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VernissageTV covers Art Cologne 2009 art fair and shows video art

04-16-2009 02:21 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Lisa Kirk: Revolution (Videostill)

Lisa Kirk: Revolution (Videostill)

Basel, Switzerland, April 15, 2009 -- In a cooperation with Art Cologne, VernissageTV art tv will cover the 43rd Art Cologne that will take place in Cologne, Germany from 22nd to 26th April 2009. VernissageTV will provide its viewers with atmospheric shots from the fair, recordings of art talks, and in-depth interviews with artists, curators and dealers.

The program will be shown on VernissageTV's web site and its partner channels. The videos will also be screened in the Lounge area of the fair itself (Hall 11.3). Apart from the Art Cologne coverage, VernissageTV presents a video art program.

Like last year, VernissageTV's open studio and screening area is located in the Lounge area of the OPEN SPACE section in Hall 11.3 of the fair.

Art Cologne Coverage

VernissageTV will be on location from the first to the last day of the fair, providing the viewers of its program with impressions of the opening and atmospheric shots of the fair. VernissageTV will also talk with artists, dealers and curators and document talks and discussions. For immediate updates, VernissageTV's program can be followed with RSS and Twitter at and

Video Art Program

The program includes art videos by Matthew Green, G.H. Hovagimyan (with Christina McPhee), Lisa Kirk, Magdalena von Rudy, The Krasnals, and Heinz Sandoza, 高鼻子 gāo bízi and Lars from Trier. The program is set up like a TV channel with documentaries and feature films, interrupted by what at first glance looks like TV advertising and movie trailers. More information about the artists and the works (PDF).

G.H. Hovagimyan (with Christina McPhee): Plazaville.
One of the highlights will be the European premiere of the new media video art work Plazaville by G.H. Hovagimyan (with Christina McPhee). Plazaville premiered on April 7, 2009 at Pace Digital Gallery, New York. The work is based on the classic 1965 movie Alphaville by Jean Luc Godard. G.H. Hovagimyan is an experimental artist working in a variety of forms. He is one of the first artists in New York to start working with the Internet and new media in the early nineties. Christina McPhee (born in Los Angeles) explores psychotropic landscapes of trauma in her layered film, animation and photomontage, most recently at Videoformes Festival Clermont-Ferrand.
G.H. Hovagimyan: HD Rants
Done in collaboration with Brian Caiazza. HD_Rants are broadcast quality high definition video works. Each piece is a short rant / meditation. Caiazza's brilliant post production editing in After Effects and the HD video puts these works in a realm of their own. Not music but not performance. HD_Rants uses words as repetitive percussive elements. Caiazza picks up on the ideas of sampling but in this case it's self sampling and repetition. The works are a continuation of RANTAPOD.

Lisa Kirk's “REVOLUTION!” is a commercial for the fragrance of the same name. The dramatic high-gloss commercial features mercenaries dashing through the city, finally demasking and handing off the bottle with the perfume. The perfume contains the odors of smoke, gasoline, tear gas, burnt rubber, and decaying flesh and acts as an olfactory critique on contemporary luxury branding and political im/possibilities. For the last decade, Lisa Kirk (born in New York City in 1967) has produced multi-media work and environmental installations that explore capitalism, terrorism and political violence. Lisa Kirk’s work has been exhibited internationally, for instance at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center | Museum of Modern Art affiliate. The video was screened on a vintage pop up projection screen in the basement at the gallery Invisible/Exports in New York in an updated reinstallation of the P.S.1 Revolution installation as a quasi “bomb shelter” to entice share holders to come and see “what was under the rug”.

Magdalena von Rudy: Medusa, Persona Syndrom
Magdalena von Rudy was born in 1973 in Ratibor (Poland). She lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany. In 2006 she was awarded the 12th video art prize Marl. In the VernissageTV program at Art Cologne there will be shown two videos: Medusa and Persona Syndrom.

