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Screening: Influenza Famosa – If you wanna be famous… - Akademie - Kunsthalle Zürich

Screening: Influenza Famosa – If you wanna be famous…

03 September 2022, 7–11pm
every hour on the hour
Venue: Kunsthalle Zürich, basement

This satirical feminist film by artist duo Influenza Famosa (Line Meyer and Laura Hinrichsmeyer) is about two female artists in search of great fame. Along their path to success and via detours on the way they experience frustrating jobs and encounter ambivalent characters. Confronted with absurd working conditions and moody superstars they question not only themselves but also the system within which they operate. The problems of reconciling career and integrity soon become apparent, and the importance of female friendship is reinforced as a counterweight to the complications and demands of a crude cultural scene.

Adhering to clichés in a self-mocking and humorous manner, the film, whose actors are artists themselves, paints a picture of a tangled cultural landscape whose bizarre structures are built on oppressive power games, rumours and superficial judgments. Humour is an effective tool with which the duo confronts the real difficulties of the cultural industry, breaking down entrenched structures and exposing their weaknesses without being didactic.

​(starring Line Meyer, Laura Hinrichsmeyer, Nina Könnemann, Lennart Schweder, Stine Ølgod, Charlotte Gash, Julija Zaharijević, Julian Göthe, Ben Wiesenthaler, Jordan the guinea pig)

The movie is in German with English subtitles.

Film poster: Stine Ølgod, 2021



A whisper behind a hand, a hatched plan, an embarrassing slip of the tongue, unexpected inspiration: these happen in the gaps, corridors and brief interactions on the way to other activities. In these liminal spaces — places as well as states — emerge zones of reverie with a psychological and social threshold character. They are marginal areas of ambiguous limbo where back doors are left open and free spaces unconstrained, thus generating potential for experimentation as well as for failure. 

Under the title Backrooms, a programme of events, readings, performances, screenings, concerts and other artistic formats will take place, organised by Otto Bonnen. The Löwenbräukunst offers various architectural and social spaces that Backrooms will engage with. Hidden, unoccupied spaces and informal break out rooms provide physical and structural spaces as well as collaborations that go beyond our walls with collectives or extra-institutional locations.

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