Brigitte & Jonathan Meese: Mutter und Sohn = Realität trifft Kunst (Z.U.K.U.N.F.T. der Unendlichkeit)

360° Film / Installation

Brigitte und Jonathan Meese

Brigitte und Jonathan Meese

© René Päpke

  • Duration: 9 minutes, admission for 5 people every 15 minutes

The first virtual reality production by Jonathan Meese and his mother Brigitte Meese is a journey into the heart of the dictatorship of art. In the artist’s virtual studio, the spectators witness the emergence of a 360°-Gesamtkunstwerk of the future: The sleeping artist is visited by wonderful, inspiring dreams. His mother enters, brings him coffee and urges him to paint. Another Mother Meese comes in, and another, and another… and the artist paints in a frenzy of creation, because “art is just to get started, and right away it’s more awesome than Picasso” (Jonathan Meese). While Clouzot’s famous film “Le mystère Picasso” (1956) showed the creative act on a two-dimensional plane, here the spectators are right inside the events, entering into their mysteries. The white studio space becomes a multidimensional screen. Several mothers enter, commenting, evaluating and provoking a work that is a reflection on Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Richard Wagner and Joseph Beuys. It leads to a compelling insight: Everybody is an artist, at least beneath these VR-googles.

In a cooperation project with ARTE spanning several years, Berliner Festspiele/Immersion and invited artists are exploring the potentials and limits of Virtual Reality Experience and 360°-film. This technology has been inspiring game developers for years, and artists are also beginning to experiment with VR to open up and explore new spaces for art.

For the initial presentation from 21 to 29 April 2018, the room designed by Jonathan Meese will be reconstructed at Gropius Bau. Visitors will be able to witness the creation of an artwork within an artwork. From this time, the film will also be available via the free ARTE360 VR-app for iOs, Android, GearVR and Daydream as well as on  ARTE’s website.

with Brigitte Meese, Jonathan Meese

Directed by René Päpke, Robin von Hardenberg
Concept/Idea: Jonathan Meese
Dramaturgy: Henning Nass
Dramaturgical consultation: Thomas Oberender, Jutta Wangemann
Props: Caroline Rössle-Harper
Camera: Philipp Wenning
Camera assistant: Kevin Ruhland, Mats Meisen
Music: Bernhard Lang
Editor: René Päpke
Production: Julia Schmejkal
Compositing/3D: Paul Schunack, Alexander Court, Lukas Scholz, Dennis Röscheisen
Sound: Sven Mühlender
Technical direction: KOBALT Martin Michaels
Chief of lighting: Andreas Schwab
Lighting: Julian Lück

Berliner Festspiele/Immersion:
Artistic Director: Thomas Oberender
Technical Director: Matthias Schäfer
Project Coordinator: Marie-Kristin Meier
Project Assistant: Adrian Waschmann
Technicians: Ivan Jovanovic, Sybille Casper, Mirco Neugart, Martin Zimmermann

Atelier Jonathan Meese:
Coordination: Doris Mampe, Mathilde Walter
Construction and logistics: Stephan Kallage

Editorial team: Simon Ofenloch (ZDF/ARTE), Kay Meseberg (ARTE360/ARTE G.E.I.E.), Caroline Mutz (ARTE G.E.I.E.), Jochen Werner (Berliner Festspiele), Annina Zwettler (ARTE Deutschland)

“SAXOPHONE SOLO from the second act of the opera ‘MONDPARSIFAL BETA 9–23’”
Music and text: Bernhard Lang
© by G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
With friendly permission of the Universal Music Publishing Group
A recording of Österreichischer Rundfunk (Radio Österreich 1)
Unit manager: Jens Jamin (ORF)
Recording engineer: Andreas Karlberger (ORF)

Österreichischer Rundfunk (Radio Österreich 1)

With thanks to Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München/Image archive

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Production KOBALT Kreation, Berliner Festspiele/Immersion, ZDF/ARTE

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