Oktober 2013


The exhibit nonliteral presents thirteen international projects of new and diverse storytelling methodologies in video art. In addition to works by Rebecca Allen, Bjørn Melhus, Yves Netzhammer, Kota Ezawa, Julia Charlotte Richter and Katrin Stroebel, films by Inbar Ben Ishay, Candice Breitz, Stefan Constantinescu, Cao Guimarães, Richard Mosse, Jack + Ruby Leigh and Julika Rudelius can also be seen. Recent works and works which already achieved an historical status are presented side by side. Along with animation and performance approaches, you will also find artistic ideas that reference the technique of collage (found footage) as well as the new narrative strategies of American series.

The timeline begins with Bjørn Melhus’s 2001 piece »The Oral Thing«, which is a parody of U.S. reality TV, and finishes with this year’s Venice Biennale Irish Pavillion exhibition, the 5- channel installation »The Enclave« by Richard Mosse, which speaks of the horrors of the ongoing war in Congo and the suffering of the population, in images that have a strange and seductive beauty.

Richard Mosse · »Platon, North Kivu, Eastern Congo«, 2012 Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse · »Platon, North Kivu, Eastern Congo«, 2012
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

»The Enclave« is a search for more adequate strategies to represent eastern Congo’s overlooked humanitarian disaster, in which at least 5.4 million people have died of war-related causes since 1998. Employing an obsolete military surveillance film which registers infrared light, The Enclave immerses the viewer in a challenging and sinister world, exploring aesthetics in a situation of profound human suffering. At the heart of the project, as Mosse states, is an attempt to bring »two counter-worlds into collision: art’s potential to represent narratives so painful that they exist beyond language, and photography’s capacity to document specific tragedies and communicate them to the world«.

Jack + Leigh Ruby’s installation translates real events directly into cinematic fiction. Produced by the artists Eve Sussman and Simon Lee, »Car Wash Incident« is an re-enactment of an actual insurance fraud, its planning and implementation differing very little, arguably, from many artistic strategies. World premiere at B3 Biennale – Frankfurt 2013!

Car Wash Incident – 6 min. excerpt

The exhibition will be hosted at the brand new quarters of Atelierfrankfurt. For the first time, it will open its new home in Frankfurt’s East End to a wider audience.

nonliteral – Artistic Positions on New Narratives
Opening in Atelierfrankfurt: 31.10.2013 at 8.30 pm
Exhibition Duration: 01.11. – 07.11.2013
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, daily from 10 – 20 Uhr


The B3 Moving Image Biennial is a new festival which explores and celebrates the world of the moving image. It will be held from 10/30 to 11/03/2013 in Frankfurt and in the Rhine-Main region. The central theme is »Expanded Narration. Das neue Erzählen«. As part of this festival, a special screening will also take place to present a new dimension of moviegoing experience that involves freeing the film from the convention of the rectangular screen and extending it across the entire cinema space.

A 360˚ dome projection immerses viewers in a world of images: we no longer look at pictures, but find ourselves in their midst, just as in real life. The fulldome experience is perhaps the most striking example of the theme of Imersion, which is devoted to the innovative transformation of moving images and sounds in, and into, space. This new medium, long a staple for projecting scientific films in planetariums, is now being explored by film and video artists around the world. Excited about its array of possibilities, from innovative feature-length narrative films to experimental installations, the international scene gathers every year at the »FullDome Festival« in Jena.

The B3 Biennial brings to Frankfurt for the first time a selection of high-caliber artistic fulldome films from Canada, the USA, Australia, England, Spain, and Germany, and features discussions with the filmmakers about the future of this new medium. Follow these recommendations or visit the screening schedule for the whole section. And here is the complete festival programme.

»Carte Blanche to SAT« – SAT FEST 2013 
»SAT FEST 2013« is a selection of immersive short films created by more than 16 Montreal-based artists and coproduces by the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]. 

Thursday, 31. October 2013, 20:00 – 21:00

»Alien Action« with Ralph Heinsohn
Mortal fear, hamster purchases, masshysteria! Aliens have landed in Frankfurt. Mean battle droids have targeted earth in the darwinistic struggle for territory and start the invasion in the middle of the baking capital. The Fulldome movie Alien Action reveals itself to be an unusual and ironic interpretation of »War of the Worlds« and combines science fiction and pop art in a collage of animation, music videos and radio play elements.
Friday, 1. November 2013, 21:00 – 22:00

»Six Mil Antennas« with Johnny Ranger
»Six Mil Antennas« is a 360 degree immersive film that employs a range of visual and audio codes to bring a surrealist perspective to the forefront. Framing shifting communication processes in a fictional setting, the whimsical, open-ended work re-imagines different states of the world in a futuristic timeframe. Through a series of events, the piece alternates its tone between deconstructed gravity, aesthetic sensuality and satirical humor. Inserting filmed actors in faux designed landscapes, the film creates non-linear narratives of a personal, social and political nature and expresses a complex intertwining multiverse, in which the characters and abstract landscapes evolve.
Saturday, 2. November 2013, 20:00 – 21:00

Six Mil Antennas / Extended trailer

B3 Moving Image Biennial | 10/30 to 11/03/2013 from 11 p.m. to midnight at several locations | Frankfurt/Germany

Still Life (Betamale)

Filthy keyboards, digital pack rat interiors, fetish anime art and 8-bit video game graphics embedded in a loopy realness – the digital lifestyle of Jon Rafman’s »Still Life (Betamale)« collage is breathtaking, or as Brandon Soderberg said: »This collage of a clip invokes awe, empathy, sadness, and horror all at once, or one after another or who even knows, could receive, right?«

Still Life (Betamale), Jon Rafman + Oneohtrix Point Never, 2013

Raton Salvaje

Amusement parks without amusement – Jaume Albert Martí’s »Raton Salvaje« is a portrait series of fairground ride and tombola ticket sellers sitting in their tiny cash desks – with colors that are bright and gaudy. Martí’s photos provide you a rarely moment, because without the audience around the focus moves to the workers in their cell.

All images © Jaume Albert Martí

All images © Jaume Albert Martí

All images © Jaume Albert Martí

All images © Jaume Albert Martí.