From the beginning, video art has been used as a medium of artistic self-reflection, because unlike analogue film, video allows the simultaneous reproduction of the filmed material on a monitor. The analysis of concepts of the self has not lost its relevance to gender research, new scientific developments and the increasing amount of self-presentation in the mass media and on social networks. Using new narrative techniques in media art, such as the loop, multichannel projection and the split screen, artists are constantly expanding their pictorial repertoire.
The connection between psychology and the moving image is investigated by Kristin Lucas (*1968, Davenport, US), Tracey Emin (*1963, Croydon, GB) and Doug Aitken (*1968, Redondo Beach, US) in their work. Mathilde ter Heijne (*1969, Strasbourg, FR), Candice Breitz (*1972, Johannesburg, SA) and Cindy Sherman (*1954 Glen Ridge, US) are concerned with issues of female identity. Brice Dellsperger (*1972, Cannes, FR) Mark Leckey (*1964, Birkenhead, GB), Ryan Trecartin (*1981, Webster, US) and Matthew Barney (*1967, San Francisco, US) expand the spectrum of gender identities and make the boundaries between appear effortless and permeable. The title of the exhibition Again and Again is based on the eponymous single-channel installation by Björn Melhus (*1966, Kirchheim unter Teck, DE), in which he explores the subject of cloning in a humorous manner and which is presented on eight monitors.
Curated by Daniel Milnes