Beyond Cinema: The Art of Projection
Works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof and loans

29.09.2006 to 25.02.2007

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart
Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

Works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin, from the Kramlich Collection and others.

Wherever we go, we are constantly surrounded by moving images. In art, too, they have long since developed a life of their own: "beyond the cinema" the conventions of viewing film in dark auditoriums are undermined as images are projected freely onto walls, set side by side in multiple projections, arranged as walk-in installations and conceived as stagings in specially-designed architectures.

The exhibition centers around the major film and video installations of the 1990s, the ravishing projections by the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, Bruce Nauman's existentialist image of the body, the psychologically-charged film spaces of Eija-Liisa Ahtila from Finland and the highly conceptual installations of Canadian Rodney Graham. These contemporary works from the Friedrich-Christian-Flick-Collection in the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin elaborate artistic notions of the projected image that were developed in the 1960s. Groundbreaking works such as the films of Marcel Broodthaers, the American Dan Graham or the experimental filmmaker Valie Export can be viewed in dialogue with contemporary works. With six extensive thematic sections such as "Phantasmagoria", "Body Double" and "Repertory Cinema", the exhibition will outline the significance which the art of projection has achieved outside the cinema. At the same time, it shows what subject matter, techniques and conceptual notions have shaped this form of media art to the present day. Ultimately, the art of projection is a school of perception, offering an extraordinary experience of filmic effects such as light, shadow, motion, sound and reflection.

Parallel to the exhibition, Kino Arsenal will screen films, and a scholarly symposium will be held.