Another's View of the Universe | Video Poem by Ebba Jahn, HD 4:00 | 6.2020

Another's View of the Universe  Video Poem by Ebba Jahn, HD 4:00 | 6.2020

The title's source:
Only through art can we get outside ourselves
and know another's view of the universe
which is not the same as ours...
Marcel Proust

A video poem, without rhymes, sourced from quotations by writers and artists are combined with animations depicting the universe by Julius H from Germany and improvised music by Sverdrup Balance.

This short film has further developed from a recently answered call for a music video by a composition festival in Romania with the theme "Planetarium", with original music by trio Sverdrup Balance - consisting of experimental vocalist Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg from Belgium, pianist Yoko Miura from Japan, and signal processor instruments with Lawrence Casserley, a former professor for music from the UK.

For the first time ever hear the voice of the man in the moon... 

Quotation by Hans Jean Arp

The video is awaiting invitations tor screenings and is therefore only visible with a password on Vimeo or for festival curators on Film Freeway - for now. 

Please contact Ebba Jahn ...


PLANETARY FUMAROLE - Sverdrup Balance | HD video by Ebba Jahn 3:51 min.


Video by Ebba Jahn, HD 3:51 min., Germany 6/2020

This video is inspired by a call for audio / video works from a music composition festival  themed "Planetarium",  created with original music by trio Sverdrup Balance - consisting of vocalist Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg from Belgium, pianist Yoko Miura from Japan, and with signal processor instruments with Lawrence Casserley, a former professor for music in the UK.

For a floating journey through space I enjoyed researching images with licenses available to me and chose  scenes, which were mainly created by JuliusH from Germany.

For the first time ever hear the voice of the man in the moon...


Selfie with Tuba - Pinguin Moschner | Video Collage by Ebba Jahn

Photo by Pinguin Moschner


After all his gigs were cancelled due to lockdowns, German tuba player Pinguin Moschner worked on a tune for a tuba-solo and recorded "tilbake" (engl. return). Performed with touching virtuosity it inspired me to make a video collage with it, so we collaborated online between Opladen and Berlin, Germany starting end of April 2020.
See the video also here, presently Nr. 77 in a row of over 100 artistically interesting short videos >>>  New Media Fest 2020  


Video AQUA IMPROMPTU 13 min. | 66. intl. Short Film Festival OB


  66. Intl. Short Film Festival Oberhausen | May 13.-18.2020
German Competition Official Selection
AQUA IMPROMPTU HD Video 13 min.  by Ebba Jahn 2019

It is a video collage centering around flying drops, in space and on earth, along with coloured rivers, a sense of curiosity, joy and hommage.
Watching extreme summer weather, outside the filmmaker's window under construction in Berlin inspired the impromptu video. Her scenery and sound recordings are intertwined with memories of selected film-, video and photo materials from colleagues and agreeable archives.
Nature sound combined with Paul Hubweber's Trombone Variations and the vocal music piece Neptune's Bellows by trio Sverdrup Balance tie all elements together.

First comments from contributors:
Experimental vocalist Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg from Belgium:
"The video is excellent, off the wall and deep."
Signal processor and former professor Lawrence Casserley from UK: "The film is lovely - a beautiful strangeness rooted in reality."
"Das Video ist echt gut geworden - so schön mysteriös," says photographer Gudrun Arndt.

Filmfestivals and screening spaces find it on FilmFreeway  but have to request the password by email to Ebba Jahn where also a small HD 720 file can be requested.
Shortfilmdepot and FilmFesivalLife have AQUA IMPROMPTU also...

66. Intl. Short Film Festival Oberhausen | May 13.-18.2020 German Competition Official Selection [ONLINE due to Corona lockdown]
www.kurzfilmtage.de   Video Library until June 16th for accredited film industry.


#STAY HOME... Video by Ebba Jahn | HD, 1 min., Germany 3/2020 in various exhibitions

#STAY HOME... by Ebba Jahn | Video HD 1080, 1 min., Germany 2020

This is my first artistic response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements in Berlin. How make a film in this shutdown situation? For this video, expression could find a different way via 15 seconds of animation footage which I found freely available with a creative commons licence by Elena Babicheva from Moskau - thanks a lot!
I could stretch the length so it may give viewers a whole minute of awe and encouragement while moving through their own present disturbances – at least the filmmaker finds her lockdown vibes colorfully reflected and enjoys distributing it now...

