Thursday, April 14, 2016:
5:00 p.m. MUU – PERFORMANCE VOYAGE 6 (55min)
6:00 p.m. KHM – DIGITAL BODIES (95min)
7:35 p.m. MUU – PERFORMANCE VOYAGE 6 (55min)
8:30 p.m. KHM – DIGITAL BODIES (95min)
10:05 p.m. Stine Omar + Max Boss – Sadness is an evil gas inside of me (100min)

Friday, April 15, 2016:
4:30 p.m. Britta Thie – Translantics (120min)
6:30 p.m. MUU – PERFORMANCE VOYAGE 6 (55min)
7.30 p.m. KHM – DIGITAL BODIES (95min)
9:05 p.m. Stine Omar + Max Boss – Sadness is an evil gas inside of me  (100min)

Saturday, April 16, 2016:
4:30 p.m. Britta Thie – Translantics (120min)
6:30 p.m. MUU – PERFORMANCE VOYAGE 6 (55min)
7.30 p.m. KHM – DIGITAL BODIES (95min)
9:05 p.m. Stine Omar + Max Boss – Sadness is an evil gas inside of me (100min)

Sunday, April 17, 2016:
3.30 p.m. Weithorn Galerie Screening (25min)
5:00 p.m. MUU – PERFORMANCE VOYAGE 6 (55min)
6.00 p.m. KHM – DIGITAL BODIES (95min)
7:35 p.m. Stine Omar + Max Boss – Sadness is an evil gas inside of me (100min)




Works by Students and Graduates from Academy of Media Arts Cologne – DIGITAL BODIES

Of what kind is the world that surrounds us? Where are we located? And which are the extensions of our physical shape?

Digital Bodies shows explorations, journeys and trips to distinct realities. The art videos and experimental films deal with environments – existing ones, familiar or far away, fictional, or places of the past. The protagonists are captured in a multi-facetted world and create a connection between real eyes, human flesh and digital bodies in digital films. 2013-2016. Curated by Alisa Berger.

Image: Linda Franke, InlandFreaks (2015)

Thursday, April 14, 2016: 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 15, 2016: 7.30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2016: 7.30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 2016: 6.00 p.m.


Reut Shemesh & Melanja Palitta: Let's Catch Tigers ( 04:14, 2013 | Israel / Cologne)
A production from ‚Summerblut Festival 2013‘ and the ‚Jewish community Chorweiler Cologne‘
The short dance film, Let’s Catch Tigers is danced by eight older women in the age race of 65 to 75 years old. The film is presenting their life experience and emotions with in the form of dance. by performing a personal solo by each and every dancer, they reveal their incredibly reach life experience. They transmit their emotions and presence by using their unique physicality, they dance and move carrying their history and authenticity within every movement and gaze. The short dance film is a result of a six weeks process, forming a complicated dance piece focused on solo works. In addition to the complete dance piece we have been creating the short dance film Let’s catch tigers.
November 2014 Marienfelde festival Berlin
November 2014 Cagliari Sardinia
July 2014 Radar dance film program -symposium at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver Canada (CAN)


Miriam Gossing & Lina Siekmann: Desert Miracles ( 11:40, 2015 | Cologne)
‚Desert Miracles‘ is a cinematic exploration of a commercialized architecture of desire. Across 22 different tableaus the film meditates upon the interiors of Nevada’s wedding chapels, considering how the excessive scenery opens up to constitute a cultural organisation of “Love”. A woman’s’ voice is heard reading out an ambiguous letter to an unknown lover in which she finds herself troubled by the challenges of modern relationships, unable to negotiate a balance between self-fulfilment and optimization.

The text is based on anonymous posts by different women in various internet wedding forums.

One fictional female character is composed out of many assembled perspectives on desire, relationships and social expectation.

