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RichterFest-2017   -    Рихтерфест 2017 

19 August 2017 - 20 August 2017

16.00 h - 6.00 h 

Science and Art

Mentoring Lane, 13-15, p. 3, 105120 Moscow, Russia

(Metro Kurskaya , Tram 20, Bus 40)

 

19 августа 2017  - 20 августа 2017

16.00 ч - 6.00 ч

Наука и Искусство

Наставнический переулок, 13-15, стр.3, 105120 Moscow, Russia

(Метро Курская, Трамвай 20, Автобус 40)

 

RichterFest 2017 is a interdisciplinary festival which includes audio, animation, performance, music  documentations, media, net-art, experimental movies and video art. The location is the well known Science and Art which combines science and art through the means of  exhibitions, events and workshops. 

By this occasion my video Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy  - Ночь, улица, фонарь, аптека will be for the first time presented on a festival and the public. 

Link to video : https://vimeo.com/224809432

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New website specially for my workshops, performances and lectures

 

Lately I have been holding quite a lot of workshops, lectures and interactive performances at art projects and art festivals.

In the past three years,  more then ever my workshops, lectures and interactive performances have been selected or were requested.

I therefore decided to set up my own website for this type of art project. The site also includes more detailed and more comprehensive information than my general website.

 

Here is the link to the new website.

https://johannesgerard-workshops.jimdo.com/english/

 

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Love - Люблю

Based on the lesser known poem " Love " by the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova .For the time being this video is the last of a series of videos belonging to the video project Anticipating You in collaboration with theater group DFT STAGE

The two other videos are Anticipating You and Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy -Ночь, улица, фонарь, аптека, based on poems by Alexander Blok. However each of the three videos has a different visual approach and style. Specially in this video " Love "

Apparently there is no match between the text and images. The text does mention a snake and a dove, but in the visual part they do not occur at all. Instead, the main part of the video shows a late-night trip with the St.Petersburg Metro.

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Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmcy -  Ночь, улица, фонарь, аптека, 

This video is the second part of my project Anticipating You. It is a visual interpretation of the poem Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy (1912) by Aleksandr Blok (1880-1921, St. Petersburg). The concept is the same as the first part Anticipating You. Only the visual reproduction is quite different. There are two films at the same time in one video. Although the poem is very short, a translation from Russian into another language is not easy, since Bloks choice of words, allows a great variation of translation possibilities.

Night, street, lantern, pharmacy,

a meaningless and dull light

Even if you live another quarter of a century

All will remain the same. There is no exit.

You´ll die - then you´ll begin all over again

Night, the canal´s rippled icy surface

pharmacy, street, lantern  

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Anticipating You - Предчувствую Тебя

Begin May 2017 I finish  editeding the first part of my video project Anticipating You. I created the video in collaboration with the theater group STAGE DFT in St. Petersburg, Russia. Finally the project will include three parts all based on poems by Aleksandr Blok and Anna Akhmatova

Based on the poem > Anticipating You < by the Russian poet Aleksandr Blok (St.Petersburg, 1880-1921). The video work is simultaneity a metaphoric investigation and interpretation of the poem , as well about the city of St. Petersburg. The work approach the interpretation and investigation in two ways at the same time> Through performance and visual images about the city. Influenced by Solovyov's doctrines, Blok had vague apocalyptic apprehensions and often vacillated between hope and despair.

The heavy dream of simple wordly conscience 

You will shake off with pangs of love and rue.

V. Solovyov

Anticipating you, as years go by, so drear,

I see the same old image anticipating you.

The skyline is on fire, and it’s extremely clear.

I wait for you in silence with pangs of love and rue.

The skyline is on fire - your vision is so near,

I am afraid you’ll change and will not look the same,

You will arouse suspicion incurring wrath, my dear,

By changing your appearance, the features and the frame.

I will break down in grief, frustrated and austere,

Unable to subdue the mortal dreams again!

The skyline is so lucid. The lustre is so near.

I am afraid you’ll change and will not look the same.

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Past projects / exhibitions  January  - July 2017

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Water Tower Art Festival - Depot Poduyane

Water Tower Art Festival - Depot Poduyane

22nd of July 2017

Depot Poduyane, Sofia, Bulgaria 

Beside the workshop/performance (see also Social Sculpture Workshop) I gave in conjunction with the festival, I also created a side-specific installation. The installation with the title CONNECTED - BUT NOT ATTACHED was made from rope connecting  four railway wagons. The installation was also used by the artist group White Flower (UK- Sed Silas & Sylvia Schmidt) during their performance in the evening of 22nd of July 2017

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Social Sculpture Workshop & Particapatory Performance Unfolding - Unwrapped 

Workshop / participatory performance Unfolding – Unwrapped (Social Sculpture) in conjunction with WTAR Water Tower Art Festival & Residency.

