Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga, Amy Granat, Corin Sworn & Charlotte Prodger, Joseph Zehrer
10 November – 22 December 2012


Phantoms–those unreal products of an imagination that appear real, or of a reality that in turn seems fantastic–promenade as vengeful spirits through numerous literary and cinematic stories. In doing so, they frequently assume yet another implicit role: they represent the refraction or disruption of a solidified, self-satisfied story, image, form or a whole system. The idea for this exhibition derives from the observation that an increasing number of contemporary artists and filmmakers are currently dealing with phantom-like fractures of content, materiality and structure in moving and static images. Structuralist film pioneers experimented on the fragmentation of image and text/sound in the mid nineteen sixties while video artists of the nineteen seventies and eighties worked on the expansion, compression and reversal of picture fields. With this knowledge of the phantoms of the past the structural dissolution is being carried out even more excessively today to the extent that phantoms themselves become components of the image.

Curator: Regina Barunke


Published by Temporary Gallery, Cologne
Introduction by Regina Barunke, texts by Regina Barunke, Fanny Gonella, Tom Holert, Dorothea Jendricke, Tasja Langenbach, Stephan Urbaschek
Design by Carmen Strzelecki
German / Englisch


10 November 2012
Regina Barunke and Corin Sworn: HDHB

24 November 2012
With Joseph Zehrer Through TV Corners in Bachelors' Homes

29 November 2012
Bruce Conner: Crossroads, 1976, Looking for Mushrooms, 1967

13 December 2012
David Rimmer: Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper, 1972
Stuart Sherman: Twelfth Spectacle, 1980



Funding and Support

Kunststiftung NRW
Kulturamt der Stadt Köln
RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur
Hotel Chelsea

1 — Ed Atkins: Death Mask II: The Scent, 2010, Death Mask III, 2011
2 — Corin Sworn & Charlotte Prodger: HDHB, 2011
3 — Joseph Zehrer: TV-Ecken in Junggesellenwohnungen, 1997
4 — exhibition view
5 — Trisha Baga: Flatlands 3D, 2010
Photo: Simon Vogel