Prix Meret Oppenheim awarded
to our curator Urs Stahel

We are delighted to announce that the major Prix Meret Oppenheim is awarded this year to Urs Stahel, curator of the Fotofestival in 2015.

According to the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, the award "distinguishes life works of cultural relevance which have a lasting influence on the way we perceive and confront art and architecture. The award-winners' work represents a broadening of cultural dialogue in Switzerland and, not uncommonly, far beyond the country's borders."

The award ceremony will take place today alongside Art Basel, prior to the opening of the "Swiss Art Awards 2015" exhibition.

More information about the Prix Meret Oppenheim, such as further award-winners, can be found on the Swiss Federal Office of Culture homepage.

The whole Fotofestival team congratulates Urs Stahel on this important tribute!

Jules Spinatsch to carry out
2015's in-situ project

The in-situ project has firmly established itself in Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg's profile as a characteristic and important component. For this project, internationally active artists contribute photographic works in reaction to local realities in the three participating cities.

For the 6th edition of the Fotofestival we are pleased to have engaged Jules Spinatsch to carry out the in-situ project. In keeping with the festival's curatorial concept, the Swiss artist photographs seven locations in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg, thereby establishing a link between the seven exhibition topics and realities, history and society in the Rhine-Neckar region.

As he does so he falls back on a special photographic method: At predefined intervals and over a certain period, a computer-controlled camera records up to several tousands single images set-up takes photos. These are finally mounted in chronological order into one large panoramic image. The complexity of the (post-) photographic documents between film and photography that arise in the process, matches today's reality in an interesting way.

Spinatsch's so-called Surveillance Panoramas will be on show throughout the Fotofestival's duration as integral components of the exhibitions at the participating institutions. The image shown in this Newsletter (detail) was created during the Time Warp Festival in Mannheim, within a period of approx. 14 hours.

Event tip: Ray 2015 - Frankfurt / Rhine-Main Photography Projects

Friday, 19 June sees the opening of the Ray 2015 photography triennial at 7 p.m. at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. In the main exhibition IMAGINE REALITY, 28 artists show how photography not only illustrates our reality, but itself creates new realities. Supplementing the exhibition, the second edition of RAY sees the commissioning of numerous new, exclusive productions which are presented at the partner institutions in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region. The exhibited positions range in the interfaces of documentary, photo-journalistic, applied and artistic photography.

Main exhibition IMAGINE REALITY
20.06.- 20.09.2015
Opening: Friday, 19 June, 7 p.m. at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt

Photo: © Detail from Jules Spinatsch – Time Warp
Panorama of 714 Images recorded with computer controlled camera from 19:30 - 11:00 on Dancefloor 1, Time Warp Festival, Mannheim 5-6 May 2015

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