“It’s not Warhol who is the most important artist of the 1960s, but Godard!”
When John Baldessari welcomed his students with the above exclamation at CalArts in Los Angeles in 1970, it sent the crowd into confusion. From today’s point of view, however, Baldessari’s claim holds water: it goes without saying that film is the most influential medium in the field of contemporary art; many artists are deeply inspired by the language of cinema and its visual codes, which they incorporate into their work. The newly coined term ‘moving image art’ describes a new artistic development, which blurs the boundaries between fine art and film. For these reasons, it was natural to the gallery Sprüth Magers Berlin London to dedicate the front spaces at Oranienburger Strasse to the film medium.
Image Movement – a film store and venue between film and art – is borrowing its name from the seminal book Cinema I. The Movement Image (1983) by Gilles Deleuze. In this, the French philosopher and art theorist, emphasizes the medium film as a modern concept of movement to be “capable of thinking the production of the new.” Exactly this restructuring and alternative classification of signs, symbols and images through cinema and film is what fascinated artists of the of the 20th and 21st century.
Image Movement is conceptualized at the interface between a store and art space. The interior is designed by the artists Rosemarie Trockel and Thea Djordjadze – as a venue where a specific selection of artist films on DVD can been seen, discovered, discussed and purchased.
Furthermore, the film store is regularly represented at art fairs or film festivals as e.g. at Frieze Art Fair and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; also its team is curating several screening programs, amongst others for festivals or art institutions.
MOVIES – ARTIST FILMS AND FILMS ON ART
The range of Image Movement concentrates on unlimited artist films on DVD: To this assortment belongs films by artists as Peter Fischli & David Weiss, John Baldessari, David Lamelas, William Wegman, Sylvie Fleury or Bill Viola. The current selection offers over 600 artist films, which can be ordered at our online store as well.
Further the store provides classics of experimental film, e.g. by Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Michael Snow, Kenneth Anger, Paul Sharits, Jonas Mekas, Chris Marker or Kurt Kren – as well as important avant-garde films of the 1920s und 1930s with oevres e.g. by Luis Bunuel, Dziga Vertov, Jean Cocteau, Germaine Dulac, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Len Lye or Oskar Fischinger. Besides Image Movement offers key works of silent movies – from the Lumière brothers, to Méliès, Griffith, Dreyer, Eisenstein, Murnau, Buster Keaton, up to Charlie Chaplin and Harry Langdon.
In addition, a wide range of documentary films on architecture, artistic movements and major artists is represented, including Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, John Cage, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, William Kentridge and Rachel Whiteread, to mention only a few. Important series of publishers as the British Film Institute, Artificial Eye or Lowave are fully available.
Another field are limited artist editions by international known artists as Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Karen Kilimnik, Thomas Demand, as well as by a younger generation of artists as Robert Elfgen or Karin Yasinsky.
MUSIC – records
In autumn 2010, Image Movement enhanced its assortment with an extra section of artist records.
Organized and supervised by musician Andreas Reihse (Kreidler) the emphasis is put on vinyl releases of an emerging generation of contemporary artists – including Lucy McKenzie’s record label Decemberism, Tim Berresheim’s New Amerika, where he published together with Jonathan Meese, Albert Oehlen’s Leiterwagen Records, Mike Kelley’s Compound Annex or David Lieske’s Dial, Lothar Hempel’s publications on Kompakt, Kai Althoff’s record albums on Sonic, Neu and Ladomat, CDs by Jutta Koether, Ferdinand Kriwet’s Radio texts, and limited artist editions by en/of or Fieber.
The program is complemented with art and music historical republications (from Dada, Futurism, Bauhaus, Fluxus, etc.) as well as with a collection of audio documents by artists, authors and philosophers on CD (performances, lectures and interviews).
MOVES – EVENT SERIES
Under the title MOVES, Image Movement presents an event series since September 2010. The evenings are organized and curated by Simone Neuenschwander (freelance curator, Basel/Berlin) and Andreas Reihse (musician, Kreidler). The events take place fortnightly, always on Tuesdays, with free entry. The program consists of an alternation between film screenings, concerts, performances and talks.
Invited are guests, who work in the fields of film, art and music, who are often situated with their work in between these domains and prefer to work with other artists in collaborations. The artists, the filmmakers and musicians develop each time a special, unique presentation of their projects. Often they introduce at Image Movement new film works or music releases to the audience for the first time.
Guests have been so far e.g. artist David Maljkovic and curator Ana Janevski, musician, artist and author Wolfgang Müller, cultural scientist Giorgi Maisuradze, artist Oliver Laric, artist Gabriel von Loebell Herberstein or art critic and musician Jörg Heiser.
Among the performances and music nights were a high school lecture by Momus/Nick Currie, a concert by Theo Altenberg & Alexander Gutsch or by Michaela Meise (with Tocotronic singer Dirk von Lowtzow), video and lecture performances by artists as Kerstin Cmelka or Simon Dybbroe Møller.
Further, Image Movement presents curated film screenings: Among them were Faded glamour (featuring films by Kenneth Anger, Viola Klein, Ursula Mayer and Detlef Weinrich; curated by Simone Neuenschwander and Andreas Reihse); Within walking distance (with film works by Isabelle Cornaro, Julien Crépieux, Maya Deren, David Lamelas and Deborah Ligorio; curated by Fanny Gonella) or Scoopers! (animated films by Robert Elfgen, Markus Vater, Amelie von Wulffen / Michael Graessner, Sébastien Wolf & Ian Ritterskamp and Christian Heilig & Tinka Stock).
More information about our events you find under: Events
Opening Hours: Mo - Sat, 11am – 7pm
Oranienburger Str. 18