Rouzbeh Rashidi, Lecture

Rouzbeh Rashidi will be a guest at Lichtenberg Studios in September and will give a lecture on his artistic work. 23 September 2021 at 7pm a lecture in English on his artistic cinematic work.

The Homo Sapiens Project (HSP) is the distillation and in some ways the culmination of my experimental film practice. I have always been committed to making deeply personal, formally experimental work that erases the boundaries between alienated subjective perception and the inexhaustible mysteriousness of the moving image. I consider cinema (in the broadest sense of the word) as a laboratory and my audiovisual works as experiments using my own perception and inner life as a “reagent”. I start my work with sound and image and intuitively work outwards on ideas. I generally refrain from writing scripts and view the process of making moving images as exploration rather than illustration. My work is closely related to film history.” (Rouzbeh Rashidi)

HSP will one day produce 1,000 short films. In its entirety, this will be a unique project: not a filmed life, but filmmaking as a parallel to life and a parallel life; a “thinking through” of cinema that pushes the limits of the medium to the extreme that can encompass an artist’s practice.

Rouzbeh Rashidi (born 1980 in Tehran) is an Iranian-Irish filmmaker. He has been making films since 2000, at which time he founded the Experimental Film Society in Tehran.

September, 2021

Berlin-DIEresidenz 2020

La Perruque and Elisabeth Sonneck, last year’s participants in the exchange programme, will be showing their works created in Berlin and Die in the Museum Lounge from 23 September 2021.

The exhibition “Berlin-DIEresidenz 2020” opens on 22 September 2021 at 7 pm and provides an insight into the Berlin-DIEresidenz exchange programme until 7 November.

Since 2018, there has been a cooperation between Lichtenberg Studios and DIEresidenz, a house located near Die, France, where curator Conny Becker lives with her family. The house is only a 10-minute bike ride from Die and yet is completely secluded in the “dark” forest. A granny flat and a studio are available for the respective residents.

During their research, Lucie Chaumont and Nadine Allibert (La Perruque) found a questionnaire about the return of the fox to the city, which listed rules of conduct for dealing with this animal. They chose the most ambivalent questions and then placed them in public spaces on grids and fences demarcating allotments, waste land or passageways. How do you behave when you come across something foreign? Strange in relation to one’s garden, one’s property, one’s land? The artists question boundaries and realise that you can’t stop life, be it human or viral.

Elisabeth Sonneck‘s painting is dominated by gesture and the eternal recreation of colour tones. In this, she differs from the gestural abstraction of Abstract Expressionism or Informel, as her gesture is not expressive, but controlled-conceptual. Like the American painter Agnes Martin, Sonneck combines colour field painting with geometric abstraction, following clear rules. In the final work, the rhythmic colour lines usually run vertically, rarely horizontally. The size of the painting also hardly varies, as the artist adapts her picture format to her arm span and brush width.

September, 2021