Clemens von Wedemeyer, Occupation Poster, 2010
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Clemens von Wedemeyer, Occupation Poster, 2010
Clemens von Wedemeyer
The Repetition Festival Show
Solo Exhibition curated by Tessa Giblin
Mar 5–May 22, 2011


Kunsthal Charlottenborg is proud to present the first major exhibition in the Scandinavian region for the German artist Clemens von Wedemeyer. The celebrated young artist’s work is characterised by its exploration of the rituals of cinema and documentary, and by its use of looping narratives and dizzying repetition. The exhibition takes the shape of a four-part film festival, digging increasingly deeper back into the artist’s career. Every three weeks a new installation will open at Charlottenborg, including a key film work by the artist, as well as extra material – such as complementary videos and photographs. Four free posters – one for each main film – will accompany the exhibition. Please note that exhibition tickets will remain valid for repeat visits.

The Repetition Festival Show was originally curated by Tessa Giblin for Project Arts Centre, Dublin, and will travel to Fondazione Galleria Civica, Trento, in May 2011. The exhibition is accompanied by a book that is the first in a series of monographic publications produced alongside the exhibitions in Charlottenborg’s North Galleries. The exhibition is supported by the Goethe-Institut, Munich.

Programme 1 (05.03 - 27.03)
Against Death/The Fourth Wall
In Against Death (2009) a man has seemingly become immortal after joining a tribal ritual. The film is part of von Wedemeyer’s project The Fourth Wall (2009), an exploration of the myth of the Tasaday people – an apparently undiscovered tribe in the Philippine rainforest which came to international attention in the 1970s. At Charlottenborg Against Death is presented together with a large selection of material from The Fourth Wall. (Please note that the film is not suitable for young children).

Programme 2 (29.03 - 17.04)
From the Opposite Side
In From the Opposite Side (Von Gegenüber) (2007) follows a day passing in a train station in a small German town from a subjective camera eye. The film starts where it ends, and its looping nature leads the viewer to question its apparently documentary elements. From the Opposite Side was shot on location around an old cinema near Münster Central Station, and was shown in the latter cinema as part of Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2007.

Programme 3 (19.04 - 08.05)
Through a seemingly endless series of check-points and queues, Otjesd (2005) explores the rituals of migration as a looping circuit, in particular through its evocation of the border rituals of former Soviet states (as re-staged outside Berlin). The film is shown with a companion documentary, The Making of Otjesd.

Programme 4 (10.05 - 22.05)
10.05 – 22.05.2011
Made with a large group of extras on a field in Leipzig, Occupation (2002) stages the ‘practicalities’ of location filming, including the methods whereby a film crew attempts to gain control of a crowd. The film is shown alongside its counterpart, The Making of Occupation.

Source: Kunsthal Charlottenborg