Goethe-Institut brings in digital media art expert for ‘Big Sky’ exhibit

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Fourteen videos from the best students of contemporary art in Germany will be showcased in Manila from May 29 to July 3 under the title Looking at the Big Sky.

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To be held at the Gallery 1335 in Mabini, Manila digital media art expert Dr. Renate Buschmann and director of the Inter Media Art Institute (imai) in Düsseldorf will open the exhibit and will also serve as its curator.

The video exhibition has been traveling the world through the different branches of the Goethe-Institut. The Manila leg of its tour is the result of a partnership between the Goethe-Institut Philippinen and the Gallery 1335 Mabini.

The title Looking at the Big Sky evokes a variety of different associations: vastness of thoughts, freedom, openness, and unlimited possibilities. But it also refers to video practices that transcend borders and limitations, give free reign to ideas and encourage radical perspectives. The selected works employ an astonishing variety of motifs and methodologies.

Some tell fictional stories through individual assertions and performances, while others utilize pseudo-documentary formats. Reaching for the sky in so many different ways, the videos sometimes aim at an individual internal view that finds meaning in the seemingly insignificant and unspectacular, and other times seek to formulate an outlook on the immeasurable and indeterminate.

Dr. Buschmann will also hold a free workshop with the theme “The challenge of preserving and presenting media art” on May 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the same venue.

Gallery 1335 Mabini is located at 1335 Mabini St, Ermita, Manila.

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