21 January – 22 March 2020
YOU ARE BORING! (2015) by Vika Kirchenbauer investigates ‘looking’ and ‘being looked at’ through the perspective of five performers. By subverting the language of marketing, the artist draws attention to commodified bodies and actions.
Vika Kirchenbauer (b. 1983, Germany) is an artist, writer, and music producer based in Berlin. Kirchenbauer examines the troublesome nature of ‘looking’ and ‘being looked at’ in larger contexts, including labour, modern drone warfare, the power relationships of psychiatry, performer/spectator relations, participatory culture, contemporary art display and queer representational politics. She has given lectures at various universities and art schools and her award-winning works have been shown at art institutions and film festivals worldwide.
The Artists Film International 2020 programme responds to the theme of language. Local sounds, rituals and political realities feature, from the rhythms and images of a Bahamian Junkanoo to the contested ancestral lands on the desert border between Mexico and the USA.