Established as a new location for exchange and communication last year the DokfestForum will be continued as a festival meeting point with café and video library. The DokfestForum will provide a video library for accreditated guests making the festival program available on demand. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. guests will also be served coffee, cake and soup, free WLAN is also available. The evening events at the DokfestForum are free of charge. The entrance to the exhibition of Danh Vo is free of charge with the festival accreditation and the yearly pass of Kunsthalle Fridericianum.

Thursday 10 November 7 p.m.
Locally Connected – Artist Talk
with Martina Bramkamp, Mathilde ter Heijne and Kara Blake

Traditionally, the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival presents the development and artistic processes of artists who work with audio visual media in and around Kassel. This year, the festival shows three artists and their work, who are in one way or another “locally connected” to Kassel: Martina Bramkamp, Mathilde ter Heijne and Kara Blake. Martina Bramkamp and Mathilde ter Heijne are part of the new generation of teachers at the School of Arts and Design, Kassel, who started teaching last year. To initiate creative processes that deal with the city of Kassel, is also one of the goals of the A38-Production Grant. Last year, the grant was awarded to the Canadian artist Kara Blake, whose installation, which was inspired by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, will also be shown in the exhibition. In the artist talk Mathilde ter Heijne, Martina Bramkamp and Kara Blake will present and discuss a selection of their works.

Friday 11 November 7 p.m.
Artist Talk - Christian Jankowski
Christian Jankowski presents selected works and discusses with Rein Wolfs the points of intersection between art and film.

Christian Jankowski's films and installations continually address the various relations that can be found within the art market and focus on the medialization of the globalized world. He subtly connects various genres of art and the media in a new, often ironic way. In his film KUNSTMARKT TV of 2008, a professional teleshopping host and his charming assistant present various artworks by famous artists. The strategies of this questionable TV genre are mimicked by means of rhetoric and cliched gestures. Jankowski copies and questions existing shows of the mass media and creates, tongue-in-cheek, a media-psychological survey by referring to common strategies of the commercial and media industry. For a couple of years now, he adds paintings and sculptures to his body of work.
At the DokfestForum, Christian Jankowski will present the film KUNSTMARKT TV (2008), CLEANING UP THE STUDIO (2010), which will also run in the festival program, and his latest film CASTING JESUS (2011).

Saturday 12 November 3 p.m.
Curator's Tour
Rein Wolfs offers a guided tour through Danh Vo’s exhibition JULY, IV, MDCCLXXVI. Costs: 2 € + entrance fee (5 €, reduced 3 €)/ free of charge with the festival accreditation and the yearly pass of Kunsthalle Fridericianum.

Saturday 12 November 7 p.m.
Aura Dies Hard (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Copy)
A panel discussion with Anita Beckers, Candice Breitz, Nate Harrison und Ivo Wessel. Host: Alain Bieber. The event will be held in english.

The title of Nate Harrison's video really says it all: Since the beginning, almost 50 years ago, artists, theorists, curators and collectors repeatedly raised the question of the original and its copy, of the value and the possibilities of distribution of video art. While the first decades were characterized by the exploration of the technical possibilities as well as the attempt of creating a counter-publicity, the copy was not yet subject of discussion, due to the fact that a faultless copy could only be made with the original. The establishment of video art on the art market, the possibilities of digital production, copying and of online distribution raise the questions about the original and its availability. The art market had always asked for rarities to raise and calculate the value of an artwork. On the other hand, the ever present video channels such as youtube and vimeo make illegal recordings or copies of original movies available to everyone. A jungle of copies developed, but is also asked for: the screening copy, the edition for the collector, the safety copy for the archive, the copy for educational purposes, the always available copy on the internet with copyright or copyleft. And in the end, all collectors are left with the question of the best possible way of safekeeping and archiving.

Wed – Sun, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The festival is offering a video library with four individual viewing stations, giving the opportunity to view almost the entire film festival program. The VideoArtBar created by Ivo Wessel allows a straightforward navigation through the variety of documentary and experimental work. The preview area is located in the Rotunda of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum and will be open daily between 11 a. m. and 7 pm during the whole festival period.


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