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01.05. – 31.05.2021

Stefan Panhans: Sieben bis Zehn Millionen (Seven to Ten Million)

HMKV Video of the Month





The HMKV Video of the Month online!

In the series HMKV Video of the Month, HMKV presents in monthly rotation current video works by international artists – selected by Inke Arns. In May 2021 we present:

Stefan Panhans
Sieben bis Zehn Millionen (Seven to Ten Million)
HD Video, 5:30 Min., 2005, Courtesy the artist

A young studio-tanned male with piercing blue eyes (Lisa Marie Janke) is looking straight into the camera. He is sporting a designer stubble, a baseball cap with orange- and black-coloured camouflage pattern and a fur-trimmed hood. Alarm sirens, honking cars and street noises can be heard in the background. The diffusely hectic soundtrack and sketchy surroundings suggest an urban location, while slowly falling snow acts as a calming counterpoint to the restless scenery.
Panhans’s video is unedited and was filmed from a single vantage point. The protagonist is defiantly staring at the viewer while belting out a breathless staccato monologue in which he gives a crafty account of how he bought an unspecified technological device, probably a digital camera (as suggested by the reference to ‘seven to ten million’, which are presumably ‘pixels’). His insistence on trying to get a good deal escalates to near-existential dimensions, his speech reflecting greed, avidity and an obsession on the verge of paranoia. Seven to Ten Million is thus a shrewd commentary on the absurdity and pitfalls of consumerism. (Jelena Jazo)


Stefan Panhans, *1967 in Hattingen/Ruhr, Germany, based in Hamburg, Berlin and elsewhere.
Prizes, Residencies and Grants (selection): Research Fellowship Akademie für Theater und Digitalität, Dortmund (2020), VISIT Artist in Residence Programm der innogy Stiftung, Essen (2019), Honorable mention for HOSTEL, Videonale.17 Award of fluentum collection (2017), Fellowship of the Lower Saxony Foundation for Media Art (Stiftung Niedersachsen für Medienkunst) at the Edith-Russ-Haus (2017), Video Art Price Bremen #22 (2014)
Recent group shows and festivals (selection): Videonale 16 and 17, Bonn (2017, 2019), Fuzzy Dark Spot, Deichtorhallen Collection Falckenberg, Hamburg (2019), Addis Video Art Festival, Addis Abeba (2019), EMAF–Electronic Media Art Festival #32 (2019) and #33 (2020), Osnabrück, Zin Ex - From Abstraction to Algorithm, Tabakalera–International Centre for Contemporary Culture, San Sebastian (2020), Something Between Us, Kunsthalle Nürnberg (2021), Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Louvre, Paris (2021).
Solo shows (selection): Too Much Change Is not Enough, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin (2014), Stefan Panhans–Video Works, Goethe Institute, Porto Alegre (2015), A Gallerina’s Dream, Galerie im Turm, Berlin (2017), A Better Version of 人–Two Video Works by Stefan Panhans, Goethe Institute China, Bejing (2018), Stefan Panhans–HOSTEL, Edith Russ Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg (2018), The Pow(d)er of I Am Klick Klick Klick Klick and a very very bad bad musical! (with Andrea Winkler), HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund (2021).

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