WNDX – Festival for Moving Image, Winnipeg, Canada 2015

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2015
WORM Filmwerkplaats Rotterdam Solo- Screening
IFFR internationales Frauenfilmfestival Köln/Dortmund
Filmfest Dresden 2016 Panorama
Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche 2016
Kölner Kurzfilmfestival 2015
Un festival c’est trop court - European Short Film Festival of Nice, Frankreich 2015
blicke - Filmfestival des Ruhrgebietes
San Diego Underground Film Festival 2015


Walter Solon - Downtown Research pt. 1: Demolidora Solon (13:34, 2015 | Brazil / Cologne)
With his grandfather’s sudden death and his father’s philosophical eremitism, 18-year-old Walter Solon inherits the family business: Demolidora Solon, a São Paulo-based demolition company. Yet Walter’s entrepreneurial inexperience, political idealism and stubborn aestheticism soon lead to the company’s collapse. As he tries to negotiate his future with the striking workers, he uncovers his grandfather’s illegal labor practices. Succumbing to family pressure and free-masonic arrangements, what follows is a reassessment of personal demolished memories in the cityscape and a series of international escapes — beginning in Israel and Palestine.

Downtown Research pt. 1: Demolidora Solon is the first episode of an auto-fictional photofilm, to be concluded with pt. 2: Bruch Abbruch and pt. 3: La recherche des centres, filmed in Germany and France, respectively.


Mona Kakanji - Window Shopping ll (05:30, 2015 | Iran / Cologne)
Window Shopping ll indicates and captures subtle notions of cultural and social conventions in the realm of public showcases. Diverse fragments of public displays in Tehran (an Eastern City) and Cologne (a Western City) are comparatively observed through a rhythmic montage. Window Shopping ll is a twofold essay on cultural and personal identities, in between the public notion of east and west. The film also evokes the personal narration of a journey. Merely through the tandem images of windows, the film calls into question the personal perception of a culture in relation to one’s identity. Clothing items, mannequins, lighting and backdrop, as well as the supposed viewer position of each window reveals characteristics of the two cities accordingly.

Furthermore, the relationship of each culture to aesthetics, gender and consumerism is present. The film reflects on conception of public or private, East and West, gender, as well as personal and cultural identity.


Lena Ditte Nissen - Anóme (13:15, 2015 | Cologne)
Who is the evil? Is it me? Or you? The other?

Interweaving documentary images from the two matrilineal tribes of the Moshu (China) and the Kuna (Panama) this film connects alleged female societies from continent to continent. The link between these two worlds is the filmmaker herself, trying to cope with the otherness of what is seen and the strangeness of the inner experience.


Stefan Ramírez Pérez - Stick it (04:45, 2014 | Cologne)
The single channel video STICK IT combines television footage of women’s gymnastics with recordings of myself attempting the same routines. Merging myself and the young gymnasts of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta into one composite character, I enter an ambivalent position between envy, identification, rejection and critique of these highly controlled bodies and their restricted performative roles. The video follows the preparation and execution of a floor routine, suspending the marginal moment right before the action, encapsulating ambition, the pressure to succeed and the looming possibility of failure.


Linda Franke - Inland Freaks (14:04, 2014 | Cologne)
The video Inland Freaks explores the particular atmosphere of family relationships. Oscillating between intimacy and distance, brother and sister trust each other just enough to be honest, demanding and unfair to each other. They want to confess to each other that they are not human and that they have known this about each other all along, but they don´t know how to start. By collaging fragments of authentic dialogue with scripted fictional elements the boundaries of what is real and what isn’t become blurred.

The melodramatic encounter takes place somewhere in space, but the illusion of a three dimensional space is constantly disturbed by the camera zooming in on the surfaces of objects and bodies. Nothing stays the same—both the bodies and the environment they inhabit perpetually implode and explode into one another.


Henning Frederik Malz- Rest in me (06:18, 2014 | Cologne / Canada )
The film “Rest in Me” describes an everyday routine oscillating between devotion and surrender. Malz’s rapid rhythmic montage of found footage from feature films from over the last twenty-five years chronicles in visual terms the increasing outsourcing of physical presence in favour of virtual identity. What began as the opening up of the world through the internet has mutated into an increasingly comprehensive encryption and surveillance of the individual subject.


Sebastian Thewes - Polarflux (10:00, 2015 | Cologne)
For the project Polarflux Sebastian Thewes was concerned with the topics landscape, wilderness and nature and our relationship to it and the way we are picturing and documenting it.

