“John and I knew each other from studying at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg in the beginning of the 90s. We took the first pictures in 1998, since 1999, at the Venice Biennale, we built installations together. Shortly after, we had our first video camera. I made a habit of recording everything happening around me, soon afterwards with an even smaller camera, the whole process of the production with the involved issues of working together, the glam and the ordinaryness, the success and the own position in it. ” – Knut Klaßen
Knut Klaßen presents:
Die Geheimnisse des Herrn Onassis, 2010/2011, 115:00 min
The recordings for Die Geheimnisse des Herrn Onassis (The Secrets of Mr. Onassis) originated between 1999 and 2002 along the production of 13 John Bock exhibitions, starting from Athens to New York, Copenhagen, Rheims, Yokohama, London, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Vienna, Mönchengladbach to the endless 100 days of Documenta 11 in Kassel.
Featuring: John Bock und Abel Abdessemed, Marina Abramovic, Saâdan Afif, Doug Aitken, Marc Aschenbrenner, Charles Asprey, Ute Meta Bauer, Jytte-Merle Böhrensen, Cosima von Bonin, Bruno Brunnet, Werner Büttner, Maurizio Cattelan, Sadie Coles, Paulie Daly, Jochen Dehn, DJ Spookey, Olafur Eliasson, Cerith Wyn Evans, Harald Falckenberg, Peter Fischli, Dominique Gonzales-Förster, Monika Gintersdorfer, Massimiliano Gioni, Carsten Höller, Allen Herold, Laura Hoptman, Gregor Hildebrandt, Richard Julin, Anton Kern, Hanne Klaas, Aina Klaßen, Leon Klaßen, Renee Klaßen, Susanne Klaßen, Martin Klosterfelde, Eleni Koroneou, Ulrich Köhler, Alicia Kwade, Veith Loers, Thomas Loibl, Ingeborg Lüscher, Michel Majerus, Daniel Maurer, Gio Marconi, Wiebke Mauss, Christian Meyer, Jonathan Meese, Helmut Middendorf, Michael Neff, Tim Neuger, David Neumann, Lars Nilsson, Markus Oehlen, Gabriel Orozco, Patrick Orth, Bill Parton, Dan Peterman, Ascan Pinckernelle, Shaun Regen, Jason Rhoades, Attila Saygel, Wolfgang Schindler, Birgit Schneider, Alexander Schröder, Thomas Schütte, Harald Szeemann, Sven Temper, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Christin Vahl, David Weiss, Franz West, Johannes Wohnseifer, Abak, Chris, Luise, Simone and more
Editing: Marc Aschenbrenner, Knut Klaßen
Knut Klaßen (b. 1967 in Muenster, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. His visual art practise comprises filmmaking, photography and theatre. He creates films/video, also documentary, acts as director of photography for related artists, is managing the developing department of a larger Berliner artist studio, enhances his photographic oeuvre and produces simultaneously impressive theatre productions together with Monika Gintersdorfer as Gintersdorfer/Klaßen. Their shows and compelling productions are shown widely; among other venues in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), at Kampnagel in Hamburg or in the sophiensaele and Volksbühne in Berlin.
Knut Klaßen’s web site: www.knutklassen.com