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Frances Scholz [Videonale.8 & 14]

*1962, in Washington D.C. USA, lives and works in Cologne GER
Studied at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin GER

Exhibitions [selection]:

2013 body text, Galerie oqbo, Berlin GER 9th International Festival of Digital Arts & New Media, Athens Video
         Art Festival, Athen GRE

2012 1st Tblisi Triennale: Offside Effect, Tblisi GEO

         Frances Scholz, Episodes of Starlite I-V, Screening, Premiere of Starlite V, Filmforum Museum Ludwig, 

         Cologne GER [S]

         Chinatown: the sequel, China City screening, ltd Los Angeles, Los Angeles USA

2010-12 Episodes of Starlite I, II, III & IV, as part of the Cosima von Bonin Exhibition Loop #1, 

         Witte de With, Rotterdam, NED, Loop #2, Arnolfini, Bristol, GBR, Loop #3 Mamco, Geneva SUI and 

         Loop #4, Museum Ludwig Cologne GER 

2011 Dystopia, CAPC Museum, Bordeaux FRA

         Frances Scholz/Mark von Schlegell, Filmscreening, Chisenhale Gallery, London GBR [S]

2010 Frances Scholz, China City, Babylon Kino, Berlin GER [S]

         Frances Scholz/ Filmscreening, China City, Image Movement/Sprüth Magers, Berlin GER [S]

2008 Frances Scholz, Filmscreening, My dinner with Merlin, Greene Naftali, New York USA [S]


Frances Scholz x

Wir kennen uns übrigens, 1998, 4 min. [VIDEONALE.8]


Frances Scholz x

Episodes of Starlite I-V, 2011-12, 50 min., Sound, Colour [Episode the Fifth "Manse of Manor Tril"] [VIDEONALE.14]

Pictures projected on a woman’s naked body and on untouched landscapes act as the stage for the battle of the sexes. The film “Episodes of Starlight 1-V” (2011-2012) by artist and film maker Frances Scholz is based on a fantasy-tale by the American science fiction author Mark von Schlegell. In five episodes the film illustrates the concept of a matriarchal monarchy threatened by male opponents. The scene of the story is a fictional continent shaped like the body of a goddess. As inspiration, the naked female body repeatedly emerges from the various zones of the overlaid projections. The episodes demonstrate the stages of the creation of a myth by combining elements such as musical performance, theatre and light and documenting them. In irregular sequences, the tale shows extracts from the making-of of a mythical, imaginary film, while fragments of the original tale can be heard off-camera. The work modifies archetypes of fantasy genre by showing them from the perspective of art and of the female sex. This abstract film attempts to develop its own iconography separately from the traditional art-historical role. Its purpose is to reverse this, to show it “as a fantasy of pure light, pure filmic art and painting” (Frances Scholz), free of gender roles and idealised pictures.

Veronika Kornas und Sabine Schiffer

Frances Scholz [ Videonale.8 & 14 ]