The Krasnals: Interviews – What is East Europe now?
The Krasnals are a Polish art group, the “black star” of the Polish art scene, as they call it. VernissageTV's program at Art Cologne 2009 features their new work “Interviews - What is East Europe now?” The Krasnals asked this question Iara Boubnova (curator of the exhibition “Liquid Frontiers”), and artists representing Eastern Europe: Dan Perjovschi, Nedko Solakov, IRWIN, Lachezar Boyadjiev and Aristarkh Chernyshev. “Do we have the solidarity within us? I don’t think so. (...) I don’t know what is East Europe now. I know what I can bring to Europe.” Dan Perjovschi.

Ultra Art Fair Unlimited / FinissageTV
The program will be interrupted by commercials and trailers by and for FinissageTV and Ultra Art Fair Unlimited. Ultra Art Fair Unlimited was founded in 2006 by entrepreneurs Heinz Sandoza, 高鼻子 gāo bízi and Lars from Trier. After successful fairs in Miami, Dubai, and Basel, the fairy tale of the fair will be continued with ULTRA Lagos in Lagos / Nigeria, in 2010. FinissageTV is the official tv channel for Ultra Art Fair Unlimited.

Matthew Green: New Project
VernissageTV will present a brand new project by Matthew Green. Matthew Green lives and works in Los Angeles, USA and Berlin, Germany. He studied Film Theory at the University of California at Berkeley.

VernissageTV: Ambient Edition Series
Finally, VernissageTV's program will also include a selection of documentaries from VernissageTV's Ambient Edition Series. Among them: Martin Kippenberger, The Problem Perspective at the Museum of Modern Art MoMA, New York; Tobias Rehberger, The Chicken and Egg no Problem Wall-Painting at Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Banksy, The Village Pet Store, New York; Leandro Ehrlich, Swimming Pool at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Cai Guo-Qiang, I Want to Believe at Guggenheim Bilbao; Tracey Emin, 20 Years at Kunstmuseum Bern.

About Art Cologne
In a fascinating and comprehensive presentation of modern classics, post-war and contemporary art, galleries from home and abroad will be offering a selection of their finest positions at the 43rd ART COLOGNE. Major works from established names will be offered alongside exciting creations from up-and-coming artists in a new up-to-date installation of the longest-running successful art fair in the world.
For the first time ART COLOGNE will take place in Hall 11 of the Cologne Exhibition Centre, superbly accessible from city center. Located directly adjacent to the new and ultramodern Entrance South/Barmer Straße, Hall 11 will provide an intense and multiplicitous art experience on two compact and well-organized levels. Modern classics and post-war art will occupy Level 1. Level 2 will present contemporary galleries. Open Space and New Contemporaries, proven successful platforms for young and cutting-edge production, will be integrated into level 2, placing them directly in the context of the current market.
Visitors will benefit from an improved exhibition design offering clear orientation, comfortable lounges, high-quality catering and a range of smoothly integrated services.

About Open Space
OPEN SPACE is facing new challenges and bright perspectives on board of its broadly renewed and streamlined spaceship. The 2009 edition of Art Cologne will accompany OPEN SPACE with a fresh and remarkable list of international galleries – and the new location in hall 11 will welcome all art lovers with the engaging experience of a set design that is concentrated, intensive and clear. OPEN SPACE will be placed on the top level of the new space and is ready to provide both, a quite new approach and the continuity of its own experimental roots. Launched in the year 2005 as a project related platform and unique environment for contemporary art, OPEN SPACE became a pioneer and a brand in reinventing the framework of an art fair apart from standard booth settings. Now it’s time for the next level.

About Vernissage TV
VernissageTV is the Internet's unique TV art project, which covers exhibitions and events in the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture. The objective is to give an authentic insight into the world of art by the means of film and video. VernissageTV materializes as video podcast / Internet TV channel / video archive. VernissageTV videocasts two series: The “No Comment” section and the interviews with the protagonists of the art world. VernissageTV is widely distributed via its website and Internet TV networks. Founded in September 2005 VernissageTV is growing steadily. Until now VernissageTV produced, published and archived over 1000 episodes.

Press contact:
Karolina Zupan-Rupp,
VernissageTV, Totentanz 14, 4051 Basel / Switzerland
Phone: 41 61 283 24 55
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