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Astrid Nippoldt - Oakwood


Astrid Nippoldt
Born in Gießen (Germany) in 1973, lives and works in Berlin (Germany).

On screening: Oakwood Cycle

Oakwood Garden HD-video, 8:48 minutes - 2013 / My Day (Oakwood) HD-video, 4:33 minutes, silent - 2012

'Oakwood Garden' and 'My Day' are part of a larger reflection upon the phenomena of prosperty within idealized urban life models. 'Oakwood Garden' focusses on the garden of a typical luxurious appartment tower that is exclusively built for expatriates and their trailing families in Beijing. The camera views are guided by artificial illuminations in the garden from the perspective of a roamer or a buzzing insect. A composition of electronic sound patterns and ambience sounds such as animal voices, footfalls etc. in a subtle way interfere with the beauty of the imagery and implants an atmosphere of suspense.
'My Day' is set in a typical luxurious appartment tower that is exclusively built for expatriates and their trailing families in Beijing. Sentence by sentence a resident who is obviously without obligations reports on his daily activities. It appears that he is killing time before his wife comes home from work. To escape boredom he tries to draw or paint, however, feeling not inspired he is thrown back to play video games, go work out in the fitness room and prepare dinner for his wife, before it starts all over again the next day. The imagery shows the view out of the appartment window onto a mediocrate urban residential area. Wavering black cable strings slightly interfer with the image. Later, towards the end of this laconic report a black semi-transparent curtain is drawn between us and the world outside the cocoon.


2013 OAKWOOD, Museum Kurhaus Kleve
2013 KOMPLEXRAUM #7 – Geliebte Unzulänglichkeit (with Antonia Low), GENERAL PUBLIC, Berlin
2012 Kokon, Galerie für Gegenwartskunst Barbara Claassen-Schmal, Bremen
2012 CAPE CORAL, Kunstfenster des BDI e.V., Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft, Berlin
2011 Patterns of Paradise, kunstraum muenchen, München
2011 Patterns of Paradise (Cape Coral), The Gallery Apart, Rome
2009 Queue, kjubh Kunstverein, Köln
2009 It’s always night, or we wouldn’t need light (with Hansjörg Dobliar), Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen
2009 Evil Woods, The Gallery Apart, Rome
2007 Grutas, Mummery + Schnelle, London
2007 Getaway Inn, Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin
2006 Grutas, Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Rome
2006 Tryingtoland, Galerie für Gegenwartskunst Barbara Claassen Schmal, Bremen
2005 Concorde, Paraplufabriek Nijmegen
2005 Astrid Nippoldt, Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin


2013 Pièces Montrees (The Impossible Collection), Fondation d’Art Contemporain Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis
2013 FOLLOW GARDEN, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin
2012 International Triennial of Contemporary Graphic Arts, Novosibirsk State Art Museum
2012 Big Picture III (Apsis Kino), K21 Ständehaus, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
2012 spazi aperti X, Accademia di Romania, Rome
2012 L’Institut des Archives Sauvages, Contemporary Art Center Villa Arson, Nice
2012 The archive of the Collective JukeBox project (1996-2004), Contemporary Art Center Villa Arson, Nice
2012 A Higher Atlas, 4th Marrakech Biennale (“Le Depays”)
2011 Le Temps de l’Ecoute (Listening Time), Contemporary Art Center Villa Arson, Nice
2011 Berliner Zimmer Genossen, Funkhaus Berlin
2011 13 Jahre ‘Junge Kunst in Essen’, Museum Folkwang, Essen
2011 Without Destination, Hafnarhus / Reykjavik Art Museum, project by Institut für Raumexperimente
2011 Nikita Neufeld + Guests, Kunsthalle Göppingen
2010 Paula Modersohn-Becker Kunstpreis 2010, Kunsthalle Worpswede (cat)
2010 VIDEO XXI Colleción Lemaitre, Centro Fundación Telefónica, Lima / Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru
2010 Juvenale Schwäbisch Gmünd 2010 (with Susanne Reling & Pablo Wenzel)
2010 Mapping Worlds: Welten verstehen – Aufbruch in die Gegenwart, 8. Int. Foto-Triennale Esslingen
2010 Let’s implement little errors, Institut für Raumexperimente, Klasse Olafur Eliasson, Berlin
2010 Simply Video. Bewegte Bilder aus der Kunsthalle Bremen, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
2010 L’Art est un jeu. Tant pis pour celui qui s’en fait un devoir !, Frac Alsace, Sélestat
2010 Über Zeichnung, Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin
2009 Zeigen. An Audio Tour through Berlin by Karin Sander, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin
2009 Vitales Archiv (a project by Sandra Kuhne), Kunsthalle Mannheim
2009 Altitude, Galerie für Gegenwartskunst Barbara Claassen-Schmal, Bremen
2009 Wo soll ich hin – Figurative Works from the Collection, Städtische Galerie Bremen
2008 Videoform Filmform, Stile der Stadt, 2. Int. Videokunstfestival, Hamburg


2013 Archive Tellers,,Opificio Telecom Italia Spazio Contemporaneo, Fondazione Romaeuropa
2012 Arte Video Night 2012, Arte onAir / KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin / Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2012 Video Visionen – Astrid Nippoldt, OEins TV, Oldenburg, invited by Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg
2012 La Biennale de Marrakech 2012, TV ikonoMenasa broadcast
2012 Lange Nacht der Transformation, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, presented by DAS NUMEN
2011 Ping Pong Video # 20 “ANNIVERSAIRE”, Espace d’Art Contemporain, Pau
2011 Tracing Shadows in the Dark, Holy Trinity Church London
2010 Art, Talks and Sensations, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, United Arabian Emirates
2009 Heroic Turn, Zeithaus, Autostadt Wolfsburg
2008 Fixieren Sie den Stern, bitte!, Kusthalle Luzern
2008 Expand and Retain (Fog on Nov 2), Senko Frame Project, Viborg
2008 Der Blinde Fleck, NGBK - Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin
2008 Brillant Noise / Late at Tate Britain, London