“A tawdry downtown Magic Club – all unholy reds and phosphorescent greens – where Madonna and Rosanna Arquette finally meet: ‘Nice work, stranger.’ Or the slow nocturnal crawl of backseat shadows crossing the face of drugdealer Willem Dafoe, out on a run. Or an avenging Terence Stamp fractured between opal LA twilight and lamplit-caramel motel nights. These images, from the first films I remember shot by Ed Lachman, still stain my memory. And the vow I made to myself that someday maybe I too could join forces with this sorcerer of light and alchemist of color.”
Extracts from the speech by director Todd Haynes during the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Ed Lachman at the awards night of the American Society of Cinematographers in February 2017 in Los Angeles. Lachman has shaped the American film scene as well as auteur cinema for over 30 years – with films like Desperately Seeking Susan to Erin Brockovich to Carol – without ever having resorted to easily recognisable formulas. He has worked many times in Europe, first with Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders, in recent years with Ulrich Seidl. When Jean-Luc Godard wanted to film in the 1980s in the United States – who did he call? Ed Lachman. Because he wanted something new, a look towards the future.
As a tribute to Lachman and his never tiring look forward, KINO DER KUNST presents an overview of the photographic works of this cinematographic legend. His Polaroids, his most famous movie stills, but also little-known photo trips to the depths of the United States or remote areas in Africa.
April 20th, 7.00 pm
April 21st - April 30th
Tue-Sun, 11 am - 4.00 pm
The American artist Ian Cheng is the recipient of the Award for the Filmic Oeuvre, bestowed by the Espace Louis Vuitton within the framework of the film festival KINO DER KUNST. His monographic exhibition is part of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s ongoing “Hors-les-murs” program, which introduces previously unseen artworks from its collection to a broad audience.
Cheng’s progressive practice of new media art focuses on the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate and react to change. Drawing on the principles of video game design, cognitive science, and improvisation in the performing arts he develops “live simulations”, which act as living virtual ecosystems, housed in digital space and accessible via apps. A “live simulation” begins with a set of digital features authored by the artist, but unlike video, it has no end and therefore evolves and devolves in perpetuity. The artist assigns archetypal features to each element in the work. Based on a set of algorithms these elements take on lives of their own, evolving over time just like the human body and mind, with no predetermined outcome.Cheng describes his simulations as a “neurological gym”: a venue for viewers to consciously exercise the feelings of confusion, anxiety, and cognitive dissonance that accompany our epoch’s perpetual state of change.
Free guided tours of the exhibition will be offered continuously during regular opening hours.
The exhibition will be open from 21 April to 9 September 2017.Kids Workshop
A free-of-charge Kids‘ Day will be held during regular opening hours. Based on Cheng‘s work, the children will work with the basics of video games, digital media in art as well as with issues such as evolution and chance. At the ensuing workshop, the children will design their own small-scale artworks.
Registration is requested: firstname.lastname@example.org