University of Television and Film Munich
Artist Biography:
Felix Klee (*1990) lives and works in Munich where he studies directing for documentary film at University of Television and Film Munich. His current work combines a documentary approach with video art and experimental animation. From 2020 – 2022 he serves as a member of the Youth Advisory Board at Locarno Film Festival. In 2019/20 he received the special award of Kirch foundation's media art scholarship. Felix is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts Munich where he studied time-based media and painting. He also studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg and was a guest student at Universidad de las Artes Aguascalientes Mexico. He currently works on a fully animated documentary with Mexican director Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez.
The Deer Gift
Single Channel, HD, Stereo
"The deer gift" is a short video work set in the virtual nature space of the game Grand Theft Auto V. The video superimposes two approaches between man and animal. On the sound level, a drunken hunter explains his trained ability to attract a deer by rutting calls. "Some people say I have the deer gift," he boasts. These artificial animal sounds accompany the digital approach between a character and a doe from the computer game. Couple animations are applied to the two bodies, resulting in a relationship that is literally twisted. "The deer gift" is part of two video exhibitions by The One Minutes Foundation: "PAW" curated by Ceel Mogami de Haas and "Imagine the earth is your lover" curated by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens. It premiered at Reykjavík International Film Festival in September 2020. "The deer gift" is part of a series of works that deal in different ways with technology as a mediator between humans and animals.