LENA DITTE NISSEN
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*THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE TALK ABOUT MY ARTISTIC RESERACH ON FEMALE PERPETRATORS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM ONLINE AND IN VIENNA AT IFK*
*NEW ARTICLE ONLINE*ARTICLE ABOUT MIDWIVES AS PERPETRATORS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM ONLINE ON SCIENCE_ORF
*HYBRID LECTURE at IFK VIENNA*
CHAOSMOS OF THE PERSONAL
You are kindly invited to a hybrid presentation of my current Artistic Research project.
How do we deal today with the National Socialist perpetrators of our ancestors who were shrouded in silence? In confrontation with texts from our own family, the ethno-psychoanalytical method of the 'Interpretation Workshop' is put to the test experimentally in this artistic research focusing on women as perpetrators.
Nanna Conti (1881-1951), so called Reichshebammenführerin, the leading midwife under Adolf Hitler, and her daughter Camilla Nissen (1902-1993), a convinced National Socialist, are the direct ancestors of Lena Ditte Nissen. Both left behind texts: Camilla Nissen wrote diaries and later her memoirs, which were intended only for the immediate family. Nanna Conti published countless writings in the midwifery journal of which she was the chief editor. Her remarks were thus explicitly intended for the public. Both women wanted to tell their own ideological truth with their words and use it to influence others - internally and externally. Thus, one wrote addressed to the family on a small scale and the other to a group of society on a larger scale. In this lecture, the researcher will first present excerpts from the aforementioned texts, and then discuss their polyphonic interpretation through the 'Interpretation Workshop', as well as the possibilities and challenges of their transfer into artistic expression.
*AN IMPRESSION FROM ICI*
I gave a presentation of my PhD research at the symposium VIOLENCE CARE CURE - (self)Perseptions within the medical encounter.
*INTERVIEW WITH ME ON GALLERYTALK.NET*
Click on the image below to get some insight in the history and motivation behind my current exhibition at Gemeinde Köln.
*PRESENTATION AT ICI - INSTITUTE FOR CULTURAL INQUIRY*
Violence, Care, Cure - (Self)perceptions Within the Medical Encounter
3/4.2.2022 at ICI and online
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*Radio Interview on Deutschlandfunk Kultur*
Click on the image to hear a bit about my exhibition CHAOSMOS DES PERSÖNLICHEN at Gemeinde Köln.
*SOLO SHOW AT GEMEINDE KÖLN*
Soft Opening // 21.01.2022 // 5-8pm
In this exhibition, artist and filmmaker Lena Ditte Nissen shows works that were created in the context of dealing with her family’s involvement in National Socialism. Video, language, photography, and text reveal historical contexts that are set in connection with reflections from the present. Thus, in ever-expanding and contracting circles, the work revolves around the subject of personal confrontation, in which the subjective gaze keeps changing its position, keeps refocusing.
The center of the exhibition is the polyphonic 3-channel video installation TAKE IT AS IT IS, produced by Lena Ditte Nissen in 2021 as part of her Art & Theory Fellowship at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen. Also on view are a series of new photographs taken at the former Nazi doctors’ leadership school.
My Film THERE IS is screening at PRISME#4, the experimental film festival of MIRE Nantes.
*LECTURE* - 11. - 13.11.2021
I will be giving a presentation on my PhD project at the workshop 'Performative (Auto-)Biografien', organized by the 'Working Group Biography and Gender' at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
*UPCOMING SCREENING IN BERLIN*
My film ES GIBT (engl. THERE IS) will be shown at FRACTO Experimental Film Encounter at ACUD MACHT NEU in Berlin at 6pm on Octovber 23rd.
I am happy to announce that my first feature documentary got development funding by the Film and Media Fund of NRW, Germany. Looking forward to research and conceptualize!
*ARTIST TALK ONLINE NOW*
You can now find my artist talk at ART HUB Copenhagen online. It's in English and I talk about the notion of collaboration in my work.
*ALL FILMS IN DISTRIBUTION AT LIGHT CONE*
From now on all my film-based short films will be distributed by LIGHT CONE in Paris! I am honored to have my work among so many other great experimental films.
*FEMINIZATION OF POLITICS*
I am happy to announce that I will be a fellow at the Sommerakademie Paul Klee for the next two years!
The online Talk with historian and director of the NS Documentation Centre in Krefeld, Germany and Journalist Nora Hespers is now online.
Please follow THIS LINK or click the image to watch the conversation!
February 19 2021, 6PM on ZOOM and live stream on Facebook
Online talk *in German* FAMILIENFORSCHUNG UND GENDERROLLEN IM NATIONALSOZIALISMUS
December 2020 - March 2021
IDENTITY IS UNCERTAINTY #II
The exhibition IDENTITY IS UNCERTAINTY #2: ‹Trauma›‹Art›‹Activism›‹Revolution› shows new works produced in Innsbruck by the participants of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen 2019–20. Anna DASOVIĆ, KURS (Mirjana Radovanović and Miloš Miletić), Lena Ditte NISSEN and Airi TRIISBERG focused on projects addressing constructions of identity that are of constituent significance for our present. The foundations of these identity constructions are to be found in the humus of (Post)National Socialist and (Post)Communist historical events: The military construct of the “Other” in the course of the UN presence during the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s, activist biographies in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but also the National Socialist ideology and its subcutaneous persistence to the present day, as well as its counterpart in Yugoslavia – the partisan movement and its culture – were topics and the projects‘ onsets of the Fellows’ theoretical and artistic working proposals.
