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Philipp Gufler [Videonale.15]

* 1989, lives and works in Munich GER
Studied at Akademie der Bildenden Künste München GER, Hochschule der Gestaltung Karlsruhe GER and Universiteit van Amsterdam NED

  

Exhibitions [selection]:

 

2014 Gauweilereien, Schwules Museum*, Berlin GER [S]
         How to Project and Spell, Chisenhale Gallery, London GBR und CURCUITS AND CURRENTS, Athen GRE
2013 Eingeschlossen in München, mit Kerstin Stakemeier, Festival of Independents, Haus der Kunst, München         GER

2012 Eingebildete Männlichkeit, Akademie Galerie, München GER [S]
2011 I had dreamed the perfect painting“, Kunstpavillon München GER
         Speech Matters, Performance mit dem Künstlerkollektiv Salong Dänischer Pavillon, 54. Biennale    
         Venedig ITA

 

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Projektion auf die Krise (Gauweilereien in München), 2014, 36:18 min., sound, colour [Videonale 15]

»And when they were dead you missed them, but somehow you missed them even before they were dead«. 
In his video installation PROJEKTION AUF DER KRISE (GAUWEILEREIEN IN MÜNCHEN) (PROJECTION ON THE CRISIS (GAUWEILEREIEN IN MUNICH)) Philip Gufler reawakens the controversial documentation of AIDS-politics in Munich in the 1980s. Just like in an exhibition, I follow the camera past a collection of newspaper articles, posters and photos. These are press commentaries about the AIDS crisis, which have been complemented by artistic works by him and by other artists. The camera stops time after time at projected interviews with politicians or persons affected, zooms in. This turns pictures and direct quotes, all at various unconnected levels, into a dialogue. Sometimes I hear the artist whispering beside my ear or I recognise his blurred reflection in shiny objects, so that he himself seems to be a part of his work and the dialogue. Projections of his own artwork on the documented media make a comment on the countercultural movements of that time. Despite the neutral portrayal of the archive, the flood of media seems to be alarmingly close. The presence of the crisis is successfully implemented by the genuine way the media response of the 1980s is reproduced. Only with the final words I do return to the present: 
»...and on 22 November 2013 Gauweiler was elected as deputy vice-chairman of the party. His comeback was celebrated and not a word was spoken about his earlier AIDSand moral-crusader politics«.

Juliane Guder

Philipp Gufler