Videoart at Midnight is an artists’ cinema project founded in 2008 by Olaf Stüber and Ivo Wessel. Since then, once a month on a Friday at midnight, Berlin based artists are invited to show their work on the big screen of the legendary BABYLON Film Theater in Berlin district Mitte.
Each night is dedicated to one artist. The artists are present. It is their night. The artists often take the chance to celebrate premieres or to present works that were rarely shown before. They also stage live acts from time to time such as performances, concerts or lectures, accompanying the film and video presentations.
The aim of the screening series is to give an insight into the current video art production of Berlin’s unique international art scene and to give artists working with film and video their own bright platform.
Today media artworks are ubiquitous in the art world. However a significant part of these works require to be seen in a cinema, with its characteristic set of arrangements and conventions (Michel Foucault’s “dispositif”). Only the cinema setting offers the adequate conditions for the viewing of the entire work – from the beginning to the end. Only then, it becomes possible to trigger a discussion that reflects the artwork.
With its darkened room, its seating rows set in an immutable position in front of the large screen, its perfect projection and sound system, and the community it creates through the joint entering and the collective spectatorship, cinema seduces us into “enduring” artists’ moving-images and encourages us to challenge our individual film experiences.
In contrast with the exhibition installation or even with the internet, cinema provides us with a distinctive and often significantly more focused form of reception – thus opening new lines of inquiries for thinking the medium.
Videoart at Midnight fills a gap in Berlin’s art world, which is well embraced by the artists – i.e. as much the big names as those we don’t have (yet) on our radar – and highly appreciated by the audience.
Videoart at Midnight is a private, independent initiative. Admission is free and everybody is welcome.
The Capital Cultural Fund (Hauptstadtkulturfonds), 2018
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, 2018
Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin, 2022 – 2023
Akademie der Künste Berlin
Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art
BPA// Berlin program for artists
Fluentum – Contemporary Time-Based Art
Goethe Institute Salvador Bahia, München, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipeh, New Delhi, Washigton D.C., Beijing, Sofia
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Haus am Waldsee
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
n.b.k. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Times Art Center
Videonale at Kunstmuseum Bonn