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Werner Schmiedel is an award-winning video artist, documentary filmmaker and photographer. He studied Photography (Erich vom Endt) at the University Folkwangschule in Essen, Germany, and Video (Ursual Wevers) at the Kunstakademie in Duesseldorf.

His work as a filmmaker includes the groundbreaking feature length documentary films, "The Art of Remembrance - Simon Wiesentha" and "The Other Eye". Both films were produced by Hannah Heer and Werner Schmiedel. "The Art of Remembrance" has an original score by John Zorn and was short-listed for an Oscar in 1996.

Werner Schmiedel's films and videos have been invited to prestigious international festivals, such as the Telluride Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Worldwide Video Festival in The Hague, the San Francisco Video Festival, the Bombay Film Festival, the Sao Paulo Film Festival, and many others.

Werner Schmiedel's work has been reviewed in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the Hollywood Reporter, the New York Times, Variety, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Globe, and many others both in the USA and in Europe.

VIDEO WORKS

2017 TRANSITION

2016 EXIT

2016 RECORDING OF A MOMENT

2016 PHOTOBOOTH (35 years later...)

2015 PORTRAITS IN MOTION (1979) - Five Artists in Zürich

2012 GOLD - Variation (in collaboration with Hannah Heer)

2011 A SOLO WALK THROUGH THE LANDSCAPE

2011 INTER:VIEW

2010 TRANCE:DANCE

2009 TRANCE:FOREST

2007 THE BEACH

2005 TRANCE:MOTION

2002 TRANCE:FICTION

1997 ZEITSCHNITTE 124/365

1994 A SOLO WALK TROUGH... (II)

1989 MOMENTO

1988 ON MEMORY (in collaboration with Hannah Heer)

1985 STOP AND GO

1984 ELE-VA-TOR

1983-85 GOLD (in collaboration wth Hannah Heer) video and installation

1983 LIFE NOT AS FILM BEFORE THE EYES 16mm

1982 TOWARDS THE EARTH/ TOWARDS THE SKY

1982 HAMBURG-NEW YORK 2-ch-installation

1981 UNTERWEGS IN DEUTSCHLAND

1980 IS HERE AND ---

1980 PHOTOBOOTH

1979 A SOLO WALK...(I)

1979 INSIDE/OUTSIDE

1979 I SEE (with Merví Deylitz)

DOKUMENTARY FILMS

KOL ISHAH - The Rabbi is a Woman
2010, DVCam, 38mins
Director/Producer: Hannah Heer
Cinematographer, Editor, Sound, Producer: Werner Schmiedel

A VILLAGE WITHIN THE CITY
1999, Betacam, 20 mins
Director/Cinematographer/Producer: Hannah Heer
Sound, Editor, Producer: Werner Schmiedel

THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE - SIMON WIESENTHAL
1995, 16mm, 95 mins
Director/Cinematographer/Producer: Hannah Heer
Co-Director, Editor, Sound, Producer: Werner Schmiedel

THE OTHER EYE
1991, 16mm, 125 mins
Director/Cinematographer/Producer: Hannah Heer
Co-Director, Editor, Sound, Producer : Werner Schmiedel

REHEARSAL
1983, Video, 60 mins
Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Producer: Werner Schmiedel
Funded by Filmförderung Hamburg

SEVEN GARDENERS IN THE DESERT
1982, Video, 60 mins
Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Producer: Werner Schmiedel

FESTIVALS, PRESENTATIONS, EXHIBITIONS

2016
"Filmlab Festival 2016", Filmwerkstatt, Düsseldorf (D)

2015
"FlashSoundUp - The Night of Photography"
Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen (D)

2014
"Laterna Magica", nachtspeicher23 e.V., Hamburg (D)
"Pixelprojekt_Ruhrgebiet Neuaufnahmen 2013/2014",
Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen (D)
"Schrill Bizarr Brachial. Das Neue Deutsche Design der 80er Jahre" - Bröhan-Museum Berlin (D)

2013
"1re Nuit de la Photographie", Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen (D)

2010
Jewish Film Festival, Vienna (A)

2009
"Spring Art Show"
The Village Temple, New York (USA)

2006
"Black & White", Holland Tunnel Gallery
Williamsburg, Brooklyn (USA)

2004
Rust Library, Loudoun County, Virginia (USA)

2001
Donnell Media Center at The Public Library
New York (USA)

2000
“Kind of Blue”, Jazz Film Festival, Milano, (I)

1997
The Ft.Lauderdale Film Festival, Florida (USA)
Port Washington Library, New York (USA)

1996
Europäisches Filmfestival, Bludenz (A)
Filmmuseum München (D)
The Bombay (Mumbay) Documentary Film Festival, (India)

1995
"Jewish Film Week", Laemmle Theatre, Los Angeles (USA)
"Year of Tolerance", United Nations, New York City (USA)
Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Brasil)
The Denver International Film Festival (USA)
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, NYC & Los Angeles (USA)
"Dokumentarfilmreihe", Arri Kino, Munich (D)

