Bottled Songs 24 October - 11 November 2018

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The Bottled Songs is a series of video letters investigating desire, power and terrorism in online and social media. The videos give a multifaceted account of the images, people and networks that make up an unruly sphere of online terrorist media.

In addition to researching videos and images in relation to the subject, the artists also closely analyse the interfaces through which they are found and experienced, as well as other artifacts that inform their meaning, such as comments, view-counts and links. As such they use screen recordings as a method of online ethnography.

Presented in this exhibition are Chapters 3 and 4 of the series. “The Spokesman” investigates the online traces of John Cantlie, a British news reporter who was kidnapped and appeared in several Islamic State propaganda videos. “My Crush was a Superstar” tracks a French ISIS fighter, Abu Abdallah Guitone, through a trail of messages, videos and postings to uncover his existence in both social media and reality. This leads to an uncomfortable first-person exploration of the gender dynamics behind ISIS recruitment strategies.

Bottled Songs was conceived with the support of the Harun Farocki Institut, sponsored by the Goethe Institut. It was was further developed at m-cult (Helsinki) within the framework of the European Media Art Platform EMARE programme with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.

About the artists:

Chloé Galibert-Laîné is a French filmmaker and researcher. She is currently writing a PhD at the art-research doctoral program SACRe (École normale supérieure de Paris), and teaches at Université Paris 8. She directed several award-winning short fiction films and stage productions. Her video essays about film and media are regularly screened in academic contexts and film festivals.

Kevin B. Lee is a US-born, Germany-based filmmaker and critic. Over the last ten years, he has produced over 360 video essays exploring film and media. His award-winning film Transformers: The Premake played in several festivals, including the Berlin Film Festival Critics Week. In 2017 he was the first-ever Artist in Residence of the Harun Farocki Institut in Berlin. He is now Professor in at the Merz Akademie, Stuttgart. His video work can be found at

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