Ever since the beginning, the OK as a center for contemporary art has been an important event partner and impulse generator for the Crossing Europe Film Festival. Not only spatially – the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter acts as the festival center – but the cooperation on the content level also yields a lively “visual” dialogue. This year, the OK as an exhibition space once again participates with its own projects at the crossover between film and visual art.
In the additional space of the kulturtankstelle in Dametzstraße gained in 2018, the OK in the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter provides room for experimental, processual projects and will show the research installation urbane StreuObst Wiese by Ton Matton (NL/AT).
In the OK itself there will be the solo exhibition STANDING, WAITING, 2007/2019 by the renowned Austrian photographer Elfie Semotan, an in-house production made for a precursor project of the well known public format “Höhenrausch”.
OK | ELFIE SEMOTAN (AT/US) STANDING, WAITING, 2007/2019
In 2007 the renowned fashion photographer Elfie Semotan produced the portrait series STANDING, WAITING for the exhibition SCHAURAUSCH at the OK, which as a precursor project to Linz09 brought art to display windows, shops, and malls in Linz.
For this, Semotan photographed 24 selected sales persons from shops in Linz, and presented the portraits on two meter high light boxes in the vacant pas-sage of the Casino Linz. In the course of this, they should not be regarded as amateur (publicity) models, but shown as “urban people”, according to the artist.
Twelve years later the OK will revive STANDING, WAITING on the occasion of of the premiere of the film Elfie Semotan, Photographer at Crossing Europe with a selection of 12 photographs. Elfie Semotan’s tribute to the vendors of the city can been seen on the way to the cinema hall on the first floor. Elfie Semotan, born 1941 in Wels, Austria, began her career in the 1960s in Vienna and became internationally successful with her work for advertisement campaigns and magazines. In the 1990s she commuted between New York and Vienna, photographing for magazines like Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar or The New Yorker, and began to increasingly show her work in an exhibition context. Today she lives in New York, Vienna, and Jennersdorf.
kulturtankstelle in the OÖ Kulturquartier
A Coop-Lab of the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter and the Art University Linz
A few years ago cars stopped briefly to fill their tanks behind the Raiffeisen kunst garage on busy Dametzstraße, in the heart of the city of Linz. The drivers refueled their cars, bought snacks at the gas station shop, and continued on their journeys.
The installation urbane StreuObstWiese by Ton Matton transforms this place into a walkthrough (pedestrians) or drive-in (cyclists) “oasis”. The tempo slows down, the stay extends. Under the shadow of an apple tree you can engross yourself in a film in the shop window, and think about whether this fruit meadow could be the future. Can a drip alone provide apple trees with fertilizer, water, and light? Can they adapt to the rough climate of the city, surrounded by asphalt, concrete, particulates?
In the shop window the Belgian short film Floureja by Pablo Heuson (2017) is screened, and the film Natura urbana. The Brachen of Berlin by Matthew Gandy (2017) is shown daily at 4 pm in the tire fitting box.
CROSSING EUROPE @ ARS ELECTRONICA CENTER
After the successful collaborations between Crossing Europe and the renowned Ars Electronica Center in 2009,
2017, and 2018, the cinematographic cooperation continues this year. Current works from the crossover realm, at the intersection of film and media art will be shown.
The Deep Space 8K in the Ars Electronica Center acts as a festival screening hall for one afternoon, thus expanding Crossing Europe by an additional venue that is capable of 3D-Screening. The program consists of a selection of experimental films from this year’s Local Artists section 2019with wall and floor projection, to be “experienced” in the truest sense of the word.
Immersive film par excellence. 16 × 9 meters of wall, plus an additional 16×9 meters of floor projection space, laser tracking and 3-D animation give the Deep Space 8K its appeal as a festival venue. Here, visual worlds are projected in 8K, allowing for a highly varied screening schedule all year round. The possibilities range from 3-D journeys through space to a close look into one’s own body to interactive games, thus conveying innovative projects and current topics at the intersection of art, technology, science, and society.