VIDEO BOX 01 | Über Grenzen

VIDEO BOX 1 – About Borders (October 2015 to February 2016)

Film and event series organized together with the Haus der Universität

With the VIDEO BOX series, the imai foundation and the Haus der Universität Düsseldorf wish to provide a glimpse into the imai video archive. The topics addressed in the screenings will change biannually, and from October to February 2016 the series will focus on the theme of ÜBER GRENZEN / ABOUT BORDERS. The works presented will be discussed together with the audience and the artists. 




February 12th 2016, 7:30 pm | DIFFERENT SHOOTINGS


November 27th 2015, 7:30 pm | TRACES AND BORDERS

October 30th 2015, 7:30 pm. | Kick-Off of the Beyond Borders Theme


Friday, February 12th 2016, 7:30 pm | DIFFERENT SHOOTINGS

Robert Beriou Ex Memoriam (1992), 5:10 min 
Robert Cahen / Stéphane Huter / Alain Longuet Cartes Postales Video (1986), 10:15 Min. Paul Garrin Man with Video Camera (Fuck Vertov) (1989), 5:58 min
Patricia Hoeppe Shooting at the Mexican Border (2004), 7:56 min
Thomas Kutschker Ich wollte einfach nur dieses Foto haben (1992), 24:40 min    

The Different Shooting video screening is dedicated to the various constellations of photography and moving image found in video art. Photographs that are integrated with the time-based medium that is video create discontinuity, evoke specific associations and reference their medium. Stasis and movement find themselves juxtaposed and create a temporal dimension of their own. The screening highlights what happens when video and photography start interacting with each other. Borders and their crossing become important not only on the medial but also on the textual level. Patricia Hoeppe will be present to discuss her work in person.   

Curated by Dr. Jessica Nitsche


 In cooperation with the  


Düsseldorf Photo Weekend







Marcel Odenbach Ständig auf dem Sprung sein (1995), 5:40 min
Maria Vedder La Bestia (2012), 7:08 min
Myriam Thyes Stranded in Malta (2008), 11:04 min
Margot Zanni Flatlands Av. (2007), 14:06 min
Iris Hoppe Fern-Sehen (1994/2015), 18:30 min

Each journey starts with a moment of farewell and heads towards strange or familiar sites. A montage of messages and souvenir pictures illustrates the turbulence experienced during flight or expulsion in Marcel Odenbach’s Ständig auf dem Sprung sein („Always Being on the Go”). In La Bestia, Maria Vedder shows the notorious train that South American migrants took on their way to the USA in all its threatening presence. With her video, Stranded in Malta, Myriam Thyes addresses this involuntary stop from both the historical and the topical prospective.  In Flatlands Av., Margot Zanni traces the act of arrival as a long process of integration. The moment of uncertainty and simultaneous relief experienced at arrival are captured in Iris Hoppe’s video Fern-Sehen.

Curated by Dr. Renate Buschmann

Brief talks with the artists Myriam Thyes and Iris Hoppe, who will be present, and Margot Zanni, will join us over Skype, will take place between the screenings.  


Friday, November 27th 2015, 7:30 pm | TRACES AND BORDERS 

Claus Blume Borderline (1985), 5:37 min
Petr Vrána Perumos (Bomba) (1992), 4:14 min 
Myriam Thyes Sophie Taeuber-Arps Fluchtlinien (2015), 10:10 min 
Van McElwee Soft City (2014), 4:40 min 
Barbara Hlali Schwester Gretel #2 - Flucht (2012), 23:15 min

In his „Teleperfromance“, Claus Blume explores the borders of audio-visual media. In the fashion of a music video Petr Vrána captures the mood that was prevalent in the state of Czechoslovakia as, in 1992, it fell apart and the European borders were redefined. Miriam Thyes searches for traces of the artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp, whose drawings were made in exile during the Second World War. Van McElwee’s contemplation on the borders of narrative space is translated visually as a densely populated metropolis.  Barbara Hlali uses the medium of animation to capture a family history she is discovering through photographs and records of oral history.

Curated by Darija Šimunović (M.A.) 

Brief talks with the artists Petr Vrána, Myriam Thyes und Barbara Hlali, who will be present, and Van McElwee, who will join us over Skype, will take place between the screenings.


Friday, October 30th 2015, 7:30 pm. | Kick-Off of the Beyond Borders Theme

DIE MAUER – DER VERTIKALE HORIZONT (The Wall – A Vertical Horizont)
A Project by Rotraut Pape 1989-2014
UHD/HD, 131 min, split screen, stereo, 2015  

Rotraut Pape: “The wall and what it stood for stretched across my life, which started five years before the construction of the Berlin wall began, as a negative horizon. Its disappearance became felt as early as a week after it fell. For a quarter of a century I would embark on a journey along the trail it left behind across the Berlin city centre.   

The film draws attention to the Berlin wall with its massive physical dimensions and emotional presence as it was felt in the daily life of the city, as well as the impact its disappearance left on it, with a visual long-term monitoring of the German-German reunification. Twenty five years later, the scar which the wall left across the cityscape is almost healed, life sprouted with breath taking speed on both sides across the death strip into the land of Nowhere. The film aims to memorialize this process.”

The film premiered in the beginning of October 2015 and is now being shown in the North Rhine-Westphalia for the first time.

Rotraut Pape is a Professor for Film and Video at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach. She will be present during the screening and will comment on the film. 

Curated by Dr. Renate Buschmann


All of the events will take place in  

 Haus der Universität Düsseldorf 

  Haus der Universität
Schadowplatz 14
40212 Düsseldorf







Titel image: Rotraut Pape | Die Mauer – Der vertikale Horizont (2015) | still, detail | © Rotraut Pape, 2015