Category Archives: video

“black float” by K|X – new music video clip

A retro-punk-glitch-art music video clip by Killisch and rankX

black float

black float” is a collaboration, a back and forth between Berlin artists Klaus Killisch and Enkidu rankX.
Starting with a guitar track provided by Killisch, rankX built a beat around it, resampled and restructured it. Then this same process began anew. Killisch would play additional guitar on the track, X would resample and rearrange. Finally with the finished track in mind, K provided a painting / collage that in turn was the aesthetical basis for the video-clip. As opposed to the music, the visual art remained separate, more to be seen as both sides of a mirror.
The city of London was chose for a very particular reason, since K. K. as well as r.X draw a great deal of inspiration from pop music, more precisely the era of classic rock-pop-blues-funk-soul-electronic-avant-garde. So to honour this vibrant city and all the creative greatness it bestowed upon us, here is:

black float by K|X

"black float" by Klaus Killisch

“black float” by Klaus Killisch

painting | collage | guitar: Klaus Killisch
video-art | electronics: Enkidu rankX

“black float” features “Real-time Cycle Ride Through Central London” by Nick Lansley und CC-BY. Thanks for that perfect ride.
london landscape tv – www.youtube.com/user/lltv

CC by-nc-sa 2016 www.klaus-killisch.de | www.enkidu-rankx.de

Doves (DOGS XII)

“Doves (DOGS XII)” deals with an estranged couple, either one part of it, unable to go on yet at the same time unable to leave. The romantic notion of everlasting faith and loyalty symbolized by the doves has become an unbearable annoyance.

Doves also relates to a very peculiar setting that is the Berliner Hinterhof (Berlin backyard) which can be a challenge of its own. Finally it is, like the other videos in the series a meditation on the human condition, the complexity of human interaction and the desire to overcome solitude – a desire so often left unfulfilled. Finally it is a nod to Prince obviously and one of his favourite songs of mine “When Doves Cry”.

The music to this video was contributed by KAISAR:

“Death of a cousin and other (slightly less morbid) pieces”

KAISAR are

Klaus Killisch: guitar
Richard Sylvarnes: textures
Enkidu rankX: synthetics

“Tomcat” is the twelfth part of a series of video-art shorts called DOGS specially dealing in relational miscommunication and the effect of technology on the human condition in general. The title DOGS refers to our animal instincts and emotions that, when suppressed, tend to erupt in an uncontrolled fashion. This again often results in war, violence, hatred and misanthropy / misogyny. The series tries to uncover what should remain hidden – those things we better not say or show…

Tomcat (DOGS XI)

“Tomcat (DOGS XI)” uses declassified military footage of a dogfight that took place in 1989 over the Mediterranean Sea. It depicts the latest 6 min or so of an encounter between two F-14 Tomcats of the USS John F. Kennedy and two MiG-23 Floggers of Libya. The so called second Gulf of Sidra incident occurred on January 4, the Libyan pilots were both seen to successfully eject and parachute into the sea, but the Libyan Air Force was unable to recover them.

“Tomcat” is the eleventh part of a series of video-art shorts called DOGS specially dealing in relational miscommunication and the effect of technology on the human condition in general. The title DOGS refers to our animal instincts and emotions that, when suppressed, tend to erupt in an uncontrolled fashion. This again often results in war, violence, hatred and misanthropy / misogyny. The series tries to uncover what should remain hidden – those things we better not say or show…

Klaus Killisch plays guitar on this MK_ultra track. tnx-a-lot 4 that!

new film series about photography

Let me present to you a new film series (in German though) about photography I am producing with my partner (in life, crime and art) Sulamith Sallmann. In this series we will explore techniques and ideas about shooting and producing better photos and learn about the inner working of a female photographer… I hope you enjoy – and share if you car, spread the love.

