Compilation I is the first of a series of exhibitions exploring positions taken by young contemporary artists on an international basis. The series is intended to reflect affinities in terms of subject and content as well as discipline and medium. Compilation I marks the start of a new series of exhibitions, which it is hoped will become an annual fixture.
Rosa Barba, Jeanne Faust and Jennifer Nelson use film, video and photography to examine narrative structures and ways of seeing from multifarious perspectives. They thereby question the presentation and construction of reality presented in the media. Rosa Barba´s film installations and the photographs and video works of Jeanne Faust and Jennifer Nelson (the latter based on performances) document a search for other perspectives on everyday behaviour and happenings.
In her films Rosa Barba experiments with various montage techniques and shifting viewpoints. The protagonists in her stories are never trained actors. Instead, she finds people on location who are able to bring their own special presence across in front of the camera. Her films are set in hidden back rooms and indeterminate spaces.
Rosa Barba, who studied at the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne, uses specially modified projectors to show her films. By making the projection apparatus and process a visible and integral part of her work, she brings the movement captured on celluloid off the screen and into the exhibition space, transforming the film itself into a form of kinetic sculpture.
Since studying Fine Art in Hamburg, Jeanne Faust has focused on film and photography, producing her works (often in several parts) during extended stays in various ports of call. Jeanne Faust reworks dramatic actions and everyday occurrences into structured situations, exploring clichés of the alien and the familiar.
For each of her thoroughly planned shoots Jeanne Faust herself composes the sets and writes detailed storyboards, as well as directing both films and photographs. The latter have the appearance of film stills, making use of cinematographic techniques such as shot and reverse-shot.
Jennifer Nelson lives in Los Angeles and began her career as a professional dancer. Her intense preoccupation with questions of form and movement led her to study art. Since then she has been capturing moments and situations of performance in photographs and on video. These works question the mechanisms of perception and the economy of movement.
Jennifer Nelson focuses on social and communicative as well as absurd aspects of movement by manipulating the speed and courses of events themselves, rather than technical manipulation of her chosen medium. Indeed, the machines often appear helpless, denied the opportunity to make objective recordings in the face of a changed social choreography.
The exhibition is accompanied by three publications: Rosa Barba (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne), Jeanne Faust (snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne), Jennifer Nelson (MEMORY/CAGE EDITIONS, Zurich).
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