21st July 2017, State Culture Institute „ISKUR“, Dzurba, Sofia, Bulgaria

On 21st of July 2017 I conducted the Social Sculpture workshop / participatory performance Unfolded – Unwrapped at the State Culture Center „ISKUR“. Even the workshop / performance was ajusted and alternated to the side spefic needs of the location the concept and principe were the same as by the previous workshop / performance  I gave in March 2017 at the Museum of Non-Conformist Art in St. Petersburg, Russia

- body awareness

- spatial awareness

- creative awareness

- collaboration

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CASUS VECTOR - artzond festival 2017

CASUS VECTOR

Video, Photo Installation, Performances

14 July - 16 July 2017

Gallery 14/45", 

6th line, 39,  Vasilievski Island, St.Petersburg, Russia

 

The Festival gave an opportunity to present trends in the development of contemporary art - concepts that generate new approaches and ideas. At the current moment, the speed of changing "scenery" is hardly perceptible ... nevertheless, for the analysis and systematization of such forums are needed. Where the authors offer their ideas, their vision of the world, and where, the conceptual interpretation of reality does not always have an unambiguous artistic value. The era of democratic expansion is open to Creativity in all manifestations, and everyone can become a creator.

My video work Neither Here - Nor There, 2017 and Anticipating You, 2017 where presented at the festival.Both videos are related to St.Petersburg. For Anticpating You is was the premiere. 

Links to video :

Neither Here - Nor There : https://vimeo.com/203705795

Anticipating You : https://vimeo.com/216280192

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3rd International Printmaking Triennial

3rd International Printmaking Triennial

27 April - 22 Mai 2017

Opening 27 April 2017 at 18.30 h

Open Mon-Sat 10 h0 – 20 h,  Sun 10 – 14 h

Art Pavillon (Umetnicki paviljon) > Cijveta Zuzoric <

Mali Kalimegdan 1

11000 Belgrade

 

Third International Print Triennial, as well as the previous two, held in 2011 and 2014, aims to promote graphics and establish, strengthen cooperation with both domestic and international institutions of cultural significance that foster this artistic discipline. This representative event provides insight into the current world scene and graphic displays not only its diversity and richness but also the direction of contemporary art. In the central exhibition from 27 April to 22 May in the Art Pavillion will be presented 286 works by authors from 56 countries,

My print Mosquito with Fish is presented at the Triennial

FILMIDEO 2017

Screenings: 6 - 10 pm Index Art Center: Saturday April 22, 2017

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                  1 - 10 pm Index Art Center: Saturday April 29, 2017

Index Art Center 237 Washington Street  Newark, NJ 07102, USA

 

The Installation monitor will be playing selected works including my video Sorrow starting at 1pm on Saturday, April 29 continuously throughout the day and evening.

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7th International Video Art Festival of Camagüey 

7th International Video Art Festival 

4th of April to 9th of April, 2017

Camagüey, Cuba 

Different venues inside Camagüey

 

This is the only international Video Festival in Cuba. The festival takes place every two years. 

Beside the screening of video works from all over the world, at the same time lectures and workshops take place. 

I have the honor for to participate for  the second time after 2015 with one of my videos. The video selected for the festival is  Sorrow , which shows a performance about the subject sorrow with solo dancer Tsai Hsin-Ying.

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SOCIAL SCULPTURE WORKSHOP

Museum of Non-Conformist Art, Pushkinskaya-10 Art Centre (Large hall) 

Entrance from Ligovsky prospect, 53 ( bld. C, 3rd fl.), St.Petersburg,  Russia

 

On 15th of March 2017 I gave  a workhop with was based on the concept Social Sculpture. 

Social Sculpture revolved around four main axes:

body awareness

spatial awareness

creative awareness

collaboration

With thanks to my assistant Vlada Lodesk and Stroom, The Hague, Netherland

 

More information : http://johannesgerard/workshops / lectures

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TRANSPOSITION II

opening on March 11th at 17:00

opening hours are WED-FR 4-8 PM, SA-SU 12-8 PM

Museum of Nonconformist Art (Large hall) Entrance from Ligovsky prospect, 53 (Pushkinskaya-10 art centre, bld. C, 3rd fl.)

 

From March 11th to April 9th 2017 the second edition of “Transpositions" —  a group exhibition uniting participants of the St. Petersburg Art Residency program (SPAR) —  will take place at the Large hall of the Museum of Nonconformist Art (St. Petersburg, Russia). Through installations, photography, video works and performances artists from different countries will share their visions of what “home” means in today’s world. 

