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Beate Geissler & Oliver Sann [Videonale.11]

*1970 Neuendettelsau GER, lives in Chicago USA
Studied at Fachhochschule Würzburg-Schweinfurt GER, at Staatlichen Fachakademie für Fotodesign, München GER and at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe GER


*1968 in Düsseldorf GER, lives in Chicago USA
Studied at Staatlichen Fachakademie für Fotodesign, München GER and at Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln GER


Exhibitions [selection]:


2011 Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin, GER [S]
         Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken, GER [S]
         Brief Histories, Sharjah University City, Sharja, UAE

2010 night light, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, USA
         The real estate, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, USA [S]
         personal kill, Kunstverein Bremerhaven, GER

2009 Several Silences, Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA

2008 who is who, Galerie Carol Johnssen, GER
         Dreamberries – between dream and trauma, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, GER

2007 Wargraphics from Otto Dix + contemporay videoart from Russia and Germany, Goethe Institute, Smolny

         Institut, St. Petersburg, RUS






Kurze Beschreibung zu “fuck the war”.



Artikel zur Videonale 11, u.a. zu  “fuck the war”


Beate Geissler & Oliver Sann [Videonale.11] x

fuck the war, 2006, 3:56 min., sound, colour [Videonale.11]

The words fuck the war are sprayed in a child´s handwriting on the dirty interior wall of a deserted car dealership. And it is also children who are playing war games there, dressed in camouflage and wielding toy machine guns. The message of the graffiti, which is likewise the title of this video by Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann, hovers between punk defiance and political statement. Should it be understood as a rejection of the way adults do battle when the little boys exchange their machine guns for iron bars, no longer fighting each other but instead smashing up a washing machine? The lust for violence remains the same, and is echoed acoustically by the rhythmic strikes of the metal bars. Like the eye of the camera, the viewer becomes a passive voyeur following the action, which reels back and forth between fun and aggression. The dawning consciousness of the small step it takes to go from trivial game to deadly reality as it is shown daily in the media leaves a bitter taste in our mouths. Pondering the violent episodes that have constantly recurred throughout world history, the writer and scholar Georg Büchner once posed the disquieting question that is also latent underneath the surface of fuck the War: "What is it in us that lies, murders, steals?"

Cécile Zachlod

Beate Geissler & Oliver Sann