Gernot Wieland

Ink in Milk

Gernot Wieland, Ink in Milk, 2018

installation view: Quartz Studio, Turin, Italy

Moving image is the predominant device Gernot Wieland uses to subtly voice the complexities of living in our secular society. Through scribbly line, grainy film, and plastic forms, Gernot’s works blend various rag-tag fragments into complex, psycho-social narratives.


Turtleneck Phantasies, 2022

Turtleneck Phantasies

Gernot Wieland, Turtleneck Phantasies, 2022

Installation view: Kindl, Berlin, Germany

Turtleneck Phantasies, 2022, is a poem that comes to us in fragments through video. The author’s life story forms the point of departure for the work. Born in Germany shortly before World War II, he wrote poems and worked as a sailor on a British cargo ship. In the 1980s he was one of only four people to survive a serious shipwreck. Severely traumatised, he was committed to a psychiatric clinic in England for several years and later moved to a home in West Berlin, where he lived until his death. In the homes he began tattooing words and (mostly illegible) texts and drawings on the skin of his fellow patients.

Gernot Wieland, Turtleneck Phantasies, 2022

Video: single-channel Super 8 with digital, sound with English dialogue and English subtitles
00:17:36


Bird in Italian is Uccello, 2021

Bird in Italian is Uccello

Gernot Wieland, Bird in Italian is Uccello, 2021

Installation view: BIENALSUR, 3rd Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de America del Sur, Buenos Aires, Argentinia

Bird in Italian is Uccello, 2021, furthers Gernot’s interest in psychological states and the constitution of belonging in different social contexts. Drawing upon Daphne du Maurier’s short story The Birds, and its subsequent cinematic adaptation, Bird in Italian is Uccello (re)enacts a theatrical production of the horror-thriller. Working specifically with an account of a never performed theatre production of Maurier’s story – one that was meant to be staged at a psychiatric hospital in northern Italy – Gernot’s film inverts the original script’s roles: human characters become birds and the bird protagonists become humans. Deploying Slavoj Zizek’s notion of the ‘real,’ this role reversal not only shakes up ideas of reality, but through Gernot, becomes a way to connect socio-political fear to the migration of birds; conflating social psychology and nature to explore notions of power in turn.

Gernot Wieland, Bird in Italian is Uccello, 2021

Video: single-channel Super 8 with digital, sound with English dialogue and English subtitles
00:14:26


A Perfect Square, 2020

A Perfect Square, 2020, is a three-minute long Super 8 film based on drawings, paintings and potato prints and includes a narration about Kandinsky’s square and doors and houses, consciousness and shapes, and recessive colors.

Gernot Wieland, A Perfect Square, 2020

Video: single-channel Super 8, sound with English dialogue and English subtitles
00:14:26


Ink in Milk, 2018

Ink in Milk

Gernot Wieland, Ink in Milk, 2018

Installation view: Belmacz, London, UK

Ink in Milk, 2018, is a knotted string together of histories, fictions and images. Through the flickering vignettes of a schoolboy trauma, visits to a friend at a psychiatric institution and encounters with animals, Ink in Milk exposes the anxious, web-like structures that underpin the tragicomedy of existence. The artist’s narrative is accompanied by a series of schematic, childlike diagrams, line drawings, ink paintings, plasticine animations, and crystalline sculptural forms, punctuated with super 8 film clips. Sometimes these images illustrate the narrative voice as gathered evidence; at other points they are oblique documents, disrupting chains of causality.

Gernot Wieland, Ink in Milk, 2018

Video: single-channel Super 8 with digital, sound with English dialogue and English subtitles
00:12:30


Thievery and Songs, 2016

Thievery and Songs

Gernot Wieland, Thievery and Songs, 2016

Still from video: single-channel Super 8 with digital, sound with English dialogue and English subtitles

Gernot Wieland, Thievery and Songs, 2016

Video: single-channel Super 8 with digital, sound with English dialogue and English subtitles
00:22:40


Lecture-performance recordings

Have we ever considered the whale?

