The IMAI – Inter Media Art Institute presents Paradise Tossed, a four-part screening series at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf’s Videolounge. 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. With a special focus on the relationships between technical achievements, working realities, and nature, the selected videos capture how these competing forces shape the landscapes and domestic environments that surround us. Following the rhythm of Scott’s work, which is divided into chapters dedicated to the 1900s, 1930s, 1960s, and 1990s, the screenings outline moments of conflict and resistance, but also of reconciliation and intimacy in the 2020s.
Curators: Kat Lawinia Gorska, Nele Kaczmarek and Darija Šimunović
with special support by Lucia Horňáková
Paradise Tossed: Intro
Paradise Tossed: Where Do We Go from Here?
Paradise Tossed: In the Name of Life
Paradise Tossed: Sister City
Videolounge der Stiftung IMAI im
Encountering disappearance and existence
Screening program with videos by Berlin-based artist Anna Zett
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.
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.