1. Dan Graham: Rock My Religion

    1982-84, 55:27 min, b&w and color, sound

    Rock My Religion is a thesis on the relation between religion and rock music in contemporary culture. Graham formulates a history that begins with the Shakers, an early religious community who practiced self-denial and ecstatic trance dances. With the "reeling and rocking" of religious revivals as his point of departure, Graham analyzes the emergence of rock music as religion with the teenage consumer in the isolated suburban milieu of the 1950s, locating rock's sexual and ideological context in post-World War II America. The music and philosophies of Patti Smith, who made explicit the trope that rock is religion, are his focus. This complex collage of text, film footage and performance forms a compelling theoretical essay on the ideological codes and historical contexts that inform the cultural phenomenon of rock `n' roll music.

    Original Music: Glenn Branca, Sonic Youth. Sound: Ian Murray, Wharton Tiers. Narrators: Johanna Cypis, Dan Graham. Editors: Matt Danowski, Derek Graham, Ian Murray, Tony Oursler. Produced by Dan Graham and the Moderna Museet.

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  2. Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with RiP: A Remix Manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age.

    Biomedical engineer turned live-performance sensation Girl Talk, has received immense commercial and critical success for his mind-blowing sample-based music. Utilizing technical expertise and a ferocious creative streak, Girl Talk repositions popular music to create a wild and edgy dialogue between artists from all genres and eras. But are his practices legal? Do his methods of frenetic appropriation embrace collaboration in its purest sense? Or are they infractions of creative integrity and violations of copyright?

    This documentary is released under Creative Commons Attribution — Noncommercial 3.0 Unported license.

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  3. THE CHARACTER, 2011

    Duration: 22 minutes, 57 seconds

    In the context of exhibitions, THE CHARACTER is shown on a vertically mounted plasma display.

    Fifteen children were each asked to watch a Bollywood movie prominently featuring a child character. During the shoot that followed, each child was asked to verbally portray the child character in the movie that s/he had watched, to describe the role and plight of that character within the movie's narrative.

    As they evoke fifteen fictional children from well-known Bollywood movies, the fifteen children portrayed in THE CHARACTER offer a range of insights into the role played by 'the child' (as character and spectator) in mainstream Indian cinema. It becomes apparent that their own values, views of the world and attitudes to life are at times closely related to those celebrated on screen. The children discuss their dreams and priorities in relation to those of the fictional children, their philosophies regarding persevering in life against all odds, and the importance of happy endings.

    The edit avoids specific reference to particular movies or particular characters, instead weaving the fifteen interviews into a composite portrait of 'the child' within the Bollywood imaginary, as told with the input of fifteen young Mumbaikar cinemagoers.

    Director + Editor: Candice Breitz
    Camera + Lighting: Avijit Mukul Kishore
    Sound Recordist: Anita Kushwaha
    Post Production: Alex Fahl

    Interviewees: Anushek Prasal, Archita Jha, Atharva Sunil, Eepsita Gupta, Kanchi Ketan Mehta, Kunal Vinay Nadkarni, Mihir Mukesh Mangaonkar, Nainisha Mehta, Pradnya Nirgun, Pranshu Parimal Rajurkar, Prithvi S. Trivedi, Sahiba Kaur, Tanushree Mehta, Vallaree Vinay Raut, Vinit Mekala.

    Location: Gundecha Education Academy, Kandivali East, Mumbai.

    Commissioned by European Media Art Festival Osnabrück (EMAF)
    with the support of The Culture Programme 2007-2013 of the European Union

    Additional information available upon request: candicebreitz.net

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  4. The Austrian post-war art scene was one of tricksters and jokesters performing the "avant-garde" 20 years after the fact to the audience of a stuffy petty bourgeoisie whose rooted to the soil taste had been consolidated in over a decade of Austro-fascism and National Socialism.A perfect example and the main film artifact for this trickster scene Sonne Halt! - the collaboration of Konrad Bayer and Ferry Radax - is a feverish conglomerate of nonsense text and cut-up film eschewing dramatic unity. The text - mostly consisting of cut-ups from Bayers novel Der Sechste Sinn - nervously criss-crosses in and out of the meaning of the film layer which itself jumps back and forth through space and time.------Some claim there's even a narrative hidden in there which might go like this: "A sailor arrives at the port of Buenos Aires. while at the same time appearing as a Dandy at Fegina the Riviera of Monterosso al Mare (Konrad Bayer in a double role). Both are connected in a mysterious way through some kind of inner monologue. A stylish cool beauty (Suzanne Hockenjos) is getting bored by the Dandy so he shoots down the sun from the sky possibly in order to impress her. But a very erotic Eve (Ingrid Schuppan) catches the sun and takes it away from the Dandy. Now he shoots down the moon as well but also this fails to impress the cool blonde. Angered by her indifference the Dandy destroys his whole strange world and subsequently loses Eve. Grief about her death and despair about the Lady's rejection make him turn into a sailor again. Again the sea is waiting for him."

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