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Eli Cortiñas

Montage, my beautiful trouble
10–22 August 2020

Eli Cortiñas, Destined to be forever a work in progress
Destined to be forever a work in progress, ongoing series, mixed media, courtesy of the artist

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Mixed media, video, photography


Teaching language
English (the teacher also speaks German and Spanish)

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/photomaking, motivation and willingness to work in groups as well as independently.

Maximum number of participants

Elina Saalfeld

Participation fee
€ 500.– (€ 400.–)

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

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.

The first week of our two-week course will be structured as follows. We will begin by introducing the guidelines for our communication and for the online platforms we will use for exchanging comments and material in our online meetings. We will discuss the available platforms and possibilities to ensure that everybody has access to the same tools. We will then introduce the aim of the course, the audiovisual material that we will make available to all participants for our common montage exercises, and participants will have the opportunity to introduce themselves, as well as some ideas and projects they might want to work on during the course.

The course will be divided into three sections or pillars, the first concerns the online group sessions (via jitsi, zoom or a similar platform) in which we will look together at examples of artistic work and montage, and discuss them. In this phase we will also propose common montage exercises for participants. We will provide everybody with audiovisual material for the exercises by using a shared google drive from which each participant can download the footage.

The second pillar will be the individual sessions. We will work out a calendar at the beginning of the course, so that every participant has the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with the teachers to discuss their work, the exercises, the projects they are working on, or ask any questions they might have.

The third pillar will be the sessions in which we look together as a group at the results of the montage exercises. For this we propose a screening program, in which we will watch and discuss the results together. All participants are encouraged to share their opinions and feedback.

In the second week we will focus more extensively on the projects the participants have brought, or have decided on during the first week, that they would like to focus and work on. There will be an open format in which individual as well as group meetings will be offered. We will close the course with a screening of the developed projects in a final event for all Summer Academy participants.
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