The Kebab Helix
And other fast food fantasies
In fast-food fantasies, contradictory values of capitalist society collide: rationality and functionality but also immoderation and comfort. Videographers have been grappling with this tension since the 1980s by appropriating the iconography of multinational corporations, questioning the logic of the franchise system, denouncing the mass production of food, and confessing signs of gluttony. Their path leads from a kebab stand in Rotterdam by way of a burger joint in London to a drive-in in Los Angeles.
Artists: Dara Birnbaum, Helen Anna Flanagan, Gorilla Tapes alias Vulture Video, Petr Vrána
Helen Anna Flanagan, Gestures of Matter, 2020
Dara Birnbaum, Fire! Hendrix, 1982
Gorilla Tapes alias Vulture Video, Lo Pay No Way, 1985
Petr Vrána, Microwaved Hot Dog, 1989
In the context of the exhibition THE KEBAB HELIX we are showing on 6 November 2020 at 8 p.m. Muscha’s film Decoder (1984, 87 min.) at the Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf. Trini Trimpop (coauthor and coproducer) is our guest and explains in conversation with the IMAI’s director Linnea Semmerling what the fast-food chain H BURGER is about.
Dr. Linnea Semmerling
The exhibition at the NRW-Forum had to remain closed because of the pandemic. We are instead presenting all of the works from the Screening Program online on the final weekend, from 29 to 31 January 2021. This way to the program!
Episode 5 - selected by Hedda Schattanik and Roman Szczesny
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.
Episode 2 - selected by Ale Bachlechner
The Cologne-based performance artist Ale Bachlechner has selected for the fifteenth anniversary of the IMAI historical and current video works in which language and performance are impressively employed.
Episode 1 - selected by Maki Satake
On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the Inter Media Art Institute, the Japanese artist Maki Satake has compiled a very personal program with videos on the journey of growing up.
Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann
The weird and the eerie
The exhibition presents current works by the artist duo Miriam Gossing and Lina Sieckmann (*1988, works in Köln and Portland, OR)
Dreams & Memories
This exhibition presents videos from the IMAI’s distribution program that establish connections to photography.
In Focus: Luzia Hürzeler
Luzia Hürzeler’s works treat different aspects of temporality: the individual experience of the flow of time, human striving for eternity, and the desire to overcome time.