Sebastian Thewes traveled to the polar region in the northern Scandinavia to collect photographs and audiorecordings from the unique landscape of the region above the polarcircle.

The terms landscape, wilderness and nature have a slightly different meaning in different cultures and for different people in different periods. It depends on cultural, religious and much more dependencies.

For the Sami the ancient people of the European polar region nature is a souled place and every part of it is alive. In classical Roman religion a genius loci names the soul of a place or its spirit. The romantic sees nature as a counter pole to the society. It uses nature and landscape as a symbol. In our modern western culture the perception of nature is shifting between many different conceptions. On the one hand we are destroying nature with our industrial progress but on the other hand we are seeing nature as a spot for the enjoyment of our individuality by doing sports or traveling. The project Polarflux is shifting between different ideas of landscapes. The viewer is flying through 9 Scenes which represent 9 fictive places inhabited by different sprits. It is rying to work out our somehow disharmonious or maybe even dishonest relation to nature in an slightly ironic way. The used nature photos are photographed in the polar region and mixed up with found footage and algorithmically generated patterns. The audiorecordings consist out of field recordings from the region combined with soundrecordings from the NASA and synthetically created material.


Bergernissen - Awakening (08:40, 2014 Cologne)
Awakening is an ongoing hybrid piece at the border between happening, internet art, installation, staged documentary and performance, trying to blur the line between artistic action and real experience. In the videoloop Awakening I, the origin of the piece as a whole, we use texts from pop-songs and photographs that we found online. The call to personal enlightenment consists of quotations such as “You can see clearly now”, “the rain is gone”, “Come as you are”, which seem to be translated live into sign language. By merging pop-cultural elements and new-age aesthetics, a new functional and perhaps ironic layer of narration is created.






Britta Thie – Translantics

In the pulsating metropolis of Berlin, the artist Britta Thie and two of her friends paint the portrait of artists inspired by the development of digital technology. The series examines how the Internet has become a natural working environment over the past years and how it has changed human interaction. Nowadays, communication and creation are inherent to digital devices which change our intimacy and emotions. With her friends, Thie questions ironically the consequences of this world stimulated by social networks and unending updates.

TOTAL: 112:53 01:52:53

Britta Thie produzierte zuletzt für die Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt die autobiografische Webseries „Translantics“ und führte sie als Einzelausstellung im Kunstverein Göttingen installativ weiter. „Translantics“ wurde als Portrait einer selbstbezogenen Kreativgeneration kontrovers diskutiert und zu Festivals in u.a. New York, Paris und Berlin eingeladen.

Friday, April 15, 2016: 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2016: 4:30 p.m.






EPISODE 6/6: CLUES 29:34





Performance Voyage 6 on TOUR – MUU Artists’ Association Helsinki
A series of international video performances on the theme of ‘Future/Tomorrow’

Produced by Artists’ Association MUU, Performance Voyage 6 is a series of international video performances that will have its world premiere at the Finnish Institute in Stockholm from 11 March to 9 April 2016. The show comprises 17 works by 17 artists or groups. Performance Voyage 6 has three facets – the exhibition, a world tour, and a DVD publication. The works were selected by a jury composed of Annette Arlander (artist and professor), Juha-Heikki Tihinen (curator, Pro Artibus Foundation) and Timo Soppela (director, MUU).

The works in Performance Voyage 6 were chosen from submissions received in response to an international open call. The theme Future/Tomorrow inspired artists to explore our ever receding future and search for thing as-yet-to-be, whether future hopes or dystopias of desperation. How do we see the future? What hopes, fears and expectations does it awaken in us? Artists around the world were invited to send in their visions of the future, which could be the literal tomorrow, the world in the year 2050, or something inexplicably far away from us both in time and in space.

The selection of works in the series attests to the many ways in which performance art can make us see things with new eyes, sensitise us to perceive change and meaning. In the shorter works, a state of affairs changes into something different and evokes a sense of wonder, in the longer pieces new worlds open up more slowly, with the viewer sharing the same time and pace with the work. The selection reflects diversity and future visions in wildly different ways.

