press release


Phantoms - those unreal products of an imagination that appear real and a reality that in turn seems fantastic - are more than vengeful spirits that promenade through diverse literary and cinematic stories. They frequently assume another exemplary role: phantoms are surrogates for the refraction or disruption and disturbance of a solidified, self-satisfied story, image, form or a whole system. The idea for the "Paraphantoms" exhibition derives from the observation that an increasing number of contemporary artists and filmmakers are currently dealing directly, experimentally and provocatively with phantom-like fractures of content, materiality and structure in moving and static images. Structuralist film pioneers experimented on the fragmentation of image and text/sound in the mid nineteen sixties while video artists of the nineteen seventies and eighties sixties worked on the expansion, compression and reversal of picture fields. With this knowledge of the phantoms of the pas t - demonstrated by the filmic and photographic installative contributions by Ed Atkins (1982, UK), Trisha Baga (1985, USA), Amy Granat (1976, USA), Corin Sworn (1977, UK) / Charlotte Prodger (1974, UK) and Joseph Zehrer (1954, D) - the structural dissolution is being carried out even more excessively today to the extent that phantoms themselves become components of the image.

only in german


Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga, Amy Granat, Corin Sworn / Charlotte Prodger, Joseph Zehrer

Regina Barunke