Organised by Simon Lässig
Darcy Lange (New Zealand, 1946-2005) was a videoartist. From 1972 to 1977 he documented people at work in various settings ranging from slaughterhouses, factories and farms to the teaching and learning in classrooms.
The film programme aims to look at the methods Lange employs in finding images for the operating modes of structural constraint in both education and wage labor.
The three blocks combine a selection of videos from: A Documentation of Bradford Working Life (UK, 1974, video transfer to digital, black and white, sound, 145 min) and
“Study of Three Birmingham Schools” (UK, 1976, video transfer to digital, black and white, sound, approx. 6 hrs.).
The screening will be accompanied by a conversation between Mercedes Vicente and Simon Lässig. Both the film programme and conversation are available online from Friday, 23.04.2021, 10 am CEST to Sunday, 25.04.2021 10 pm CEST.
The screening was made possible with the kind support of the Darcy Lange Estate and Mercedes Vicente.
Dr. Mercedes Vicente is a curator, writer and researcher. She is Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London, editor of Darcy Lange: Study of an Artist at Work (2008) and author of a forthcoming monograph on Lange (Palgrave MacMillan, 2021).
Simon Lässig is an artist. He lives and works in Berlin.
Dieter Wieland (born 1937) is one of the outstanding documentarians and activists in German television history. His work is tirelessly dedicated to the fight against the destruction of habitats and the reflection on sustainable forms of living and the relationship with nature. The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, in collaboration with Bayrischer Rundfunk and its editorial team "Unter unserem Himmel", has now assembled a small retrospective from Wieland's vast oeuvre entitled "Miniatures and Systems." Ten works from the period 1973 to 1993 will be made freely available on the Kurzfilmtage Channel and on BR's Mediathek. The series also includes a topical video talk with Dieter Wieland.