Encountering disappearance and existence
In her works, Anna Zett follows the traces of what has seemingly disappeared and yet survives in manifestations of the unconscious. With analytical wit and emotional depth, the artist explores the colonial drama of the US fossil cult and deconstructs virtual encounters with dinosaurs in the Hollywood films. The messages of her performative inscription on the crumbling surface of a pile of gravel become unstable in the writing movement and disappear into the material. This is contrasted with the painting over of spontaneously created paintings on the Berlin Wall in November 1989 by the border police. Her most recent work deals with the state communism of the GDR and the emotional chaos it left behind. Anna Zett's poetic film works open up new readings of repressed history inscribed in artifacts, symbolisms, and bodies.
The exhibition is part of the IM FOKUS series, which presents new additions to IMAI's program.
Curated by Darija Šimunović
Dinosaur.gif, 2014, 22 min., silent
Program in IMAI's video lounge:
This Unwieldy Object, 2014, 47 min.
Es gibt keine Angst [Afraid Doesn’t Exist], 2023, 31:29 min.
Endarchiv, 2019, 18:21 min.
The artist and author Anna Zett (*1983 in Leipzig, works in Berlin) studied gender studies, cultural anthropology and philosophy at Humboldt University and art with Hito Steyerl, among others, at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Her work has been shown internationally at art institutions and film festivals such as the Whitney Museum in New York, TENT Rotterdam, and Forum Expanded at the Berlinale. She is a multiple grant awardee of the Berlin Senate. Since 2020, her works have been included in IMAI's distribution program.to the artist's website
Based on the video of the same name by Jill Scott from 1992, the series brings together works that speculate about dystopian but also hopeful future scenarios from a (queer-)feminist perspective
The Videonale Bonn and the IMAI present an online video art magazine and an exhibition at the Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne, complemented by the program series VIDEONALE.scope. -> Opening on Nov 24, 2023
Flowers from the Underground
Independent music videos of the 1980s between concert, home video and music television
Screening program with independent music videos from IMAI's archive
"Sometimes it gets out of hand and turns into music"
Exhibition with concerts and performances at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Screening program with video works from and about Düsseldorf.
PROLONGED: also on view from 8/31 to 9/3/2022!
Episode 5 - selected by Hedda Schattanik and Roman Szczesny
The Düsseldorf artists Hedda Schattanik and Roman Szczesny have put together a screening program with works from the IMAI archive, including works by Chris Newman and Marcel Odenbach.
Episode 4 - selected by Ji Su Kang-Gatto
Düsseldorf-based artist Ji Su Kang-Gatto has put together a screening program with works from the IMAI archive. In addition to her own videos, she is showing works by Róbert Olawuyi and Margot Zanni.
Episode 3 - selected by Lukas Marxt
As part of the anniversary program HITTING PUBERTY - 15 Jahre Stiftung IMAI, young artists from the Foundation's distribution program present their own work relating to historical videos from the IMAI archive, which have been groundbreaking for their personal development.
The exhibition in the NRW Forum is open to visitors again.
Do Videos Dream of Glitching?
The students of the Master of Arts in Art Education Curatorial Studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste discovered work on the subject of glitching as an aesthetic-conceptual tool and emancipatory strategy in the video art archive of the IMAI.