After the exhibition, Performance Voyage 6 will go in a world tour that covers several countries including Germany, Italy and the United States. In 2016, the Performance Voyage 6 compilation will be presented internationally in 15 different locations, including Scandinavia, Continental Europe and Canada.

PERFORMANCE VOYAGE SINCE 2011 – The Performance Voyage project was launched in 2011 as an ancillary event of the Amorph! festival. Since then it has become a staple part of the annual project operations of MUU, and it has increased in prominence every year. The purpose of the Performance Voyage project is to record and document transitory performances and thereby to extend their life also beyond the moment itself.



Caroline Blais: Étoiles (02:25, 2013 | Canada)
Meteors and lunar rocks seen through a microscope slowly morph into an interstellar landscape.
Montreal-based artist Caroline Blais studied cinema, graphic design and languages in Montreal and Lapland. Her art practice situates itself at the intersection of art and graphic design, often shown in the public space. She gets inspired by the everyday life, people she meets and travelling in unfamiliar places.


Roberto Fassone: Ball don’t lie (05:28, 2015 | Italy)

Ball Don’t Lie is the representation of a contemporary oracle. Questions about the future are made. Ball answers to them.
“Ball don’t lie” is a phrase commonly used by professional basketball player Rasheed Wallace; once famously yelled by coach Flip Saunders. (from Urban Dictionary)
Roberto Fassone lives and works in Florence, Italy. Part of his research focuses on making simple artworks that can be explained in few words. The other part of his research consists on explaining how to make these type of artworks, but it is impossible to describe it in few words.


Andrew de Freitas: Hội An (01:33, 2013 | Andrew de Freitas: Hội An (01:33, 2013 | New Zealand/Canada/Brazil)

A film by Andrew de Freitas is scored by Hidrogenesse, and filmed in Hội An, Vietnam.

Andrew de Freitas uses a wide range of tools and production processes in order to explore the peculiarities embedded in everyday experiences. His activities often reconfigure the materials and information surrounding existing situations so that our relationship with otherwise familiar objects, events and situations is altered or challenged. He studied art and philosophy in his hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, as well as in Canada and later in Frankfurt am Main as a student of Simon Starling and Peter Fischli. Currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.


James Duesing: Gray Elegy (04:46, 2015 | USA)

A buoyant character struggles with hazards in a cloudy gray environment in this animation inspired by the Dylan Thomas poem Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed. Fragments of Motion Capture data from two dancers were used to drive physical simulations of cloth, smoke, particles and fluids along with geometry for all the 4 “characters.”
James Duesing is an animator and professor at Carnegie Mellon University. His animations have evolved from hand drawn and early digital forms to 3D and motion capture.


Henri Hütt: The moment of now (02:48, 2014 | Estonia)

The moment of now – Henri and his endless search. When is the right moment and how can one recognize it?
Time, space, rhythm, and being present.
Henri Hütt is an artist/performer who values hybrid connections in arts. He formed Distant Artist position before the popular Nothingness trend and deals with the introvert exotics of “not”-polarities. During past years he has been intensively focused on concepts as “Stage​d exhibition” ; “Absent theatre” and “Pre- and Post-performative variations” (in its widest sense) Vanity and ambition forces him to move towards his dream and while doing that, he is constantly creating work for himself.


Rick Fisher & Don Rice: Arcadia (04:49, 2014 | Canada)

Arcadia uncovers some unpleasant truths about idealized pastoral landscapes.

When not working at a full time job, raising his young children or researching genocide, Winnipeg based video artist Rick Fisher makes videos over extended periods of time. After undergraduate art school, he worked underground in a mine for ten years. He subsequently worked at video artist run centers on the Canadian prairies for twenty years. His artwork has manly elegance as he explores themes of humanity and darkness.

Don Rice is a digital media artist based in Winnipeg. Rice has created work in the mediums of video, world wide web, print, audio, cd rom, performance and photography. The main body of his work is in video, mainly with fellow prairie artist Rick Fisher.