Gernot Wieland, Have we ever considered the whale?, 2023

lecture-performance, photo: Marlene Burz © Gernot Wieland, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2023


Drawings and prints

The victory of mind over body

Gernot Wieland, The victory of mind over body, 2018

crayon on paper, 29.8 × 42 cm

Turtleneck Phantasies (Diagram)

Gernot Wieland, Turtleneck Phantasies (Diagram), 2022

Ink and watercolour on paper

Jay Jay hiding behind the door

Gernot Wieland, Jay Jay hiding behind the door, 2018

ink, pencil, collage, potato print on paper, 29.8 × 42 cm

Ink in Milk

Gernot Wieland, Ink in Milk, 2018

Installation view: Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

Gernot Wieland

Installation view: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland

untiled drawing

Gernot Wieland, untiled drawing, 2018

crayon on paper


Artist editions

Thievery and Song | Diebstahl und Gesänge

Gernot Wieland, Thievery and Song | Diebstahl und Gesänge, 2020

publication (ISBN: 978-0-9926891-7-9)

Ink in Milk (poster)

Gernot Wieland, Ink in Milk (poster), 2018

screenprint on paper, 84 × 59 cm

Wertlos

Carla Ahlander/Gernot Wieland, Wertlos, 2020

Edition Stamp


Artist bio

Gernot Wieland

, Gernot Wieland

Gernot Wieland (b.1968, Horn, Austria), studied at the Universität der Künste, Berlin and Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna.

 

 

Drawing, video, and lecture-performance, these are the predominant devices Gernot uses to subtly voice the complexities of living in our secular society. Through scribbly line, grainy film, and absurd presences, Gernot composes the narratives of his works by blending various rag-tag fragment into complex accounts where the personal alludes to the socio-historic and the socio-historic to the personal.

 

 

Recent exhibitions include: Turtleneck Phantasies, Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art – M 1 VideoSpace, Berlin, Germany (2022); ECOPOETICS OF GENERIC WORLD, DIVERSEartLA, LA, USA (2022); Transferencia, Kirchner Cultural Center, BIENALSUR, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2021); Quartz Studio, Turin, Italy (2021); Videonale, Festival for Video und Time-Based Art, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2021); Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2020); Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria (2020); ANIMA – Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2020); The Law is a White Dog, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway, Ireland (2020); Wait and See, IFFR – International Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2020); Zoo Cosmos, Casa Conti /Ange Leccia Art Center, Oletta, France (2020); 15th IndieLisboa – International Independent Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal (2020); 12×12, IBB Video Space at Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2020); Videoart at Midnight, Berlin, Germany (2020); Risentimento / Ressentiment, Merano Arte, Merano, Italy (2020); Grand Hotel Abyss, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria (2019); Ink and Milk, Belmacz, London, UK (2019,); Vdrome, London, UK (2019); Monitoring, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany (2018); Zeitspuren, Centre d´art Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland (2018); a lecture performance at OGR, Torino, Italy (2018); Shame, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany (2018), Survival Kit 9, LCCA – Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia (2017); The Museum of Modern Comedy in Art – A Proposal, Projects Art Centre, Dublin, Ireland (2017); MOSTYN Open 20, Llandudno, Wales (2017); 9th Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, Vigeland Museum, Oslo, Norway (2017); 33rd International Short Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany (2017); 34. Kasseler Dokumentar, Film und Videofest, Kassel, Germany (2017).

 

Gernot’s films have been screened internationally, at festivals such as Videonale, Festival for Video und Time-Based Art, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; IndieLisboa – International Independent Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal; EMAF – European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany; VIII Kinodot Experimental Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia; Kasseler Dokumentar, Film und Videofest, Kassel, Germany; International Short Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany; Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival, Athens, Greece; International Film Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Jakarta International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Indonesia; Gimli Film Festival, Gimli, Canada; Dobra, Festival de Cinema Experimental, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

 

Gernot has been the recipient of numerous international awards, including the best experimental film under 30 minutes at the German Short Film Awards (2022); the 24th edition of the Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris (2022); the Best Film Award at the VIII Kinodot Experimental Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia (2020); the German Film Critics’ EMAF Media Art Award (2019); and the MOSTYN Open (2017).

 

Gernot lives and works in Berlin.

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