Presented by Phil Collins

4 Feb 2010
14 Mar 2010

Experimental films, essay films, art videos, docu-dramas, melodramas, krimis, and everything in between – from the warm leatherette of a passenger- or driver’s seat. British artist Phil Collins turns the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin into a stationary indoor drive-in cinema. In a cluster of 15 secondhand cars installed in the space, individual vehicles serve as booths or box-seats, offering the audience an intimate situation in which to enjoy a rotating program of artists’ videos and film classics. In a playful way, this questions the set-ups in which video art is usually encountered, and reflects on perceptions of the public and the private.

In the 1950s the then extremely successful drive-ins were considered seedy “passion pits” and a moral hazard to youth. In Germany and Europe drive-ins never achieved the same popularity as in the USA: car-ownership was too scarce, ticket prices too high, and winter-month temperatures too low.


Auto Kino - source

Auto-Kino! incorporates the attractions of this now almost extinct mode of spectatorship. Phil Collins and Siniša Mitrović, who jointly run Shady Lane Productions (Berlin/Glasgow), have programmed more than 100 titles covering a broad range of film and video, from the 1920’s onwards, which relate to two main concerns. On the one hand, the works revolve around the sensual circuitry and emotional impact of moving images, positioning the viewer as a desiring subject. On the other, they explore the duality of authenticity and manipulation embedded in cinematic representation. The simultaneous erection and abolition of cinema’s visual pleasures lie at the heart of significant parts of both contemporary filmmaking and visual arts – a traditionally maintained distinction which Auto-Kino! is undermining. Engaging the far-reaching implications of the phenomenon of drive-ins, Auto-Kino! offers the audience a fresh perspective on the promiscuous liaisons between film and the moving image in other visual media.

The evening and weekend programs present feature films from Germany’s rich history of genre cinema, with an emphasis on the turbulent years of the 1930s and 1940s. Reimagining Schlossplatz as the site of a drive-in that never existed, Auto-Kino! brings together a selection of Ufa melodramas, West German thrillers and DEFA rubble films that invite the audience to look again at the relationship between the idea of national community, and the articulation of its social and political body in the light of cinematic representation.

With films by:
Karim Aïnouz, Telémacos Alexiou, Kenneth Anger, Kutlug Ataman, Alex Bag, Ilona Baltrusch, Rosa Barba, Pina Bausch, Christine Noll Brinckmann, Marcel Broodthaers, Nick Broomfield, Susanne Bürner, Filipa César, Declan Clarke, Martin Creed, Lucile Desamory, Christoph Doering, Harun Farocki, Jean Genet, Ezra Gerhardt & Alf Böhmert, Douglas Gordon, Veit Harlan, Todd Haynes, Christian Jankowski, Christoph Keller, Karl Kels, Alexander Kluge, Bruce LaBruce, Fritz Lang, Sharon Lockhart, Peter Lorre, Dušan Makavejev, Angela Melitopoulos, Elfi Mikesch, Ana María Millán & Eduardo Carvajal, Rosa von Praunheim, Yvonne Rainer, Helga Reidemeister, Anri Sala, Claudia Schillinger, Christoph Schlingensief, Werner Schröter, Detlef Sierck, Robert Siodmak, Sharon Smith & Felicity Croydon, Amie Siegel, Isabell Spengler, Wolfgang Staudte, Hito Steyerl, Klaus Telscher, Leslie Thornton, Raša Todosijević, Kerry Tribe, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Gillian Wearing, Konrad Wolf, Zelimir Zilnik, Artur Zmijewski, and more.


February 4, 2010, at 11 am
Speakers: Benjamin Anders (Managing Director), Phil Collins (Artist), Angela Rosenberg (Curatorial Management).