Cabinet

Image: Dossier, M. Duchamp 1942-53

Kaan is a good friend of mine. He always has a lot of power to motivate people to do good things. He runs a bar called Luzia in Kreuzberg, and invests on becoming a film director. He has already realized some of his short-film projects. He always comes out with some fictional stories that are mostly connected with the depiction human being as social animal.

Last week I was having a drink with him at his new space that he created in his bar (some friends call it Secret, some others prefer Panic Room), which is also another bar in a bar, -which reminds me of Duchampian cabinets or Cornell kind of boxes, -a place where you can smoke, listen to loud good music and etc., like a bit less gentrified place, a sort of isolated space...

We came with the idea of transforming the space into a black box that reflects the form and function of cabinets in relation to curiosity, experiment and preservation for thinking about the future of moving images. The question of how moving images survive in time through many transfers from one technology to another is linked to some terms such as accessibility, distribution, and circulation. Starting from late afternoons till it gets busy in there -like late evenings (between 15.00-19.00),  he will screen the videos that I send to him by post; selected works from the artists I work in combination with public domain from the history of the film making.

At Oranienstr. 34, at the heart of Berlin, we imagine a small video room that you can drop by everyday and get surprised by what you see in there. We try it out as the pilot test screening today. From January 2012, there will be program that will run through the year. 

FUTURE AUDIENCE CABINET is an one year long video program composed of recent video works with public domain aiming to question accessibility, curiosity and preservation in relation to the circulation of moving images. The test-screening takes place on this Saturday, 24th 2011, at Luzia, Oranienstr. 34, Berlin with some research references:

- Emile Cohl`s "Fantasmagorie", (1908)

- “Un Chant D'Amour” (1950) from Jean Genet, and

- “Invaders of Space” directed by Teruo Ishii, dated in 1964.