1994
"Diagonale", Salzburg (A)

1992
Internationale Film Festspiele, Berlin (D)
The Jerusalem Film Festival (Israel)
The Valladolid Film Festival (Spain)

1991
The New York Film Festival (USA)
The Telluride Film Festival, Colorado (USA)

1988
"Spontan & Konkret” - Künstler zur Lage der Nation
Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna (A)

1987
"Dissonant Landscapes"
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston (USA)
Österreichische Filmtage, Wels (A)
"Johanna Heer - Die Persönliche Kamera", Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Vienna (A)

1986
"Neuerwerbungen 1983-85"
Video-Forum des Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (D)

World Wide Video Festival, The Hague (NL)
San Francisco International Video Festival (USA)
Videonale Bonn (D)
Cafe Krasnapolsky, Kopenhagen (DK)
Columbus Video Festival, Columbus, Ohio (USA)

1985
"Friends Show", A's Gallery, East Village, New York (USA)
"Videobiennale", Palais Palffy, Vienna (A)
"New Filmmakers Showcase", Collective for Living Cinema, New York (USA)
"Videoline", Kijkhus, The Hague, (NL)
"Filme aus Hamburg", Barackenkino Xenix, Zurich (CH)
Black Box, Kommunales Kino, Düsseldorf (D)
World Wide Video Festival - Installation - Gemeentemuseum
Den Haag (NL)
CFCF-TV, Montreal (CAN)

1984
Festival Du Nouveau Cinema et De La Video, Montreal (CAN)
Cinema Parallel, Montreal (CAN)
Manifestation Internationale de Video, Montbeliard (F)
"Hamburger Filmschau 1984", Metropolis Kino, Hamburg (D)
Westdeutsche Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (D)
"Infermental", Filmfestspiele Berlin (D)
World Wide Video Festival, Den Haag (NL)

1983
Falling Annual Livingroom Video Festspiel, Falling (DK)
World Wide Video Festival, Den Haag (NL)
Experimental Film & Videofestival, Osnabrück (D)
"Wildes Kino", Metropolis Kino, Hamburg (D)

1982
"Leben Nicht Als Film Vor Augen", 3-Kanal-Video Installation, Filmhaus, Hamburg (D)
"Video Roma", Roma (I)
"Vier Arbeiten von Werner Schmiedel", Filmforum, Düsseldorf (D)
“Hamburg-New York”, 2-Ch-Video Installation, Spritzenhaus, Hamburg (D)
"Jahresausstellung Düsseldorfer Künstler"
Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (D)
Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen (D)

1981
“Video – Eine Neue Kunst”, Skulpturenmuseum, Marl (D)
"Jahresausstellung Düsseldorfer Künstler"
Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (D)

1980
“Is Here and …”, Photographs
A’s Gallery, East Village, New York (USA)
"Videowoche", BBK, Villa Engelhardt, Düsseldorf (D)
“Artist’s Books”, Polaroids & Texts
Produzentengalerie, München
(D)

1977
“Changes”, Photo-Performance, Galerie Gansloser, Mönchengladbach (D)
"Die Werkstatt für Tanz, Musik, Theater, Malen und Werken"*), Photo Documentation, Düsseldorf (D)

AWARDS

1986
Red Ribbon Winner (ART)
Columbus Video Festival, Ohio
für ELE-VA-TOR


COLLECTIONS

The New York Public Library
The Donnell Library


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Margaret Herrick Library


Filmmuseum München
Stadtmuseum


NBK, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Video-Forum


Stichting Kijkhuis, The Hague, Netherlands


PUBLICATIONS

BQNOTES - Art Blog:
"VON GRATIFIFIX UND BRÖTCHENMAUERN"
June 27, 2014

Time Pieces. Video Art since 1963.
n.b.k. Berlin, 2014
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln


das tanzhaus nrw
"Von der Utopie zum Modell für die Zukunft"

2013, Verlag Theater der Zeit

JUDEN UND FILM
“Die Kunst des Erinnerns”
2005, Eleonore Lappin, Mandelbaum Verlag, Wien

INDELIBLE SHADOWS (3rd Edition)
Annette Insdorf, Cambridge University Press, 2003

NBK VIDEO-FORUM, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Bestandskatalog 1991

KUNST IN DUSSELDORF, 1988, Helge Meister

VIDEOKUNST IN NRW, 1988, 235 Media, Eckhard Wirths

FILM & TV KAMERAMANN
"Immer eins werden mit dem Film"

Interview with Hannah Heer, 5/1986

VIDEO KRIJGT DE RUIMTE IN HAAGS MUSEUM
De Volkskrant, Pauline Terreehorst, Sept 14, 1985

VIDEO IN DUSSELDORF, 1984
Georg F. Schwarzbauer, Ursula Wevers

VIDEOKUNST IN DEUTSCHLAND 1963-1982
Hrsg: Wulf Herzogenrath

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