The music Zauberschule comes also freely licensed out of my editing program and was mixed with electronic sounds from my archive.

Selected | Curated | Invited by:

The Nomadic Art Gallery in New Zealand
which had the first inspiring art call - thank you! 

Curated by Rob Warren, UK
A diverse multi arts online exhibition in four galleries... definitely worth several looks!

SODA FESTIVAL - ARCHIVAL ROOM Saarbrücken, Germany [online] - Eugen

WE'M.Zine - Dagna, Maria

    The New Museum of Networked Art 
    Director - Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

    New Media Fest 2020    

    Has several artistically very interesting short
    videos and it is still growing...


    Aufruf/Call zu einem kollektiven Filmprojekt
    der Filmwerkstatt Münster

     1111 Gallery Budapest, Hungary [online]                     
    Lacuna Festivals

For this festival I'm creating several works.Three of my new videos were already selected for the originally planned festivals - so I'm very happy to participate actively as an artist in this event, which has to go from Fuerteventura and Lanzarote online instead in end of June. Stay tuned...

Contact filmmaker / artist / curator / videographer Ebba Jahn in Berlin
email: EbbaJahn (at) aol.com

#stayathome #theviewfromhere #staysafe and most of all #staycreative #shortfilms #videopoetry


Video FOG HORNS by Ebba Jahn | April 18th Premiere Cadence Video Poetry Festival April 15-19 [Online]

 We see a webcam surveillance video of a harbour entrance on a foggy day in Cuxhaven, Germany. A sound of a fog horn extends into film music, a contemporary composition for his trombone by Paul Hubweber.
Ships come in slowly and the first stanza of the poem "Fog Horns" by poet David Mason from Colorado appears slowly and in writing first.These three elements - webcam image, poem, trombone music - appear in the video as if they were always meant for each other...
Fog Horns by Arthur Dove, 1929
16.4.20 - Poet David Mason has just retired fom work as professor at the English Department Colorado College in Colorado Springs USA:

I asked him what I could say during the Cadence Festival Zoom Hang event on 4/18?

"You can say I'm proud to have my poem featured in your film. I wrote the thing some years ago, while looking at a painting called Fog Horns by Arthur Dove.

Somehow I fell into five-syllable lines with some rhymes.
I enjoyed the way the form encouraged me to break out of simple logic into mood.

I'm in Tasmania, now - my home for rest of life..."
Fog Horns by Arthur Dove, 1929
The painting also visualizes the first three fog horn sounds of the video. Paul Hubweber heard it and while seeing the still silent rest of the film, he chose from his archive his composition Trombone Parts from Ab und Auf for the video.
The Film Premiere in the program Better Left Unsaid takes place Saturday 18th of April, now online due to lockdowns.
Tickets/ passes are available via the website for each day or altogether.


Better Left Unsaid
Not silent, these video poems emphasize language as an auditory experience, a graphic experience, and a cultural experience. A dying language left untranslated, constraints leaving language limited, and limited language leaving emotional threads through found and filmed footage—this screening leaves room for inference and poetic impressions.

April 19 at 7:30pm PST



See Short Video: The Organ's Play no Soothing Song by Ebba Jahn, 2'18, 4/2020

The Organ's Play no Soothing Song from EJProjects on Vimeo.

The mood of this short black and white film material from 1932 I found special for quite some time. While trying to find out more about it, including the title or composer of the piece played by George Robert, who might not have written it himself, I found some information about him on Wikipedia in Dutch, and also about the Organ, a Müllerorgel, located at the Cathedral Sint Bovas in Haarlem, Netherlands...
The research continues - if you know something about the organ piece please let me know...

email EbbaJahn


THE GREAT... video collage by Ebba Jahn for Telephone II

A secret image...
I won't even tell the complete title in this stage of the game, until Nathan starts the exhibition...;-)
If you're an artist, check out this great arts game idea organized by Nathan Langston who is a poet based in Seattle.
You will receive a work that has been done before you and to build on. I just finished mine; based on 3 sentences I made  a 3 minute video, which  was sent out by Nathan to 3 artists in Seattle, Los Angeles and Turin/Italy, and who will create their work from there...
I'm excited to see what they -and the many others who will particpate- come up with... finally it will be a growing online exhibition. Looking forward.


