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Eli Cortiñas

Context is everything, montage too
19–31 August 2019

Eli Cortinas, Walls have feelings
Walls Have Feelings, 2019, video essay, single channel video, courtesy the artist, Waldburger Wouters, Brussels and Soy Capitán, Berlin

Mixed media, video, photography

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language
English (teacher also speaks Spanish and German)

What to bring
Laptop, digital film/photo camera, headphones, material from your personal archives, found footage, video-projects you are working on.

Basic editing skills (Premiere, Final Cut or similar), basic skills in video/photo-making, motivation and willingness to work in groups as well as independently.

Maximum number of participants

Elina Saalfeld

Participation fee
€ 700.– (€ 540.–)

The sources for moving image are endless – from archives, films, your own recorded images, home-movies, news, to YouTube videos, etc. Through the method of appropriation of footage previously made for another purpose (found footage) we can look deeply at images, explore and question them, and find individual expression through the technique of montage.

In this course, you will approach any given footage, from existing archives to your own filmed material, in order to develop a video project focusing on storytelling through montage.

The course will start with the introduction of your own material as well as of a selection of archives available for us to work with. There follow editing exercises in which, using the same material, each individual can manifest their own artistic expression through montage. We will explore how editing can be used as a narration instrument, as a weapon, as a tool for critique, or to tell a particular story. Different audio-visual collage techniques as well as video-essay methods will be explored.

The aim of the course is to motivate participants to play freely with the different sources of material surrounding us and to develop their artistic projects. Individual as well as group consultations will be held throughout the Course.
Eli Cortiñas is a video artist of Cuban descent, born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ES) in 1979. She was guest professor at the Art Academy Kassel (DE) and the Art Academy Mainz (DE) and currently shares a professorship with artist Candice Breitz at the HBK Braunschweig (DE). Cortiñas has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including the Fundación Botín, the Berlin Senate, Villa Sträuli, Kunstfonds, Goethe Institute, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Rupert Residency, Villa Massimo and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Her artistic practice can be located within the appropriation tradition, using already existing cinema to de- and reconstruct identities as well as narratives according to new discourses. Her collage-like video essays and installations mix found imagery with documentary strategies.

Solo exhibitions
One last thing before I don’t longer talk (w.t.), Galerie Wedding, Berlin. Videoart at Midnight, Berlin. 2019 Walls Have Feelings (and They Are not Afraid to Speak), Twin, Madrid. Always bite the hand that feeds you, CONVENT Space for Contemporary Art, Ghent (BE). Walls Have Feelings, Argos Center for Art and Media, Brussels. 2018 Remixers Never Die, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Vilnius. 2017 Double Feature: Eli Cortiñas, SCHIRN Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main (DE).

Group exhibitions
2020 Premios Beca Botín, Santander (ES). 2019 Fotonoviembre 15, TEA, Tenerife (ES). 2018 Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga. Focus Eli Cortiñas, International Film Festival Gijón, Gijón (ES). Melancholia, Villa Empain, Fondation Borghossian, Brussels. 2017 Film Footage Photography. Eli Cortiñas, Angelo Novi, Martina Sauter, Museum für Photographie, Brunswick (DE). Ten emerging artists. Contemporary experimental films and video art from Germany, Goethe Institute, Toronto (CA). 2016 The human condition, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow.

Eli Cortiñas – The Most Given of Givens, exh. cat., Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Stipendium, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Berlin 2016.
Eli Cortiñas – What About Tropical Delights in Neoliberal Times?, exh. cat., Centro de Arte La Regenta, Centro Átlantico de Arte Moderno, Sala San Antonio Abad, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 2015.
Eli Cortinas
Portrait of the artist filming in the Delta del Paraná, Argentina