE CITY - INVITED BY BONNIE BEGUSCH, 2014, 56min

Harkening back to the tripped out psychedelic lightshows of San Francisco’s 1960s counter culture as well as early Beat Generation experiments in stop motion animation, the artists included in Not Free, Not Dead pay homage to the Bay Area’s rich relationship with the moving image while simultaneously transcribing their fragmented technological experience onto these varied strategies and materials.

Ranging from narrative to music video to experimental – these mixed shorts are united by a visual vernacular specific to California. Cobbled together from internet search words, these kaleidoscopic fragments are informed equally by subculture, the Bay Area’s rich underground film and video history as well as Hollywood’s cult classics and formulaic genres.These hazy dreamlike states are populated by rock-and-roll devil horns, hang-loose hands and smiley faces floating freely alongside processed clips appropriated from major motion pictures. The darker side, a bad trip, emerges as surreal worlds give way to surreal worlds in a narrative buddy film and a horror flick, twisted from the mirrored, rainbow static of California’s once frontier landscape.

10pm GREAT OPENING PARTY

Dj Set: Educated Body

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09/25-8PM-SESSION#8

Presentation/ Talk



ANTHROPOCENE UMBRELLA BY ALBERT SAMRETH (Los Angeles), 2014

According to the official account of the US government, after killing Osama […] his body was dumped into the Ocean to prevent any site from becoming a place of worship. Instead, one can imagine that his remains would decompose and eventually disintegrate into the international waters, eventually washing upon the shores in a million tiny pieces all over the earth. In death as in life, his presence will be everywhere and nowhere. Bin Laden's strange execution and even stranger biography is an example of a strategy that can be determined as popular defense and ecological struggle, or umbrellas of resistance in the age of the anthroprocene…

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10/29-8PM-THE CALIFORNIA SUN

Concert




Eliot Eidelman, current artist-in-residence at STATE OF THE ART, will perform two sets of songs from his new album and spin psych-folk-rock LPs from the house collection. THE CALIFORNIA SUN download codes and CDs will be for sale, along with drinks, at the bar.


We welcome you to join us for an intimate, analog evening of music and splendor. Admission is free.


"Careful, intense, cheeky, ramblin', vulnerable, intricate album from an old friend." - Isidore Bethel, Paris


"Captures the spirit of the Mojave Desert through the subjective experience of a single soul humming between sand and sky, all those colors and motions. It's transcendent and honest and very American." - Susanna Battin, Artfarm, Nebraska



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