From 29 January to 11 February, the Storytek x B3 Salon will turn Storytek’s Creative hub into a popup gallery under the theme “Images of Desire” showcasing a selection of works of internationally acclaimed media artists curated by the B3 Biennal, Frankfurt.

The program will feature three works from globally exhibited artists Federico Solmi (Italy, US), Ann Oren (Israel, Germany) and Carlos Aires (Spain) exploring through digital arts the contemporary politics in the US, police, and surveillance of society, and idols and fandom in present-day Japan. The pop up gallery is open daily at Storytek’s Creative Hub, Parda 6, 4th floor, Tallinn.

On February 8th, Storytek will host a dedicated discussion and networking Salon with B3’s Festival Director and renown German media arts curator, prof. Berndt Kracke, the managing director, Anna Katherina Gerson, and the B3 BEN 2017 Award winner, media artist Ann Oren. Participants will be able to hear from the wide curatorial experience of B3 Biennal as well as get an in-depth look into the current themes and developments in the field of digital art, content, technology and new platforms.

Federico Solmi’s “The Great Farce” (2017, VR experience) imagines reality has become an eternal amusement theme park. It has become a place where the world’s leaders can rewrite, fabricate, or travel to any event of the past, present, or future. They entertain, distract, and misdirect the world’s population through spectacle. The virtual reality experience is a snapshot from Solmi’s multiscreen installation presented at the Schauspiel Frankfurt at B3 Biennal 2017.

Socio-political satire seethes in the edgy works of Federico Solmi (b. 1973, Italy. Based in Brooklyn). Exhibited throughout the world‎, and this spring in a solo museum presentation at MACZUL in Venezuela, the expressionist is also a B3 award-winner and accompanied the B3 team to Beijing and Shanghai. Fame and power, legacy and status, hypocrisy and injustice are among the issues the notorious animator will bring to bear on his B3 commission, a multi-channel work, to be projected on to the façade of the Frankfurt Opera house.

Ann Oren’s “The World Is Ours” (2017, multiscreen video) is a 5 channel video installation mixing sampled animation with live documentary scenes shot in Tokyo. It revolves around Hatsune Miku, the feminine manga personification of a synthesizer software created for promotional purposes and to enhance user engagement. The project explores the merger of fantasy into everyday reality by a cosplay enactment of the figure, performed by the artist herself along hardcore Miku fans in Japan and excerpts from an abundance of fan-made music and animation.

Ann Oren, born in Tel-Aviv, is a visual artist and filmmaker. She studied Film (BA) and Fine Arts (MA) at The School of Visual Arts, NY. Her works were screened at the Anthology Film Archives, Apexart, The Hammer Museum, the Moscow Biennial for Young Art, Tel Aviv Museum, Videoformes, WRO Media Art Biennial, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, DokLeipzig, New Horizons Film Festival, and Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Carlos Aires’ “Sweet Dreams are made of this” (2016, video) shows two policemen dancing a tango version of the famous song performed by The Eurhythmics. In its origins, tango was mainly a dance between two men. They danced in harbor brothels. It was the result of the cultural mix of locals with immigrants. It was originally forbidden by the church and rejected by high society, which resulted in its development in poor suburbs and working-class slums.

Born in Ronda, Spain in 1974, Aires earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Granada. He completed his studies at Fontys Academy Tilburg, HISK Antwerp and Ohio State University. His work can be found in public collections. Noteworthy examples include ARTIUM, Spain; MACBA, Spain; Fondation Francès, France; ARTER, Turkey; Maison Particulière, Belgium; Museum Biedermann, Germany; 21c Museum USA; MAK, Austria; Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium.

The Storytek x B3 Biennal Salon is kindly supported by the Goethe Institut Tallinn.

About B3 Biennal

Since 2013 the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image in Frankfurt, Germany has shaped the genre- and cross-nation debate, has addressed new trends and developments in the field of the moving image. Since then within the context of the large national and international film and media festivals, art biennials, technology congresses and fairs it has acquired a special position as it has very successfully initiated a broadly-based dialog crossing sectors and genres.
With its modules Festival, Parcours and Campus/Market, the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image offers a comprehensive range of events, which propels the debate and networking of experts and young talents from film, TV, virtual and augmented reality, art, technology, and science.

The University of Art and Design Offenbach (HfG) is the organizer of the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image. B3 is supported by the Hessen Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts.

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