Corey McCorkle: "March"
The video documents 'The Knickerbocker Greys', which is a historic after-school leadership program for children and teenagers in NYC. Featuring the Knickerbocker Greys, a paramilitary drill club for children that has practiced at the Park Avenue Armory since 1881, McCorkle explores the club’s weekly pageant (they're marching, therefore the title), highlighting the neo-gothic interiors of this historic building. The video is of course remarkable because it's children 'playing out' military exercises.
Miroslaw Balka: "B" (actually it's a 'B' in reverse)
This video is filmed inside the remains of the largest nazi concentration camp (where the Germans killed thousands and thousands of jews, political prisoners, homo-sexuals, among others, during the second world war 1939-1945). The Auschwitz concentration camp is located in Poland, Balka's origin), and the entrance gate reads the very famous words 'ARBEIT MACHT FREI', which roughly translated means 'work shall set you free'. This is of course, due to history, one huge terrible lie.
In the video one sees a B (in reverse) and this B is from the ARBEIT MACHT FREI, so this means that the viewer is actually located inside the gate/boundary of the camp. Meanwhile, snow is silently falling, and it's strangely beautiful despite the terrible context. Also one hears children's laughter, which makes everything even more absurd.
Knut Asdam: Pissing-Untitled
As the title indicates, this film basically just shows the crotch of a man wetting his pants.
Knut Asdam: Oblique
Oblique consists of dialogues (fiction) between various people traveling together through a meditative landscape and different urban locations. The conversations range from talks about the recent economic crash, to comments on other passengers, and mental powers. Referring to the title, something is strangely odd, sur-realistic, and out of the ordinary.
Pavel Buchler: The Castle
In this particular piece Pavel Buchler uses a quotation from Franz Kafka’s 'The Castle', a quintessential text about estrangement, labyrinthine bureaucracy, and its control systems. The short section chosen by Buchler recounts the resentment with which the locals suffer Josef K’s presence in the village. It includes the words of a village landlady: “You are not from the Castle, you are not from the village, you aren’t anything. Or rather, unfortunately, you are something, a stranger, a man who isn’t wanted ...”. 'The Castle' is about the struggle to fit in and its failure. Booming out through the old loud-speakers, the text recalls old factory or street propaganda announcements, this one declaring that assimilation is impossible and the stranger will always remain on the outside. Kafka's 'The Castle' was published in 1936 in Prague (same year as the production of the Marconi loud-speakers in Italy), a time of growing fascism and depression in Europe leading up to the second world war (1939-1945).
Miroslaw Balka & Luc Tuymans: Crazy Horses
Balka and Tuyman's tape recording originates from 1998 when they both participated in the exhibition "Privacy" in Porto, Portugal. The basic idea was to record the sound of running horses. During the process the other sounds landed on the tape which changed the running horses into crazy horses... On the recording, the two artists discuss art, the art market, and its diatribes. Releasing the record 10 years later, as a collaborative sound-piece, shows how much has changed in the art world, or maybe not...
The B-side of the record contains an etching by Balka and Tuymans.
Armen Eloyan: Untitled, 3 paintings, 20 drawings
For his motifs Armen Eloyan often turns to folk-art and folklore, basing his paintings at times on 19th century Eastern European woodcuts and embroidery with representations of fairy-tales and stories, or on animation movies, comic strips and other popular art forms. His paintings are very expressive with strong colors, but with an under-current of something dark and scary.
Luc Tuymans: Against the Day I
'Against the Day' is derived from two sources: from a snapshot photography Tuymand shot in his hometown Antwerp, and a painting 'Der Jagdaufseher' (1883) by Flemish painter Ferdinand Knopf. In this painting, Tuyman's finds "reality without romanticism - a rationality of anonymity" which is very much similar to Tuyman's own paintings. His paintings are seemingly calm, but always imbued with quiet paranoia and horror. The paintings are strangely 'vacant', filled with amounts of sublimated violence.
Yutaka Sone: Six Floor Jungle
Yutaka Sone's work deal with our relationship to nature and the built environment. With 'Six Floor Jungle' he created a utopian structure, partly apartment-building, partly jungle. He aims to bring people closer to nature through his animistic sculptures and installations.
Stefan Bruggemann: Conceptual Wallpaper
Bruggemann uses text as his fundamental premise, drawing on philosophical aspects related to the production and reception of cultural goods, art included. Bruggemann’s texts resound an attitude of rebellion, discontent and skepticism. He has a contradictory behaviour, oscillating between criticizing and doing nothing. His texts are often tautological, i.e. repeating what has already been said or what is already inherent in the work itself. For example the wall-paper 'Conceptual Decoration' - the wall-paper is itself a conceptual decoration, but it also says so as text printed on the wall-paper. Bruggemann is very much influenced by the conceptual movement from the 1960's.