Another Eye: Frieder Haller
Screening and talk with Phung-Tien Phan
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
For the sixth edition of Another Eye, Frieder Haller will present his latest film 24/7 ist kein Leben (24/7 is no life), which follows the two previous films Architecture (2019) and SCUM SCAM SCUM (2021) to round out his video trilogy Good times, bad timing. In 24/7 ist kein Leben, Quinn, Toni, and Donna meet for the first time in a setting that evokes chamber drama: they find themselves in hell, in a room with black-and-white striped walls and no way to escape. Via fragmentary flashbacks, it is slowly revealed to the audience how the three protagonists arrived at their location. By the film’s close, it briefly seems they might arrive at a positive way of dealing with the seemingly hopeless situation, in which the three characters have been drawn into a state of mutual distrust—this hope, however, is ultimately dashed. As with Architecture and SCUM SCAM SCUM, his previous films in the trilogy, 24/7 ist kein Leben functions as a social microcosm, with Frieder Haller’s incisive and humorous social observations accompanying an unsparing deconstruction of (typically fragile) human relationship dynamics.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with artist Phung-Tien Phan and Frieder Haller.
Frieder Haller (born 1987 in Freiburg im Breisgau) lives in Berlin and studied photography at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen before going on to participate in the postgraduate De Ateliers program in Amsterdam. His first institutional solo exhibition Von der Unmöglichkeit einer schönen Küche (On the impossibility of a beautiful kitchen) is currently showing at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg. His work has previously been shown in exhibitions at Galerie 14a in Hamburg (2021), at Vleeshal, Middelburg (2019), and as part of Kino Süd (2021), an online screening program curated by Galerie Weiß/Falk. Together with artists Anna-Lisa Högler, Phung-Tien Phan, Alexander Schöpfel, and Niklas Taleb, Frieder Haller ran the independent art space Belle Air in Essen from 2012 to 2016. He is part of the curatorial artist initiative Root Canal and in 2022 co-founded the neighborhood meeting point and exhibition space Cittipunkt e.V. in Berlin.
Another Eye is supported by The Gingko Foundation.
Image: Frieder Haller, 24/7 ist kein Leben, 2022/23