Braun Ulu


Ulu Braun was born 1976 in Schongau (GER). He works and lives in Berlin. From 1996 to 2005 he studied painting and experimental film at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and film at the Film and Television University in Potsdam. He’s been using video to explore the field between visual arts and cinema since 1997. He is one of the key figures who have transferred painting into video art and have played a significant role in defining and further developing the genre of video collage. His film and video works are regularly exhibited in art institutions and shown at international film festivals. Ulu Braun was awarded in 2011 the Kunstfonds grant, in 2013 with the German Short Film Award and in 2014 the Berlin Art Prize.


201500:15:00Video Art
About Version1: The film follows the emotional traces of architecture in society, and tries to trace the periodic impulse of "Build and Destroy". The effect of civil engineering, eco-village and optical fibre cable on the individual is dissolved in tempting tableaux. "It's not just a game with light, but also a game with darkness." About Version2: In the beginning there was a brick, which flew through space. It flew past skyscrapers in a city and keeps reappearing in this film about construction and destruction. Brick by brick – where will that ultimately lead? A father shows the world to his child – “that will be all yours one day”, he says. Soap bubbles float upward. It is all a cyclical affair. The tableaux Ulu Braun assembles are playful, associative and powerful. In his realm of imagery, sizes, relations and contexts become malleable. Owing to the deconstruction of proportions and coherences, Ulu Braun's narrative becomes a fable. Architecture is the game of positioning bodies into light. Darkness needs its space. The future is already misaligned.

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