66. Intl. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 13.-18. Mai, German Competition

This year, the festival has to change how it's taking place due to corona health risks.

                             Looks like it will be online and some next year.                                        



7 Videos | Screening im Kulturraum M7 in Berlin CANCELLED

7 Videos were created since Paper Pairs & Trombone and are available for screenings now.
They were entered into a few film festivals and are awaiting  a spot on a festival short list, but they do also want to see the beamer light now.


For HANDS UP Exhibition Paraffine Hand with Tulips was chosen.

(c) Ebba Jahn 2019
This photo is showing my hand holding a can after spraying the title of my latest work, a dvd case for my art & improvised music video.

I preferred to spray by hand through a stencel/mask instead of giving it to a printing press for its slight variations the hand movement and finger push provides to each case. The typography alludes to letters some Abstract Expressionist American artists were using, and in my case (pun intended) add to a handmade quality which corresponds to the video.

In addition the photo is a camera test – it's showing the camera solution quality for a video-minute project of the DVD case / spray production process.


(c) Ebba Jahn 2019

(c) Ebba Jahn 2019



DVD Release 1. September 2019

A Limited Edition of ../50, perhaps with 51 - 100 in addition is the plan.
Each cardboard case is individually filled,  sprayed, numbered and signed on the back by Paul Hubweber and Ebba Jahn, who designed it.

The available formats:

1.) DVD-R with mpeg-4 /.mp4  running on computers and in some newer DVD-Players worldwide.

2.) Upon request a DVD-R with mpeg2-DVD format can be sent. It plays on DVD-players with  DVD-R capacity as well, but so far everybody preferred mpeg-4.

The disc-top was thermo-printed which made it a little shiny.

Die Filmbesprechung von Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg ist eingelegt auf deutsch und englisch, der Text auch auf diesem Blog zu finden  >>:

Translation / Übersetzung aus dem Französischen von Beate Blasius, redigiert von Claudia Blasius.

The  review in English by Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg.

Translated from German to English by Ebba Jahn.

The origanl art for this inlay card consists of an encaustic work by Ulrike Hasenburg.

The backside of the card is of use while you are watching the DVD. It helps to follow, whose works are in the picture.


Buy a unique DVD via email to Ebba Jahn and receive Paypal invoice and Postbank IBAN,
or use my music shop EJProjects on


Video PAPER PAIRS IN ZETTEL'S TRAUM by Ebba Jahn, 2019, HD, 3'42"

  PAPER PAIRS IN ZETTEL'S TRAUM Video von Ebba Jahn - so kurz wie eine Single ist das Foto-Video von der Paper Pairs Ausstellung in Hans Schneiders Galerie Cafe Zettel's Traum in Leverkusen Opladen - noch bis zum 13.7.2019 in der Altstadtstr. 20 zu sehen.

Das Video besteht aus Fotos von überwiegend  Gudrun Arndt, auch Ulrike Hasenburg, und ist während des Duo-Konzertes von Hans Schneider und Paul Hubweber inmitten der Ausstellung entstanden.


English: Review PAPER PAIRS & TROMBONE by Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg

Ebba Jahn Video 
Paul Hubweber

28 Min.,2018


Review by Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg 

Jean-Michel van Schouwburg - Vocalist
The music and the image are paired here. In the gallery, each painting on paper (12 x 16 inches) is exposed next to the one with which it forms a couple because of the suggested movement, composition, colors, patterns and technique used.
Ebba Jahn, the artist, designed a parcour, a path for the trombonist Paul Hubweber to improvise his music in the moment against multiple pairs of paintings, structuring his thought and his musical action. A musical walk in the idea of Pictures at an Exhibition a composition by Modeste Mussorgsky.  
The musician, unaccompanied, therefore solitary, is free to conceive his improvisations or instant compositions inspired by what he sees and observes by appealing to his emotions, his references, his musical practice and his imagination. The exhibited works embrace a broad panorama of conceptions andinterests in what is defined as "abstract art"... oil, graphite, watercolor, vinyl, photo paper, repetitive and shifting patterns, entangled or delicate vegetation. It should be added that Ebba Jahn's film work is focused on improvised music and free jazz, which she brilliantly illustrated with the now classic 16 mm film Rising Tones Cross (1984).

