conceptual paradise
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-- tues, 20. june 2006 -- 8.00 pm 8

-- preview and discussion --

stefan römer [director] in discussion with geert lovink

conceptual paradise [2005, 110 min]

the film essay conceptual paradise: there is a place for sophistication traces out the debates that allowed the intellectual art movement of 'conceptual art' to emerge in the 1960s and led to the most relevant questions in art today.

in three years of filmic research, the artist and author stefan römer has interviewed numerous outstanding international artists with his film team. they speak about artistic practices and the socio-historical development of the various conceptual movements. in these discussions with the most interesting artists and art theorists alive today, the fiction and ideal of art as political engagement are brought to life. the history of art is a history of struggles around strategies of representation. this makes this film about conceptual art also a film about filmmaking. stefan römer developed a special filmic language to reflect on the state of international contemporary art.

interviews taken for the film conceptual paradise:


vito acconci, art & language [michael baldwin, mel ramsden, charles harrison], michael asher, john baldessari, daniel buren, dan graham, adrian piper, sol lewitt, yvonne rainer, allan ruppersberg, luis camnitzer, richard artschwager, július koller, stano filko, jiri kovanda, robert barry, stephen willats, joseph kosuth, victor burgin, hans haacke, lawrence weiner, mel bochner, ed ruscha, william anastasi, martha rosler, allan sekula, john miller, andrea fraser, mark dion, renée green, gregg bordowitz, stephen prina, thomas locher, christian philipp müller, liam gillick, heimo zobernig, sam durant, shilpa gupta, sonja khurana, atul dodija, vivan sundaram, etc.


benjamin h.d. buchloh, alexander alberro, geeta kapoor, sabeth buchmann, gregor stemmrich, charles harrison, geert lovink, georg schöllhammer, hedi saxenhuber.

with the documentary essay conceptual paradise , stefan römer continues his analytic engagement with forms and modes of narrative for artistic documentation. beside his extensive body of photography, his recent work includes the super 8 film corporate psycho ambient [235 media köln on dvd 2004] and the analysis of beauty , a short film produced on the basis of single photographic montages [on the dvd loop pool by graw böckler, commissioned by internationale kurzfilmtage oberhausen 2005]. his filmic praxis extends back before the period of video activism in the mid-1990s, including interview videos, for example on the 1993 exhibition unfair, and numerous multimedia punk performances in the 1980s.

in cooperation with museum k21 kunstsammlung im ständehaus düsseldorf. made possible with the financial support of kulturstiftung des bundes.