Reality Manifestos - Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

A study of détournement as Art Forms

|<<  |  second lecture by Nicola Ruffo

Museum Halls, WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Wien

Symposium from 19 - 20 January 2012. (Exhibition at Kunsthalle Exnergasse 19 January - 3 March 2012)

Lectures at the Symposium

Esther Kempf: How to work with Illusions

by Nicola Ruffo in conversation with Esther Kempf

"You could write the whole plot on a postcard. We do the rest."

Buster Keaton

How do I deal with illusions? This was a key question to fiction filmmakers like Buster Keaton or George Méliès in the early years of cinema. Nowadays Esther Kempf recalls, streches or discloses this cinematic mechanism. A talk with the young Swiss artist about working with furniture and found footage.

Esther Kempf (born in Cameroon) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and currently lives in Zurich. She was awarded by the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation and the Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim Foundation. Bice Curiger (2009): "Esther Kempf has created new little monuments, each a kind of beggarly memorial to all the surreal realities to be discovered, which are all around us and which we never observe."