The Fountainhead, 2010
HD Video, 10 min, color/sound
The film The Fountainhead begins with a voice. A narrator tells a young tourist’s trip through Europe, as he visits historical cities such as London, Amsterdam, Paris, Sienna, Rome, and Naples. In allusion to the Grand Tour - the classic educational journey through Western Europe and Italy - Zintel’s protagonist takes this route, through cities known for their art, as well as through the various landscapes of Europe. Zin-tel’s script is a rewritten text by Bret Easton Ellis, and it is distinguished by its straightforward style of language. Meetings, places, and events are recounted without any trace of emotion, drugs and sex are consumed in the same way as a visit to a museum or a club.
The film does not illustrate the narrator’s monologue. An open, architectonic, wooden structure provides changing perspectives of a scene that cannot be pinpointed, since it is constantly turning and altering. The space is both stage and spectacle at the same time. Light plays inside of it, dissolves it, conjures up abstract images, provokes associations. Architectural monuments, city panoramas, and nature are pro-jected onto integrated screens, opening up the stage. Here, the young narrator becomes visible for the first time. The film’s set architecture presents the journey as a kind of autistic circulation inside of a closed sys-tem. Music composed for the film underscores the monotony of the monologue and the inability to place the images, while the film sequences follow the rhythm.
Zintel makes use of the basic idea in Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel The Fountainhead, a manifesto for neo- liberal theory. He takes the notion of the freedom of the individual, who is searching for his own private, selfish happiness, and transfers it to the protagonist of a now-globalized environment; this process high-lights the young man’s lack of identity and alienation, both of which are founded in this kind of indivi-dualism. The Fountainhead has an agitated setting, which could mark both the beginning and the end of a civilization, while revealing that the ideal of the educational trip to the fountainheads of Western culture is obsolete.

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TOBIAS YVES ZINTEL - [email protected], [email protected]

Biographie / Biography

1975 Geboren in Passau
Born in Passau, Bavaria
Lebt und arbeitet in Berlin & Köln
Lives and…

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TOBIAS YVES ZINTEL - [email protected], [email protected]

Biographie / Biography

1975 Geboren in Passau
Born in Passau, Bavaria
Lebt und arbeitet in Berlin & Köln
Lives and works in Berlin & Cologne

2002-2007 Studium an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste
München bei Joseph Kosuth.
Studied at the
Academy Of Fine Arts in Munich in the class of Joseph Kosuth.

Einzelausstellungen/Solo Exhibitions

2013 Mental Radio, Season Projects, London, United Kingdom
Symbolic Exchange, Braennen, Berlin, Germany

2012 Mental Radio, Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich, Germany
Mental Radio, Moves #44, Image Movement, Berlin, Germany

2011 God loves fags, Mo David North Gallery, Glen Wild, New
York, USA

2010 Acid and ice cream, video roam curated by Paul Young,
Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Open Space, The Fountainhead, Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany

2008 Confession of Aggression, Doing Identity Bastard,
Kammerspiele München - Neues Haus, Munich, Germany

2007 Entertaining Satan, Barbara Gross Galerie,
Munich, Germany

2006 Fear Fear Fear, Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich, Germany


2013 Videonale.14 on Tour, Central House of Artists, Moskow Bienale, Moskow; Russia
Stromfestival, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne, Germany
Videonale.14, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

2012 The Genetic Drive, collaboration with Paul Knight,
Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow, Scotland.
Age of Consent, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toroto, Canada.
Action Unites - Words Divide, Jump and Run Festival, Hau3, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany.

2011 Sospechas: Martin Hast & Tobias Yves Zintel,
Espacio Vacio, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Impulse, Groupeshow, Aando Fine Art, Berlin, Germany .
Luxus Loft, Friedenstrasse 16, Berlin, Germany.

2010 Breed and Educate, X-Schulen Festival Hebbel am Ufer,
Barbara Gross Gallery, Eröffnung in neuen räumen, mit Alicia Framis, Beate Gütschow, Carlos Garaicoa, Katharina Grosse, Kiki Smith, Jana Sterbak u.a., Munich, Germany

2009 Performance, Interesting productions, The Office, Berlin, Germany
Hauptschule der Freiheit, project of münchner kammerspiele, Munich, Germany

2008 Interesting Productions #3,
The Fortress of Night and Day, ZKMax, Munich, Germany
Interesting productions #2,
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany

2008 Confession of Aggression, Doing Identity Festival,
Kammerspiele München - Neues Haus, Munich, Germany

2006 Interesting Productions #2,
Städtische Kunsthalle Lothringer 13, Munich (cat.),
Bonnie Prince German, Galerie Low Salt, Glasgow, GB
Drei minuten Nationalsozialismus, Bunnyhill II,
Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich, Germany

2005 5 Days Off - Festival, Paradiso, Amsterdam,
The Netherlands
Favoriten - Junge Kunst in München, Kunstbau Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.
Club-transmediale, Maria am Ostbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Ghostakademie, Rathahausgalerie, Munich, Germany

2004 Battle Battle Battle, Bunnyhill I, Kammerspiele München, Munich, Germany
reject, international filmfestival rotterdam, netherlands

2003 La vitesse du Voyge, Die Klasse Joseph Kosuth &
Joseph Kosuth, Stiftung Starke, Berlin, Germany


2013 „Mental Radio“, Rencontres internationales,
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2012 "Mental Radio", Moves #44, Image Movement, Berlin,
"Earthly Powers", Bukarest Filmfestival, Bukarest, Rumania.
"Earthly Powers", Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.

2011 "Earthly Powers, 36min" Centre Pompidou, Rencontres
Internationales, Paris, France
And the Demon said" Club Transmediale, Glogauair,
Festival, Berlin.
2010 „Acid and Ice Cream“, Cinema Loop, Arco Madrid 2010, Madrid, Spain
„Hell Hotel“, Galleria Sinne, Helsikni, Finnland.
„Hell Hotel“, Galleria Rajtaide, Tampare, Finnland.
„The Demon said...“ Home Sweet Home, Performance Festival, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin.
„Traumberuf Realität“, Rencontres Internationales,
Filmoteca Espanola, Madrid, Spain.
„Traumberuf Realität“, Rencontres Internationales,
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

2009 „Traumberuf Realität“, Rencontres Internationales, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France.
„Hell Hotel“, Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der welt,Berlin, Germany.
„Hell Hotel“, Galleria 3H-K, Maaherrankatu 32 Pori, Finnland.
„Hell Hotel“, Makan, Amman, Jordan.
„The Redesign of Satanism“, Source Codes, Image Movement, Berlin, Germany.
„Hell Hotel“, Rencontres Internationales, Reina Sofia
National Museum, Madrid, Spain.

2008 „Hell Hotel“, Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

2006 „Interesting Productions #1“, Bühne des Lebens,
Rethorik des Gefühls, Städtische Galerie im
Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.
Interesting Productions #1, Das Leben, eine Gebrauchsanweisiung, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.
Drei Minuten..., bei Petula im Park, Petuelpark, Munich, Germany.

Oper/Opera Theater/Theatre

2013 Arrivals, Film and Performance, Neumarkt Theater, Zürich, Switzerland
Rocco and his Brothers , video installation, Neumarkt Theater, Zürich, Switzerland
Das Gegenteil von Tod, Co-Director with Peter Kastenmüller, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, Germany
Der Ring - Next Generation, Stage Design & Filminstallation, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin,

2012 Action Unites - Words Divide, video-based performance,
HAU 3, Berlin, Germany.

2011 Das siebente Siegel, video installation, Theater Basel, Switzerland.
A hole in my Heart, video installation,
Theater Neumarkt, Zurich, Switzerland.
East of Eden, video installation, Theater Basel, Switzerland.

2010 Neverland, video installation, Schauspielhaus
Hannover, Hannover, Germany.
Breed and Educate, video based Performance, Hebbel
am Ufer, Berlin, Germany.
Herakles, video installation, Theater Basel,
Basel, Switzerland.
Weekend, video installation, Neumarkt Theater Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland.

2009 Hauptschule der Freiheit, performance and film, Kammerspiele München, Munich, Germany.
Schwarz, Rot, Gold, video installation, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany.

2008 Confession of Aggression, director, video-based
perfromance, Kammerspiele München, Munich, Germany.

2007 Pool - No Water, video installation, Schauspielhaus Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany.
Die Familie Schroffenstein, video installation, Kammerspiele München, Munich Germany.
Falstaff, video installation, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany.

2006 Schwarz, video installation, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany.
Drei Minuten Nationalsozialismus, director, video-based performance, Kammerspiele München,
Munich, Germany.
Die Räuber, video installation, Volkstheater Wien, Vienna, Austria.

2005 Abalon, videoinstallation, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany.
Plattform, videoinstallation, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany.

2004 Battle Battle Battle, director, video-based performance,
Kammerspiele München, Munich, Germany.

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