The Laguna

 
Filmregie / Film Directors: Erich Goldmann, Arthur Köstler Konzept, Buch Theaterinstallation / Concept, Script Theater Installation: Signa Köstler Musik / Music: Christian Bo Johansen From the performance to documentation and back again to performance. The filmmaker and photographer Erich Goldmann comprehensively documented the performance installation Ventestedet by the Copenhagen collective SIGNA in 2014, close up and rich in details. SIGNA is considered one of the most innovative and influential contemporary theater and performance groups in Europe. The resultant film, consisting of video shots, serial photographs and stills, draws the viewers into the midst of a dark and visually overwhelming performance by SIGNA. The Laguna transforms the intensive theater installation into an expanded cinema production using live-animated single frame sequences, music, and the spatial setting. (Curator: Magnus Hofmüller) SIGNA Danish-Austrian artists’ collective consisting of Signa and Arthur Köstler. Their productions, largely in vacant buildings or derelict sites, have newly influenced the concept of site-specific theater. SIGNA create worlds closed in themselves, which the viewers can experience and explore for themselves. Their works last between 3 and 288 hours at a time. The next production by SIGNA is Wir Hunde at the Wiener Festwochen 2016. CHRISTIAN BO JOHANSEN lives in Copenhagen and Berlin. He works with video installations, sound collages, animations, visuals and short films. His most recent sound installation Limbo was created at the Copenhagen Culture Night. Since 2011 collaborations with SIGNA as sound designer and performer for their performance installations. ERICH GOLDMANN His works are situated at the intersections of film, photography, installation and performance. Interactive/performative installations with toxic dreams, Michael Strohmann and Momo Subotic. Works since 2005 together with Arthur Köstler on the filmic interpretation of the theater installations by SIGNA.

Director's Biography
SIGNA
ist ein dänisch-österreichisches Künstlerkollektiv, bestehend aus Signa und Arthur Köstler. Ihre Inszenierungen
in überwiegend leerstehenden Gebäuden oder auf Brachflächen prägten den Begriff des Site-specific-Theaters neu. SIGNA erschafft in sich geschlossene Welten, die die ZuschauerInnen selbst erfahren und erforschen können. Ihre Werke dauern zwischen drei und 288 Stunden am Stück. Die nächste Produktion von SIGNA ist Wir Hunde bei den Wiener Festwochen 2016.
Cross Over 2016
SIGNA, Erich Goldmann, Christian Bo
Austria / Germany / Denmark 2016
40 minutes