Lidia Rossner's visual work is primarily documentary, research based using ethnographic methods. She uses video, audio and still photography as media. Most recently, Lidia has realized several commissioned films for the Humboldt Dahlem Lab in Berlin, Germany. From 2012 to 2015, the Lab enabled collaborations between museum curators, designers, artists, and scholars for a series of concentrated projects, “Probebühnen” (rehearsal stages), with the aim to re-think exhibition models, public engagement and education in preparation for the move of two museums, Ethnological Museum and Asian Art Museum to the Humboldt Forum in the center of Berlin in 2019.
Lidia's contribution was two-fold, as a visual representation consultant and a media artist. She created three documentaries for the Asian Art Museum that were screened as part of the exhibitions. These include "Sound of Painting” 19 min.,’Yuken Teruya: On Okinawa’ 9 min., and a performance documentary for Yuken Teruya. The other audio-visual works were part of experimental installations for the ‘Music Listening’ exhibition, in collaboration with the Department of Ethnomusicology, Media Technology and Berlin Phonogram Archive of the Ethnological Museum. One of the projects was ‘Making of … Musical instruments – construction techniques, design, aesthetics of sound’, a series of six films, a four-channel video and 5 videos for iPad content. Another project was ‘Kathak’, a 27 min., a multi-channel audio-visual work exploring representation strategies of ethnographic research, developed in collaboration with cultural anthropologist Nicole Lehmann. All of the films will be included in the new exhibition spaces in the Humbold Forum in 2019.
Previously, as part of her research of contemporary art practices and art biennials, Lidia made a film about the 7th Berlin Biennale, ‘ARTISTIC OFFICE. Constructing the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art’ (2012) 60min. Comprised of visible forms of complex social processes, the film attempts to expose the mechanisms of how an exhibition is conceptualized and realized. As an exploration of the role of art documentation as mediation, Lidia created a series of short films about artists and projects of the 7th Berlin Biennale, which were published on the biennale’s website and two were included in the installations. In 2007, Lidia co-founded dmovies.net as a platform for research, documentation and presentation of art practices. The platforms consists of over 150 video interviews with artists and curators at biennials, museums, galleries and art studios. Edited versions have been included in exhibitions, university courses, and screenings in combination with lectures.BELOW IS A SELECTION OF RECENT PROJECTS