The sight of a big sky is closely associated with freedom and openness. The faraway horizon is synonymous with the vastness of thought; the high blue sky of day and the starry nocturnal firmament are codes for the sublime.
They also remind us of the childlike pastime of looking for pictures in cloud formations or marvelling at the boundlessness of the universe.
The choice of “Looking at the Big Sky” as the title of a contemporary video art programme was associated with the hope that the ideas and illusions would know no boundaries, that the sky would be the limit in all directions. At the same time, it sounded like an appeal to the participating artists to venture a – perhaps naïve, but unerring – look at longings, utopias and great aspirations, and to think the existing concepts of authenticity and beauty beyond the present.
Students of four German art academies (Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig / Braunschweig University of Art, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf / Düsseldorf Art Academy, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln / Academy of Media Arts, Cologne and Akademie der Bildenden Künste München / Academy of Fine Arts, Munich) were invited to enter recent single-channel videos in the competition “Looking at the Big Sky”. Fourteen films – works which respond to the thematic postulation with an astonishing variety of motifs and practices – were ultimately selected.
The spectrum ranges from fictional narratives and stagings to individual assertions and performances, from found-footage montages to pseudo documentaries.
Renate Buschmann / Stiftung imai, Düsseldorf and Leonhard Emmerling / Goethe-Institut
Fabian Driehorst / Frédéric Schuld
Hohenpeissenberg (2011) 2′30″ (Loop), Colour, Sound
Birkensee / Birch Lake (2011) 9′00″, Colour, Sound
Untitled (2012) 5′53″(Loop), Colour, Sound
Weirdo’s Brain (2012) 13′33″, Colour, Sound
Und Zigaretten / And Cigarettes (2011) 5′49″ (Loop), Colour, Sound
Henning Frederik Malz
John’s Desire (2011) 4′34″, Colour, Sound
Kevin Pawel Matweew
An vertrauten Orten / Familiar Places (2012) 2′54″, Colour, Sound
On (2011) 2′25″ (Loop), Colour, Sound
Hafenpfütze / Harbour’s Puddle (2012) 4′07″, Colour, Sound
Toccata (2010) 3′35″, Colour, Sound
Julia Charlotte Richter
Learning to Fly (2011) 8′45″, Colour, Sound
I can. You can (2012) 7′25″, Colour, Sound
Schwarz-Weiß-Schwarz. Manifest / Black-White-Black. Manifest(2012)
1′36″ (Loop), Colour, silent
Schneeengel / Snow Angel (2011) 0′34″ (Loop), Colour, Sound