Film

• Thu 09 07 – Thu 20 08 2020 •
CHEAP People Are Other People 1-5


CHEAP with ROBIN BEHLING, KATHARINA BISCHOFF, JOHN BLUE, TIM BLUE, MAXIMILIAN BRAUER, VAGINAL DAVIS, GINA D´ORIO, ANTON GARBER, RICHARD GABRIEL, SALOME GERSCH, DANIEL HENDRICKSON, MARTHA HÖSCHEL, S.A.L., GOTTHARD LANGE, LILIAN PFEUFFER, SUSANNE SACHSSE, RUTH SCHÖNEGGE, ŞENOL ŞENTÜRK, MARC SIEGEL, MARTIN SIEMANN, POLA SIEVERDING, DANIELA ZORROZUA


Original? Copy? When is a copy an original? No work is created on a blank canvas, completely free from predecessors. The new? It is merely overlaying what was there in the past – a palimpsest. But no need to fear. This is neither a flashback nor a simple replication. The new is just produced from the chaos of what already exists.

The lives that people live, far from being singular, unique and without preconditions, inevitably emerge in contrast to or in imitation of others. With People Are Other People 1-5, the Berlin based artists’ collective CHEAP has created a new film for the Akademie der Künste der Welt (Academy of the Arts of the World, ADKDW) – a worn-out film that in terms of both form and content rethinks the relationships between model and copy, between past and present, between one body and the next. Copy the copy! Imitate the imitation! Don’t just be yourself! Repetitions and samples at the musical, visual, textual and formal levels.

The artists’ collective CHEAP never creates anything original. It only provides copies and imitations, which it presents in multifaceted modes of expression uniting theory and entertainment, politics and frivolity, aesthetics and absurdity.

CHEAP People Are Other People (Germany, 106', 2020, English/German/English subtitles), Reel 1 (20’), Reel 2 (22’), Reel 3 (17’), Reel 4 (20’), Reel 5 (27’).