Ale Bachlechner: Like You Really Mean It

HMKV Video of the Month


01–31 January 2022

The workshop leader, the tracksuit and the naked monkey unexpectedly find themselves in a workshop on networking in the middle of Death Valley. They try their best to give each other advice, but mostly have to limit themselves to repeating what they've learned from other, often dubious sources. Some of what they talk about and some of what they leave out manifests itself around them in animals, the undead, exploding cars and landslides. Since nothing lasts, at some point there is a long applause and finally evaluation. And since all three are embodied by the artist, their meeting is equal parts group therapy and soliloquy. (AB)



Ale Bachlechner: script, performance, editing, compositing

Jonathan Kastl: camera, sound, editing, compositing

Julian Prießen: music, sound design

Olivia Platzer: artistic assistance


Supported by

North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Research and work grant of the city of Cologne


About the artist

Ale Bachlechner is a performance and video artist living in Cologne. She studied Comparative Literature in Innsbruck and at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Her works include the temporary dating agency "Twelve Roses" (2013) in Beirut, the performance coaching institute "This Is Not A Competition" (2016) and the online television format "Studio Hallo" (2018). Since 2018 she is a member of the Young College of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Her works are in the archive and distribution of the imai Foundation and have been presented at festivals, symposia and exhibitions e.g.: Art Cologne, Videonale, Impulse, EMAF Osnabrück, Kasseler Dokfest and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.

01–31 January 2022

In the series HMKV Video of the Month, HMKV presents in monthly rotation current video works by international artists – selected by Inke Arns.

Ale Bachlechner

Like You Really Mean It

Video, 2020, 12:45 min

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