Every last Wednesday in the month the SCHIRN has acted as a forum for national and international film and video artists. In dialogue with the SCHIRN curators, international artists offer in-depth insights into their work and, more especially, into their filmic interests. DOUBLE FEATURE was designed as a platform presenting the extremely varied trends and forms of creative expression in the production of art films and for the juxtaposition of familiar and not so familiar positions.
The analysis and exposure of patriarchal patterns of thought and power in society constitute a central theme in Mathilde ter Heijne’s works. She moreover pursues ways of preserving the knowledge of social minorities and passing them on. The video Lament, Song for Transitions (2010), for example, was produced on the basis of a mourning workshop organized by the artist in Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, where a professional singer gave instruction in dirge-singing. The combination of song and weeping is a means of coping with bereavement practised by women all over the world . Its purpose is to help overcome traumatic experiences, link the past with the present and pave the way to the future. Born in Strasbourg in 1969, the Dutch video and installation artist studied art at the Stadsacademie, Maastricht and the Rijksacadmie Amsterdam. She has been teaching at the Kunsthochschule in Kassel since 2011.