“The Remains of Cinema” exhibition at Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria

February 10, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Thirteen prepared cinema books from Mika Taanila’s series Film Reader are on show at Künstlerhaus Graz as part of a group exhibition entitled The Remains of Cinema.

The show’s melancholy title has been deliberately selected to emphasize ambiguity. It paraphrases the title of the famous novel and film “The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro, 1989; James Ivory, 1993) and literally alludes to the “remains,” the “leftovers” of film productions. The title also raises the question as to what parts of “cinema culture” continue to live on in the era of smartphones and the Web 2.0. At the same time it could also be interpreted to mean that the cinema is already over and done with, leaving only remnants and ruins.

Participating artists:

John Baldessari, Erica Baum, Joseph Beuys, Jörg Buttgereit, Anne Collier, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Karl Holmqvist, Ito Ryusuke, Björn Kämmerer, Johann Lurf, Bernd Oppl, Katrin Plavčak, Eric Rondepierre, Constanze Ruhm, Hans Scheugl, Viktoria Schmid, Michaela Schwentner, Haim Steinbach, John Stezaker, Mika Taanila, Antoinette Zwirchmayr.

Curated by Norbert Pfaffenbichler and Sandro Droschl.

Künstlerhaus Graz from 10 February until 22 April 2018.

Press release / The Remains of Cinema

photo: Lisa Long