The film programme of IHME Contemporary Art Festival has been composed by Cologne based film critic Olaf Möller. He was invited to do research on Theaster Gates´s multifaceted body of artistic work and select themes for the two film series of the festival. Friday´s program on April 7th is built around Imagining Japan and Saturday´s program takes us to the world of Reading Remains. Möller tells the story behind his choices of themes:
“Composing the program it seemed most sensible and pertinent to look for aspects of Gates’ art that might invite some kind of response in cinematographic terms. I found myself being intrigued by elements of Gates’ first major exhibition, Plate Convergences (2007). Mark the word: Convergences – for this is what this whole program (and maybe Gates’ art as such) is all about: Bringing cultures seemingly apart together, finding ideas and shapes that connect people; and what could be more important at a moment in time when the new president of Gates’ native land is busy doing the opposite (and that most probably in violation of the country’s constitution)?… “
Read Olaf Möller´s text in full as PDF here.