photographer: Angela von Brill
2020 is Caligari year. “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” celebrates its 100th year in existence. To this day, “Caligari” is a manifesto of German Expressionism and a quintessential work in what was then the young Weimar Republic. The film brought together almost all tendencies of life after World War I and simultaneously unconsciously anticipated later developments in Nazi Germany. The video projection, showcased in public space of Bad Rothenfelde in 2020, serves as a reminder of this.
In the new arrangement, the expressionist silent movie images are transformed into a game with the gestures of the time in which scene painting, constantly changing blue and yellow tones, and the sharp contrasts in which figures become silhouettes take centre stage.
Conrad Veit, born in Duisburg in 1987, is a freelance artist, filmmaker and publicist. His works form a cosmos in which playing with the figurative and with being different takes centre stage. A game that creates diversity and confusion, and that questions the boundaries of the heteronormative and the socially constructed. Veit’s work is characterised by the game of alienation. Alienation effects which, with the help of deception through disguise, make-up with film and in film, and the allusion and adaptation of film-historical styles and set pieces, intertwine to form an exalted gesture, simultaneously providing an antipole to the naturalistic image and the current trend of ever-sharper images and ever-faster cuts.
In addition to numerous group exhibitions (including at the Mönchehaus, Goslar and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad in Serbia), Conrad Veit’s works have also featured at the Kassel Dokfest, the European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, the Stuttgarter Filmwinter, the Pornfilm Festival Berlin, the Exposed International Queer Film Festival Berlin, the Zebra Poetry Film Festival Berlin, the Fish Filmfestival Rostock, CinemaQ in Shanghai and the Harkat 16mm Film Festival in Mumbai. Veit was awarded a Deutschlandstipendium in 2017, and he scooped the “2 Minutes Short Film Award” of the Stuttgarter Filmwinter in 2019.