Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen


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Negative Inspection
Stations of Light
Museum of Loneliness

The Theme in 2014:

Memories Can't Wait - Fim without Film
2 – 6 May


There's a whole obscure sub-genre of great films that are difficult to screen, hard to programme and nearly impossible to see. We're talking about conceptual "films without film". Sometimes they exist only as loose instructions, sometimes they resemble a performance and often they rely on sensitive audience participation. All these works take place in a cinema, but don't use traditional moving image projections.


By taking away the key element – the film itself – of the movie-going experience, these works create a luxurious viewing scenario that is all about our memory back-projection, ultimately dreaming the film on our own – together with a unique, random audience. As in the eponymous track by the Talking Heads, they create a situation where one's privacy enhances wildly in a public space.


Memories Can't Wait – Film without Film addresses the specific cultural function that a cinema has, as a venue and as a space. We see glimpses of the future: in our era of mobile devices and somewhat neurotic private online behaviour, "films without film" allow us to see the possibilities for a new kind of cinematic freedom, the bliss of participatory cinema. 


These conceptual cinematic works also address an issue that the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has explored in recent Theme programmes from "Kinomuseum" to "Flatness": the current shift of moving image and sound from cinemas to galleries and museums worldwide. Is cinema really meant for the cinema? How does an individual visit to an exhibition differ from the collective dream experience in a cinema space?


The programmes of Memories Can't Wait – Film without Film celebrate historical –film without film–pieces as well as recent works by international artists. Featured artists include Young- Hae Chang IndustriesChris PetitWalter Ruttmann, Ernst Schmidt jr., Michael Snow, Pilvi Takala, and many others.


The curator

Mika Taanila is an artist and filmmaker based in Helsinki. He is considered to be one of the most important contemporary Finnish artists. His works have been shown at major international group shows, such as Documenta 13, the 3rd Berlin Biennale, the 6th Shanghai Biennale, or Manifesta 4, as well as in recent solo exhibitions at TENT, Rotterdam, the Contem- porary Art Museum (CAM), St. Louis, the Migros Museum for Contemporary Art, Zürich, and Kiasma, Helsinki. His works have also regularly been presented in Oberhausen. 


Contact: Kristina Henschel