Together with Gareth Evans, film curator of the Whitechapel Gallery, London, the artist duo Ruth Ander Forest + Leonhard Grond deals with visual and narrative perspectives. The ocasion for the event is the release of the publication “Has not it been a great journey so far?”: “What could it mean to live the life of an artist, and how can it be done? Is it a form of sleepwalking or a sullen selfassertion? How is it possible to unite literary, scientific or philosophical deliberations with art? The artist duo Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond uses film as a tool to visually discuss the present with all its contradictions, following the realization that to record images always correlates with a form of modeling reality. In their book, Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond combine a comprehensive collection of their collaborative filmic work (1999 – 2013) with texts by authors who have accompanied them along the way.” (quoted text taken from the Anagram Books web site)
Anderwald + Grond, rest., 1999, 3 min 56 s
Runa Islam, Empty the Pond to Get the Fish, 2008, 12 min 8 s
Philipp Fleischmann, Main Hall, 2013, 5 min 8 s
Anderwald + Grond, Contemplations, 2010, 15 min 35 s
Anne Charlotte Robertson, Going to Work, 1981, 6 min 45 s (Distribution : Cinédoc Paris Films Coop)
Catherine Yass, Lighthouse, 2011, 12 min 42 s
Hasn’t it been a great journey so far? Film Works Anderwald + Grond, 1999-2013, Buchdesign: Christian Hoffelner, Spector Books, Leipzig.
Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond have been working as an artist duo since 1999 in the fields of photography, experimental film, and art in public space. Since January 2012 the artists have been curating a monthly screening and discussion series, HASENHERZ, at Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten Graz (ongoing) and at Kunsthalle Vienna (in 2012). This series is inspired by Arnold Schönberg, who created the Society for Private Musical Performances in 1918 in Mödling, Austria. At their meetings, works would be performed, discussed, and then performed again, with the intention of making performances of newly-composed music more comprehensible. Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond use this same method to encourage a more complete understanding of experimental films and videos.
Gareth Evans is a writer, curator, presenter and the Film Curator of London’s Whitechapel Gallery. He programmes PLACE, the annual cross-platform festival at Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk and produced the essay film Patience (After Sebald) by Grant Gee as part of his nationwide arts project The Re-Enchantment (2008 – 2011) with Di Robson for Artevents. He has curated numerous film and event seasons (eg Armenia, JG Ballard, Portugal, Romany etc) in London and nationally. He conceived and curated the six week season John Berger: Here Is Where We Meet across London in 2005 and co-curated and co-ordinated All Power to the Imagination! 1968 and Its Legacies, a two month cross-media and multi-institutional season in London marking the 40th anniversary of the events of 1968. He was editor of the international moving image magazine Vertigo from 2002 – 2009.