Thirteen Rules or the Difficulty of Sexpressing Oneself / Conversations with Pupils and Teachers

Films by Stefan HAYN and talk with Clemens KRÜMMEL


Two films integrated in Stefan Hayn’s installation shown at the exhibition Looking at the Present through Rear-View Mirrors will be presented on the big screen. After the screening art historian Clemens Krümmel and the artist will talk about the films and Hayn’s artistic practice.

In Dreizehn Regeln oder Die Schwierigkeit sich auszudrücken (1998) (Thirteen Rules, or the Difficulty of Expressing Oneself), Copi’s Feydeau/Chekhov parody L’homosexuel ou La difficulté de s’exprimer (1971) meets Ad Reinhardt’s disassembly of artistic identity The Artist in Search of a Code of Ethics (released in 1960 in reaction to the labels “abstract expressionism” and “pop art”) – one could say that in this confrontation the “anti-oedipal” stipulations of “modern” and “postmodern” image production are exploding – or imploding – against the background of the, often intensely violent, underlying mother-father-child-relationships – and vice versa.
Gespräche mit Schülern und Lehrern (2000) (Discussions with Students and Teachers) makes the relevant institutional and historical framework (some ten years after the German reunification), as well as the specific individual attempts to deal with these explosions and implosions, visible and audible from different generations’ perspectives.
Stefan Hayn, 8 May 2017

Dreizehn Regeln oder Die Schwierigkeit sich auszudrücken (Thirteen Rules or the Difficulty of Sexpressing Oneself)
after texts by Ad Reinhardt and Copi
1998, 50 min, colour and b/w
Director: Stefan Hayn
with: Roswitha Schaab, Charlotte Algermissen, Stefan Hayn, Rüdiger Tomczak, Heinz Emigholz, Kirsi Mikkola, Michael Taubenheim, Rudolf Barmettler, Anja-Christin Remmert, Martha Wilson, Julia Bantzer, Stefan Flach, Alexander Heimberg
Camera: Patrick Popow, Bernadette Paassen, Sandra Merseburger
Sound/music: Klaus Barm, Filmorchester Babelsberg

Gespräche mit Schülern und Lehrern (Conversations with Pupils and Teachers)
at three schools of Berlin: Otto Wels-Grundschule Kreuzberg, Ludwig Erhard-Gesamtschule Lichtenberg, Erich Fried-Gymnasium Friedrichshain
2000, 45 min, colour
Director, editing: Stefan Hayn in collaboration with Anja-Christin Remmert
Camera/sound: Anja-Christin Remmert, Stefan Flach, Klaus Barm


Stefan Hayn lives in Berlin. His films released since 1989 question artistic as well as cinematic categorisation, and reject simplistic genre attributions. His works (films, painting, essays) have been presented in a wide range of art and film contexts. He has taught at Berlin University of the Arts, specializing in the interrelations of film and painting.

Stefan Hayn is a painter and filmmaker. In his more recent works he attempts to enable an emotional experience of film-immanent processes or – in comparisons within the exhibition space – processes of painterly or filmic perception including their social-historical and biographical-individual connections. He also reflects on artistic approaches aiming towards openness in conceptual-essayistic works. He presents his films in cinemas, on TV, and at international festivals. Most recently, the Heidelberger Kunstverein and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna showed a selection of his film works and paintings.

For a filmography of Stefan Hayn, see also: Stefan Hayn

Clemens Krümmel *1964. Lives and works in Berlin and Zurich. Art historian, freelance curator, author and translator. Studied art history and philosophy at Bonn University; assistant curator at Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen (Germany) from 1987–1994; Co-publisher and editor of the Berlin-based art magazine „Texte zur Kunst“ 2000–2006. Co-founder (with Alexander Roob) of Melton Prior Institute for Reportage Drawing, Düsseldorf, in 2006. Co-editor of the book series “Polypen”, b_books Verlag, Berlin (w/ Sabeth Buchmann, Helmut Draxler, Susanne Leeb). Currently, Clemens Krümmel is assistant at the Department for Architecture and Art, ETH Zurich.


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