city[Frequency] Eperimentalfilm von Maike Zimmermann
Ein experimentelles interdisziplinäres Projekt, das sich mit der Beobachtung urbaner Erfahrungen durch dokumentarische und narrative Elemente als Teil einer umfassenden Befragung des menschlichen Bewusstseins und Daseins befasst.
Experimentalfilm und interdisziplinäres Projekt von Maike Zimmermann
Since the beginning of modernism the urban way of life has strongly fascinated artists, writers and filmmakers. In rapidly growing cities they have found a vast play-field appropriating methods of the ethnographer or sociologist that encourage an embodiment of space and its mapping. The subjective camera, reminiscent of our participatory and highly selective viewing process within any environment, was crucial in Walter Ruttmann’s Berlin, die Sinfonie der Grosstadt (1927) and Dziga Vertov’s Chelovek s kinoapparatom (1929). Photographer and filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt experienced a cultural epiphany on his first encounter with New York, arriving from Europe in 1935. The camera clearly helped those artists to find alternative pathways, to figure out the hidden and neglected face of the stereotypical ‘ultimative city’.
Photography and film have offered them means to transcribe and to structure a particular urban experience and to identify in an environment, alongside its recording. This is due to the fact that soon after its development the photographic and subsequently the film camera were discovered to be instruments most appropriate to register the phenomena of everyday life. The film camera especially became the tool of observation in order to capture an expansive urban environment. The mechanical reproduction of reality was said to be the most trustful translation of a reality, difficult to grasp otherwise. According to Sigfried Kraucauer, the smallest observation can become important in this exploration of specific facets – those “urban vignettes” which, interwoven, help construct a substantial and multi-layered social, cultural and political critique.
Maike Zimmermann’s new work is positioning itself in this rich tradition of artists experiencing and reflecting urban space in their work. She traces those Urban Vignettes, Kracauer describes, making us aware of the hidden beauty behind urban regeneration projects and hectic means of transport, filling the urban ‘cul de sac’ with fresh personal narratives. Places begin to become alive.
Maike Zimmermann (born in Bremen, Germany in 1973, lives and works in London and Berlin) studied Photographic Studies (MA) at the University of Westminster in London. In 2013 she completed her Meisterschüler Degree in Art and Media at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She has received numerous awards, including the Grants for the Arts and the Artist International Development Fund from the Arts Council England, DAAD Promos Travel bursary and the micro bursary from the Bremer Film Fund. She has been part of international exhibition and residency programmes including in Norway, New York and Berlin.
EXHIBITION at A.P.T London 22 March – 1 April 2018
Art in Perpetuity Trust, A.P.T Gallery, Harold Wharf, 6 Creekside | Deptford | London SE8 4SA
Events in conjunction with the exhibition:
Urban Walks (curated by Carmen Billows)
23 March, 2pm– Andreas Lang: Notes from the Temporary City (Hackney Wick)
24 March, 11am – Stephen Watts: From Earth to Air: A Walk from Wapping to Aldgate East
Workshop on Sound and Site (led by Iris Garrelfs) 25 March, 10am – 4pm at APT
Artist Talk (with Maike Zimmermann) 31 March, 1 – 2pm at APT
Das Projekt wurde in der Vorbereitung gefördert durch die Microförderung aus Mitteln des Senators für Kultur 2015.