Clemens von Wedemeyer, an internationally renowned German filmmaker and video artist, will spend a week in residence at the University of California, Santa Barbara beginning May 12. His visit will include lectures, roundtable discussions, screenings of his films, and talks by other video artists. The events are free and open to the public.
While on campus von Wedemeyer will work with students from various departments to produce a short film titled "The Inner Campus," which he describes as a "phenomenology of academic life, its real and imagined spaces, its specific ways of seeing, hearing, and communicating."
The theme of von Wedemeyer's visit is "Video After Video in the Post-Media Age," and he will address that topic in a public lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte in Isla Vista. A screening of René Daalder's film "Here Is Always Somewhere Else: The Life of Bas Jan Ader" will follow at 7:30 p.m. in Buchanan 1940 with an introduction by Daalder. Among other events during the week is a roundtable discussion including von Wedemeyer; Jenny Schlenzka of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; Rudolf Frieling of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and scholars from UCSB, UC Riverside, and UC Davis. In addition, special presentations will be given by video artists Jordan Crandall, Doug Aitken, and James T. Hong.
A recent participant in the Münster Skulpturen Festival and the Moscow Biennale, von Wedemeyer is highly visible in the European contemporary art scene and is becoming increasingly well known in the United States. His work, which investigates the nature of film and its relationship to language and reality, has appeared at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
More information about von Wedermeyer's residence at UCSB, including a complete program of events, is available on the Web at www.ihc.ucsb.edu/vonwedemeyer