Private Project

THE MOTHER WITH ONE ARM, 2020, Dokumentation der Mixed-Media, 4-Kanal Videoinstallation, 17`06``, Farbe, 5.1 Ton

DE / Mit 16 Jahren verbrachte Karen ein Jahr in einem Internat für Jugendliche mit Lungenerkrankungen in Berchtesgaden in den deutschen Alpen. Die autofiktionale Erzählung basiert auf dokumentarischen Quellen wie Briefen ihrer Mutter, Fotos, Erinnerungen und der Erforschung der alpinen Tradition „Krampuslauf“, bei der Männer von Kopf bis Fuß in Stroh gewickelt sind und die Dorfbewohner mit Ruten schlagen. Eine szenografische Installation in einem Studio bietet den Rahmen, in dem die Darsteller improvisatorische Ansätze, Wiederholung, Reproduktion und Reenactments durchführen.

EN / At 16, Karen spent a year at a boarding school for young people with lung diseases in Berchtesgaden in the German Alps. The autofictional narrative is based on documentary sources such as letters from her mother, photographs, memories, and research into the alpine tradition of "Krampuslauf," in which men are wrapped head to toe in straw and beat the villagers with rods. A scenographic installation in a studio provides the framework in which the performers perform improvisational approaches, repetition, reproduction and reenactments.

PERFORMER:
Sina Guntermann, Danila Lipatov, Andreas Niegl,
Marios Pavlou, Hye Young Sin, Karen Zimmermann
CAMERA:
Kaspar Achenbach
ASSISTANT CAMERA:
Adrian Witzel
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / CAMERA: FLATSCREEN:
Nikolai Meierjohann
EDIT SUPERVISION:
Danila Lipatov
CAMERA: RESEARCH BERCHTESGADEN:
Tobias Löhde
SOUND DESIGN:
Max Mauro Schmid
LIGHTING:
Martin Paret
PROPS / SET DESIGN REALISATION:
Leah Heeren, Thomas Lambertz
OBJECTS REALISATION SUPPORT:
Axel Autschbach, Bernd Voss
PRODUCTION:
Petra Clemens, Kasia Renner
GRADING:
Ewald Hentze

DOKUMENTATION:
CAMERA:
Nikolai Meierjohann
GRADING:
Ewald Hentze

  • Karen Zimmermann
    Director
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 36 seconds
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Karen Zimmermann

KAREN ZIMMERMANN (*1986) graduated with distinction in media arts at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in January 2020, majoring in video art and performance. Since 2017 she was part of the performance collective "You Are Group", Between March and August 2020 they worked as resident artists at Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature in Münster. They received funding from the Kunststiftung NRW and were invited with the piece "YOU ARE" to the Videonale, Bonn and the Ruhrtriennale, Bochum, among others. With the piece (WORK) they were invited by the Theater, Münster the Favoriten Festival, Dortmund and to a contribution for "1000 Scores" by Helgard Haug / Rimini Protokoll. In December 2020 she participated with the 4-Channel Videoinstallation "The Mother with One Arm" in the group show „And Me, Streams of You" at Marres Maastricht. Karen Zimmermann's collaborative project "The System of the Garden" with Danila Lipatov was funded in 2020/21 by the Kunststiftung NRW - Junge Szene and the BBK Cologne and shown in a solo exhibition as part of the received Chargesheimer grant for media art of the city of Cologne 2021, in the Artothek Cologne. Since 2021, she has been working on the visual dramaturgy for Deufert&Plischke, among others. Her artistic work deals with collaborative, documentary and performative practices and addresses questions of personal identity and public performance.

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