Douglas Gordon received the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2012 and is exhibiting a selection of works in the Akademie der Künste
on Hanseatenweg. With this prize awarded annually to a visual artist, the Akademie der Künste this year recognises the new impulses that Gordon has given to international media art.
Gordons Work is characterised by the method of deconstruction: he disables the closed narrative structure of film and dedicates himself to its technical and psychological fundamental conditions. In 1993 he caused a stir with 24 Hour Psycho. This soundless version of Hitchcocks film classic Psycho, stretched out to 24 hours by slowing it down, announced Gordon to a wider audience beyond the boundaries of the contemporary art scene.
The Kollwitz Prize exhibition shows Gordons ever-growing multi-channel installation Pretty much every film and video work from about 1992 until now on 93 freely arranged used monitors in one exhibition hall. The installation comprises 74 individual titles of the artists video and film works, amongst others 24 Hour Psycho (1993), Between Darkness and Light (After William Blake) (1997), Play Dead; Real Time (2003), k.364 A Journey by Train (2010), Henry Rebel (2011) and Phantom (2011). Unlike his monumental film installations, this retrospective overview rather explores the idea of a private video archive showing central subjects and formal strategies of Gordons works.
Douglas Gordon, born in Glasgow in 1966, splits his life between Berlin und Glasgow. Studies at the Glasgow School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London. Numerous works in both private and public collections worldwide. Solo exhibitions in such museums as the Museum for Modern Art in Frankfurt/Main, MoMA in New York, TATE Britain in London, the Wolfsburg Art Museum, the Musee dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C.. 1996 Turner Prize winner, in 1998 he got the Central Kunstpreis at Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, in 2008 member of the jury at the 65th Venice International Film Festival.