Stefan Hurtig: Double Make-Up. Or: Faces in the Wild (04:47, 2015 | Germany)

How do computer algorithms used in face detection applications on smartphones, Facebook and Google actually know what a face is? They learn it from faces datasets that were solely created to train these programs. From the program’s perspective these portraits are so to speak the blueprint for all our faces. In the video «Double Make-Up» Stefan Hurtig uses these databases’ pictures along with other visualization imagery as a backdrop for a video performance. Being inspired from Bruce Nauman’s 1967 video «Art Make-Up» the artist applies various camouflage patterns to his skin. As the video proceeds he gradually erases his own image from the screen.

Stefan Hurtig a video artist based in Leipzig and Berlin. Hurtig’s video performances and installations fathom the influence of digital image culture on our conception of the self. Methods of sampling, remixing and reenacting images, language and text characterize this interdisciplinary approach.


Linda Lenssen: Limitations of the unlimited (00:49, 2015 | The Netherlands)

A line parallel to the horizon is coming out of the mist. It is getting closer and closer into view. The boundary between the visible and the invisible is becoming tangible, like a line you can grasp and take homeward.

Linda Lenssen is an artist based in Oirlo, The Netherlands. In her works, she departs from her fascination for concepts like ‘fulness’ and ‘presence’. The desire to attain these matters can never be met and always remains at a distance. Her works can be seen as moments in which the principle of the difference is solved and we can forget ourselves for a moment.


Michael Mallis: The Great Flood (06:25, 2015 | USA)

A satirical film told through the perspective of a religious fundamentalist. All of mankind is punished with a great flood except for one old man with a boat full of zoo animals. Religion plays a key role in climate change denial.

Michael Mallis currently lives and works in New York City. His work has been shown at festivals and art galleries throughout the world.


Johanna Reich: App of Existence | Portrait of the future artist (01:21, 2015 | Germany)

With the hand stretched out the artist is holding a smartphone in front of her face. The smartspone is turned on “App-of-existence-camera-mode”: usually the smartphone camera would show the artists face. This time not. The “app of existence” makes the user disappear to offer him or her a break of nothingness in the middle of the high flood of digital images.

Johanna Reich is an artist living and working in Cologne, Germany.


Roberta Orlando: Come Out Italy, Come Out! (05:53, 2013 | Italy)

The video is a loud scream in the deafness of a country which hasn’t taken any law against homophobia and transphobia attacks or discrimination for sexual orientation and gender identity yet. 

Roberta Orlando develops her artistic research through video, photography, performance and sound. A big part of her works is dedicated to social, cultural, environmental and political issues, human rights and equality in particular. She works with visual and performative arts in Europe and USA.


Pia Sirén: Kukkuu (01:11, 2015 | Finland)

In Kukkuu a construction worker builds a high-speed forest in the corner of a white room, and finally becomes part of the landscape.

Pia Sirén is a Finnish artist working mainly with sculpture and installations. She builds vast spatial landscapes using common construction materials.


Niko Skorpio: Feedback: I<3U (01:00, 2015 | Finland)
“Feedback: I<3U“ is time lapse footage of an online meta-performance held on Instagram. Skorpio posted screen captures of his profile page’s image grid recursively, until the images appeared as grey blocks. He lost at least 3 followers during the process. Niko Skorpio works mainly with sound, video, photography and miscellaneous stuff and activity. He has previously worked in graphic design and experimental music.


Willem Wilhelmus (The Netherlands/Finland) & Tomasz Szrama (Poland/Finland): O (09:05, 2012)

“O” is a part of Not Ready Yet project of 2012, a collaboration between Willem Wilhelmus and Tomasz Szrama. “O” pictures a full cyclus in twelve phases.

Willem Wilhelmus & Tomasz Szrama collaborated before, organizing New Art Contact events, the Fake Finn Festival and Uprooted fake Nations. They are both active performance artists presenting their works in Finnish and international events. The Not Ready yet project was meant to establish a collection of performance documentation material






Stine Omar & Max Boss (Easterjesus Productions Berlin) – Sadness Is an Evil Gas Inside of Me

Germany | en | col | dv | english subtitles available (2014-15)

SADNESS IS AN EVIL GAS INSIDE OF ME is an absence of present, set in a future that holds an infinite potential for manifold pasts, pasts that show through the subconscious that determines the objects and spaces that shape this ambiguous future: escalators, pastries, parking lots, microwavable popcorn, highways, deserts and shopping malls.