October 2020 - 26.10-01.11.2020
GERMAN PREMIERE of THERE IS at DOK LEIPZIG
My short film ES GIBT / THERE IS (english title) has its German premiere in the International Competition at this years DOK LEIPZIG!
I had a really great conversation about the film with selection team member Carolin Weidner - find it here:
September 2020 - 12.09.2020
PERFORMATIVE WALK _ NEHMT ES WIE ES IST
Den Ausgangspunkt von NEHMT ES WIE ES IST bilden die unveröffentlichten Memoiren der Großmutter (*1902) von Lena Ditte Nissen – Tochter der Reichshebammenführerin Nanna Conti (*1881). Die Großmutter zeichnete 1945 die Flucht der Familie vor den Alliierten auf und beschrieb die Sorge um die Familie und das Schicksal des Führers. Der performative Walk versteht sich als eine mehrschichtige, reflexive und analytische Auseinandersetzung mit diesen Schriftstücken, in welchen die Künstlerin und Filmemacherin Lena Ditte Nissen den intergenerationellen Folgen des Nationalsozialismus, nachgeht.
In NEHMT ES WIE IST nähert sich die Historikerin und Jiddistin Sandra Franz den Memoiren Contis aus wissenschaftlicher Sicht und mit Fokus auf die Rolle der Frau im Nationalsozialismus, an. Originalauszüge werden von den Schauspielerinnen Ruth Rosenfeld und Almut Zilcher gesprochen. Eine weitere sprachliche Ebene bilden Dialoge zwischen Rosenfeld und Zilcher, die als Kommentare auf die Originaltexte fungieren und aus mehrstimmigen Interpretationen der Memoiren stammen. Diese Interpretationen entstanden in einer Reihe von gruppenanalytischen Deutungswerkstätten mit 12 Teilnehmer* innen und unter der Leitung des Kulturwissenschaftlers und Analytikers Prof. Dr. Jochen Bonz, während Nissens Fellowship-Programm am Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen in Innsbruck.
Lena Ditte Nissen | Recherche & Konzept
Ruth Rosenfeld, Almut Zilcher | Performerinnen
Jide Tom Akinleminu, Jule Katinka Cramer | Dokumentation
Katharina Book | Assistenz
A Handful of Dust | Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa
Recherche | Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen
September 2020 - 8/9.9.2020
of my four short films KORONA (2013), ANÓME (2015), THE PLACE I WILL HAVE LEFT (2017) and THERES IS (2020) at LEO Kino Innsbruck, Austria, as part of the feminist film series KINOVISIEON. An ongoing series of films by female filmmakers since 2005.
Q&A at LEO Kino Innsbruck
I've started a podcast about art in times of corona. It's called SADNESS OF MISSING OUT.
Available on SoundCloud and Spotify and all other podcatchers.
8.4.2020 Solo Screening of 4 short films at LEO KINO in Innsbruck, as part of the screenings series kinoviSIEon with films by female filmmakers
4/5.4.2020 REFLEXIVE ALLIANCE
Second workshop with Prof. Dr. Jochen Bonz at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen
Premiere of my new short film THERE IS at CPH DOX!
THERE IS (original title: ES GIBT) circles around artist and filmmaker Margaret Raspé (*1933), her position in the world and the automatisms, that play an important role in her work.
Margaret Raspé is a pioneer of German feminist experimental film. Her films and artworks have gotten renewed attention in the last years: a retrospective at cinema Arsenale in Berlin and the inclusion of her film "Alle Tage wieder -Let them swing" from 1973 in Berlinale 2019. Her films are archived by the Deutsche Kinemathek.
Screening times during CPH:DOX:
20.3. 19:45 at Cinemateket
22.3. 20:00 at Mezzaninen, Charlottenborg Kunsthal
23.3. 17:20 at Cinemateket
6.2.2020 Performative presentation at UOPIA Symposium by Filmbüro NW, with Alisa Berger as duo BERGERNISSEN, Cologne
18/19.1.2020 REFLEXIVE ALLIANCE Workshop with Prof. Dr. Jochen Bonz
9.1.2020 - 18.1.2020 Exhibition of AWAKENING DESTRUCTION - a project by bergernissen - at GEUMCHEON ART SPACE, Seoul
10.12.2019 Masterclass / screening at FAMU, Prague
9.11.2019 PREMIERENTAGE - talk about ongoing film project THERE IS
1.11.2019 screening of THE PLACE I WILL HAVE LEFT at CIRUITO NOMADICA, Bologna
24 - 29.10. 2019 Selected participant at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival Academy
11.10.2019 Start Up Lectures at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen
October 2019 - June 2020 Residency at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen
6.7.2019 Screening of BLOW JOB at BLONDE COBRA - queer experimental film night