People forget so easily. Artist’s cinema had been strong throughout the mid-20th century. We face a Renaissance, the art field discovers Hans Richter and others. That is fine but please don’t pretend that the art field unearthed something completely hidden. We have to consider the common roots of the art world and the film world.
At a certain point, art theory and film theory have to meet.
How to curate an exhibition on film? There should be ideas that go beyond Black Boxes. The time-based component of time-based art should be part of an art exhibition. It is all about bringing the idea of showing film together with the idea of doing an exhibition. There should be a certain experimental attitude towards changing the notion of these separate fields and bringing the two ways of exhibiting and showing together.
Celluloid moved into the art fields. Now and since the year 2000, a lot of artists experiment with celluloid and do films that reflect film history. Story continued. Therefore, let’s all join Tacita Dean’s campaign: savefilm.org.
I think the future will be bright: filmmakers like Albert Serra, João Paulo Rodriguez, or James Benning do exciting projects in the art world, Omer Fast just edited his first feature film. Both sides expand the borders and the next couple of years will be interesting. Let’s be experimental!
BETTINA STEINBRUGGE is the Director of Kunstverein in Hamburg: kunstverein.de.