“Your Skin Makes Me Cry” Radiohead-Inspired Video Art | SF
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Goethe-Institut | 530 Bush St., San Francisco, CA
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“Your Skin Makes Me Cry” is a video art project of the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Olaf Stüber, Berlin and the art schools in Germany.
“Your skin makes me cry. You float like a feather in a beautiful world … But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here.” These memorable lines from the hit song “Creep” by Radiohead provide the thematic framework for the current video program: on the one hand they convey intimacy – the physical and emotional contact, happiness and pain it involves, as well as the adolescent struggle for selfhood and the ongoing quest for personal identity. On the other, they refer to the social context – to the staging of the self and the shattering of gender stereotypes, as reflected in the works of young visual artists.
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Students from every German art school were invited to submit recent single-channel videos for the competition “Your Skin Makes Me Cry”. Twenty works were subsequently selected from a total of 234 entries from more than 30 different colleges and universities. They range from highly personal evaluations of the artist’s own role – and the perception of that role within a given framework of social expectations and power structures – to critical appraisals of material found on the World Wide Web; from observations on everyday relationships, sexuality or strained interpersonal relationships to conceptual works on queer identities or gender studies. For all the seriousness of the subject matter, many of the pieces are characterised by a light-hearted, humorous approach to their particular theme.
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