Also the song used for the intro is my new song called “south sailing”. The (also) new clip can be seen here >>

cats (DOGS X)

Nearing the end of DOGS. Or am I..? A partial victory at the very least!

cats (DOGS X)” is the tenth part of a series of video-art shorts called DOGS specially dealing in relational miscommunication and the effect of technology on the human condition in general. The title DOGS refers to our animal instincts and emotions that, when suppressed, tend to erupt in an uncontrolled fashion. This again often results in violence, hatred and misanthropy / misogyny. The series tries to uncover what should remain hidden – those things we better not say or show…
cats” deals with the symbolic dimension of the cat and the dog. These two animals have one of the highest density of association when it comes to gender and sexuality in particular, to the human in general. They can symbolize what we want, long and yearn for as well as the things we despise. Also they are those type of tamed animal that owes its very existence to its human counterpart, we have had a parallel evolution and it is yet open to discussion who tamed whom. Isn’t this also a very common question among couples?
Also: something with cats! Let us say this is my comment on the phenomenon ‘felis catus interrete’; such an ubiquitous neophyte.

 

Finalizing DOGS – Roxy (DOGS IX)

The Series DOGS is nearing it’s end. I originally intended to produce between 9 and 12 of these film so in uploading part IX of the series I kinda minimally realized my plan. Still want to close the series with the three remaining films but this seems to be a major chunk of it. Don’t miss the series a a whole, as it was intended to be seen here >>

“Roxy (DOGS IX) is based on a performance by Roxy Raye. The soundtrack was contributed by MK_ultra and can be found on the album “mono étude en dix parties”. It is the ninth film of a series specially dealing in relational miscommunication called DOGS.

two films a day: “Symbol_Wald” (2002)

Here you go… silence for days on end and then… well, don’t get used to it!

“Symbol Wald” 2:55 min, DV, 2002

“Symbol Wald” is somewhat of a hermetic movie as it examines the dimension of symbols as complex basis for our understanding of the / our world. It has been influenced by the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein and rephrasing his famous expression as a question: “…where do the limits of my language determine the limits of my world…”. Complex and often ambiguous symbolic ideas as opposed to distinctly unambiguous quasi iconic ideas shape our consciousness and allows for language to describe the in-between it is so often denied access to with its simple and constructive logic. I have written a short essay on the matter, if you want you can further dwell in this intellectual concept here (the essay is in German)

The short is not a philosophical in itself though, instead it tries to reconcile the intellectual uncertainty mentioned above with the emotional uncertainty of our being in this world. There is a strange association I have with this emotional dilemma and the feeling I get being in the woods. Being torn between my French background (symbolized for me by the sea) and my German background (symbolized by the forest) I am equally divided between what you could call a more carnal and a more romantic view of the world that often times contradict each other. So it is with the two cultures I grew up in, the French and the German one. But the Forest has always evoked a very un-/protective feeling within me. I love being there as much as I fear it!

a film a day (week): “Space – Nixon Remix” (2003)

I did know I could not hold this up! But the main goal stays untouched: remastering and republishing my catalogue as you should being a digital artist. Codecs change, resolutions too and it is a good occasion the reassert the content and packaging of the stuff I have been producing for the last 15 years or so…

“Space – Nixon Remix” 3:41 min, DV, 2003

At height of the Afghan war (post 9/11) this video tried to bridge the historic gap between the Vietnam war & Nixon’s administration and the current events with George W. Bush in power. I don’t need to elaborate on the (military) history of Afghanistan and all its potential conquistadores starting with Alexander the Great… Afghanistan has always been an “object of desire” last not least for its opium production. But foremost it is the last gate between the Occident and the Orient geographically, culturally and politically. Now, more than 10 years later, nothing has really changed to my eyes. Afghanistan was not democratized, on the contrary, other countries like Syria, Iraq, Libya and so on have been Afghanized. And like Vietnam, Afghanistan has 40 years or more of instability and chaos waiting for…

“Space – Nixon Remix” also deals with the almost erotic relationship between high tech (i.e. space exploration during Nixon admin / bio tech during Bush admin), war (Afghanistan / Vietnam), politics (the politics of fear both parties used) and paranoia (self explanatory). The film was almost entirely live mixed to the music for 2003 was also the high time of my VJing activities and it is a testimony to that early, mainly clip based period of VJing when that art form was in its infancy.