We are looking forward to the first part of this year's "Kunst Film Fest". As in its previous two iterations the "Kunst Film Fest" takes the form of a series of screenings on four consecutive Fridays when we will be presenting video works by established and emerging artists. The first of the screenings will feature a selection of artists corresponding to the theme Found Footage.
Giving new life to pre-existing audiovisual material is neither new nor uncommon in the art world. Many notable artists have appropriated found footage, be it for its realism, as historical reference or simply its aesthetic quality as a found object. Today, the ever-growing popularity of the internet and social media have changed the way that artists approach online reality. Lives lived online, intimacies and absurdities, futile tutorials and instructions for life improvement, extravagant internet personas; and as the list unfolds so does the list of possibilities for creatives to exploit the abundance of material the internet provides.
Christian Nicolay & Ya-chu Kang's "Boom & Bust" (2013) examines the fragility of interconnected global systems and their relationship to the balance of opposing forces through a montage of amateur videos where people are literarily bursting the bubble.
Leo Gabin's "Hair Long" (2013) is a video collage of appropriated youtube videos based on the alikeness of the protagonists’ interactions with the camera and their intended audience.
In Molly Soda's "In Shoes" (2017) the artist uses the screen as a means to juxtapose social media videos, alongside her own web based performance, from a feminist stance challenging contemporary modes of online self-exposure.
Laura Yuile in "Sick Home" (2016) uses stock photos depicting idealised homes and families in her reflection on how the digital networks have reconfigured the domestic space and are turning notions of public and private space inside out; whilst enabling us to remain in our own bubble whilst navigating the world.
Callum Leo Hughes' "ebabes/eboys" (2017) documents male and female members of the eBay community using their bodies to advertise and sell items.