CineStar, photo: Mathias Völzke

At documenta 14 in Athens, Douglas Gordon chose the open-air movie theater Stella for the presentation of I had nowhere to go (2016), his cinematic portrait of the avant-garde filmer Jonas Mekas, thus integrating the public space of the surrounding apartment buildings and neighborhood into his presentation. In contrast, the atmosphere of the CineStar auditorium in Kassel, where Gordon’s film is also be screened, is distinguished by a sense of intimacy. The film title I had nowhere to go quotes the autobiography of Mekas, published in 1991. In the film Mekas is heard reading his diary that tells of war and displacement and art making, while the image of the artist and writer only rarely surfaces from the darkness of the screen.

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I had nowhere to go

with Douglas Gordon