31 Aug 2019–14 Sep 2019

Elske Rosenfeld

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Elske Rosenfeld works in various formats on the history of dissidence in Eastern Europe and on the events of 1989/90. Her ongoing project “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures” uses materials from 1989/90 and recent global protests and uprisings to explore how political events manifest and inscribe themselves in the bodies of their protagonists. The works of the series are assigned to specific gestures – circumcising, standing still, repeating, interrupting – in order to serve them as content and methodical guidance.

“A bit of a Complex Situation” (2-channel video, 2014) is an intervention in recordings of the first meeting of the Central Round Table of the GDR on December 7, 1989. Filmed by the filmmaker and member of the New Forum Klaus Freymuth, in the sequence representatives of opposition movements and state power are trying to agree on how to respond to a demonstration that clearly audibly passes by the building. Rosenfeld amplifies and repeats movements, gestures, and sounds from the original material, marking and intensifying the breaks and continuities between inside and outside, language and body, representation and embodiment.

“Versuch / Framed” (1-channel-video, 2018) is based on only roughly cut together video sketches by filmmaker Klaus Freymuth for an election spot for Alliance 90 (Bündnis 90) that emerged from the citizen movements of November 1990. The viewer sees and hears how Freymuth positions and films two protagonists of the Round Table –Ingrid Köppe and Wolfgang Ullmann– when viewing Freymuth’s recording of one of these meetings. In her editing, Rosenfeld plays with the interlaced temporal levels and changing conditions of viewing and assessing the political event of 1989/90 and the political forms of revolution and post-revolution.

Reading “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures”
The book project (published by Archive Books in the fall of 2019) takes the divergence of the 1989/90 Revolution and its historiography as the starting point for an attempt to find a way of writing, in which revolutions like these, as well as the more recent uprisings since 2011 not only can be described as a physical-political experience and as a promise that has not been fulfilled to this day but are able to continue to be inscribed into a political present and future.

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Elske Rosenfeld works in various formats on the history of dissidence in Eastern Europe and on the events of 1989/90. Her ongoing project “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures” uses materials from 1989/90 and recent global protests and uprisings to explore how political events manifest and inscribe themselves in the bodies of their protagonists. The works of the series are assigned to specific gestures – circumcising, standing still, repeating, interrupting – in order to serve them as content and methodical guidance.

“A bit of a Complex Situation” (2-channel video, 2014) is an intervention in recordings of the first meeting of the Central Round Table of the GDR on December 7, 1989. Filmed by the filmmaker and member of the New Forum Klaus Freymuth, in the sequence representatives of opposition movements and state power are trying to agree on how to respond to a demonstration that clearly audibly passes by the building. Rosenfeld amplifies and repeats movements, gestures, and sounds from the original material, marking and intensifying the breaks and continuities between inside and outside, language and body, representation and embodiment.

“Versuch / Framed” (1-channel-video, 2018) is based on only roughly cut together video sketches by filmmaker Klaus Freymuth for an election spot for Alliance 90 (Bündnis 90) that emerged from the citizen movements of November 1990. The viewer sees and hears how Freymuth positions and films two protagonists of the Round Table –Ingrid Köppe and Wolfgang Ullmann– when viewing Freymuth’s recording of one of these meetings. In her editing, Rosenfeld plays with the interlaced temporal levels and changing conditions of viewing and assessing the political event of 1989/90 and the political forms of revolution and post-revolution.

Reading “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures”
The book project (published by Archive Books in the fall of 2019) takes the divergence of the 1989/90 Revolution and its historiography as the starting point for an attempt to find a way of writing, in which revolutions like these, as well as the more recent uprisings since 2011 not only can be described as a physical-political experience and as a promise that has not been fulfilled to this day but are able to continue to be inscribed into a political present and future.

Artist Bio

Elske Rosenfeld

Elske Rosenfeld, born in Halle/Saale, lives in Berlin, works in different media and formats. Her primary focus and material are the histories of state-socialism and its dissidences, and the revolution of 1989/90. The ongoing project “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures” investigates how political events manifest and come to be archived in the bodies of their protagonists.

Her works have been featured in international exhibitions, among others at f/stop Leipzig (2018), Gorki Herbstsalon III (2017), mumok kino, Vienna (2016), steirischer herbst festival, Graz (2015), Devi Art Foundation, Delhi (2013) and Former West, Utrecht (2010). Her texts have been published in/on eipcp.net, Reviews in Cultural Theory, Springerin – Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, and other publications; she recently began blogging on www.dissidencies.net. More info on: www.elskerosenfeld.net.