THE KEBAB HELIX

AND OTHER FAST FOOD FANTASIES

October 9 2020 – January 10 2021

Stiftung imai presents

Helen Anna Flanagan Gestures of Matter 2020 Videostill I Copyright Helen Anna Flanagan

The Inter Media Art Institute presents fast food fantasies, in which contradictory values of capitalist society clash - rationality and functionality, overindulgence and convenience. Ever since the 1980s video makers have been exploring these tensions by appropriating the iconography of multinational corporations, questioning the logic of the franchise system, criticizing the labor conditions of the foodservice industry, denouncing the mass production of food, and confessing the sin of gluttony. Their journey takes them from a kebab-shop in Rotterdam to a London burger restaurant, and further to a drive-through in Los Angeles.

Helen Anna Flanagan Gestures of Matter 2020 Videostill II Copyright Helen Anna Flanagan
Helen Anna Flanagan Gestures of Matter 2020 Videostill IV Copyright Helen Anna Flanagan

ARTISTS

Helen Anna Flanagan, Dara Birnbaum, Gorilla Tapes alias Vulture Video, Petr Vrána

Helen Anna Flanagan Gestures of Matter 2020 Videostill III Copyright Helen Anna Flanagan
Helen Anna Flanagan Gestures of Matter 2020 Videostill V Copyright Helen Anna Flanagan

The Inter Media Art Institute presents, archives, lends, and sells time-based media art. lt builds on an extensive history of alternative art distribution, which originated in the 1970s. Ever since, many artists see the reproducibility of their video as weil as audio tapes and flies as an opportunity for a more democratic and internationally networked production and reception of the audiovisual arts. The Inter Media Art Institute currently supports more than 120 international artists with the distribution of their video works.

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