The Politics of Feeling: Karin Michalski at the Venice Biennial

     |    Thursday, der 18. August 2011

Berlin Filmmaker Karin Michalski, represented on with Pasha and Sofia and Working On It , is presenting a film & video program at this year’s Venice Biennial in September. The program is titled feeling bad.

Karin Michalski blasts open the unhappy archive of images and narrations to examine the idea that feelings are political – especially when you are feeling bad.

Are killjoys, troublemakers and affect aliens a different kind of political agent? Could being at an impasse, or being stuck between numbness, apathy, shyness, ambivalence, melancholia, grief or rage become a starting point for alternative political concepts?

The program follows the idea that sizzling under the surface of feeling bad are lil’ moments of resistance and protest. Even if these feelings can’t find a clear path to exit, or a way to engage in political action, they do produce an alienating but also liberating effect.

Texts and books by Sara Ahmed, Ann Cvetkovich, Lauren Berlant and Heather Love inspired the program.

A.L. Steiner, Van Barnes, Zackary Drucker, Mariah Garnett,  You will never, ever be a woman. You will live the rest of your days entirely as a man and you will only grow more masculine with each passing year. There is no way out. 2008 Eija-Liisa Ahtila , Ground Control, 2001

Vivienne Dick, She Had Her Gun All Ready, 1978

Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn, Whacker, 2005

Klara Lidén, Untitled (Trashcan), 2010

Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Contagious!, 2010

Susanne M. Winterling, „Untitled (The Pressure Behind Your Nail Color My Dear)“, 2008

Ira Sachs, Last Address, 2009

Emma Wolukau Wanambwa, A short video about Tate Modern, 2003, 2005

FEELING BAD is part of Chewing the Scenery curated by Andrea Thal.

….and, take a chance, have a look at the exhibition  ( Sept 7-Sept 10 it is open 10 am – 2 pm) :   No Past / No Future by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz

Venue Info:   Teatro Fondamenta Nuove,  Cannaregio 5013, Venezia

Transport:   Vaporetto line 41 / 42 or 51 / 52  to Fondamente Nove,  Vaporetto line 1 to Ca’ d’Oro

feeling bad , a film & video art program at the Venice Biennial September 9, 2011, 8 pm at the Swiss Off-Site Pavilion (venue: Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, Cannaregio 5013, Venezia) curated by Karin Michalski and presented by Renate Lorenz & Karin Michalski

The presenters would be very happy to meet you in Venice for an evening full  of short film & video art worksand a talk with our special guest  Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa.