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Blickle Kino at the 21er Haus

Blickle Kino at the 21er Haus – Museum of Contemporary Art is today Vienna’s only intact cinema from the 1950s. Designed by Karl Schwanzer as part of the 1958 World Expo Pavilion in Brussels, it was renovated by Adolf Krischanitz with the generous support of Ursula Blickle. It now meets all of today’s cinematic standards and enables the screening of film in all its diversity.

Its programming is organized into the following series: Blickle Archive Series. One of the pivotal roles of Blickle Kino is to promote public discussion between film and cinema, art and science. It enters into the debates about the history and future of motion pictures in the context of image and media culture in the twenty-first century. The Blickle Kino is a state-of-the-art cinema and together with its partner, the Ursula Blickle Foundation, pursues the goal of placing contemporary films and videos in the context of both the history of film and of art, thus demonstrating correlations and trends. Here the multiple facets of current film and video art are presented and discussed. Filmmakers, curators, and programmers are invited to give their views on their work, and a forum is evolving where one can discover more about the latest trends.

The Belvedere | 21er Haus has reviewed and expanded the archive of video art, which was founded in 2007 and has now been made available online, in cooperation with the Ursula Blickle Foundation and the Vienna University of Applied Arts. The Ursula Blickle Video Archive is a lively forum that invites everyone to explore the medium of video. Meanwhile the online choice on the website of the Ursula Blickle Video Archive comprises more than 700 videos by national and international artists that are retrievable online any time. In addition, the viewing stations at the partner venues in the Belvedere’s Research Centre and in the library of the University of Applied Arts offer direct access to 2,800 videos by more than 600 national and international artists.

Actually, cinema is a great many things. It is the material place where we go to be entertained by a spectacle of shadows, although these shadows induce an emotion in us that is more secret than the one expressed by the condescending term entertainment. It is also the accumulation and sedimentation of those presences within us as their reality is erased and altered: the other cinema, which is recomposed by our memories and our words, and which, in the end, strongly differs from what was presented when it unspooled during projection. Cinema is also an ideological apparatus producing images that circulate in society, images in which the latter recognizes the present state of its types, its past legend or its imagined futures.” - Jacques Rancière