Danny Germansen (Born 1976) is a filmmaker and video-artist who was raised in a dysfunctional family in a little town on the west coast of Jutland in Denmark called Ribe.
Playing music most of his teenager years, Danny first started to
work with video and film at the age of 21. His main body of work are inspired by a life with disability, depression and mental breakdown.
Danny’s early work with films has been used as therapy, a way to work himself out of a low point in his life from his 20’s up thru his
30’s years of life, where he was suffering from severe depression, mental agony, isolation and loneliness – Caused by his troubled childhood with two spinal surgery operations at the age of 9 and 14 which left Danny paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Plus having a psychopath father who made Danny emotional and mentally unstable.
Those early works that can been seen in the video collection INNER PROJECTIONS FROM A BROKEN MAN is emotions and thoughts from a mental breakdown told thru film/video.
But Danny does also do other topics as political, social-society and philosophical related work. Danny’s work has been shown around the world at festivals and various venues.
“A futuristic tale about human freedom in modern society.”
“They enslaved her and took away everything she loved … Her freedom.”
ANTI SOCIAL CLUB
The film is based on the life of and talks with SUZANA LUNGU . Its a futuristic tale ala GEORGE ORWELL´S 1984.
The idea sprung out from Suzana telling me about her life in Romania. Where she would work in her garden in her bikini taking care of her tomato plants and other plants that she will go to the market to sell. I talked to Suzana about having that kind of freedom where you live in the nature and are your own boss. That you don´t have to be a part of the system or society, but be more or less self- sufficient by living of the land and live a life outside the norms of society without all the martialist things people of the world need today.
Suzana made up the name ANTI-SOCIAL CLUB as a joke that she wanted to make a club for herself to be anti-social in.
So one night I was laying in my bed after a couple hours of sleep, not fully awake, but half a sleep, I suddenly had a picture in my mind. It was very clearly. It pictured Suzana in her bikini – Sitting on her knees in a garden working in the soil and the title ANTI-SOCIAL CLUB was written on top of the picture. From there I developed the story about human freedom contra the state/system/society and it stood very clear to me after having seen that picture in my mind
how exactly the film should be written and produced.
TALES FROM THE DOWN BELOW OF SOCIETY.
As an ongoing problem in the industrialised world the human race gets more and more lonely and alienated, The world turns faster and faster and people are more busy then ever working, making career, making family, making money and having all the right material stuff and doing all social acceptable thing that is the norm of society!
It is in this world where the sick and weak humans goes under the radar and lives outside society. They live on the edge of society in isolation, loneliness and alienation! The film and videos by Danny Germansen show the humans who are down and out by society without the possibility to save them self! It is
the mental ill and physically challenge who is not able to follow the fast modern society!
No one thinks about these people, they are on there own, sometime caught in a life full of pain. Some choose suicide as there last resort.
It is with inspiration in his own life that Danny makes these videos/films that sometime can seem embarrassing and ruthless. But only are true emotions that all humans are cable of to feel if they where in the same situation.
Danny collaborated with the EXQUISITE CORPSE VIDEO PROJECT VOL. 2 curated by Brazilian filmmaker and video artist KIKA NICOLELA. The ECVP vol. 2 is a collaboration of over 60 artists from all over the world. Where the video artist continue the work of the other artist. ECVP vol. 2 shows around the world. www.exquisitecorpsevideoproject.wordpress.com
Danny attending the HEP: HUMAN EMOTION PROJECT Curated by ALISON WILLIAMS from South Africa. The project collects video and film from all over the world about human emotions and screens them around the world. 4art.com/group/humanemotionproject2009
Danny’s film and videos shown at festivals in New York, Switzerland, Poland, China and Herning (Denmark). Plus other shows at galleries and an art event in London by ACTART.
Danny works together with South African filmmaker and artist ALISON WILLIAMS on a feature art film project called TEA IN A THUNDER CUP. www.facebook.com/pages/TEA-IN-A-THUNDER-
CUP-2010/106291689391029 Amongst other collaborations, Danny work together with actor Marek Magierecki from Copenhagen and video artist Joshua Sandler from New York.
Working on video COLD together with Marek Magierecki, Steffen Graumann and the wonderful new classic and electronic musician Daria Baiocchi from MILANO, Italy. COLD has this year been showed at 5 festivals.
At the end of 2012 I signed a contract with SKY TELEVISION, Italy. On them showing my Video BEATEN on those channel SKY ARTE, It will go in rotation for a while in a daily program!
ALIENATION & LONELINESS are going on an tour with THE TIME IS LOVE
6 – 2013 tour. Curated by Kisito Assangni
2009 / 2014
Accepted a an VideoArt.net Artist with 6 videos.
INNER PROJECTIONS FROM A BROKEN MAN was shown as an part of
GLOBAL VILLAGE 2014 at KULTUR HUSET BRØNDEN, 2660
BRØNDBYSTRAND, COPENHAGEN. From 8 aug. to 14 sept. 2014. Curated by Jeroen Van Paassen.
THE HEALING was shown at an festival in Portugal, at ALCOBACA HISTORIC CENTER, From 31 may. to 4 june 2014, Curated by Alberto Guerreriro.
Made two new videos with MAREK MAGIERECKI and STEFFEN GRAUMANN. The two videos are titled THE SCARES INSIDE and KICKING DOWNWARDS.
Was a part of an 3 month retrospective show with the ECVP in SAO PAOLO, BRASIL. Curated by. KIKA NICOLELA
Summer and autum 2016 I´m a part of 3 shows in ROMA and 2 shows in
VENICE, ITALY. Curated by LUCA CURCI and his IT`S LIQOID GROUP
MADSMILANO in MILAN running 11 of our films from January 2017 to through out 2018