Text / Video

C & H
Performance/Installation: 50min (2008)

The Nickelodeon is a project by the collective C&H (Heike Langsdorf, Christophe Meierhans & Christoph Ragg) and derives its title from the early motion picture theater of the same name. Nickelodeons emerged in the USA at the turn of the 20th century, with the arrival of narrative-style films, as a cheap alternative to live theaters. For a fixed price of 5 cents (a"nickel") short feature films were shown. Later, the name also became a term for a coin-operated musical jukebox.

Unlike it's historical counterpart, C&H's Nickelodeon does not offer it's audience filmscreenings, but rather a selection of short live performances. Cameramen are replaced with performers and cameras with empty aluminum frames. Feature films, television series, talk shows and other found footage are stripped bare from their original images. The remaining soundtrack & camera movement are transformed into short re-enactments, ready to receive the audiences own upload of imaginary.

The Nickelodeon functions as a juke box. The audience chooses from a list of 35 film excerpts displayed on a computer screen. Each time an excerpt is chosen, the performers execute the short aluminum frame choreography corresponding to the chosen film.



Concept: C&H / Performance & Development: Heike Langsdorf, Christophe Meierhans, Christoph Ragg, Ula Sickle / Support: Vooruit, Courtisane (Gent), Nadine (Brussels) / Coproduction: Kunst/Werk, frogs OS, TNT (Bordeaux), WorkspaceBrussels, IFFR (Rotterdam).


23rd - 27th May 2008, Courtisane Short Film Festival @ Vooruit, Gent / 14 & 16 November 2008 Working title Festival @ Kaaitheater Studios, Brussels / 24th January 2009, International Film Festival Rotterdam