Replaying these 28 minutes with closed eyes, we are struck by the coherence of 
each of the improvisations gradually coming together in a great sensitive and 
poetic work of the trombone, melodic, sonorous, resulting from jazz and his 
experience as a free improviser. 
In each piece played opposite a pair of paper, the trombonist chooses a particular
element of one of them (of the two!): Shape, color, texture, rhythm, space that 
he interprets by creating in turn frankly almost mimetic, elliptical, tangential, 
distant. We hear the blue color in its nuances, the pointillist detail, the movement
of the lines, the flow of the water tinted on the paper. 
Ebba Jahn projected his dreams, his struggles, his ideal and we hear the breath of
Paul Hubweber express the sap, the fruit, spread the seed in our auditory 
imagination; the viewer may guess at what element of the picture  the musician 
refers to. Free to all, the listeners, the painter, the musician and you who 
contemplate the video, to understand and interpret the evolution of this dialogue 
in time and space.
The visit of the Paper Pairs ends, summed up by a melody - an infinite ritornello that delivers Paul Hubweber's latest impressions of Ebba Jahn's exhibition and the emotion of the spectators, by placing himself at the back of the room and addressing the receptive and amazed audience. If each painting has nourished the work of the musician, his music reinforces the raison d'être of the Paper Pairs and transcends it.

Translated from French, also available on this blog.


Video Note and touring Paper Pair by Jeff Schlanger / musicWitness, Ink on paper 31.42 cm, "For Joe McPhee"


Köln 26.01.2019 | Video und Paper Pairs Portfolio

    Nur am 26.01.2019:  16 -19 h PAPER PAIRS PORTFOLIOS | 17 h Video

   Vor einem Jahr während unserer größten Paper Pairs Ausstellung im Q 18 entstanden, kehrt das nun fertiggestellte halbstündige Video mit Ebba Jahn zurück, um es im Großformat projeziert beteiligten Künstler*innen und Kunstinteressierten zu zeigen.

Paper Pairs Originale in Portfolios liegen auch aus und laden zum Blättern ein, Hintergrundgeschichten werden gern erzählt.. In diesem minimalistischen Video folgt der vielseitige Posaunist Paul Hubweber einer Einladung, die PAPER PAIRS konzertierend abzuschreiten und sich für  sein Posaunen Solo inspirieren zu lassen.
"His masterful control of any timbral aspect of the instrument guarantees music that transcends the trombone itself to become a soulful expression..." (Massimo Ricci).
Drei Künstler*innen - Kameras blicken dabei auf ihn, in der Videomontage verbunden mit der Kunst von 24 Künstler*innen aus Deutschland, Holland und New York von Ebba Jahn.

Eine erste ausführliche Video-Review von Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg befindet sich auf diesem Blog - eins weiter.
SPECIAL THANKS  /  DANK an unsere Q18 Video Show Ermöglicher:
Ingeborg Thistle, die uns parallel zu ihrer zu sehenden Gruppenausstellung "LOSGELÖST" im Q 18 einen Nachmittag zur Verfügung stellt.
Philip van den Boogaard aka Philys-world-tour.com, dessen Beamer eine große scharfe Video-Projektion projeziert.
Wulf Jahn für den passenden schweren, jedoch transportablen High-Quality Lautsprecher für einen perfekten Video-Posaunen-Sound von Paul Hubweber.
Ulrike Hasenburg für die Nutzungsrechte an ihrer schönen Encaustic Arbeit für PAPER PAIRS Werbezwecke sowie ihre Kameras für die Videoproduktion.
                                  Kontakt: info@EbbaJahn.com


Deutsch: Review PAPER PAIRS & TROMBONE von Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg

Ebba Jahn Video 
28 Min.,2018
Video-Besprechung von Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg

Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg - Vocalist
La revue francaise - Übersetzung aus dem Französischen von Beate Blasius
     Die Musik und die Bilder formen hier ein Paar. In der Galerie hängt jedes Bild auf Papier 30 x 40 cm groß neben dem, mit dem es ein Paar bildet, entweder aufgrund einer innewohnenden Bewegung, der Komposition, der Farben, des Motivs oder der angewandten Technik.
Die Künstlerin Ebba Jahn hat für den Posaunisten Paul Hubweber
einen Rahmen, einen Parkur geschaffen, in dem seine Musik durch Improvisationen entstehen kann.
Dies geschieht im Einklang mit den vielen Bildpaaren, ganz im 
Augenblick, sein musikalisches Denken und Handeln strukturierend. 
Ein musikalischer Spaziergang im Sinne Bilder einer Ausstellung, einer Komposition von
Modeste Mussorksky- Der Musiker, der hier solo spielt, lässt sich von dem was er sieht und 
beobachtet inspirieren. Er lässt seinenEmotionen freien Lauf und seine Improvisationen 
und seine spontanen Kompositionen folgen nur seinen Referenzen, seiner musikalischen 
Praxis und seiner Imagination.  
Die ausgestellten Werke von 24 KünstlerInnen umfassen ein weites Spektrum verschiedener 
Interessen und Vorstellungen, die man üblicherweise mit „abstrakter Kunst“ bezeichnet, 
Öl, Graphit, Aquarell, Acryl, Fotos, sich wiederholende und wechselnde Muster und 
Bewegungen, verschlungende oder zarte Vegetationen, Verzerrungen oder Beschwichtigungen. 
Sollte noch hinzugefügt werden, dass mehrere Videos von Ebba Jahn improvisierte Musik 
und Free Jazz zeigen, brilliant in dem Film Rising Tones Cross (1984) umgesetzt. 

Wenn man sich noch einmal die 27 Minuten mit geschlossenen Augen anhört, beeindruckt die
Kohärenz der einzelnen Improvisationen, die sich allmählich zu Teilen eines großen, poetischen
und sensiblen Werkes (Posaunenstücks) zusammensetzen, melodische Sonoritäten, 
hervorgehend aus dem Jazz und der improvisierten Musik. In jeder Komposition wählt der 
Posaunist ein Element aus dem Bildpaar: Form, Farbe, Textur, Rhythmus, Raum, interpretiert 
es nach und nach musikalisch, frei heraus, fast nachahmend, elliptisch, tangential, sich 
entfernend. Wir hören die blaue Farbe in ihren Nuancen, das pointillistische Detail, die 
Bewegung der Linien, den Fluss des auf dem Papier gefärbten Wassers. Den Betrachtern steht 
es frei zu erraten auf welches Bildelement der Musiker sich bezieht. Die HörerInnen die 
MalerInnen, der Musiker und Sie selbst, die sich das Video anschauen, haben die Freiheit, die
Entwicklung des Dialoges in Zeit und Raum zu verstehen und zu interpretieren.

Der Besuch der Paper Pairs endet mit einer Melodie, einem unendlichen Reim, der die letzten
Eindrücke von Paul Hubweber und die Emotionen des Betrachters zusammenfasst, indem er 
sich im Raum plaziert, mit dem Rücken zur Ecke des Saales und sich dem aufgeschlossenen 
undstaunenden Publikum zuwendet. Wenn auch jedes Bild die kreative Arbeit des Musikers 
beeinflusst hat, verstärkt seine Musik die Realität der Austellung und transzendiert sie. 


Köln 26.01.2019_17:00 h Video by Ebba Jahn PAPER PAIRS & TROMBONE Paul Hubweber

Köln 26.01.2019 _17:00 h 

Video PAPER PAIRS & TROMBONE Paul Hubweber, HD Screening, 28 Min.
Q 18 - Quartier Atelierhaus am Hafen
Poller Kirchweg 78-90
51105 Köln Poll
EJ Tel.: 015774292122

16 -19 h PAPER PAIRS PORTFOLIOS - Originale auf Papier Format 30 x 40 cm
Anwesende Künstler*innen: Ingeborg Thistle, Ulrike Hasenburg, Leoni A. Jäkel, Ebba Jahn,

Dank für Q 18 an Ingeborg Thistle - parallel zu ihrer Ausstellung LOSGELÖST
Dank für exzellenten Beamer an Philip van den Boogaard aka Philys-world-tour.com (tbc)