The series offers little of the spectacle typically inherent to its form. There is almost no spoken dialogue, unless it is for instance part of a commercial break that has managed to bleed into the fabric of the video piece. Instead, a set of disembodied voices leads us through mysterious events with quicksilver charm. “A single moment of true sadness connects you instantly to all the suffering in the world,” one of the voices quotes Chris Kraus. Yet in a tomorrow that might as well still get cancelled due to lack of demand, the hungry bodies that populate it avoid conventional interaction. Connections are appropriately interior in a world of surfaces.

In SADNESS IS AN EVIL GAS INSIDE OF ME, Stine Omar and Max Boss use video as its own form of writing, where images juxtapose, irritate and enhance the spoken word; where the unsayable finds shape and expression. It is a soap opera in the guise of an essay film, or an essay film in soap opera drag. Its main characters are in a constant state of transition, from Mersad towards Yung Corn and from Holidays Bossi to Max, their distant bodies moving rhythmically in isolation. It is an introvert’s soap opera, where conflict, drama and romance aren’t acted out but instead reflect in the brain like the after image of a strobe light.

(Vika Kirchenbauer)

Created by Easterjesus Productions
Written & Directed by Stine Omar & Max Boss
Narrated by Anika & Vaginal Davis
Starring Stine Omar, Max Boss, Lars Eidinger, Britta Thie, Wen-Hsuan Huang, T-Word

Synopsis, full cast & credits, critics reviews, poster & more on: ttp://

Stine Omar and Max Boss are Berlin-based artists creating under the name of Easterjesus Productions. Their sonic identity is bolstered by a playfully clinical visual language – their numerous self-directed music videos show the sophisticated DIY aesthetic they have crafted, equally suitable for laptop screens as in white cubes.

More info about their work as pop duo Easter can be found on

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PAST SCREENINGS selected episodes
2016 Apr 22 European Media Art Festival EMAF
2016 Apr Cologne
2016 Mar 24 South London Shorts, London, England
2016 Mar 11 Cinéma du Bourg Lausanne, Switzerland
2016 Jan 16 Providence Emily Shinada
2015 Dec 17 & 19 Pomeranze Cinema, Vienna, Austria
2015 Nov 20 Museo De Arte Contemporaneo, Valdivia, Chile
2014 Dec 19 Hyperlocal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 Nov 21 Golem, Hamburg, Germany
2014 Oct 31 Blokk, Bergen, Norway
2014 Oct 2 Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Sep 26 MoMA PS1, New York, NY
2014 Sep 9 – Kino Moviemento, Berlin Germany Premiere


Pilot | 2014 | 45 min., narrated by Anika, starring Max Boss, Stine Omar, Ramin Soleymani, Florian Boss, Per Mertens, Olof Nimar, Hans Scherer, Lutz Klüppel

Episode #1.2 | 2014 | 20 min., narrated by Anika, starring Stine Omar, Max Boss, Britta Thie, Wen-Hsuan Huang

Episode #1.3 | 2015 | 17 min., narrated by Vaginal Davis, additional narration by Anika, starring Stine Omar, Max Boss, Chucho Martinez, Hector Martinez, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Hayley Aviva Silverman, Lily Benson

Episode #1.4 | 2015 | 18 min., narrated by Vaginal Davis, additional narration by Anika, starring Stine Omar, Max Boss, Lars Eidinger, T-Word, Papi Soy Omar





Weithorn Galerie Screening – Kranemann, Junghanns, Wassmuth

Sunday, April 17, 2016: 3.30 p.m.



Eberhard Kranemann & Ina Sladic: 100 years of Paranoia  (Video-Performance | 4:31, 2014 | Düsseldorf)

Eberhard Kranemann: Joseph Beuys Pissoff (8:10, 1968 | Düsseldorf)

Rainer Junghanns: Khayelitsha (New Places | 7:42, 2005 |  Düsseldorf)

Jürgen Wassmuth: Otto Piene – The proliferation of the sun (03:38 |  2012 | Dortmund)