The project is carried out with the kind support of The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny College) of St. Petersburg State University, the Pushkinskaya-10 art centre and the St. Petersburg Art Residency.

 

Curated by Anastasia Patsey

Participants: Dorna Aslanzadeh (Sweden) / Johannes Gérard (Germany/The Netherlands) / Grace Euna Kim (USA) / Nobushige Kono (Japan) / Margarita Marx (Germany) / Kishan Munroe (The Bahaw.mas) / Lada Neoberdina (France) / Ina Otzko (Norway) / Agathe Simon (France) / Andréa Stanislav & Dean Lozow (USA) / Leyya Mona Tawil (USA)

 

Poster and still images from my video Neither Here - Nor there,  which I especially edited for the show

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My Art In Public Space  

Karachi, Pakistan 01.03.2017 - 03.03.2017

Lecture series about my art in connection with the public space. My artistic development, my experiences, what possibilities exist. The lecture series were hold in collaboration with non-profit organisation IAK - I AM KARACHI .The lecture series took place at :

University of Karachi, Department of Visual Studies, Pakistan.

Karachi Grammar School, Art and History Section, Karachi, Pakistan.

Habib University, Design Department, Karachi, Pakistan.

Karachi School of Art, Karachi, Pakistan

 

More information : http://johannesgerard.com/workshops / lectures

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Reel on Hai  Project  /  Installation Connection 

Ongoing project since 16th of July 2016 until the start of the first Karachi Biennale 2017, Pakistan, 22nd of October 2017

 

The Karachi Biennale Trust is an art platform that will host the largest international art event Karachi Biennale in Pakistan’s largest city in 2017. The primary aim of the Karachi Biennale is to take art out of the traditional gallery space and to celebrate the extraordinary talent of local and international artists with a larger public audience.

For this, the Public Outreach Committee of the Karachi Biennale has invited artists, designers and architects to transform around 100 empty cable reels into art pieces. These projects will be installed in schools, parks, hospitals and universities all over Karachi where artists will work on site to engage the local community.

The project Reel on Hai has been in full swing since July 2016 and will run until the Karachi Biennale which will take place between 22.10.2017 and 05.11.2017

 

Installation Connection 

About my installation for the project, which I created in the week of 27.02.2017 / 03.03.2017

In general my installations work has a tendency towards conceptual and minimal art but at the same time using often metaphoric symbols as well.. If it´s a outdoor construction the surrounding environment has lot of influence of the final outcome and design. Specially this installation differents at the end quiet a lot from the original plans.

The reels itself, the rope, the colours and the trees are metaphoric symbols for stability, preserve, connected and interwoven into environment, industry and society and the cable industry which laid one important base for Karachi's wealth

Location, Small Sculpture Park beside Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture ST-33, Block 2, Scheme 5, Clifton, Karachi 75600, Pakistan

 

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W:OW Project

The W:OW Project proudly informs about WOW.01 - the inaugural event of the global networking project

W:OW - We Are One World 

artvideoKOELN & The New Museum of Networked Art - are happy to annonce WOW.01 -

 

The W:OW Art Film and Video Festival @ Video Vortex XI @ Kochi Musziris Biennale 2016/2017 - Kerala/INDIA - 23-26 February 2017

 

The 2 screening programs have an Asian focus featuring videos by 

Sai Hua Kuan (Singapore), Mani Mehrvarz (Iran), Anupong Charoenmitr (Thailand, Mehmet ÖGÜT (Turkey), Noriyuki Suzuki (Japan), Shahar Marcus (Israel),Shuai-Cheng Pu (Taiwan), Richard Legaspi (Philippines, Sanglim Han (S.Korea), Weigang Song (China), Mohammed Harb (Palestine), Yovista Ahtajida (Indonesia)

and a global focus featuring as a premiere a selection from "The Refugee Film Collection 2" including works by 

Maria Korporal (Netherlands), Mauricio Saenz (Mexico), Les Riches Douaniers(France), Johannes Christopher Gérard (Germany), Masha Maria Yozefpolsky (Israel), Oksana Chepelyk (Ukraine), Mohamed Thara (Morocco), Lucija Konda Labas (Croatia), Anna Faroqhi & Haim Peretz (Germany)

 

W:OW - We Are One World

Still images from my video disorientated displacement

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OUT OF THE BLUE

December 2nd 2016 – February 26th, 2017

open 24 h.

 

Greylight Projects

Burgermeester Kessenplein 1

6431 KM Hoensbroek / Heerlen, The Netherlands

 

I find video a flexible medium with can be brought easily to a wider audience. Therefore I also take part with my silent version of Sorrow in this interesseting project from Greylight Projects