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Exhibition: Lukas Einsele, Kota Ezawa, Alexander Schellow

Lukas Einsele
One step beyond

"One Step Beyond - Reencounter with the Mine" is an artistic project that reports on landmines and their victims and brings them into a visible and comprehensible relationship to one another. For "One Step Beyond" people who were wounded by a landmine remember and describe the course of the accident. They are portrayed with a large format camera and receive a Polaroid print of this photograph in exchange for their report. The stories of the victims, their drawings and the portrait are juxtaposed with the documentation of a land mine that could have caused the respective accident. The interviews and research on “One Step Beyond” led to what are probably the most heavily mined countries on earth: Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cambodia.

"One Step Beyond" was among other things. in the Witte de With, center for contemporary art, Rotterdam, in the Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, in the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin as well as in the Goethe-Institut and the United Nations in New York. A book on the project has been published by Hatje Cantz.

Lukas Einsele (* 1963 in Essen) lives and works as a freelance artist in Berlin, Darmstadt and Mannheim. The central aspect of his work is remembering as an action, as an active, image-generating process with which a person relates to his work and appropriates it. Numerous exhibitions and publications since 1988. Lukas Einsele was a scholarship holder of the academy in 1998/99.

Kota Ezawa
Hardcore & Censored

"Hardcore and Censored" is a new version of the infamous honeymoon video by Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson. The original recordings, filmed with a handheld camera, were transformed into a 2D comic animation. The voices of Tommy and Pamela were dubbed by two amateur actors. The soundtrack comes from the southern German rock band "Sorrymy Sox". Kota Ezawa replaces the real image with drawn animation and consciously uses censorship as an aesthetic means to make the visual structure and plot of this amateur video visible.

Kota Ezawa (* 1969 in Cologne) is Professor of Media Art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Oakland, USA. His video "The Simpson Verdict" (2002) can be seen from August 2006 to April 2007 as part of the exhibition "Out of Time: Contemporary Art from the Collection" at MoMA, New York. Kota Ezawa is a 2006 scholarship holder of the academy.

Alexander Schellow

As a counterpoint to Kota Ezawa's 2D video, Alexander Schellow is showing a film from the »Spots« series. The series is an attempt to recreate and reinstate memory. Schellow uses 36 drawings of the same situation, which he draws from his memory, as a basis. The sequence in the drawing process is the three-second present rhythm of the human brain. The film-animated (re) production serves to reconstruct a maximally compressed moment of the present.

Alexander Schellow (* 1974 in Hanover) studied fine arts in Berlin and Glasgow. In 2002 he was a master student at the Berlin University of the Arts. He works in the field of drawing, animation film and performance installation. Numerous solo and group exhibitions. Alexander Schellow received a scholarship from the Academy in 2006.

Duration of the exhibition: Friday, December 1, 2006 to Sunday, January 14, 2007
Opening times: Tue – Thu 10 am–12pm & 2–5:30 pm, Fri 10 am–12pm & 2–4pm, Sat – Sun 12–5:30 pm
The exhibitions are closed from December 22nd, 2006 to January 1st, 2007.