MARX. A film by Olaf Nicolai – 24-Hour-Screening

Film Screening, from 21.9.21 to 22.9.21


Practical information

Language
Film Screening in English (without words)
Duration
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Event overview

A 24-hour-screening in 16 institutions around the world
#24hMarx

"With this project, we are hosting a different understanding of time." Andrea Lissoni

The film "MARX" (24 h Color / Sound, 2020) was shot on September 21 and 22, 2020. With a single, fixed camera shot, the statue was filmed for 24 hours. The chosen frame deliberately shows only part of the monumental face, with light reflecting off its strongly contoured bronze surface. 

The 24-hour close-up transforms the political icon into a landscape subject to constant change under the surrounding light conditions. The film was shot during the autumnal equinox, when day and night are the same length; it is also screened at the equinox, in different locations. In each instance the images travel around the globe and can be seen in different time zones.

With "MARX", Olaf Nicolai (* 1962 in Halle an der Saale) pointedly poses the question of the course of time, its measurement and meaning in both physical and philosophical terms. Nicolai grew up in Karl-Marx-Stadt and is thus biographically connected to the film's leitmotif. The film ends with a quote from the Danish poet Inger Christensen: "Nobody knows in spite of everything if the universe is counting down while we are faithfully counting up." 

The screening is accessible through the west foyer of Haus der Kunst during the entire time. 3G rules apply. 

Catering from Goldene Bar:
5 - 24 pm / drinks
9 - 12 pm / coffee and croissants

#PicnicwithMarx
Food and drinks as well as blankets and pillows for the 24-hour experience are welcome.

Olaf Nicolai, MARX, 2021 
24 Hours, HD, colour, 16:9, stereo, Camera: Volker Sattel/ Camera assistant: Thilo Schmidt/ Sound editor: Jakob Braito/ Editing: Olaf Nicolai, Patrik Thomas/ Production assistant: Maeve Gerding

Screening locations according to timezones: TIMES MUSEUM, Guangzhou / MAUDI, Tbilisi / AL MA’MAL FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Jerusalem / CINÉMATHÈQUE DE TANGER, Tanger / GARAGE MUSEUM FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Moskwa / GOETHE INSTITUT SOFIA, Sofia / LOCUS ATHENS, Athina / HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT, Berlin / HAUS DER KUNST, München / KUNSTSAMMLUNGEN CHEMNITZ, Chemnitz / MACRO. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF ROME, Roma / MGML. MUSEUM AND GALLERIES OF LJUBLJANA, Ljubljana / ICA. INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, London / FOGO ISLAND ARTS, Fogo Island / SUBTE. CENTRO DE EXPOSICIONES, Montevideo / VILLA AURORA, Los Angeles

Produced as part of the project “Gegenwarten I Presences 2020”, organized by the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz. The worldwide 24-hour-premiere is made possible by the support of Haus der Kunst, Munich; Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin; Knust Kunz Gallery Editions; Stiftung Federkiel & Christian Jacobs; Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Stadt Chemnitz.

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