UNTITLED I 2009 I New work, commissioned by Contour 2009

Bunte presents a new film and ‘La Fée Electricité’. The latter is a quasi-fictitious chronicle of episodes which comment on the advent of the electric light and people’s reactions to it when it emerged in the middle of the nineteenth century. His new film, on the other hand, revolves around Belgian Art Nouveau architecture to call into question the grand visions of early modernity and the blind faith in progress. The notion of “universal truth” is destabilised in favour of something less certain and more subjective, negotiated through an encounter with fragments of myths and history.



Andreas Bunte’s 16mm films probe the history of ideas and previous chapters of Western culture, with a particular view on modernity and the changes wrought on society by technological progress. This year Bunte had a solo exhibition at the Kunstverein Bielefeld, Germany. In 2008 his work was included in VideoKoop, at the Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf. In 2008 his work was included in “Wessen Geschichte”, Kunstverein Hamburg.

La Fée Electricité, 2007
Courtesy the artist + Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin