Black Screen (Invisible painting)


Monday 11/10/2010 from 20:00 to 22:00
Tuesday 12/10/2010 → Wednesday 20/10/2010 from 16:00 to 20:00

Video performance for 3 to 30 people creating a collective painting. Everybody is dressed in black covering a wall with black paint. The camera is recording this action. Every person is able to paint the way one likes, the process will be individual but in the end the whole painting turns into one big black spot: the “black hole”. All painters seem to disappear together inside the “black hole”. Black Screen shows the creation of another dimension behind the space we see — a space of imagination.

I like to bring the viewer back to the making of art. Everything seems to be so obvious but in one single moment we see people disappear in front of our eyes and a simple black painting turns into another space.

concept & video installation: Johanna Reich
with the support: Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany
in collaboration with: Colectiv A in the frame of Temps D’Images Festival Cluj, German Cultural Center Cluj

Artist talk with Johanna Reich on 14.10.2010, 18:00, at the German Cultural Center Cluj

About the artists

Johanna Reich is a German video artist working also in the fields of performance and photography. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster, Hamburg and Barcelona. 2007-09 she participated in the postgraduate program of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. She received national and international awards and scholarships like the Nam June Paik Award (2006), the Excellence Prize (Japan Media Arts Festival, 2007, Tokyo), the Media Art Award NRW, Germany (2009).